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Uriah Heep

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July Morning Uriah Heep 03:31
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Biography

Alongside Led Zeppelin and
Deep Purple, Uriah Heep's thrashing hard rock and screaming guitar solos helped
create a template for heavy metal in the early 1970s. Named after a character
from Charles Dickens' novel David Copperfield, the band was formed in
London by guitarist Mick Box with front man David Byron in 1969 and their debut
album Very 'eavy. Very 'umble (1970) laid down their signature
bombastic, soaring, theatrical sound. The band dabbled with prog-rock on follow-up
Salisbury in 1971 which included the 16-minute title track complete with
a 24-piece orchestra, but made their breakthrough when Demons and Wizards
(1972) reached number 20 in the UK. Just as they hit their prime around the
mid-1970s, Byron was fired from the band when his drinking got out of hand.
Nevertheless, they found particular appreciation in the late 1980s with bands
such as Judas Priest and Def Leppard and continued to maintain a loyal fan base
in Germany, Austria and Sweden despite Mick Box being the only remaining
original member through numerous line-up changes. Byron succumbed to alcoholism
in 1985, at the age of 38. In 1987 they became one of the first Western bands
to perform in Soviet Russia, playing ten consecutive nights at Moscow's Olympic
Stadium. The concerts were released as Live in Moscow and the band
returned to the UK for Reading Festival in 1988. Sea of Light, their
19th studio album, was released in 1995 and was taken as their return to
previous success. Sonic Origami followed three years later, but their
next album, Wake the Sleeper, didn't emerge for nearly a decade. For the
40th anniversary in 2009, they released Celebration, an album of their
greatest hits as well as two brand new tracks. Into the Wild came in
2011 followed by Outsider in 2014 and Living the Dream in 2018.

Ken Hensley, who wrote many of their signature hits (“Look at
Yourself”
, “Easy Livin’”, “Lady in Black”, and “July
Morning”
) during his stint with the band in the 1970’s, passed away in
November of 2020.