John Giblin death: How did the Scottish bassist die? cause of death explained

John Giblin
John Giblin, a famous Bassist died


John Giblin, a talented bass player who was a longtime member of Kate’s musical “family” has passed away. Let’s see how did the musician die and his cause of death in detail.

How did John Giblin die?

John Giblin, a Scottish musician, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2023. He died at the age of 71 in Cheltenham. In 1979, John collaborated with Kate on Peter Gabriel’s song “No Self Control.”

Gazebo posted this sad news on Facebook in the following statement,

John Giblin my bass guitar hero and wonderful person has passed away.. his amazing work with some of the best musicians on this planet will remain. I had the pleasure of having him play on “The Syndrone” and his moving fretless on “The Man at the Window” still fills me with joy. Grazie mille John, buon viaggio 

Fellow musicians, friends, and co-workers have shared their condolences on social media following the sudden demise of Giblin.

Who was John Giblin?

John Giblin was a Scottish musician who played the acoustic and electric bass in jazz, classical, rock, folk, and avant-garde music. 

Giblin is best known for his work in recording studios for film scores and modern music. But he has also collaborated with a variety of musicians, including Peter Gabriel, John Martyn, Elkie Brooks, Annie Lennox, Phil Collins, rock/pop band Simple Minds, and Kate Bush, David Sylvian, Jon Anderson, jazz fusion group Brand X, and Scott Walker.

Giblin then pursued acoustic bass, working on projects with musicians including pianist Alan Pasqua of Tony Williams Lifetime and drummer Peter Erskine of Weather Report.


Bass guitarist, double bassist, arranger, and all-around master session musician, Giblin was born into a musical family in Bellshill, Scotland.

He developed a love for music at a young age and went on to play in a number of rock and pop bands in his teens. In a short period of time, he relocated to London and joined the Latin band Gonzalez.

His incredible stage presence was quickly recognized, and he was soon touring and recording with famous musicians. He took over as bassist and frequently played fretless bass for the band Simple Minds.

Songs of Giblin:

His recorded output was diverse. Song of Seven by Jon Anderson, Red Cab to Manhattan by Stephen Bishop, Never For Ever by Kate Bush, Face Value by Phil Collins, EB 84 by The Everly Brothers, Vigil In a Wilderness of Mirrors by Fish, Peter Gabriel by Peter Gabriel, Criminal Tango by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Classics by John Martyn, and others are a few of his albums. 

Crocodile Shoes by Jimmy Nail, On Air by Alan Parsons, Back Against the Wall by Pink Floyd, Once Upon a Time by Simple Minds, Again by Alan Stivell, Ritmo by Judie Tzuke, as well as the soundtracks of the James Bond films Ratz and Tomorrow Never Dies. Moreover, he contributed to the single “Grow Old With Me” by John Lennon.

His most recent studio endeavors included continued work on a John Martyn tribute album and a two-album project with Osibisa guitarist Wendell Richardson.  

John Giblin cause of death:

Giblin died on May 14, 2023, in Cheltenham after battling illness. John and Kate have worked together extensively.

He also contributed to the tracks “Babooshka” and “Breathing” from the album “Never For Ever,” and also collaborated with her on the albums “The Sensual World,” “The Red Shoes,” “Aerial,” “Director’s Cut,” and “50 Words for Snow.”Kate hired John to play bass for her Before The Dawn gigs in 2014. 

Tributes flooded social media after his demise news broke out. During this trying time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family, coworkers, and friends.  

Tributes to John Giblin:

Steven Ward tweeted,

RIP John Giblin. An incredibly talented bassist who you’ve heard play on the classics below. #JohnGiblin In the Air Tonight Games Without Frontiers All the Things She Said Deeper Understanding He also played on records by Brand X, John Martyn, Scott Walker, and David Sylvian

Dave Sturt posted,

Another sad loss … John Giblin was my no 1 influence .. a fantastic bass player. I only met him once – at Utopia Studios in London. I was doing a session for The Dream Academy and he was with Elkie Brooks .. I told him that he was on just about every album I’d bought in the previous few years … including Gabriel, Bush, Brand X, John Martyn …. I wish I’d got to know him.

Geoff Dugmore posted,

John Giblin. Master bass player and good friend. We played on a ton of records together over the years. John, thank you for the music and most of all for your friendship. Go easy chum.

Guitarnation Foundation tweeted,

One of the true greats, a stunningly gifted, beautiful musician has gone to that great gig in the sky. John Giblin worked with Kate, Bush, Peter Gabriel, Brand X, John Martyn, Simple Minds, Alan Murphy, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Annie Lennox & Peter-John Vettese! RIP mate x

Katebushnews tweeted,

We are deeply saddened to hear that the great bass player, John Giblin, a longstanding member of Kate’s musical “family” and ultimately her KT Fellowship, has sadly died on Sunday in Cheltenham, aged 71. We remember John’s amazing career below, RIP


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1 thought on “John Giblin death: How did the Scottish bassist die? cause of death explained”

  1. call yourself a journalist ?
    the title is wrong as you did not explain anything of johns death..

    “John Giblin death: How did the Scottish bassist die? cause of death explained”

    did he foolishly take the clotshot ?


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