Who is Ken Hensley? Ken Hensley Bio/Wiki
Kenneth William David Hensley aka Ken Hensley was a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from England, best known during the 1970s for his work with Uriah Heep.
During this time, he wrote or co-wrote most of Uriah Heep’s songs, including the hit singles “Lady in Black” (on which he sang lead vocals), “Quick Livin” and “Stealin” as well as “Look at Yourself” and “Free Me” on which he also sang lead vocals.
Hensley died on Wednesday at the age of 75.
5th November 2020: I received devastating news this morning from Ken’s manager Steve Weltman that Ken Hensley has passed away.
My sincere condolences go to his family and wife Monica and may he rest in peace.
URIAH HEEP pic.twitter.com/JGtO2AHEgw
— Uriah Heep (@uriah_heep) November 5, 2020
He was 75 years old.
In 1980, unhappy with the musical path they had taken, Hensley left the band. He later moved to the USA after attempting to bring a new band together in the UK (Shotgun) and performed a few gigs in North America as The Ken Hensley Band. His third solo LP, Free Spirit (1980), came out about this time.
Hensley formed Blackfoot, a hard rock band based in Florida, in 1982. He recorded two records with them (1983’s Siogo and 1984’s Vertical Smiles). Although some success was achieved by the group, Hensley left after Bron told him of the death of Heep vocalist David Byron in 1985.
In 1999, aside from his work with St Louis Music, Hensley’s musical activities started to increase. He, along with his band Visible Confidence, captured an album, A Glimpse of Glory.
In later years, Hensley lived in the village of Agost, near Alicante in Spain, with his wife.
Following a brief illness, Ken Hensley died. He was 75. The sad news was delivered by his brother Trevor in a post on Facebook today November 5. Trevor Hensley wrote in a Facebook post, “I am writing this with a heavy heart to let you know that my brother Ken Hensley passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening.
“His beautiful wife Monica was at his side and comforted Ken in his last few minutes with us.”
“We are all devastated by this tragic and incredibly unexpected loss and ask that you please give us some space and time to come to terms with it.
Ken will be cremated in a private ceremony in Spain so please don’t ask for information about a funeral.”
“Ken has gone but he will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts.
Stay safe out there.”
I am writing this with a heavy heart to let you know that my brother Ken Hensley passed away peacefully on Wednesday…
Deeply saddened to hear the passing of my dear friend and brother for 5 decades , Ken Hensley, @uriah_heep
An incredible songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player, And more importantly a kind human being.
honored to have sung the song “last dance”
All my love 🕊🙏💜 pic.twitter.com/WwICmH3Ob4
— Glenn Hughes (@glenn_hughes) November 5, 2020
🎸🥀R.I.P Ken Hensley😞🧡🎸🎸 Uriah Heep singer Ken Hensley dead at 75: Composer and poet behind iconic British rock band dies ‘suddenly’ while in midst of creating new solo album pic.twitter.com/X2V3f4AZRi
— Joe Worthman (@twjoeworth) November 5, 2020