Man Guitarist Deke Leonard Dead At 72


(Gibson) Man guitarist Deke Leonard, also known for fronting his own band Iceberg, has passed away. He was 72. According to the South Wales Evening Post, Leonard was living back in his hometown of Llanelli in Wales with his "longtime partner Mary" and had been active in a band called Son of Man, which brought together some of Man's original members performing with their children.

"He played his last gigs with Son of Man, and he was playing great, and singing great, and feeling positive," said George Jones, the son of Micky, who was the guitarist in the original Man lineup. "He was saying he wanted to do something this year with Iceberg, and had been working on material. I feel like I have lost a parent. Deke was one of life's gents."

Throughout his career, Leonard left and got back together with Man several times and also was on-and-off with Iceberg. Leonard's latest solo album, Freedom and Chains, dropped back in 2005. Read more here.

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