Music boss Alan Wills dies after cycling accident

Alan Wills Alan Wills was the founder of Liverpool-based Deltasonic Records

Related Stories

A musician who founded one of Liverpool's biggest record labels has died after a cycling accident.

Alan Wills died on Sunday night - three days after he suffered serious head injuries while cycling along East Prescot Road, Page Moss.

The 52-year-old drummer was the founder of Deltasonic Records, which signed bands including The Coral and The Zutons.

His friend Dave Pichilingi said his death "will be a great loss".

Mr Pichilingi, founder of the Liverpool Sound City music festival, added: "I was with him at the end. He was one of my closest friends.

"His loyalty, his belief, his commitment and all the amazing things he did in the industry are well known.

"We worked together with bands for many years. There aren't enough characters in this game and he was bigger than life."

'Lovely character'

Jim Sharrock, 21, a drummer in Liverpool band the Sundowners, said: "I used to play with Alan in a band called the Red Suns.

"He actually gave me my first drum kit. I'm still using it today. He was the most lovely character.

"I had a text message telling me the news. It's such a shock."

Merseyside Police issued an appeal for information after the accident, which happened at about 20:50 BST on Thursday.

A statement from the force said officers do not believe any other vehicles were involved.

Mr Wills was taken to University Hospital Aintree but could not be saved.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "Next-of-kin have been informed and the investigation is ongoing."

More on This Story

Related Stories

BBC Liverpool



10 °C 4 °C

BBC Local Live

    15:28: Oil on line caused crash Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Investigators have concluded a train crashed into barriers at Chester station because of leaves and oil on the line.

    Train crashes into barrier

    A report also says the driver didn't use the emergency equipment in time in November last year.

    The Virgin service partially derailed when it hit the buffers at the end of the platform.

    15:18: Fire service marked in show Julia Bryson BBC Local Live

    School children across Cheshire will perform a story of how the fire service evolved over the years.

    Heroes with Grimy Faces show

    Heroes with Grimy Faces at Chester Cathedral will use the cause and consequence of fire incidents over the decades to highlight fire safety issues.

    It will be performed by children from Warrington, Culcheth, Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield and Runcorn on Tuesday.

    15:00: News on the hour Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    An inquest's heard doctors could not have predicted a mentally ill Liverpool man would kill his mother, despite killing his father six years before.

    Leslie Gadsby stabbed Edna to death in 2010.

    14:48: Vital roof work continues Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

    Work has progressed on the second stage of a vital roof restoration project at the oldest church in Widnes.

    14:42: Tunnel facelift Julia Bryson BBC Local Live

    The Mersey Tunnels are used by 25m vehicles each year, and now one of them is to benefit from an £8m investment.

    Wallasey Tunnel

    The Kingsway - or Wallasey - Tunnel is to be rewired and lighting will be replaced for the first time in its 40-year history.

    The project will be funded by money set aside from the Mersey Tunnel Toll.

    14:25: Winter carousel

    This vivid carousel in Liverpool city centre is part of Liverpool One's winter celebrations.


    Do you have a picture you'd like to share? Email

    14:11: Remembering Edward Rushton

    A city-wide exhibition in Liverpool is paying homage to an 18th Century blind poet and slavery abolitionist.

    A mural of Edward Rushton

    But who is Edward Rushton and why is he being remembered?

    13:59: News on the hour Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    An inquest has heard doctors and social workers could not have predicted that a mentally ill Liverpool man would kill his mother.

    Leslie Gadsby, from Stoneycroft, stabbed his mother Edna to death in 2010 - six years after he killed his father with a hammer.

    13:45: Wonderful listeners Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Toy Appeal. A month before Christmas and you donate sackfuls every day. Wonderful listeners.

    toy appeal
    13:35: Accident closes by-pass

    Upton by-pass is closed in both directions between Greasby Road and Royden Road because of an accident near the cricket club.

    13:24: Coming up on North West Today Roger Johnson Presenter, North West Tonight

    Coming up in the programme, an inquest hears how doctors and social workers could not have predicted a mentally ill man would kill his own mother.

    Leslie Gadsby stabbed his mother Edna to death in 2010. He also killed his own father in 2004, but was released from a secure mental hospital after two years.

