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Spinal Tap drummer Ric Parnell dead at 70

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Spinal Faucet drummer Ric Parnell useless at 70

Ric Parnell, the British musician finest recognized for taking part in drummer Mick Shrimpton within the cult rock mockumentary “This Is Spinal Faucet,” has died.

Actor Harry Shearer, who starred within the movie with Parnell, shared the information on Sunday by way of Twitter, writing, “Nobody ever rocked tougher.”

Parnell’s reason behind loss of life was not revealed.

The London-born drummer was surrounded by a household of musicians. His grandfather Russ Carr was a music corridor artist and his dad, Jack Parnell, served because the bandleader for “The Muppet Present.”

Parnell performed in a number of bands, together with Horse, Atomic Rooster, Nova and Stars. He claimed he declined invites to play in Journey and Whitesnake, however is credited with enjoying drums on Toni Basil’s music “Hey Mickey” in 1981.

Ric Parnell played drummer Mick Shrimpton in the cult rock mockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap."
Ric Parnell performed drummer Mick Shrimpton within the cult rock mockumentary “This Is Spinal Faucet.”
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Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, R.J. Parnell and David Kaff in 1984's "This Is Spinal Tap."
Christopher Visitor, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, R.J. Parnell and David Kaff in 1984’s “This Is Spinal Faucet.”
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However his massive break got here in 1984 when Parnell, alongside actor-musicians Michael McKean, Christopher Visitor and Shearer portrayed the fictional rock band Spinal Faucet on the massive display. The group grew to become an actual act, releasing albums and even showing on “Saturday Evening Stay.”

Parnell additionally performed on materials by actor Michael Des Barres, who remembered his collaborator on Twitter Monday.

“Some musicians are enjoying a job. Others are rock ‘n’ roll. Ric Parnell was the latter. The actual factor,” Barres wrote.

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