Phil May Bio – Wiki
Phil May was an English vocalist. He gained fame in the 1960s as the lead singer of Pretty Things, of which he was a founding member. May remained a member throughout the band’s changing line-up over the years and was one of the band’s main lyricists.
He was born on 9 November 1944 in Dartford, Kent, England. His birth name was Philip Arthur Dennis Wadey. May has died after suffering complications from emergency hip surgery.
He was 75 years old.
May was born in Dartford, Kent, and formed the Pretty Things in 1963 with guitarist Dick Taylor. With May as lead singer, the band became part of the British blues-rock scene, alongside Taylor’s previous band, the Rolling Stones. They became popular and had a number of hit singles before branching out into psychedelia with the 1968 album S.F. Sorrow. Controversy still exists as to which band member had the original idea for the piece.
May remained with the Pretty Things until they finally retired in 2018, following a final concert with guests including David Gilmour and Van Morrison.
In 1976 a new group called the Fallen Angels, led by guitarist Mickey Finn, with Greg Ridley from Spooky Tooth and Humble Pie, Twink Adler from the Pretty Things, and Bob Weston from Fleetwood Mac set out to record an album and for vocals, Finn recruited Phil May. Six weeks in Geneva resulted in only eight partially complete songs, and everybody abandoned the project except May.
May recruit some more players; Wally Allen, John Povey, Bill Lovelady, Chico Greenwood, Brian Johnston, Ed Dean, Fran Byrne, and completed the album with overdubs and new songs – releasing an album in The Netherlands, Phil May and the Fallen Angels. Thereafter May abandoned the project and reactivated the Pretty Things, and Mickey Finn took back the name the Fallen Angels and recorded three more songs – later included as bonus tracks on reissues of the Phil May album.
Cause of Death
Phil May, the frontman of The Pretty Things, has died aged 75 after suffering complications from emergency hip surgery.
A representative of the rock ‘n’ roll band confirmed he died on Friday morning in a hospital in Kings Lynn.
May had fallen off his bike earlier in the week.