He rose to fame in the 1980s as a founding member and bass player of the British cult band. Happy Mondays star Paul Ryder has died aged 58.
Paul Ryder is dead. The British musician died on Friday at the age of 58. This was announced by his group Happy Mondays on Twitter. Members of the rock band and the musician’s family are “sorry and shocked”. Along with Paul Ryder, “a true pioneer and legend” has passed away. “Long live his funk,” the statement concluded.
Paul Ryder founded Happy Mondays in the early 1980s with his brother, vocalist Shaun Ryder, guitarist Mark Day and drummer Gary Whelan. He played bass and taught himself how to use the instrument. It wasn’t until later in his career that he “learned what the different strings are. I called them the thick ones, the thin ones, and the ones under the thick ones,” he once said in an interview. .