Jim Clench, best known as the bassist for April Wine, has died of lung cancer at the age of 61. Clench replaced original bassist Jim Henman after April Wine's debut album, and played with them until 1975. In 1978 he joined BTO, appearing on two albums with them. Rejoining April Wine in 1992, he stayed with them until late 2006 before resigning again. Clench died of lung cancer on Nov. 2. According to bandmate Brian Greenaway, funeral services are expected to be held in St. Johns, Newfoundland sometime next week.
Jim Clench was the writer of April Wine's classic song "Oowatanite", which we often play on the show and which was a crowd favourite throughout their career.