Pretty Things Singer Phil May Dies Aged 75
Pretty Things singer Phil May has died at the age of 75. A spokesperson for the band confirmed in a statement that Phil had died in hospital on Friday morning, following complications from hip surgery according to report by Huffington Post.
Phil had been on lockdown at home with his family until earlier this week, when he was taken to hospital to undergo emergency hip surgery, having fallen off his bike.
According to the statement on Pretty Thing’s website:
If you’re reading this, you will already know what a remarkable singer and performer Phil was, throughout the 55 years and more that he fronted The Pretty Things, and you will probably also be aware of his prodigious talent as a writer, lyricist, and ground-breaker, with numerous musical ‘firsts’ to his name. But he was far, far more than that. To those of us who knew him intimately, and loved him, personally, he was a remarkable, mercurial, influential, and irreplaceable human being and the finest, most honourable human being I have ever known. He was funny, creative, quick, decent, insightful, hugely talented in so many ways, infuriating, direct, and unswervingly loyal, in an industry of frauds, and honest, painfully so. This Idol did not have feet of clay. His work across 55 years encompasses some of the true high points of rock music from its early R&B roots, right through to the present day.
Pretty Things achieved chart success in the early 1960s, with songs like Don’t Bring Me Down and Honey I Need, reaching number six in the UK charts with their self-titled debut album.
Phil had been in poor health for some time leading up to the band’s decision to retire. He is survived by his partner, Colin Graham, and his children, Paris and Sorrel May.