Legendary British saxophonist DICK HECKSTALL-SMITH died on Friday (17DEC04) after a battle with cancer. He was 70.
When Colosseum folded in 1971 Heckstall-Smith went solo and formed his own band MANCHILD which toured the United States supporting Fleetwood Mac and DEEP PURPLE.
A severe spinal problem forced him to stop playing and touring for several years, but in 1981 he returned to the stage with a new band MAINSQUEEZE which toured supporting Bo Diddley.
Heckstall-Smith's health took a setback again in 1992 after he suffered two severe strokes while on the operating table for a heart bypass operation. In intensive care for six days and unable to even talk when he came round, he rehabilitated himself with children's poetry.
A year later he was back in the studio with Bruce and in 1994 the original line-up of Colosseum reformed for a full-scale European tour the following year, releasing its first studio album for 27 years in 1997.
In his later years Heckstall-Smith divided his time between Colosseum and the HAMBURG BLUES BAND.
Musician and longtime pal ROGER BUNN says, "He was a giant of the music industry."20/12/2004 03:32