Level 42 Co-Founder Rowland (Boon) Gould Dead at 64
May 1, 2019 – He was a major part of Level 42 Until he and his brother left the band before their 1988 album “Staring at the Sun” and he still managed to co-write six tracks on that project. He would also go on to co-write every song off their 2006 album “Retroglide” with leader. Bassist and vocalist Mark King. King released a statement today saying that Boon was found dead in his home in Dorset, in the southwest of England.
The statement on the Level 42 website said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to tell you of the passing of our dear friend and brother Boon Gould. You are at peace now Boon, no more pain mate.”
His brother Phil, tweeted: “My heart is beyond broken. RIP Roland Charles ‘Boon’ Gould, my brother, 1955-2019.”
The Gould brothers and Mark King grew up on the Isle of Wight, and had played together from an early age. At times Boon had panic issues on stage and touring was too much.
He was certainly a brilliant guitarist and was a huge part of the success of Level 42 considering he was there for most of their heyday, 1985’s “World Machine” which was one of my top albums of that year. It would be their biggest album in the U.S. Peaking at #18 and it was the band first Top 10 album in the U.K. Peaking at #3. The album featured their biggest U.S. Hit, which Boon co-wrote, “Something About You” which reached # 7 on Billboard and #6 in the U.K. It also features the hit “Leaving Me Now. Boon would also co-write their biggest U.K. Hit “Lessons in Love” from 1986 and the album, ‘Running With the Family.” It peaked at #3.
It appears he died on April 30th. – by John Beaudin