The former lead singer of the British hard rock band Uriah Heep (“Lady in Black”) is dead. John Lawton died unexpectedly on June 29, according to a message on the band’s website. He did not suffer from any illness. “He died peacefully at his wife’s side,” it said. He is buried with his family and close friends. He died at the age of 74.
Although Lawton only joined the band after their big breakthrough and was only a short member, he was involved in the production of four albums. Including “Firefly”, “Innocent Victim” and “Fallen Angel”. The song “Free Me” was particularly successful from this time.
“Rock music has lost one of its greatest rock voices of all time and its legacy will live on forever,” said Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box, paying tribute to his former band mates.
Lawton had close ties to Germany. Before and after his time with Uriah Heep, he was a member of the rock band Lucifer’s Friend for several years. For a long time he was also part of the Les Humphries Singers, which was founded in Germany.
Uriah Heep co-founder Ken Hensley died in November at the age of 75. The London-born rock legend played for Uriah Heep between 1970 and 1980. (dpa)
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