    Watch BBC North West Today on BBC One at 13:30.

    13:17: Is Kim right? Will Batchelor, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm standing in for Roger Phillips today and asking is Kim Cattrall right to get involved in the row over green spaces in Liverpool?

    That`s the phone in this lunchtime until 2. You can call me on 0151 709 9333.

    13:10: Edna Gadsby inquest Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    I'm at the inquest of Edna Gadsby at Liverpool coroner's court, who was killed by her son in 2010.

    Her son Leslie was conditionally discharged from a secure hospital in 2006 after an appeal to a mental health tribunal.

    It concluded that his mother was unlawfully killed. Watch more on BBC North West Today on BBC One at 13:30.

    12:59: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    TV star Kim Cattrall has hit back at the Mayor of Liverpool after he criticised her for backing a campaign to save Sefton Park Meadows.

    The Sex and the City actor has called the council's decision to sell off some of the area to housing developers an encroachment "on the people's land."

    12:50: Bridge early warning system Warrington Guardian

    A software development company has launched a rival early warning system to alert motorists of the imminent opening of the swing bridges in Latchford, Stockton Heath and Walton.

    12:40: Star's right to opinion BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: NEWS: @KimCattrall tells @joeforliverpool "I don't live or work in "Hollywood" I'm a NY actor Liverpool born & bred I've right to my opinion

    12:30: Mayor hits out at Cattrall Bronwyn Jones BBC North West

    Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has hit back at comments from Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall criticising plans to sell Sefton Park Meadows.

    The Liverpool-born actor said developing the area next to the park would "encroach on the people's land".

    12:20: Great being on air

    Yellow Door Artists tweets: Great being on @bbcmerseyside with @dreamStHelens this morning about the work we're doing in #StHelens for @vaengland

    Helen Jones and team
    12:12: Indecent exposures in Chester

    Police are appealing for help after two indecent exposure incidents in Chester over the weekend.

    The first was at 19:30 on Saturday in Westminster Park playing fields as a 52-year-old woman walked near to the cafe.

    The second occurred on Blacon Point Road, Blacon, Chester, early on Sunday.

    11:58: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    There's fresh hope for the family of a Wirral soldier, who are campaigning for him to be recognised for his bravery more than thirty years after his death.

    Cpl Stewart McLaughlin from Wallasey died in the Falklands War in 1982.

    11:43: Edna Gadsby inquest Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: At #Liverpool Coroner's Ct for inquest into death of Edna Gadsby who was killed by her mentally ill son Leslie in 2010. @BBCNWT 1.30

    11:32: What do you think? Julia Bryson BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live from our base in Liverpool to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    11:20: Mayor criticises Cattrall Julia Bryson BBC Local Live

    Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said Kim Cattrall's comments about Sefton Park are "out of context and ill-informed".

    The actress, who lived in Liverpool as a child, supported protests over plans to build homes there.

    Mr Anderson said: "It's all very well for a Hollywood superstar to shout from the sidelines, but what does she really know of the issues that Liverpool faces?

    "I'd be interested to hear what Kim Cattrall has to say on care packages for the elderly and disabled adults, mental health provision, crumbling schools or repairing our roads, for example?"

    11:11: Officer misconduct charges Liverpool Echo
    11:00: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A war of words has broken out between Liverpool's Mayor and Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall after she backed a campaign to save Sefton Park Meadows.

    10:45: NHS workers on strike Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    These NHS workers formed a picket line in Liverpool city centre this morning.

    NHS picket line in Liverpool

    It's the second four-hour strike staff in England and Northern Ireland have held as part of a pay dispute.

    They are protesting about the decision not to implement a 1% rise for all staff recommended by a pay review body.

    10:31: Reds' hopes 'unrealistic' BBC Sport

    Former Manchester United and Everton player Phil Neville says that qualification for the Europa League is Liverpool's best hope for the season.

    Former Manchester United and Everton player Phil Neville

    The Reds, who lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace on Sunday, have finished between sixth and eighth place in four of the last five Premier League campaigns.

    10:21: Girl, nine, hit by car Julia Bryson BBC Local Live

    A nine-year-old girl was hit by a car in Walton this morning.

