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Wednesday, 29 October 2008 18:19


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Born: 29 January 1947,  Epping, Essex, England

Died: 28 February 1985 Reading, Berkshire, England

Age: 38

Cause of death:  Alcohol related complications.

Notable because: One of the legendary rock singers who defined the genre, consumed by alcoholism.


David Byron is most famous for singing in the legendary English rock band Uriah Heep between 1969 and 1976.

Despite his vocal range (paired with a sense of dynamics), and a charismatic stage presence, Byron was dismissed from Uriah Heep in 1976, at the demand of keyboardist Ken Hensley (the band's primary songwriter), who gave the ultimatum "it's him or me" to band manager Gerry Bron, citing Byron's increasingly erratic behaviour due to alcohol abuse.

He unsuccessfully attempted to revive his career with Rough Diamond (a band also featuring former members of Humble Pie and Wings), a second solo album (Baby Faced Killer), and The Byron Band. Mick Box and Trevor Bolder of Uriah Heep invited Byron to re-join the band in 1980, but Byron refused. He died of alcohol related complications in 1985. The coroner's report cited epilepsy and fatty liver.


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