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Uriah Heep: Former keyboard player Ken Hensley dies aged 75

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Previous Uriah Heep console player Ken Hensley has kicked the bucket at 75 years old.

Hensley composed a few of the London musical crew’s initial tracks, including Easy Livin’, Stealin’, and Lady dressed in Black – which he likewise sang on.

He passed on “calmly” on Wednesday night, following a short ailment, his administration affirmed.

Previous bandmate, Mick Box said his music “will be in individuals’ souls until the end of time”.

“I am in profound stun at the news Ken Hensley has died, and my genuine sympathies go to his family and spouse Monica,” composed Box.

“Ken thought of some astounding tunes in his residency with the band, and they will stay a melodic inheritance that will be in individuals’ souls for eternity. Tear Ken.”

fifth November 2020:

I got obliterating news toward the beginning of today from Ken’s supervisor Steve Weltman that Ken Hensley has died.

My true sympathies go to his family and spouse Monica and may he find happiness in the hereafter.


Uriah Heep making the most of their prime during the 1970s, mixing hefty and prog rock, with Hensley’s console sound high in the blend.

The band took its name from a character in the Charles Dickens tale David Copperfield.

‘Like a frantic dream’

  • Addressing Eon Music in a meeting distributed a week ago, Hensley considered the period, which saw his band feature fields and sell a great many records.
    • “All things considered, to come clean with you it was all similar to a distraught dream,” he said.

“It’s the sort of thing when you’re a small child you long for occurring, and you know, you need to see your name on an announcement some place, you need to see your record getting delivered, you need to see your record in the graphs.”

He proceeded: “And afterward it transforms into, ‘well, perhaps one day I may get a gold record’ or ‘possibly one day I’ll feature a celebration’, however meanwhile you’ll manage with what you have, and afterward when the wide range of various pieces of it materialize, there are two different ways you can respond to it:

(Left to right) David Byron, Mick Box, Gary Thain, Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake of Uriah Heep, backstage at Top of the Pop in 1972

“You can either go overboard and expect that you’ve acquired it or merit it, or you can simply remain there in amazement and miracle and can’t help thinking about what’s straightaway?!

“Furthermore, I think we were only every one of the a piece overpowered by every last bit of it.”

(Left to right) David Byron, Mick Box, Gary Thain, Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake of Uriah Heep, behind the stage at Top of the Pop in 1972

Hensley left the band toward the decade’s end and proceeded to play with Blackfoot and John Lawton, prior to shaping his own band, Ken Hensley and Live Fire.

Be that as it may, he partook in various off the cuff reunions with his previous bandmates, frequently at the Uriah Heep Annual Convention.

In September this year, his previous Uriah Heep bandmate, drummer Lee Kerslake, additionally kicked the bucket.

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In an assertion Hensley’s administration depicted the multi-instrumentalist as “one of the main artists of the past 50 years”, and “an exceptionally profound individual”.

His sibling, Trevor, who is additionally a performer, composed on Facebook that the family were “crushed by this shocking and extraordinarily surprising misfortune” and requested “existence to grapple with it”.

He affirmed that his late kin will be incinerated in a private function in Spain, where he lived on a ranch with his better half Monica.

Hensley, who was conceived in South East London and brought up in Stevenage, had as of late completed work on another task, My Book Of Answers, which is expected for discharge in February.