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Les Gray

Monday February 23, 2004

Les Gray, lead singer of chart topping band Mud, passed away this weekend at the age of 57. The glam rock star died of a heart attack in Portugal, his home for 12 years. After battling against throat cancer for some time, doctors had wanted to remove Gray's voice box as part of his treatment, but he opted for chemotherapy instead in an effort to save his voice and career. Although Gray founded the band in 1968 they didn't have any real success until the early '70's when they teamed up with producer Mickie Most. In 1973, the band had a string of hit singles including "Dyna-mite," "Tiger Feet" and "The Cat Crept In." Tiger Feet went on to become the biggest-selling single of 1974, while their last chart hit, Lean On Me, was released in 1976.They scored a total of 10 Top 20 hits.   The band eventually split up in 1977, and Gray went solo, taking Les Gray's Mud on the road. He later moved to the Algarve with his wife Carol, who blamed his illness on a 50-a-day smoking habit. Gray still performed up until the time of his death. He was scheduled to play a benefit concert in Scotland this weekend. The charity gig, in Glasgow, is still going ahead as a tribute to the '70's musician.


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