Terry Kirkman, a founding member of the folk-rock band The Association, died at 83.
His loss of life was introduced on the group’s Facebook page.
“We’re saddened to report that Terry Kirkman handed away final evening, RIP Terry. He will dwell on in our hearts and within the music he so brilliantly wrote. Sending hugs and plenty of like to Heidi and Sasha!”
The group discovered recognition with songs like “Cherish,” “Windy” and “Never My Love.”
The Association was nominated for six Grammys, together with three for “Cherish.”
“‘Cherish’ got here in a single fell swoop,” Kirkman mentioned of writing the hit in a 2015 interview. “I truly channeled it. Or I used to be channeled. I actually don’t know what the supply was. I’ve by no means understood the method nor do I believe I’ll ever perceive the method.
“And there are any variety of songwriters on the market, poets and author’s writers, and artists of every kind who will let you know that they’ve sat all the way down to do one thing and the following factor , it’s executed. And you don’t actually know the place it got here from.”
In a bit for The Huffington Post, Kirkman additionally wrote, “Another unusual side of the ‘Cherish’ story — one which has significantly baffled me — was that it turned such an enormous favourite for weddings. Couples by the 1000’s known as it ‘their music,’ regardless of the actual fact it’s so very a lot about love misplaced, not victorious love. But who is aware of? Maybe it was that stirring youth march tempo that did them in.”
He performed with Frank Zappa in California within the early Nineteen Sixties earlier than Zappa fashioned the Mothers of Invention.
Kirkman and Jules Alexander fashioned The Inner Tubes, which merged into The Men.
When the group disbanded, a half-dozen members, together with Kirkman, fashioned The Association.
The group opened the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and likewise carried out on a variety of TV applications together with “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Smothers Brothers.”
Kirkman left the group in 1972, re-joined when the group reunited in 1979 after which left for good within the mid-Nineteen Eighties.
After leaving the enterprise, the singer-songwriter turned a drug counselor for artists in restoration.
Kirkman is survived by his spouse Heidi, daughter Sasha, son-in-law and two grandchildren.