Phil May 1944 – 2020 Kurznachruf

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am Freitag, 5. Juni 2020

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Phil May, frontman with the Pretty Things, dies aged 75.

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Singer revered by David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix had complications in hospital following hip surgery.

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Fahrrad-Unfall, Hüftoperation, Pech gehabt – Pendleton (gest. 2001), Stax (stilbildend in den Pretty Things, stieg 1967 aus – er soll in Australien spezielle Gitarren vermarkten) und May hinterlassen nunmehr Dick Taylor und Viv Prince (ein Anarchist ohne Richtung!), dann Skip Allan am Schlagzeug, aus der Gründungsformation der Pretty Things im Jahr 1963.

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Philip Dennis Arthur May (born Wadey, later Kattner; 9 November 1944 – 15 May 2020) was an English vocalist. He gained fame in the 1960s as the lead singer of Pretty Things, of which he was a founding member. May remained a member throughout the band’s changing line-up over the years, and was one of the band’s main lyricists. He was the primary lyricist for the album S.F. Sorrow.

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nach „theguardian.com“:

Phil May, frontman of riotous band the Pretty Things who were acclaimed peers of David Bowie and the Rolling Stones, has died aged 75.

He died in hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, from complications following hip surgery after a cycling accident, that are not related to coronavirus.

Born in Dartford, Kent, May formed the Pretty Things in 1963 with guitarist Dick Taylor, who had recently left the nascent Rolling Stones. The band’s lineup coalesced with John Stax, Brian Pendleton and Viv Andrews, with May as frontman.

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The group became a key part of the London blues-rock scene who were in thrall to US blues players but were also bringing in new elements of pop and psychedelia. They had an early Top 10 hit in Don’t Bring Me Down and other moderately successful songs like Honey I Need and Cry to Me, and became known for their drug-taking and raucous on-stage behaviour.

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Phil May, ende 2018 singt L.s.D. mit Dick Taylor, ganz links, der Jagger-Richards-Kumpel und 1. Stones-Bassmann aus Dartford.

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May was bisexual, wore his hair long and marked himself out as a countercultural figure. He remembered in a Guardian interview in 2018: “By the time the Pretty Things hit the TV screens, I was used to being abused and spat at and getting into punch-ups, because it had happened when we were art students. We’d done our apprenticeship at being outsiders.”

The band earned their most enduring fame for their 1968 album SF Sorrow. It is regarded as the first rock opera album, a tale of the life of the fictional Sebastian F Sorrow, ahead of similar experiments like the Who’s album Tommy. The record was released by Motown offshoot Rare Earth, making them Motown’s first ever UK signing, though it was a flop on release and only later became a cult favourite.

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“ I’ve never seen the people I know in the bright light of day! –

midnight to six man“

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‘We were reprobates’: the Pretty Things on being loved by Bowie – and smoking a spliff with Norman Wisdom

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They were revered by artists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, the Ramones and Kasabian, and while there were spells of inactivity, the band never split up, enjoying a 55-year career. They played their final concert in 2018, with guest appearances by David Gilmour and Van Morrison.

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May also released a solo blues-rock album as Phil May & the Fallen Angels in 1976, which had a fraught gestation – half the album was written and performed with band members from Fleetwood Mac and Humble Pie, who later quit, leaving May to finish it with a fresh set of personnel.

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In 2014, he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, and took a break from touring. He recovered, and the following year the band released their most recent album, The Sweet Pretty Things (Are in Bed Now, of Course…).​ An album of new material is slated for release this year.

He is survived by his son Paris, daughter Sorrel, and partner Colin Graham.

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Phil May als Sänger der Pretty Things, hier im Jahr 2017 bei einem Auftritt in London. Es gibt beachtliche Interviews mit Phil May über die Pretty Things bei Youtube.

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Phil May gehörte zu meinen Jugend-Beatmusik-Idolen –

„GET THE PICTURE“ – „BUZZ THE JERK“ und „IM GONNA FIND ME A SUBSTITUTE“ – dazu der rasende VIV PRINCE, der heute noch Jazz in der Schweiz spielt.

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Ich hatte die Todesnachricht vom 19. Mai 2020 in den Agenturmeldungen nicht gefunden.

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