Jackie Lomax Dead at 69

Jackie Lomax, who rose to fame in the 1960s with help from the Beatles, died on Sunday after suffering a short illness, according to his official website. He was 69.

There will be a posthumous album release from Lomax who had just previously "put the finishing touches" on a new studio album that will be entitled "Against All Odds".

Former Apple Records publicist Tony Bramwell told Billboard that is was John Lennon that convinced Lomax to sign a deal with the Beatles label and members of Fab Four backed Lomax on his debut Apple single "Sour Milk Sea" in 1968.

Unfortunately, the single faced stiff competition from Lomax's own label, going up against The Beatles "Hey Jude" and Mary Hopkin's smash hit "Those Were the Days."

Even the Beatles backing him was not enough to make the song a hit, despite strong radio play. "Even with all that, it just got lost in that mass of sales," Bramwell said.

Lomax's website had the following message for his fans, "Jackie Lomax died after a short illness on Sunday 15 September 2013 in the Wirral, Merseyside where he was born 69 years ago. Three generations of the Lomax family were there to mourn the passing not just of a wonderful singer, songwriter and musician but of a father, a grandfather, a friend and partner.

"Jackie deeply appreciated the fans who followed him throughout his 50-year career and his family and friends would like to thank each and every one of you for your support and loyalty.

"For Jackie it was always about the music and he had only recently put the finishing touches to his next album, AGAINST ALL ODDS, which will be released by Angel Air Records towards the end of this year or early next year.

"'Turn my back against the rain
Hear the tapping on my windowpane
Feel the movement from within
Watch the restless mood begin
My soul will soon be blown
From this my last time home'
(Jackie Lomax)"

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