Gordon Haskell was born in 1946 in the village of Verwood, just north of Bournemouth.
As a bass guitarist and vocalist, he is yet another of the members of King Crimson to come from the Bournemouth area.
Preferring the musical style of Nat King Cole and Ray Charles to the psychedelic style that was evolving from the band, Gordon left and played for a while with artists such as Cliff Richard and Tim Hardin in the early 19760’s, as well as with the cult folk rock band Stackridge .
The 1980 brought depression and debt, and Gordon ended up for a while playing in bars in Denmark, but his fortune turned around in 2001 when his jazz ballard How Wonderful You Are which was given to BBC Radio 2 DJ Johnnie Walker the day before 9/11. This song became the most requested song on Radio 2, even before it was released as a single.
An album Harry’s Bar was released in 2002 and made it to #2 in the UK Album charts, and a DVD was made about his life and The Road To Harry’s Bar in 2005.
Gordon has more recently been working on his autobiography.