Until 1980 he was keyboarder and creative head of the British hard rock band “Uriah Heep” – now Ken Hensley has died at the age of 75. This was announced by his brother Trevor Hensley in a Facebook post on Thursday (November 5). “With a heavy heart I have to inform you that my brother Ken Hensley passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening. His wife Monica was by his side and stood by Ken in his final minutes,” he writes and adds: “We are all devastated by this tragic and incredibly unexpected loss. Ken is gone, but he will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts. Trevor Hensley also announced that his brother will be buried in a private ceremony in Spain.
Ken Hensley was born in London in 1945 and first played guitar in the 1960s before he switched to keyboard in 1965 in the band “The Gods” with Stones guitarist Mick Taylor. After the first two albums “The Gods” changed its name several times until the band members finally agreed on “Uriah Heep”. Hensley wrote several songs for the band, including the hit “Lady in Black”, which he also sang. In 1980 the keyboardist left the band for musical reasons and dedicated himself to his solo career.
Thank you Ken for the good music you gave us and left us. Rest in peace.