Legendary punk-era singer and guitarist Tom Verlaine has died at age 73. The news was announced today by his family and was confirmed by Rolling Stone, The New York Times, TMZ, The US Sun, and Variety.
Verlaine was the frontman of the influential punk-era band Television, which formed in 1973. He was known for his poetic lyrics and his unique guitar style, which blended elements of punk, jazz, and blues.
Verlaine was born Thomas Miller in 1949 in Wilmington, Delaware. He moved to New York City in the 1970s, where he met fellow musician Richard Hell and formed the band Television. The band released their debut album, Marquee Moon, in 1977 and became one of the most influential bands of the punk era.
Verlaine’s career continued to flourish after the breakup of Television in 1978. He released several solo albums, collaborated with other musicians, and toured extensively. He was also in a relationship with singer-songwriter Patti Smith for several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Verlaine’s death is a huge loss for the music world. He was an innovative musician and songwriter who left an indelible mark on the punk and indie rock scenes. He will be greatly missed.