Pretty Things frontman Phil May dies aged 75

Pretty Things frontman Phil May dies aged 75”

Phil May - the frontman of famed United Kingdom rock group the Pretty Things - has died.

Phil May died on Friday morning at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn after falling from his bike earlier this week.

May had fallen off his bicycle earlier in the week. "I'm shocked", tweeted The Kinks guitarist Dave Davies.

By this time they had already released S.F. Sorrow, a groundbreaking record released six years earlier and which not only embraced psychedelia but has also gone down in history as one of the very first rock'n'roll concept albums.

The Pretty Things first came to prominence in the 1960s, and served as a major influence on artists like David Bowie, Aerosmith, The Ramones, Bob Dylan, The Sex Pistols, The White Stripes, Kasabian, The Lightning Seeds and countless more.

The Pretty Things were formed in 1963 by May and Dick Taylor, formerly of The Rolling Stones.

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As his music developed in a more progressive psych-rock direction in the late 60s, singer and lyricist May become a leading countercultural figure, known for his long hair, drug-taking and bisexuality.

In 2020 should have been released a new album.

'We'd done our apprenticeship at being outsiders'.

Blur guitarist Graham Coxon paid tribute to May on Friday afternoon, directing his Twitter followers to the The Pretty Things' 1970 track Cries From The Midnight Circus.

Fighting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from lung disease, May remained a member of The Pretty Things during a series of line-up changes, and the band played their last concert, appropriately titled The Final Bow, in London in December 2018 when the musicians were accompanied on stage by friends David Gilmour and Van morrison.

He is survived by his partner, Colin Graham, and his children, Paris and Sorrel May.

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