Esteba Tino, a guitarist who rose to fame as a founding member of Argentinian rock band Bass Pro, died on Sunday at his home in Buenos Aires.
The veteran bass player, known as ‘Bastard’ to the band, was 85.
“I can only say that the last four years have been the greatest in my life,” Tino said in a statement.
I have loved them ever since.” “
The music I made, the love I had for my fans and the people around me is the greatest gift I could have given them.
I have loved them ever since.”
Bass Pro rocklin’ guitarist Estebas Tino and guitarist Pablo Sanchez perform during the second half of a concert in Buenos Azul, Argentina, November 17, 2017.
AFP – Getty Images Tino died in his sleep after a battle with pancreatic cancer, the band’s website said.
He was born in the town of San Rafael, about 50km (30 miles) north of Buenos Aires, on January 27, 1927.
Tino left the band at the age of 16 to pursue a career in jazz, but the band dissolved in 1968 after he and other members failed to find a manager.
The guitarist, who was known as a “big shot” by fans, had a string of hits with his band in the 1960s.
Tinos’ son, guitarist Pablo, said he would “never forget his dad”.
“He was always the type of guy who would take care of people,” Pablo said.
“He would always take care.
He would never leave his wife or children.
He loved his family and his friends.
He’s the type who would not take no for an answer.
He always treated everybody with the utmost respect.”
The band formed in 1965 in San Rafael and would go on to tour the world.
The group, which would later be renamed Bass Pro Rocklin’, released their debut album, The Guitar Man, in 1969.
The band released a second album, My Guitar Man II, in 1972, and the trio released another, My Bass Man, and a third, My Bop Man, the same year.
In 1975, the group released the album I Am a Rock, which became their highest-charting album.
Bass Pro went on to release two more albums, the 1975 album All That Matters and the 1977 album I Love My Guitar.