Deke Leonard Dies, Aged 72

Deke Leonard (courtesy of South Wales Evening Post)

Musician was guitarist with legendary Swansea band Man

Deke Leonard, guitarist of legendary Welsh band Man, has died at the age of 72.

The Llanelli-born musician was best known for his progressive and blues based rock music in the Seventies - and counted John Lennon as one of his fans.  

Leonard, who recently returned to live in his home town with long-time partner Mary, was renowned for his role in Man and their extend jams during live performances.

He subsequently became a radio and television panellist, and in recent years was a regular guest at the Laugharne Festival, where he entertained audiences with stories of his past.

Old friend Kevin Allen, writer and film producer of Twin Town, said: "Deke was a true gentlemen of acid rock and he had a fantastic presence on stage.

"Deke was such an interesting, gentle and lovely person and he was part of a dying breed - he'll be really missed."

Another old friend Paul Durden, writer and co-author of film Twin Town, said: "I am really very sorry for both Mary and his daughter Kate. It is very sad news.

"Deke was an old mate, who I had known since the sixties. He wasn't just a great musician, his books were really well written.

"He was an elder statesman of rock music, and was brilliant man himself".

Man became known for their annual Christmas concerts, following their legendary performance in the Patti Pavilion in 1972, which became a famous live album.

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