John Waddington dies age 63 as tributes pour in for The Pop Group star

Posted June 22, 2023 by: Admin #News

John Waddington, the talented musician and founding member of The Pop Group, has left us at the age of 63. The band’s official Twitter and Facebook pages shared the news, bringing a sense of sorrow to their followers and fans.


Remembered as an influential artist and an integral part of the group, John made remarkable contributions to some of The Pop Group’s most iconic recordings. His guitar skills graced the albums “Y” and “For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?”—a testament to his immense talent. In addition, John ventured into new musical endeavors, joining Maximum Joy for their debut album, “Station MXJY.”

Beyond his work with The Pop Group, John’s presence resonated on various records, collaborating with artists such as Judy Nylon, New Age Steppers, and African Head Charge—a testament to his versatility and artistic spirit. The loss of his vibrant energy and companionship leaves a void that will be deeply felt by those who knew him. However, his unforgettable musicianship will forever be cherished and celebrated.


The specific details surrounding John’s passing have not been disclosed at this time, allowing his loved ones and fans to process the news with the utmost sensitivity.

John’s journey as a musician began at the tender age of 17 when he formed his first band, The Boyfriends, where he showcased his talent as a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Shortly thereafter, he joined forces with other like-minded musicians to create The Pop Group in Bristol in 1977. They burst onto the scene with their debut album, “Y,” which unveiled their unique sound and captivating style.


As a guitarist for The Pop Group during their “Y” and “For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?” eras, John’s contributions were invaluable. Alongside bassist Simon Underwood, guitarist/saxophonist Gareth Sager, and drummer Bruce Smith, he helped shape the band’s distinct sound and dynamic performances.

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn John’s passing, which follows the loss of Mark Stewart, the lead singer and founding member of The Pop Group, just two months ago. The band released an official statement, expressing that Mark’s essence lives on eternally, as death is merely a transformation into a different form of existence.


In this time of collective grief, it is important to respect the privacy of John’s family, friends, and fellow band members. Let us honor his memory and extend our sympathies to all those affected by his creativity and musical contributions.

On-U Sound Records, who had the pleasure of working with Mark, expressed their sadness at John’s passing as well, recognizing him as a member of the extended On-U Sound family. His involvement with projects like New Age Steppers and African Head Charge showcased his diverse musical interests and collaborations.

John Waddington’s legacy as a musician will forever remain an inspiration to fellow artists and fans alike. As we bid farewell to this remarkable talent, we find solace in the beautiful melodies he gifted the world and the lasting impact he has made on the music industry. May his soul rest in peace.



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