Founding member and bass player for the British glam rock band Sweet Steve Priest died June 4 at the age of 72. While it was known that Priest was in failing health, an official cause of death was not given.
Priest began the band The Sweet in 1968 with himself, Mick Tucker, Brian Connolly, and Frank Torpey. In 1970, Andy Scott joined the band and released their debut album “Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be” in 1971. After several hit songs and a number of album releases including Ballroom Blitz”, “Fox on the Run”, “Little Willy”, and “Teenage Rampage”; The Sweet broke up in 1981.
Priest was known for his flamboyant costumes and heavy makeup.
After immigrating to the United States in 2008, he formed a new incarnation of the Sweet.
Born in West London in 1948, Priest began playing music after creating his own bass guitar while he was in his teens. Before creating The Sweet, Priest was a member of The Countdowns and The Army.
Priest is survived by his wife Maureen; daughters Lisa, Maggie, and Daneille; three grandchildren – Jordan, Jade and Hazel -, and fellow band member Andy Scott.
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