David Roback performing with Mazzy Star in 2013
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Mazzy Star Co-Founder And Producer David Roback Dies
Producer and co-founder of '90s dream-pop outfit Mazzy Star David Roback has died at 61. The cause of death has yet to be announced.
Born in Los Angeles in 1958, Roback was a major player in the West Coast 1980s Paisley Underground scene and went on to play in such bands as Rain Parade (which he co-founded) and Opal, as well as Mazzy Star, which he co-founded alongside singer Hope Sandoval.
Sandoval and Roback originally met in the mid-'80s when Sandoval replaced Opal bassist Kendra Smith, who also played in Dream Syndicate. The pair would go on to change Opal's name to Mazzy Star in 1989.
Mazzy Star released their first album, She Hangs Brightly, in 1990. Their follow-up, 1993's So Tonight That I Might See,
The first album from Mazzy Star, She Hangs Brightly, was released in 1990. The follow-up, 1993’s So Tonight That I Might See, featured the track "Fade Into You," which is still widely regarded as Mazzy Star's biggest hit.
In addition to co-writing all of Mazzy Star's songs, including 2013's Seasons Of Your Day and 2018's The Still EP, Roback also acted as producer, engineer and mixer for all of the band's material.
Founding member of the Bangles Susanna Hoffs posted her reaction to Twitter shortly after the news broke on Tuesday, Feb. 25, writing, "Peace and love David Roback... my first musical partner and my very dear friend. You will be eternally missed."