David Byron

Rock Singer

David Byron was born in Epping, England, United Kingdom on January 29th, 1947 and is the Rock Singer. At the age of 38, David Byron biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 29, 1947
United Kingdom
Place of Birth
Epping, England, United Kingdom
Death Date
Feb 28, 1985 (age 38)
Zodiac Sign
Singer, Songwriter
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David Byron Life

David Garrick (29 January 1947 – 28 February 1985), better known by his stage name David Byron, was a British singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of Uriah Heep.

Byron had a strong operatic voice and a flamboyant stage presence.

Early life (1958–1969)

David Byron attended Forest School, Walthamstow, from 1958 to 1966, where he excelled at sports and was in the school 1st XI football team. He performed session work for Avenue Recordings, from the mid-1960s to early 1970s, playing lead and backing vocals (occasionally with Mick Box on guitar and Paul Newton on bass). These were cover versions of Top 20 hits that were released on EPs and LPs.

The Stalkers, an Epping-based semi-pro band, was his first venture into professional music, as well as Box. Byron and Box then joined up to form the Spice (1967-1969), which also featured Newton on bass and Alex Napier on drums. Before settling on the name Spice, several other names were considered, including "The Play" and a handful of acetates of unreleased songs attributed to 'The Play'. The band toured extensively in the area under Paul Newton's father's leadership, and they signed a recording contract with United Artists, which released the band's only album "What About The Music/In Love"; copies of which are now sell for around $50 to $100 on the collectors' market.

They recruited keyboardist/guitarist/singer/songwriter Ken Hensley, Newton's bandmate in The Gods, in the understanding that the Spice sound would necessitate keyboards. Uriah Heep from Charles Dickens' novel David Copperfield was renamed by Byron during this period.


David Byron Career

Later career (1975–1984)

Byron released three solo albums: Take No Prisoners in 1975, Baby Faced Killer in 1978, and That Was Only Yesterday, which was released in 1984, one year before his death. Byron formed Rough Diamond during this time along with former Colosseum / Humble Pie guitarist Clem Clempson and former Wings drummer Geoff Britton. In March 1977, the Island Records label released a self-titled LP. The album was a hit, and Byron resigned.

Byron joined guitarist Robin George to form The Byron Band, which was released on Creole Records and premiered with the song "Every Inch of the Way/Routine" (CR 8). This was followed by the single "Never Say Die/Tired Eyes" before the 1981 album On the Rocks was released (CRX 2). However, no critical nor commercial recognition was forthcoming with Rough Diamond's previous band.

After Ken Hensley's departure, Box and Trevor Bolder invited Byron to re-join Uriah Heep in 1981, but Byron declined.

Lost and Found is a double album that featured demos and live recordings by the Byron Band, which ranged from 1980 to 1982. A Robin George solo track appears in the book.