Steve Priest, the British bassist best known for being a member of the band Sweet, died on June 4 at the age of 72. The news came through on the band’s official Facebook page via a message from the lone remaining original band member, guitarist Andy Scott:
“I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away. His wife Maureen and I have kept in contact, and though his health was failing, I never envisaged this moment. Never. My thoughts are with his family.” Scott called Priest, “the best bass player I ever played with. Recalling the band’s early days, he said, “From that moment in the summer of 1970 when set off on our musical odyssey, the world opened up and the roller-coaster ride started!
Rest in Peace brother. All my love.
Sweet’s biggest years were through the 1970s, and their distinctive glam-rock look and style were perfect for the times. Between 1971 and 1982 in the U.S, the group released the singles “Little Willy,” “The Ballroom Blitz,” “Fox on the Run,” and “Love Is Like Oxygen,” with all songs peaking within the Top 10. In the UK, they landed within the Top 20 Singles charts with another ten songs.
Sweet disbanded in 1982 after lead singer Brian Connolly left the band. The name was revived a few years later as Andy Scott’s Sweet. Priest formed his own version of the band in the U.S. in 2008. He released an autobiography in 1994 titled ‘Are You Ready, Steve?‘