Singer of Legendary 70’s Rock Band ‘Mountain’ Leslie West Dead at 75

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The singer of the legendary 70’s rock band ‘Mountain,’ Leslie West has died at the age of 75 due to cardiac arrest.

The band’s most memorable song ‘Mississippi Queen’ became a well known rock n’ roll anthem.

As The New York Post reports:

Leslie West, who kicked out towering jams (with a towering hairdo) in foundational classic-rockers Mountain, has died at 75, his publicist confirmed to The Post.

West suffered cardiac arrest at his home near Daytona, Florida on Monday and was hospitalized, never regaining consciousness, reported Rolling Stone.

On Tuesday, his brother, Larry West Weinstein, wrote on Facebook that West’s heart stopped and he had been put on a ventilator, according to the LA Times.

He is survived by his wife Jenni Maurer, whom he married onstage at a 2009 concert commemorating the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.

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Poor White Boy
8 months ago

RIP Leslie…we will will miss you here…..but keep rockin away up there

Louie Rey
Louie Rey
8 months ago

Believe it or not Leslie West actually saw ME perform. It was in 1965 and I was the lead singer of a band that was called The Barons. It was made up of kids who lived in our apartment complex in Queens. It was a Friday night and someone had rented out a dance studio called Pedro & Olga Dance studio above the Elmhurst movie theater. They were supposed to be two acts, us and a band called The Young Set. It was supposed to be held between 8 and 10 PM. We were the first act The manager of The Young Set was also the manager of The Vagrants in which Leslie West was the lead singer and guitarist. While we were playing the manager came with The Vagrants to see what he thought would be The Young Set but we were still on stage at the time. They didn’t stick around because they had another gig to get to but that’s how Leslie West came to see me. May he rest in peace.

Vinny Amatucci
Vinny Amatucci
8 months ago
Reply to  Louie Rey

You sound familiar. Did you make any albums that I might have recognized?

Joe Smith
Joe Smith
8 months ago

They can’t be much “legendary” — I never heard of them or their lead singer. And I’m in my mid-50’s.

Vinny Amatucci
Vinny Amatucci
8 months ago

Another great rocker bites the dust! Rest in Peace, Leslie! You and many others, were the soundtrack of our youth!!

Joe Smith
Joe Smith
8 months ago

I never heard of him OR his band.

David F. Lanphere Sr.
David F. Lanphere Sr.
8 months ago
Reply to  Joe Smith

Trust us, he was the real deal! He was a certified Rocker!

David F. Lanphere Sr.
David F. Lanphere Sr.
8 months ago

a man from back when we had REAL ROCK MUSIC! I will miss him.