David Byron

Real Name:
David Garrick
Profile:
David Byron (29 January 1947 - 28 February 1985, born as David Garrick). British singer and songwriter best known for fronting Uriah Heep. He was lead vocalist for Spice (15) (an early incarnation of Uriah Heep) from 1967 to 1969. From 1968 he also worked as a session vocalist working at City of London Studios and PYE Studios for Avenue Recordings. His early work for the budget label was all cover versions and all uncredited. He is purported to have recorded over one hundred and forty of these cover version tracks between 1968 and 1970. The rapid rise in fame of Uriah Heep put an end to the session work.

His wellknown alcoholism (that took his life, aged 38) finally got him sacked from Uriah Heep in July 1976. By that time, he'd already released a solo album, Take No Prisoners (1975), and three years later he released another one, the 1978 Baby Faced Killer. Inbetween, he'd teamed up with Clem Clempson and Geoff Britton as Rough Diamond who released a selftitled album in 1977 to little or no attention. They toured in spring that year with Peter Frampton. In 1981, Uriah Heep had hit rock bottom and toured in clubs for a few hundred in the audience, and Byron was offered to re-join the band but refused.
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Albums

24-342 Take No Prisoners — David Byron David Byron Take No Prisoners (Album) Bronze 24-342 Australia 1975 Sell This Version
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SPART 1077 Baby Faced Killer — David Byron David Byron Baby Faced Killer (Album) Arista SPART 1077 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

Wb 17976 Sweet Rock n' Roll / Stop (Think What You're Doing) — David Byron David Byron Sweet Rock n' Roll / Stop (Think What You're Doing) Mercury Wb 17976 Jamaica 1976 Sell This Version
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73794 Silver White Man / Sweet Lorraine — David Byron David Byron Silver White Man / Sweet Lorraine Mercury 73794 US 1976 Sell This Version
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TOS 1054 Stop (Think What You're Doing) — David Byron David Byron Stop (Think What You're Doing)(7", Single) Bronze TOS 1054 South Africa 1976 Sell This Version
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ARIST 200 African Breeze — David Byron David Byron African Breeze (Single) Arista ARIST 200 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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ALP 2 African Breeze / Springtime For Hitler — David Byron David Byron / Legs Larry Smith* David Byron / Legs Larry Smith* - African Breeze / Springtime For Hitler(12", Single, Promo) Arista ALP 2 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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ARIST 218 Rich Man's Lady — David Byron David Byron Rich Man's Lady(7") Arista ARIST 218 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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AS 0401 Baby Faced Killer — David Byron David Byron Baby Faced Killer(7", Single) Arista AS 0401 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
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none That Was Only Yesterday - The Last EP — David Byron David Byron That Was Only Yesterday - The Last EP(CD, EP, Ltd) CHA Promotions none 2008 Sell This Version
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Compilations

HWS 001 Super Soul Sounds Vol. 4 — David Byron Reg Dwight, Peter Lee Stirling, David Byron Reg Dwight, Peter Lee Stirling, David Byron - Super Soul Sounds Vol. 4(LP, Comp) West One Music (2) HWS 001 US 1978 Sell This Version
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CMEDD1165 Man Of Yesterday - The Anthology — David Byron David Byron Man Of Yesterday - The Anthology(2xCD, Comp, RM) Castle Music CMEDD1165 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
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LCE 290147/2 The Early Sessions Vol. 2 — David Byron David Byron The Early Sessions Vol. 2(CD, Comp, RM) Artistry Recordings LCE 290147/2 UK 2012 Sell This Version
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LCE 290147 The Early Sessions — David Byron David Byron The Early Sessions(CD, Comp) Artistry (4) LCE 290147 UK 2012 Sell This Version
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LCE 20122 Spirit In The Sky — David Byron David Byron Spirit In The Sky(CD, Comp) Artistry Recordings LCE 20122 UK 2013 Sell This Version
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LCE 290147/3 The Early Sessions Vol. 3 — David Byron David Byron The Early Sessions Vol. 3(CD, Comp, RM) Artistry Recordings LCE 290147/3 UK 2013 Sell This Version
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LCE 290147/4 The Early Session Vol. 4 — David Byron David Byron The Early Session Vol. 4(CD, Comp) Artistry Recordings LCE 290147/4 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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LCE 290147/5 The Early Sessions Vol. 5 — David Byron David Byron The Early Sessions Vol. 5(CD, Comp) Artistry Recordings LCE 290147/5 2017 Sell This Version