Larry Wallis, Motörhead's Original Guitarist, Dies at 70

Wallis was also a member of the Pink Fairies, Bloodwyn Pig and UFO.
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Larry Wallis, the original guitarist for hard-rock legends Motörhead, has died at the age of 70. The news was confirmed in a post on Motörhead's official website.

Wallis - who also played with the Pink Fairies, in addition to stints with UFO and Bloodwyn Pig - was recruited by Lemmy to join Motörhead in 1975. He recorded one album with the band, On Parole, which would only be released in 1979, once the trio had found success. 

Faced with commitments to the Pink Fairies, Wallis left Motörhead in 1976, shortly after the group had added a new guitarist, "Fast" Eddie Clarke. During his time with the group, Wallis was credited as the co-writer on "Vibrator," one of On Parole's more notable tracks.

Wallis would go on to serve as a producer at punk/new wave label Stiff Records in the '80s, while recording the album Kill ‘Em and Eat ‘Em with the reunited Pink Fairies in 1987. 

In later years, Wallis played with Mick Farren and The Deviants, and released a solo album - Death In The Guitarfternoon - in 2001.

No cause of death has been revealed at this time.