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The critics have scoffed and generally poured derision on Uriah Heep over the years, but the band have sold millions of records and have had five US Top 40 albums. A technically brilliant heavy rock band, they deserve most credit for continuing despite over 40 personnel changes and two deaths along the way.
The band was formed by David Byron (David Garrick, 29 January 1947, Epping, Essex, England, d. 28 February 1985, Reading, Berkshire, England; vocals) and Mick Box (b. 8 June 1947, Walthamstow, London, England; lead guitar/vocals). The pair had teamed up in the Stalkers during the mid-60s, and after that unit broke up they assembled Spice with Paul Newton (b. 21 February 1945, Andover, Hampshire, England; bass) and Alex Napier (drums), recording a one-off single (What About The Music/In Love) for United Artists Records. Spice evolved into Uriah Heep (the name was taken from a character in Charles Dickens novel...