Kenneth William David Ken Hensley (born 24 August 1945 in Plumstead in London died yesterday. He was a British singer, guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter. He was best known from his time in Uriah Heep (1969-1980). Hensley, who laid the foundation for most of Uriah Heep’s hits in the 1970s, including Lady In Black, July Morning, The Wizard and Sunrise. He was active until his death and lived in Alicante in Spain.
Mick Box states, «Devastating news yesterday from Ken Hensley’s manager Steve Weltman that Ken Hensley has passed away. I had just finished watching his video of the unboxing of the 50th Anniversary Box Set last night, where he seemed absolutely fine and justifiably proud of his time in Uriah Heep, which has just added to the shock».
«We may not have always been the best of friends, but there were some wonderful times we shared too, which are the ones I will always remember. Ken Hensley 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».
«His communication through lyrics and melody have stood the test of time, and with the power and chemistry of the band bringing those songs to life, we achieved success we could only have dreamed of».
«My sincere condolences go to his family and wife Monica and may he rest in peace».