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. Lawton lived to be 74 years old, according to several media reports.
John Lawton was only part of the band for a relatively short time
Although Lawton only joined the band after their big breakthrough and was only a temporary member, he was involved in producing 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 bandmates.
Lawton had close ties to Germany. Before and after his time with Uriah Heep, he was a rock band called Lucifer’s Friend for several years. For a long time, he was also part of the Les Humphries Singers, founded in Germany.
Uriah Heep co-founder Ken Hansen died in November at the age of 75. The London-born rock legend played for Uriah Heep between 1970 and 1980.