“Goodbye Conway, there isn’t a dry eye in the house.”
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds pianist Conway Savage has died at the age of 58, it has been announced.
The musician, who first joined The Bad Seeds in 1990, was initially diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017.
“Our beloved Conway passed away on Sunday evening”, the band confirmed in a statement.
“A member of Bad Seeds for nearly thirty years, Conway was the anarchic thread that ran through the band’s live performances. He was much loved by everyone, band members and fans like.
“Irascible, funny, terrifying, sentimental, warm-hearted, gentle, acerbic, honest, genuine – he was all of these things and quite literally “had the gift of a golden voice”, high and sweet and drenched in soul.”
Recalling his own experiences, Cave wrote: ” On a drunken night, at four in the morning, in a hotel bar in Cologne, Conway sat at the piano and sang Streets of Laredo to us, in his sweet, melancholy style and stopped the world for a moment. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Goodbye Conway, there isn’t a dry eye in the house. Love, Nick and the Bad Seeds.”
In 1990 he joined The Bad Seeds on their sixth album The Good Son and he went on to play on an extensive array of follow-up records, including ‘Murder Ballads’, ‘The Boatman’s Call’, ‘Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus’ and ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’
Conway’s career also saw him Happy Organs, The Feral Dinosaurs and Dust on the Bible.