Steve Harley dies at 73

Steve Harley, renowned musician and former frontman of Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, has passed away at the age of 73 after battling cancer, per The news of his demise was confirmed by his family in a heartfelt statement expressing their devastation at the loss.

Harley, born Stephen Nice in south London in 1951, was not just a talented musician but also a respected journalist in his early career, working for regional newspapers in the 1970s. He gained widespread fame as the lead vocalist and songwriter for Cockney Rebel, formed in 1972. The band quickly rose to prominence with hit singles like “Judy Teen” and “Mr. Soft” from their debut album “The Human Menagerie.”

Steve Harley of Cockney Rebel, studio portrait, February 1976. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Their chart-topping success continued with the iconic song “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)” in 1975, solidifying their status as one of the era’s defining acts. Following the band’s dissolution, Harley pursued a solo career and collaborated with notable artists like Sarah Brightman on “The Phantom Of The Opera” title song, which became a Top 10 hit in the ’80s.

Harley’s contributions to the music industry were not limited to performing; he also hosted the BBC Radio 2 show “Sounds Of The 70s” from 1999 to 2008, further showcasing his passion for music across generations.

Despite facing health challenges in recent years, Harley remained dedicated to his craft, with his family emphasizing his unwavering spirit and the love he shared with fans worldwide. His legacy as a gifted musician, songwriter and beloved personality will continue to resonate in the hearts of music enthusiasts and admirers of his timeless work.

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