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Cockney Rebel frontman Steve Harley dies aged 73


Cockney Rebel frontman Steve Harley dies aged 73

Steve Harley, frontman of the rock band Cockney Rebel, has died at the age of 73.

The musician, who had been been battling cancer, passed away at his home in Suffolk on Sunday morning.

A statement from his family read:

“We are devastated to announce that our wonderful husband and father has passed away peacefully at home, with his family by his side. The birdsong from his woodland that he loved so much was singing for him. His home has been filled with the sounds and laughter of his four grandchildren.

“Stephen. Steve. Dad. Grandar. Steve Harley. Whoever you know him as, his heart exuded only core elements. Passion, kindness, generosity. And much more, in abundance. We know he will be desperately missed by people all over the world, and we ask that you respectfully allow us privacy to grieve.”

His PR team had previously announced that he would be taking a break from his tour to focus on treatment.

A post on Harley’s social media page in February noted that: “Due to on-going treatment for cancer, Steve cannot commit to any concerts in 2024. Steve is hoping next year will be altogether different. He appreciates all you kind words and good wishes. Team SH.”

Cockney Rebel achieved success in the 70s with five albums and twelve singles charting in the UK.

The band gained popularity with their 1973 debut album, The Human Menagerie, and became best known for their 1975 UK number one single, Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me).

Harley, born Stephen Malcolm Ronald Nice, overcame childhood polio and started his career as a reporter for the Daily Express before transitioning to folk music and eventually rock ‘n’ roll. He leaves behind his wife Dorothy and daughters Greta and Kerr.

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