The rock band The Shadows of Knight’s lead singer Jimy Sohns, who provided the vocals for their massive hit “Gloria,” has away at the age of 75 from complications following a stroke.
His daughter and the band’s Instagram page both shared the news of his passing.
Van Morrison first created and performed “Gloria,” but after its December 1965 debut, Chicago’s The Shadows of Knight made the song well known. On the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, it peaked at number ten.
Sohns no longer played in the band, but he and a friend continued to manage its social media profiles in recent years.
The band’s grief over his passing was evident on their Instagram page.
‘Devastated. The caption said, “Rest in Peace, my beloved friend.”
A 16-year-old Sohns, Warren Rogers (lead guitar), Roger Spielmann (lead and rhythm guitar/vocals), Norm Gotsch (rhythm guitar), Wayne Pursell (bass), and Tom Schiffour formed The Shadows of Knight in 1964. (drums). Over the following two years, replacements for Pursell, Gotsch, and Rogers included Joe Kelley (bass), Jerry McGeorge (guitar, vocals), and David ‘Hawk’ Wolinski (bass).
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Sohns was the last surviving founding member of The Shadows of Knight by the middle of 1967. Band members continued to join and leave the group. By 1969, the band would have released three studio albums, but they would never again be able to command widespread interest.
In 1998, a remastered version of their first two albums was released. The band have produced several live albums, including a reunion for their 50th anniversary. Even as recently as 2016, the most recent iteration of The Shadows of Knight was still on the road.
In 2005, Sohns received induction into the Chicago Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. There were no immediate details on survivors beyond the daughter who made the announcement of his dying or memorial arrangements.