One of Rutherglen’s best known musicians has passed away unexpectedly. Talented guitarist and singer/songwriter Alex Osborne – who was the founder of the Glasgow Songwriters’ Association – died on April 23. Relatives said the 62-year-old passed away “suddenly” at his home in Broughty Ferry, where he had lived for the past 10 years. Alex grew up in Rutherglen and was a key member of ‘Research’, a pop/rock band that was formed in the town in 1981. Research recorded several original songs, including two seven-inch vinyl singles which received national radio airplay during their studio recording years from 1982-1987. Alex was also very well known on the Glasgow music scene in the 1970s, playing alongside his uncle and well-known guitarist Matt McGinn. Alex played on Matt’s final live album ‘Screwtops are Falling On My Head’, as well as performing alongside him at several live gigs all over Scotland. Matt McGinn junior, Alex’s cousin, told the Reformer: “Alex was a Rutherglen boy and for the first 50 years of his life was a well-known and loved character around Rutherglen where he had his own TV/electrical business. “All of us who knew him loved him – not least because of his extraordinary helpfulness and kindhearted character – will sadly miss him. “Alex was only 62 and leaves behind the love of his life Patricia. He was also the best friend I ever had.” Up until recently Alex was still involved in the music business, mainly as a songwriter and producer.