Founder of The Sweet, Steven Priest, has died aged 72.
The band announced the passing on Thursday, in a statement on their Facebook page
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce at 8:25 am PT today, Steve Priest, a founding member of The Sweet, passed away. He is survived by his wife, Maureen, three daughters, Lisa, Danielle & Maggie and 3 grandchildren, Jordan, Jade & Hazel,” a statement from his family read.
Following on from the announcement, fans were quick to respond with their tributes.
“Thank you so much for MY life in music. My first 7″ single purchase was Blockbuster. Pre-teen me won a fully signed Desolation Boulevard LP in Capital Radio’s release week phone-in competition. Last month I purchased an original copy of Strung Up LPN – tour manager. RIP Steve’,” wrote one.
The musician was born in Hayes, in the UK and mean playing bass guitar as a teenager, after being influenced by Jet Harris of the Shadows, Rolling Stones and The Who.
In 1968, Priest was invited to form a four-piece band with Brian Connolly, drummer Mick Tucker, and guitarist Frank Torpey, the band became The Sweet.