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Legendary Birmingham rock n roller who was more Keef than Keef, Dave Kusworth has died at the age of 60. With his hats and scarves he epitomised the rock n roll glimmer twins dream but he could back it up with an immense gift for melodic song writing couched in the guitar strewn rock n roll of the Jacobites with Nikki Sudden in the early eighties or eventually on his own trail of great records.

Dave Kusworth, of Jacobites, TV Eye, Rag Dolls and other groups, has died at age 60. Details are scarce, but partner Anouschkat Elspass confirmed the sad new via Kusworth’s Facebook, writing, “I am heartbroken Dave the Love of my life, my soulmate, my lover and best friend has passed away in his sleep.”

Jacobites were formed by Nikki Sudden and Kusworth when their bands, Swell Maps and the Subterranean Hawks, broke up. (Sudden’s brother and Swell Maps drummer Epic Soundtracks was also in Jacobites.) Co-leading the band, Jacobites’ music was full of warm, romantic swagger, owing to Rolling Stones, Dylan and Velvet Underground. (Around the same time, Kusworth also played briefly played in glam rock band The Dogs D’Amour.) Jacobites‘ mid-’80s albums were originally released on UK label Glass but Twin-Tone released a best-of 1986, and Numero Group reissued their classic 1984 self-titled debut and 1985’s Robespierre’s Velvet Basement in 2013.

When Jacobites ended Kusworth continued to make records on his own with The Bounty Hunters and The Tenterhooks. Nikki Sudden died in 2006, and Epic Soundtracks died in 1997.

Read tributes to Dave from Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake, The Auteurs’ Luke Haines, The Lilac Time and more — and listen to some classic Jacobites

The Lilac Time said We’ve been compiling an album from old cassettes of songs from back then so the young Dave Kusworth has been with me this summer. So it’s heartbreaking to hear he has gone. Love to his family friends and fans sdx
Luke Haines : Really sad to hear of the passing of Dave Kusworth. Nikki Sudden and his brother Epic Soundtracks both gone. Kevin Junior also. True poets all.

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The Jacobites were an English rock band formed initally in Birmingham in 1982 by Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth, following the breakup of their respective previous bands, the Swell Maps and the Subterranean Hawks.

Sudden and Kusworth were both strongly influenced by The Faces, Dylanand Glam Rock, and, most vitally, The Rolling Stones their open worship of the group (Kusworth’s entire body of work would later be described as “A tear-stained meeting of Johnny Thunders meets, the Rolling Stones “Wild Horses” era and Neil Young’s “Down By The River” wrapped in scarves, and bound up in velvet jackets, leather pants, and shrouded by cigarette smoke while Sudden called the Stones “the best band there has ever been” and was working on a Ronnie Wood bio at the time of his death), The band combined velvet-and-scarves style of dressing and their girls-and-drugs style of living,

The Jacobites reissue of “Old Scarlett” (1995) is released for the first time on Vinyl format! The band featured Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth it is probably their greatest love & death songs collection. An essential band! The Release contains a poster (30 x 60 cm) Out 7th July on You Are The Cosmos Records.

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