Legendary Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden dead

Former Whitesnake guitarist and songwriter Bernie Marsden has died at the age of 72.

Phenomenal British rock and blues guitarist Bernie Marsden has passed away. Born in Buckinghamshire, England in 1951, Bernie was best known as guitarist and songwriter for Whitesnake (1978-82) where he formed a close musical partnership with David Coverdale and Micky Moody. Bernie was also a member of UFO (1972-73), Cozy Powell’s Hammer (1974-75) and Paice Ashton Lord (1976-78). During his career, he played with many other bands, artists and projects, including Wild Turkey, Babe Ruth, Alaska, MGM, The Moody Marsden Band, The Company of Snakes, M3, Elkie Brooks and Ringo Starr, as well as being active as a solo artist. His most recent solo albums were “Kings” (2021), “Chess” (2021) and “Trios” (2022). Bernie co-wrote some of Whitesnake’s best songs, including “Love Hunter”, “Fool for Your Loving”, “Sweet Talker”, “Walking in the Shadow of the Blues”, “Come On”, “Child of Babylon”, “She’s A Woman”, “Trouble” and, of course, “Here I Go Again”. He played on Whitesnake’s debut EP and its first five full-length studio albums as well as on the iconic live album “Live… In the Heart of the City”.

Bernie Marsden passed away on Thursday 24th August 2023 with his wife Fran and daughters Charlotte and Olivia by his side.

Here’s Roppongi Rocks’ 2021 interview with Bernie Marsden