MAN’s Phil Ryan Passed Away

Phil RyanA tireless lover of music, Phil Ryan‘s last-ever Facebook post, published within the first minutes of April 29th, was a quote from “Strawberry Fields Forever”; the next day, the keyboard player with the Welsh rock heroes MAN died, aged 69. He joined the group right in time for the recording of 1972’s “Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day” and stayed until 1977’s "All's Well That Ends Well" signaled the end of the ensemble. Phil would be back in 1998 and was well featured on MAN’s latest album “Reanimated Memories” which we discussed at the time. Guess it was the last time we talked…

Beyond MAN, there was life for Philip, too: musical – with Pete Brown, with EYES OF BLUE (Ryan played on "In Fields Of Ardan"), with ANCIENT GREASE ("Women And Children First") – and personal, in Denmark with his actress wife whose passing a few years ago affected him immensely. But again, music got Phil through all this. And now he’s gone. Rest in peace.

May 1, 2016

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