Welsh singing legend Spencer Davis has died, aged 81

20 October 2020, 17:36

Welsh musician Spencer Davis who founded The Spencer Davis Group, has died age 81, according to bandmate Peter York.
Welsh musician Spencer Davis who founded The Spencer Davis Group, has died age 81, according to bandmate Peter York. Picture: Getty

Spencer Davis died yesterday aged 81 after suffering a heart attack in California.

Welsh musician Spencer Davis who founded The Spencer Davis Group, has died age 81, according to bandmate Peter York.

The singer, famous for his 1960s hits including Gimme Some Lovin’, Keep On Running and I’m A Man passed away on October 19.

Spencer, who had two number ones and four top ten hits throughout his career, and was survived by his three children and girlfriend, June.

His agent Bob Bob Birk confirmed his death, telling Metro: "He was a very good friend. He was a highly ethical, very talented, good hearted, extremely intelligent, generous man.

Spencer Davis, performing live on stage at Alexandra Palace, London on 2nd August 1973.
Spencer Davis, performing live on stage at Alexandra Palace, London on 2nd August 1973. Picture: Getty

"He leaves behind his long time, domestic partner, June and three adult children. He will be missed."

Tributes poured in from fans and colleagues including a Twitter post from Badly Drawn Boy, saying: "Sad news. Spencer Davis. Legend."

Birmingham Live reports that Pete York called Jim Simpson - ex-manager of Black Sabbath - to inform him.

Jim said: "I took Pete’s call half an hour ago and thought: 'What a shame'.

"Spencer was a lovely man – always very courteous and a purist about music. The Spencer Davis Group stuck more to the blues and never became a fully-fledged rock band."

"Spencer was scholarly and well educated, very gentle and kind and his tastes in music were spot on."

He added: ‘I last spoke to him in March just before lockdown and last saw him a couple of years ago when he played Symphony Hall as part of a package.

"He always kept in touch with his friends and would always call if he was in this country."

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