Brett Tuggle, a popular singer, died on June 19 at the age of 70 after a lengthy battle with cancer. His son Matt broke the news of his death, saying that Tuggle was loved by his family and that they were with him “throughout the whole length of the sickness.”
Matt also stated:
“He was a wonderful parent.” He brought music into my life.”
Following the news of Tuggle’s passing, condolences to the singer began to stream in from friends and admirers alike.
Brett Tuggle’s death and career
Brett Tuggle died of cancer after a protracted struggle. However, it is uncertain if he died in a hospital or at home. More information is presently awaited on the subject. Although Tuggle’s birth date has not been published, some speculate that he was born in 1951 or 1952. He rose to prominence for his keyboard work with Fleetwood Mac and vocalist David Lee Roth.
At an early age, the Denver, Colorado native mastered classical piano, guitar, and organ. He used to perform in local bands as a teenager and then with traveling bands in Texas after moving away. This aided him in learning a variety of traditional music forms. In Colorado, he created the band Head First, and in 1979, he traveled to Los Angeles with record producer Keith Olsen to meet an artist seeking a keyboard player. He met various bandleaders and worked as a keyboardist with John Kay & Steppenwolf in 1981.
Tuggle then met Rick Springfield and became a member of his band in 1982. He collaborated with David Lee Roth on keyboards and co-wrote Roth’s track, Just Like Paradise. In 1992, Mike Fleetwood persuaded him to join The Zoo and tour with Steve Lukather. He has shared the stage with Chris Isaak and Whitesnake.
He was a performer and keyboardist on Roth’s Eat ‘Em and Smile tour, as well as the Skyscraper and A Little Ain’t Enough tours. He continued to play with Roth until 1997, and reviewers praised his co-writing efforts. Until 2017, he was a keyboardist on Fleetwood Mac tours, performing with Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and others. Buckingham spoke highly of Tuggle, describing him as a wonderful pianist, bassist, guitarist, and vocalist. Brett said in a 2020 interview that The Beach Boys were a big influence on Tuggle. He also performed on tour with Tommy Shaw and Belinda Carlisle.
Twitter users pay tribute
Because of his affiliation with various bands and musicians, Brett Tuggle gained a well-known name in the music business as a perfect vocalist and composer. When word of his death spread, Twitter was inundated with tributes. Brett Tuggle’s son Matt and daughter Michelle survive him.
RIP Brett Tuggle
here is Brett at the 2018 concert in Kitchener, Canada pic.twitter.com/L3xobONky2
— fmfanuk (@fmfanuk) June 20, 2022
So sad 😭. So sorry won’t be seeing him again performing with Lindsey loved him God Bless his wife and family. Was very glad to see him perform in December 2021, at the Ace Theater downtown LA. RIP Brett Tuggle we will miss you and up on stage performing
— Becky (@Becky25628719) June 20, 2022