Ian Dury

Singer-songwriter Ian Dury died Monday in London at age 57. He had been battling cancer since 1996.

Dury, with backing band the Blockheads, rose to fame with the 1978 album “New Boots and Panties.” He was perhaps best known for the hit single “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick.”

Dury — who was partially disabled from having contracted polio in his childhood — was also an actor in film and TV.

In 1998, Dury reformed the Blockheads and released the critically acclaimed “Mr. Love Pants.” Despite his condition, Dury toured for the album.

His final years were also dedicated to charitable causes, in particular polio inoculation for children in developing countries.

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