Jimy Sohns, the lead singer of the rock band The Shadows of Knight and the voice of the monster hit “Gloria”, has died aged 75 of complications from a stroke.
His death was announced on the band’s Instagram page and by his daughter.
“Gloria” was originally recorded and performed by Van Morrison, but was popularized by Chicago’s The Shadows of Knight upon its release in December 1965. It was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Sohns and a friend still had the band’s social media pages for the past several years, although he has stopped performing.
The band’s Instagram page conveyed the grief over his passing.
‘Devastated. Rest in peace my dear friend,” the caption read.
The Shadows of Knight began in 1964 with 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 (drums). ). The original lineup was in flux for the next two years, as Joe Kelley (bass), Jerry McGeorge (guitar, vocals), and David ‘Hawk’ Wolinski (bass) would replace Pursell, Gotsch, and Rogers.
The Shadows of Knight continued to let band members come and go, and by mid-1967 Sohns was the only remaining original member. The band would record three studio albums in 1969, but never managed to attract attention.
A remastered version of their first two albums was released in 1998, and the group also recorded several live albums, including a 50th anniversary reunion. The latest version of The Shadows of Knight toured in 2016.
Sohns was inducted into the Chicago Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. No details of survivors beyond the daughter announcing his death or his memorial plans were immediately available.