    She was injured along with an 18-year-old man at the junction of Scarisbrick Road and Walton Hall Avenue just after 08:30.

    The girl was taken to Alder Hey to be treated for non-serious injuries.

    10:08: Train delays

    There are delays of up to half an hour on Virgin trains services between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street, due to a signalling problem at Stafford.

    09:57: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool's Mayor has criticised TV star Kim Cattrall after she backed a campaign to save Sefton Park Meadows.

    The Sex and the City actress was in the city over the weekend and posed for photos at the site where new homes will be built.

    09:50: Bellew's next move Phil Kinsella, BBC Radio Merseyside

    After beating Nathan Cleverly in their grudge fight at the weekend, it is being claimed today Tony Bellew's next move will not be a world title bout but a switch to Hollywood.

    Nathan Cleverly's (R) defeat against Tony Bellew (L) was his second loss in 30 professional fights

    Reports suggest the Liverpool boxer, pictured on the right with his rival, has landed a major role in the Rocky spin-off Creed.

    The film will chronicle the boxing career of Apollo Creed's grandson and will be filmed in Las Vegas.

    09:40: Cyclist injured in crash Julia Bryson BBC Local Live

    A cyclist is critically ill after he crashed into a parked van in north Liverpool last night.

    The 28-year-old was on his way home from work when the incident happened on Breck Road, Walton, at 21:45.

    09:31: Guitar fails to sell Julia Bryson BBC Local Live

    The guitar played by John Lennon when the Beatles recorded Paperback Writer has failed to sell at auction.

    John Lennon

    It was expected to go for as much as £600,000, but failed to reach the £400,000 reserve on Sunday.

    09:21: Rodgers accepts blame BBC Sport

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has accepted full responsibility for his team's stuttering run of form.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

    Last season's runners-up slumped to a third straight Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace, losing 3-1.

    09:14: Sun up at Otterspool

    This stunning sunrise was captured in Otterspool by Sean Robertson this morning.


    We love to see your pictures from around the region, and you can send them in on email, Facebook or Twitter.

    09:07: Lanterns for Erick Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    I was in Fazakerley on Saturday when hundreds of people gathered at Field Lane Park to remember Erick Maina.


    The 15-year-old was found dead at his home last week. The event raised money for Marie Curie cancer research.

    08:58: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside's chief constable wants surveillance powers for police to be updated so they can keep up with criminals and terrorists who use the internet to avoid detection.

    Sir Jon Murphy is outlining his views in a debate at Liverpool John Moores University later on the Surveillance Society.

    08:51: Picket line at Arrowe Park Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at Arrowe Park Hospital where a four-hour strike is underway. I've been speaking to a midwife who is also a union rep.

    picket line at Arrowe Park Hospital
    08:39: Kim Cattrall's park plea Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Actress Kim Cattrall used a visit to Liverpool over the weekend to back a campaign to save Sefton Park Meadows.

    Kim Cattrall in Sefton Park

    High-quality housing is to be built in the area but the city council's come under fire from green campaigners for selling off the area near Park Avenue.

    08:29: Bus lanes reinstated Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    Four bus lanes in Liverpool have been reinstated after a suspension lasting more than a year.

    Bus on bus lane in Liverpool

    The lanes, all in the city centre, will be the only routes to remain in use after Liverpool City Council decided not to use the others.

    08:14: Oldest hockey player claim Lynette Horsburgh BBC News

    A man from Merseyside believes he may have set a world record for the oldest hockey player.

    Robert Adams

    Robert Adams, 84, played a full 70 minutes for West Derby Hockey Club's third team against Golborne in the North West Hockey League on Saturday.

    08:07: Fine and sunny Sara Blizzard Weather Presenter

    A cold and crisp start, with frost and perhaps some fog for a time.

    BBC Weather grab

    A fine day will follow with plenty of sunshine and light winds. Temperatures falling sharply after dusk, although cloud increasing across Cumbria later. Check the forecast near you.

    08:00: Good morning Julia Bryson BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to the start of the week. I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside today. If you'd like to get in touch, you can contact me on email, Facebook and Twitter.



BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.