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David Byron

Background information
Birth name David Garrick
Born 29 January 1947(1947-01-29)
Origin Epping, Essex, England
Died 28 February 1985 (aged 38)
Reading, Berkshire, England[1]
Genres Rock, Hard rock, Progressive rock, Heavy metal
Instruments vocals

David Byron (29 January 1947 – 28 February 1985) born as David Garrick[2] was the original lead vocalist for Spice (from 1967 through 1969) and is most famous for singing in the 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 Reading in 1985.[1] The coroner's report cited epilepsy and fatty liver.


With Uriah Heep


With Rough Diamond

With The Byron Band


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