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16 May 2020 06:37

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Phil May, frontman for the rock band The Pretty Things, has died at age 75. The Pretty Things were influential during the British era and their seminal fourth studio album 'S.F. Sorrow' was often described as the first rock opera or even the first concept album. May died on Friday morning (May 15) at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, according to a statement from the band's management. The lead singer had been hospitalized last week after he fell from his bicycle. May had to undergo emergency hip surgery due to his injuries, which led to complications that caused his death.

According to The Guardian, coronavirus has been ruled out as any contributing factor. May was born in Dartford, Kent in 1944. He formed The Pretty Things in 1963 with guitarist Dick Taylor, his Sidcup Art College classmate, who had just parted ways with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards pre-Rolling Stones band Little Boy Blue And The Blue Boys. The Pretty Things signed to Fontana Records in 1964 and began releasing a series of R&B covers and originals. May garnered notoriety at the time for his bisexuality and experimentation with drugs, as well as his hair, which he claimed was the longest in the UK.

In the 1960s, The Pretty Things began turning to a more psychedelic sound, which produced the memorable 'S.F. Sorrow'. The band continued to evolve, adapting more rock trends and releasing albums up until 1980 and were revered by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, David Bowie, the Ramones and Kasabian. The Pretty Things also joined forces with Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty under the name Pretty Things/Yardbird Blues Band. Some of their latest albums include '...Rage Before Beauty' (released in 1999), 'Balboa Island' (2007), and 2015's 'The Sweet Pretty Things (Are in Bed Now, of Course...)'. Even though The Pretty Things had moments of inactivity, the band never split up, enjoying decades of tours and a 55-year career.

At their 2018 farewell show, they were joined onstage by David Gilmour and Van Morrison. Fans on Twitter shared their love for Phil May. "He was f**king wonderful," said a fan while another wrote, "They were a brilliant band. Sorry to hear the news." One fan said, "OMG!!! Was just lauding The Pretty things to the very same @MDesbarres not even a week ago. An amazing artist who once had the longest hair in England. The man who Bowie once dubbed God has gone on to meet his. He shall be missed by me dearly. Will have a Pretty Things (sic)." Another said, "Sad news...they were pioneers!" Phil is survived by his son, Paris May, his daughter, Sorrel May and his partner, Colin Graham. If you have a news scoop or an interesting story for us, please reach out at (323) 421-7514 The Pretty Things frontman and vocalist Phil May has died. The Sun reported that the late musician died on Friday morning local time at a hospital in Kings Lynn in Norfolk, England following a bicycle accident. It has been reported that he died from complications caused by emergency hip surgery and that it was not coronavirus related. English rock band The Pretty Things at London, United Kingdom circa 1965. (Wolfgang Kuhn/United Archives vi) In a statement obtained by the newspaper, May's family said: "Phil May passed away at 7.05am on Friday 15 May at the Queen Elizabeth hospital, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. The statement went on to reveal the cause of death while stating that May had been "in poor health for some time when The Pretty Things played their last live concert, The Final Bow, on 13 December 2018 at the Indigo, O2 where they were joined onstage by old friends David Gilmour and Van Morrison." Dick Taylor and Phil May of The Pretty Things perform at the Lunar Festival on June 6, 2015 in Tanworth-in-Arden, United Kingdom. (Redferns via Getty Images) Musician Dave Davies of rock 'n roll band The Kinks shared a touching tribute to the late singer on Twitter. "Very sad news, he was a very talented guy and he will be sorely missed. I'm shocked," he wrote. Blur guitarist Graham Cox tweeted out a YouTube link to one of the band's hits, 'Cries From The Midnight Circus' as a tribute. The Pretty Things are most well known for their 1967 album SF Sorrow which has since garnered status as a cult favourite. May formed the band in 1963 alongside Dick Taylor, an early bassist for The Rolling Stones. They were soon joined by John Stax, Brian Pendelton and Viv Andrews becoming part of the burgeoning London R 'n B scene at the time releasing a number of singles including a popular hit 'Don't Bring Me Down'. English rock and roll group The Pretty Things posed circa 1966. Left to right: Dick Taylor, John Stax, Phil May and Skip Alan. Fans of their sound included legendary rockstars such as Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, David Bowie and The Ramones. The band were known as wild performers and lyrics that centred on drug-taking. During their August 1965 tour of New Zealand, the band's behaviour was considered so outrageous that they were banned from returning to the country. Posed studio group portrait of the Pretty Things. (Redferns) The group's last album Sweet Pretty Things (Are in Bed Now, of Course...) was released in 2015. May is survived by his partner Colin Graham, his son, Paris May, and his daughter, Sorrel May. Facebook Celebrity The co-founder of the iconic 1960s blues band has died at the age of 75 in a hospital after suffering from complications following an emergency hip surgery. AceShowbiz - The Pretty Things frontman Phil May has died at the age of 75. The singer passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020 at a hospital in Norfolk, England, where he suffered complications after undergoing emergency hip surgery following a cycling accident. May was a co-founder of 1960s blues rockers The Pretty Things, tasting success with singles like "Don't Bring Me Down", "Honey I Need", and "Cry to Me". Their sound influenced artists like Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, The Ramones, Bob Dylan, The Sex Pistols, and Aerosmith, and later The White Stripes and Kasabian among other rockers. May, who struggled with lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, remained a member of The Pretty Things throughout a series of line-up changes, and the band played its last gig, appropriately titled The Final Bow, in London in December 2018 when the musicians were joined onstage by pals David Gilmour and Van Morrison. Although they retired from the touring circuit, The Pretty Things continued to record with a new album set for release later this year 2020. Paying tribute to May, The Kinks guitarist Dave Davie tweeted, "Very sad news, he was a very talented guy and he will be sorely missed. I'm shocked."