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Andy "Thunderclap" Newman (1942 - 2016)

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Andy "Thunderclap" Newman (1942 - 2016)

Andy “Thunderclap” Newman, member of the band Thunderclap Newman, best known for their hit song, “Something In the Air”, died March 30th at the age of 73, according to Billboard.

The rock band The Who reported the passing on their Facebook page. “It is with great sadness that we report the death of Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman, who passed away yesterday age 73. Rest in peace.”

The British one hit wonder band was formed by Pete Townsend and Kit Lambert who was the manager of The Who. The members of the band were “Thunderclap Newman” on piano, Speedy Keen on vocals and drums and Jimmy McCulloch on guitar. Pete Townsend played bass and produced their album using the alias “Bijou Drains.”


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The band’s only album was titled Hollywood Dream and featured the song “Something In the Air.” The song was a UK number one hit and also reached the Billboard Top 40 in America. The song is still popular today and has been used on many movie and television show soundtracks including “Almost Famous” and “My Name is Earl.”

Newman recorded a solo album in 1971. In 2010 he reformed Thunderclap Newman with new band members. They toured and also released a new album.

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