Posted by themusicsover on January 15, 2011
September 20, 1952 – January 15, 2011
Harvey James was an Australian rock guitarist who, beginning in the early ’70s, played in such groups as Mississippi, Ariel, the Party Boys, and most famously, Sherbet. It was with Sherbet that James found the most success, as they were one of the most popular bands during the ’70s. Songs like “Howzat,” “Summer Love,” and “Cassandra” were big hits in their home country, and in many cases, found fans all over the world. The group had several Australian gold and platinum albums and were reportedly the first from there to reach over $1 million dollars in sales. The group was managed by the legendary Roger Davies who has also counted such clients as Tina Turner, Olivia Newton-John, Cher, and Janet Jackson. Sherbet disbanded in 1979 but reunited throughout the years with James participating. Harvey James was 58 when he died of cancer on January 15, 2011. Former band mate, Clive Shakespeare died of prostate cancer a year later.
Thanks to Anne Bentley for the assist.