Kenneth William David Hensley
(born 24 August 1945, Plumstead
, South East London
) is a keyboard
player (especially Hammond organ
best known for his work with Uriah Heep
during the 1970s.
He wrote or cowrote the majority of Uriah Heep's songs during this period, including such hit
as "Look at Yourself
", "Lady in Black
" (on both of which he also sang lead vocals), "Easy Livin'
" and "Free Me
Born in London
, Hensley moved with his parents, three brothers and sister to Stevenage
in 1945. He learned how to play guitar at the age of 12 from a Bert Weedon manual. His first gig was at The Mentmore Pen Factory, in Stevenage (September 1960). After that, he played with The Blue Notes, Ken And The Cousins and Kit And The Saracens (1962). In 1963, this band evolved into The Jimmy Brown Sound, and they recorded some now lost songs. At this time, Hensley's first "professional" opportunity almost came about: they were to back Ben E. King on a British visit, but it never happened.
In Early 1965
, Hensley formed a band called The Gods
, with the young guitarist Mick Taylor
, well known later for his work with The Rolling Stones
. Ken wrote most of the material, sang and played the Hammond
as the band already had the talented Mick Taylor on guitar. The Gods' line-up included, at one time or another, vocalist and... Read More