Kim Simmonds, blues guitar icon and Savoy Brown founder, dies at 75

Kim Simmonds performs with Savoy Brown at the Paradise Artists party during the IEBA 2017 Conference on October 17, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee
(Image credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA)

Kim Simmonds – a legend of British blues guitar – has died at the age of 75, his band, Savoy Brown, confirmed on social media.

"Kim Simmonds passed away peacefully in the evening of December 13," the message reads, "may he rest in peace." The guitarist had been battling colon cancer.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at 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.