Jimmy Sohns, lead singer of The Shadows of Night rock band and the vocals of its monster hit “Gloria”, has died at the age of 75 from complications from a stroke.
His death was announced by the band’s Instagram page and that of his daughter.
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“Gloria” was originally recorded and performed by Van Morrison, but was popularized when Chicago’s The Shadows of Night was released in December 1965. It was a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Over the years Sohan and a friend still run the band’s social media pages, although they no longer perform.
The band’s Instagram page expressed grief over his passing.
‘devastated. Rest in peace my dear friend,’ it read in the caption.
The Shadows of Night debuted in 1964 with 16-year-old Sohn, Warren Rogers (lead guitar), Roger Spielman (lead and rhythm guitar/vocals), Norm Gottsch (rhythm guitar), Wayne Purcell (bass) and Tom Schiffor (drums) Was. The original lineup was in flux for the next two years, as Joe Kelly (bass), Jerry McGeorge (guitar, vocals) and David ‘Hawk’ Wolinsky (bass) would replace Purcell, Gottsch and Rogers.
The Shadows of Night band members continued to come and go, and by mid-1967, the Sohans were the only remaining original members. The band would record three studio albums by 1969, but was never able to garner major 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 edition of The Shadows of Night was still touring as recently as 2016.
The Sohns were inducted into the Chicago Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. No details were immediately available about survivors beyond Betty who announced her death or memorial plans.
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