On the weekend, the music world lost another special talent – Paul Raymond, the keyboardist and guitarist from UFO who also did stints in Savoy Brown and the Michael Schenker Group, passed away. He was 73.
The news was relayed on Raymond’s Facebook page on April 13, via Raymond’s life partner, Sandra: “Hi to all the fans and people who knew Paul! With a desperate and broken heart, fully in tears and pains that feel like they will kill me I have to tell you that my most beautiful and beloved darling Paul Raymond has passed away today. He died of a heart attack. He absolutely enjoyed the last couple of weeks touring with UFO in the U.K. & Ireland and he was looking forward to the rest of this year’s tour.”
She included a photo that was taken earlier this week, and added, “I will always love him and I hope he will rest in peace until I’ll see him again on the other side!!! I love you so much Paul 💔😪 Sandra.”
UFO wrote that they were “too shell-shocked” by the news. They included a photo of Raymond from that last concert and added, “Thank you to everyone for your very kind and supportive messages.”
Raymond had a long career in the British music scene. He started out playing jazz in early 1964, and then in 1967 progressed to the psychedelic band, Plastic Penny, which included future Elton John drummer Nigel Olsson. This was followed by joining the blues band Chicken Shack, as a replacement for Christine McVie who had become a member of Fleetwood Mac. This stint didn’t last long, mostly due to a lack of commercial success, leading to Raymond and two of his bandmates leaving for Savoy Brown, which itself had seen three of its members depart for Foghat.
Raymond spent five years in Savoy Brown, but in 1976 after a chance meeting with UFO bassist Phil Way, he passed an audition and joined on as their keyboardist and rhythm guitarist. This was the period for the band that many considered to be their classic period.
At this time itis unknown how Raymond’s death will affect the upcoming U.S. dates on their farewell tour that begin in October.