In Memoriam: John Regan

In Memoriam: John Regan

John Regan, a songwriter, producer, and bassist who was a member of Peter Frampton’s band and Frehley’s Comet, died April 7 at his home in New York. He was 71.

Born in Wappingers Falls, New York, Regan played bass in bands as a teen. By the early ’70s he was playing sessions and appeared on two albums by singer/songwriter Chip Taylor. In ’79, he joined Frampton’s touring band, then helped record 1981’s Breaking All the Rules.

In ’85, he played on the David Bowie/Mick Jagger hit “Dancing in the Street,” then on the Rolling Stones song “Winning Ugly.” He was a member of Frehley’s Comet from 1984 to ’90 and also recorded and performed with Stephen Stills, Dave Edmunds, Robin Trower, Billy Idol, and many others.

In 2014, he began co-hosting a radio show focused on Italian music. In early ’23, he helped form 6 Cats in the Yard, a CSNY/Byrds/Buffalo Springfield tribute act that planned to perform this summer.

This article originally appeared in VG’s August 2023 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.

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