David Roback, the co-founder of Mazzy Star with Hope Sandoval and the guiding presence of LA’s super-chill psychedelic Paisley Underground music scene, has died. He was 61.
Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles posted a tribute to her “first musical partner and very dear friend.”
His 1984 collaboration Rainy Day featured covers performed by longtime Hoffs and Bangles bandmate Vicki Peterson. It also featured Kendra Smith of The Dream Syndicate, Michael Quercio of The Three O’Clock, as well as Karl Precoda, Will Glenn, Matthew Piucci, Dennis Duck, and David’s brother Steven Roback.
Roback also recorded with Opal and Rain Parade. Below are some of the beloved ethereal songs he recorded with Mazzy Star.