Trans Siberian Orchestra Singer Daryl Pediford Passes Away, and legendary former manager/producer of Grand Funk Railroad Terry Knight murdered.
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Reported by SoT's Ken Pierce:
It is with with a heavy heart that I get to inform you of the passing of Mr.
Daryl Pediford, one of the Lead Singers in the East Coast Company of the
Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Daryl was an amazing part of the performance as
his soulful and passionate voice would shake the venue when he was on stage.
It was also amazing to watch him singing scat alongside the jazzy guitarwork
of Alex Skolnick and Tistan Avakian. As a long time attendee of the TSO
shows, I know the void will be felt for a long time by his Family, Bandmates
and his many thousands of fans. Daryl's most recent work is the release of
"The Lost Christman Eve" by the TSO. Performances were scheduled from
Since I have no additional information other than that Daryl left us on
Saturday, 10/30/2004. Please follow the official www.trans-siberian.com
for more details and personal statements
from the band. Thanks Daryl, you were an amazing person to have listened
to. Rest In Peace.
From Leighton Media:
TERRY KNIGHT was murdered defending his daughter at his home in Killeen, TX
on the night of Nov. 1. The updated story can be found at
It is with sadness that Grand Funk Railroad issues a statement regarding the
death of Terry Knight.
"We were shocked to here that Terry had been murdered. Even though we have
not had a friendly relationship with Terry over the last 30 years it still was
very distressing to hear of his death.
"Terry Knight was instrumental in the birth and early success of Grand Funk
Railroad from 1969 to 1972. Having been a former bandmate in previous bands
with Grand Funk's Don Brewer and Mark Farner (The Pack, and Terry Knight and the
Pack) Knight later became manager and producer of Grand Funk Railroad. During
those years Grand Funk sold millions of records and toured the world as one of
the biggest rock bands of all time even selling out Shea Stadium in NYC
faster than The Beatles.
"There was a major falling out between the members of Grand Funk and Terry in
1972 and Terry was fired. This led to huge lawsuits and lasting discord
between GFR and Terry.
"Grand Funk moved on and continued to have great success with million selling
hits 'We're An American Band,' 'Locomotion,' 'Some Kind Of Wonderful' and
"We have had very little personal contact with Terry over the last 30 years.
"We deeply regret Terry's death and our sympathy goes out to his family."
Don Brewer-drummer, Grand Funk Railroad