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Final hurrah for one of prog rock's founders.

CLINT Warwick eventually dusted off his bass for one last hurrah.

In 2002 he teamed up with musician Steve Pearce for the bittersweet My Life, The Waltz.

The Sunday Mercury's sister newspaper, The Birmingham Mail, announced the new CD under the headline: "Moody Blues Great is Back".

It reported: "Original Moody Blues bassist Clint Warwick is back in the business of making music following 35 years in exile.

"And the 61-year-old's latest release My Life The Waltz is a touching tribute to his late son Paul, who died of kidney failure five years ago.

"The Brummie pop legend, who played on such hits as Go Now, has teamed up with Brownhills songwriter and musician Steve Pearce for the single."

But two years later, he was dead.

A flood of online tributes followed news of Clint's death. His passing came at a time when the acclaimed musician appeared to be winning his battle with alcohol.

He had also met a new partner, Pamela Phelan.

Pianist Mike Pinder described Clint as "one of the good men this world has known". Songwriter and friend Laurie Hornsby added: "He was a very gentle man who didn't have a bad bone in his body."

Clint's funeral took place at Perry Barr Crematorium, the coffin transported by a horse-drawn carriage.

Clint Warwick will be remembered as a reluctant star who turned his back on fame and fortune to become a chippy.

But he was much more than that. The quiet, unassuming individual was one of the founders of prog rock.

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