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Ken Hensley

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Lady in Black Ken Hensley 08:00
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Free Me Ken Hensley 04:09
Illusion Ken Hensley 05:05
Circle of Hands Ken Hensley 06:22
Longer Shadows Ken Hensley 03:45
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The Darkest Hour Ken Hensley 04:56
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A rock and roll lifer, guitarist,
singer, and keyboardist Ken Hensley was born August 24, 1945 in Plumstead,
London, England. He began playing guitar before he was a teenager and started
gigging before he turned 16. He bounced from band to band throughout the late
1960s, playing with such future notables as Mick Taylor and Greg Lake in the
group The Gods. In 1969 Hensley was invited to join the band Spice, who changed
heir name the next year to Uriah Heep. It was in this group that Hensley came
into his own as both a songwriter, singer, and musician, and over the next ten
years he would record over a dozen albums with the band including hard rock
classics like 1971’s Look at Yourself and 1972’s Demons and Wizards, and
he would write the band’s most famous singles including “Look at Yourself”,
“Easy Livin’”, “Lady in Black” and “July Morning”. Although
he released a pair of solo albums in the 1970s, he left Uriah Heep in 1980 to
focus on solo work, declaring his newfound freedom with the title of his 1980
release, Free Spirit. Though in a few short years he found himself a
member of the southern rock band Blackfoot with whom he would record a pair of
albums, 1983’s Siogo and 1984’s Vertical Smiles. He continued to release
solo albums throughout the 1990s and the 21st century, and
collaborated often with other artists and bands, notably hair-metal stalwarts
Cinderella. Hensley passed away November 4, 2020 in Spain after a brief
illness.