Larry Wallis, the guitarist, songwriter and producer best known as ebbing a the original guitarist of Motörhead, has died at the age of 70.
Having been in a string of bands such as The Entire Sioux Nation, The Entire Sioux Nation, Blodwyn Pig and the Pink Fairies since the 1960s, Wallis went on join a new band called Motörhead with Lemmy and Lucas Fox.
Still establishing the main members of the band, Fox would later leave to be replaced by new drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor. Wallis, a then integral member of the songwriting team, would record the album On Parole which remained unreleased until 1979 when Motörhead had established some reputation for themselves.
Deciding to leave the band in 1976 and go on to try different forms of music creation, Wallis’ legacy remains locked in the history of Motörhead, most notably by having a co-writing credit on the track ‘Vibrator’.
Wallis would go on to have a successful solo career as well as reuniting his old back The Pink Fairies in the later 1980s. His death was confirmed via the official Motörhead website but no cause has yet been revealed.
Reflecting on his time at the heart of commercialised music Wallis told Uncut magazine in 2002: “I never felt part of Musicbizland. This, along with my track record with the Motörhead and Fairies’ history meant that, to record companies, I was a drug-taking, bar-jockey kinda guy. Which, of course, with a look over my shoulder, was bang on the money.
“It was suggested by a chum that I buy the hardware, get a web site, make the thing, and sell it to ’em. I guess the next move is going out to show off in public with some musos who — and this is important — are better than I am. If I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna do it right.”