Uriah Heep is a critically acclaimed and veteran English hard rock/heavy metal/progressive rock band that became famous worldwide beginning in the early 1970s. Formed in late 1969 in London by guitarist Mick Box and lead singer David Byron (January 29, 1947 - February 28, 1985), other key early members included Ken Hensley (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Lee Kerslake (drums, percussion), Paul Newton (bass, backing vocals), and bassist Gary Thain (May 15, 1948 - 8 December 8, 1975), with numerous personnel changes. Uriah Heep's distinctive sound during its early hitmaking years came from Byron's soaring, high vibrato lead vocals backed by solid group harmonies and powerful hard rock guitar and organ riffs. The band took its name from one of the main antagonists in Charles Dickens' novel, "David Copperfield."
Uriah Heep debuted on the U.S. Pop/Rock charts in 1972 with the hard-driving blues rocker, "Easy Livin," which became a Top 40 hit. This smash, which was later featured in the soundtrack to "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), was followed in 1973 by "Sweet Lorraine," "Blind Eye," "Stealin'," and "July Morning," which were all minor hits. The band had its greatest success in Germany with a long string of hits through 1978 that included the Top 5 smash, "Lady In Black" (1971, from the album, "Salisbury"). Other songs for which Uriah Heep became famous include "Gypsy" (1970, from the band's debut album, "...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble"), "Sunrise" (1972, from "The Magician's Birthday"), "The Wizard" (1972, from "Demons And Wizards"), and "Seven Stars" (1973, from "Sweet Freedom").
Uriah Heep has continued to perform and record actively to the present day, with over two dozen studio albums to date that include the band's most recent release, "Living The Dream" (2018), and its all-time best seller, "Sweet Freedom" (1973). The current lineup is a quintet consisting of original member Mick Box and newer members Russell Gilbrook (drums, percussion), Phil Lanzon (keyboards, co-lead vocals), Davey Rimmer (bass, backing vocals), and Bernie Shaw (lead vocals). Over the years, the band has amassed a loyal following worldwide, especially in the Balkans, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, and Scandinavia.
- For more info about the history of Uriah Heep and the band's touring schedule, visit uriah-heep.com.
- Rockandrollgarage.com remembers late Uriah Heep frontman David Byron.
- Ultimate Classic Rock pays tribute to late Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain.
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- Easy Livin 1972
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