Leslie West of Mountain died on Wednesday, December 23. He was rushed to the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Daytona, Florida and never regained consciousness. The iconic guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and storyteller was 75.
Mountain was one of the first bands to pioneer the genre later to become known as heavy metal. Probably best known for their hit “Mississippi Queen,” he was co-founding member and co-lead vocalist of the band and played Woodstock in 1969.
In 1971, he contributed to The Who’s sessions of Who’s Next. His performances can be heard on the 1995 and 2003 reissues of that cornerstone album.