×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Jackie Lomax, Singer Who Worked With the Beatles, Dies at 69

Jackie Lomax, a singer-songwriter who worked with the Beatles and enjoyed a long solo career, died Sunday in the Wirral, near Liverpool in northwest England, following a brief illness. He was 69 and had fought cancer.

Lomax was signed to the Beatles’ Apple label in the 1960s. He had known the band members since their early days at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, when he was a member of the Undertakers, one of the most popular bands on the thriving Liverpool music scene.

“He was a great rocker, a solid out-and-out rock and roller,” said Tony Bramwell, the former publicist for the Beatles’ Apple Records. “They were one of the great groups in Liverpool in the early ’60s. They did a great version of ‘Mashed Potatoes.'”

Bramwell said John Lennon persuaded Lomax to sign with Apple Records and that George Harrison and the other Beatles backed him on his first release for the label, the 1968 single “Sour Milk Sea.”

“Even with all that, it just got lost in that mass of sales,” said Bramwell, pointing out that the Lomax single was released by Apple along with the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and Mary Hopkin’s smash hit “Those Were the Days.”

He said the Lomax tune received lots of radio play but did not become a breakthrough hit.

After leaving Apple, Lomax moved to Los Angeles, where he made a number of records, including a strong collaboration with Harrison, Bramwell said. But for a time Lomax was also the maitre d’ at the Cat & Fiddle restaurant in Hollywood.

Lomax lived for many years in Ojai, California, but recently had returned to England. His website says he recently finished an album that will be released within months.

Hepburn, manager of Lomax’s website, said a funeral will be followed by a remembrance ceremony — “more like a rock-and-roll gig” — in Liverpool at some later date.

He said Lomax is survived by his first wife, Dionne Lomax; three daughters; and five grandchildren.

More Music

  • Nile Rodgers and Merck Mercuriadis

    Hipgnosis Songs Raises Another $295 Million

    Hot on the heels of its deal to acquire a catalog of 108 Timbaland copyrights, Hipgnosis Songs has raised another $295 million (£231 million) — putting its total to nearly $800 million to date. According to the announcement, a total of 231,000,000 C Shares have been placed by Nplus1 Singer Advisory LLP  and J.P. Morgan [...]

  • The Lightning Thief review musical

    Broadway Review: 'The Lightning Thief,' The Musical

    “It’s a lot to take in right now,” says Percy Jackson, the teen hero of “The Lightning Thief,” the kid-centric fantasy musical (based on the popular Y.A. novel) that’s now on Broadway after touring the country and playing an Off Broadway run. You could say that’s a bit of an understatement from contemporary teen Percy [...]

  • Sir Elton John poses for photographers

    Elton John Calls 'Lion King' Remake a 'Huge Disappointment'

    Elton John isn’t feeling the love for Disney’s latest live-action remake. In an interview with GQ U.K., the legendary musician criticized Disney’s remake of “The Lion King,” citing the film’s music as a “huge disappointment.” “The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music [...]

  • Fiddlin'

    Film Review: 'Fiddlin''

    Not many forms of music have “old-” actually built into their name as a prefix. So it’s a given that the practitioners of the 200-year-old genre known as “old-time music” will wear their antiquity proudly in “Fiddlin’,” a documentary set in and around the 80th annual Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, Va. What may not [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content