John Kenneth Wetton was born on June 12, 1949, in Willington, Derbyshire and died on January 31, 2017.
He was an English singer, bassist, and songwriter.
He grew up in Bournemouth.
Wetton became famous with bands Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash.
After his period with King Crimson, he formed U.K., and later he was the frontman and principal songwriter of the supergroup Asia, which proved to be his biggest commercial success.
The band’s eponymous debut album sold eight million copies worldwide and was Billboard magazine’s No. 1 album of 1982.
Later, he formed the duo Icon with Geoff Downes ex-Yes, ex-The Buggles), and from the 1990s had a successful solo career, releasing a large number of studio and live albums.
He had a long career as an in-demand session bass player and collaborated with many members of progressive rock bands such as Yes (including Steve Howe, Bill Bruford, Geoff Downes, Alan White, Billy Sherwood and Peter Banks), Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry and Genesis’ (Steve Hackett).
John died in his sleep at a hospice in Bournemouth, Dorset.
He had colon cancer.
Wetton was survived by his wife Lisa, son Dylan, brother Robert and mother Margaret (Peggy)
John Wetton passed away at 67 years old.