“One of the finest musicians I've ever known”: Karl Wallinger, guitarist and singer of World Party, dies at 66

Karl Wallinger performs with World Party at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on October 18, 1993
(Image credit: Frans Schellekens/Redferns)

Karl Wallinger, the multi-instrumentalist and singer best known as the leader of the alt-rock band World Party, has died at the age of 66, his publicist announced today (March 11). No cause of death was given.

“Karl Wallinger, the Welsh-born musician and composer better known as the singular force behind World Party, died Sunday, March 10,” read a statement on World Party's Facebook page. “Presciently ahead of his time with songs such as Ship Of Fools, Put The Message In The Box and Is It Like Today?, in addition to the magic of She’s The One and the Waterboys' Whole Of The Moon, Wallinger was 66.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.