Showaddywaddy bassist Al James dies at 72

Former Showaddywaddy bassist Al James has died at the age of 72.

James whose real name is Geoff Betts had been in hospital following a fall at his home in Market Harbrough, Leicestershire three weeks ago but passed away on Friday.

He had been with the band for 35 years before retiring in 2008.

Ex-Showaddywaddy frontman Dave Bartram told the BBC that James was “a great mate and I loved the guy to bits”.

The band, which formed in Leicester in 1973, specialised in revivals of hit songs from the 1950s and 1960s and reach no.1 with the smash hit “Under the Moon of Love in 1976.

His passing marks the second of the original line-up of 8 following the death of singer Buddy Gask in 2011.

 

 

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