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R.I.P., KEN HENSLEY (1945 – 2020)

by MythofRock

Shocking news for the music community. Ken Hensley has passed away. He died peacefully on November 4, following a very short illness. Former Uriah Heep keyboardist, songwriter and singer, Hensley was 75 years old. The legendary musician, born in Plumstead, south-east London (24 August 1945), was one of the most celebrated, skilled musicians of the past half a century. Apart from his works with Uriah Heep, he had also an important solo career and collaborated with bands such as Blackfoot, W.A.S.P. and Cinderella. Some of his seminal compositions are “Lady in Black”, “July Morning”, “Look at Yourself” and “Easy Livin'”. His best known solo album was “Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf ” (1973). 

A very spiritual person, Hensley became an inspiration to many and known for encouraging talented artists.

Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box said: “I am in deep shock at the news Ken Hensley has passed away, and my sincere condolences go to his family and wife Monica. Ken wrote some amazing songs in his tenure with the band, and they will remain a musical legacy that will be in people’s hearts forever. RIP Ken.”

Hensley had recently finished work on a new project, “My Book Of Answers”, which is due for release end of February 2021. He leaves behind a wife, Monica, and two brothers Trevor, Mark and sister Dawn, and his close friend and manager Steve Weltman.

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