Al James, Former Showaddywaddy Bassist, Dies at 72


Al James, the previous bassist for British 1950s pop revival band Showaddywaddy, has died at age 72.

According to BBC News, James (born Geoffrey Betts), died on Friday (Nov. 16) after struggling a fall at house. James joined the Leicester-bred band in 1973 and performed with them by his retirement in 2008. A well-liked retro rock act within the fashion of Sha Na Na, Showaddywaddy was finest identified for performing a mixture of originals and covers of early rock hits by the likes of Eddie Cochran, Chubby Checker, Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly.

A spokesperson for the group couldn't be reached for remark at press time. Former Showaddywaddy singer Dave Bartram informed the BBC that James was a "nice mate and I cherished the man to bits...he simply had that little little bit of one thing completely different to supply. His sense of mischief and enjoyable -- that's the unforgettable. He lived life to the total. He cherished the rock and roll life-style...he was bloke."

Bartram mentioned he spoke to James within the hospital earlier than the bassist died, when he requested Bartram if he would communicate at his funeral, a want the singer mentioned he intends to honor. The glammy band's first hit single was 1974's "Hey Rock 'n' Roll," the primary of 15 UK Top 20 singles in the course of the '70s, in line with BBC News. James appeared on greater than half a dozen albums with the group -- whose distinctive lineup included two singers, two guitarists, two bass gamers and two drummers -- together with their 1974 self-titled debut, in addition to 1975's Step Two, 1976's Trocadero, 1977's Red Star and 1979's Crepes and Drapes.

Watch "Hey Rock 'n' Roll" beneath.