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Gypie Mayo, Guitarist for Dr. Feelgood and Yardbirds, Dead at 62

Gypie Mayo
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Guitarist Gypie Mayo, whose impressive resume includes stints in pub rock band Dr. Feelgood and long-running rockers the Yardbirds, has died. He was 62.

Born John Phillip Cawthra, Mayo got his start in the blues band White Mule back in 1969. He played in several groups before replacing Wilko Johnson in Dr. Feelgood from 1977 through 1981. He played on four of the band’s albums and co-wrote their only U.K. Top 10 single, ‘Milk and Alcohol.’

Mayo then moved on to the Yardbirds and played with them from 1996 to 2004.

It was Johnson who posted the news about Mayo’s passing on his Facebook page today (Oct. 23), writing:

Very sad to hear Gypie Mayo passed away this morning..RIP Gypie.

As of press time, no cause of death or other circumstances surrounding Mayo’s death had been revealed.

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