Steve Priest, the founding member of glam rock band The Candy, has died aged 72. 

The unhappy information was introduced on the band’s Fb web page on June 5 (UK time), with Priest’s bandmate Andy Scott confirming that he’s the one surviving member left of the British band. A explanation for dying has but to be revealed. 

“Then there was one!” 70-year-old Scott started in his publish. “I’m in items proper now. Steve Priest has handed away. His spouse Maureen and I’ve saved in touch and although his well being was failing I by no means envisaged this second. By no means. My ideas are along with his household x.”

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Steve Priest was the bass participant and vocalist of ’70s band The Candy. (Getty)

The Candy rose to fame within the ’70s and skilled 13 High 20 singles in that decade with ‘Fox on the Run’, ‘Little Willy’, and naturally the basic 1974 hit ‘The Ballroom Blitz’. The band consisted of lead vocalist Brian Connolly, drummer Mick Tucker, guitarist Scott and bass participant Priest.

“He was one of the best bass participant I ever performed with,” Scott added in his assertion. “The noise we made as a band was so highly effective. From that second in the summertime of 1970 when set off on our Musical Odyssey the world opened up and the rollercoaster journey began! He ultimately adopted his coronary heart and moved to the USA. First New York then LA. Relaxation in Peace brother. All my love.”

Priest would take over as lead vocalist in 1978 when Connolly left the group. They continued to carry out as a trio earlier than disbanding in 1981. The unique 4 members tried to reunite in 1988, however scrapped their plans resulting from Connolly’s quite a few well being issues, together with a number of coronary heart assaults. He died in 1997 aged 51 after years of renal failure. Drummer Tucker handed away in 2002 from leukaemia, aged 54.

Two years in the past, Priest mirrored on the band’s heyday in an interview with Canadian paper, Kelowna Day by day Courier.

“It is troublesome to place a spotlight on what I have been doing for the previous 50 years. There have been numerous excessive and lowlights, however it’s wonderful,” he mentioned of performing his songs to followers each previous and new. “I am going on stage and I see these 15-year-olds down within the entrance, singing together with the lyrics. Wow. You bear in mind them, as a result of I do not. Each time we do a gig that goes properly, then I’ve gained.”

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