“Can never thank Bob enough. Rest in power my friend”: Bob Heil – the Talk Box pioneer who worked with Peter Frampton, Grateful Dead and The Who – dies aged 83

Bob Heil
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Bob Heil, the audio industry legend who pioneered the Talk Box – and worked with the likes of Peter Frampton and The Who – has died aged 83.

The news was shared via a social media post published by Heil Sound (the company Bob founded in 1966), which revealed Heil had passed away surrounded by his family following a year-long battle with cancer.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.