Steve Hyams, a fellow singer and guitarist who played with some of Britain’s most progressive bands, died on May 11 in Kingston upon Thames, Britain, although his passing is only now being revealed. Hyams had long struggled with heart issues. He was 62 years old.
Hyams learned the guitar as a teenager and in the late 60s shared a flat in London with members of the new band Mott the Hoople. He is credited with introducing the band members to an up-and-coming singer named David Bowie, an influence that led to the band working with Bowie and recording his All the young guys.
When Ian Hunter made the decision to leave Mott the Hoople, he recommended Hyams as his replacement. Steve recorded an album with the band in 1977 which was blocked from release due to legal difficulties with the band’s name, although it was eventually released in 1993.
Ironically, a solo album he recorded in the mid-70s, Mistaken identitieswas also not released until 1997. This album came about after being heard in a west London pub by American folk singer Tim Hardin who helped Hyams get a record deal.
After Mott the Hoople, Hyams played in the British Lions with Mott guitarist Ray Majors. He also played session guitar for Fleetwood Mac and Spooky Tooth.
Hyams is survived by his partner, Jennifer Wilson, a son and a daughter.