Gerry Humphries, who fronted 1960s Australian R&B band the Loved Ones, died yesterday (Dec. 5) of a heart attack in London. He was 63.

Gerry Humphries, who fronted 1960s Australian R&B band the Loved Ones, died yesterday (Dec. 5) of a heart attack in London. He was 63.

The Loved Ones were on a par with the Easybeats as the most exciting live act to emerge from Australia in the '60s. Melbourne based author Ed Nimmervoll describes Humphries' presence as ”riveting.” Nimmervoll adds, “He was totally original. With other singers you could tell where they got their inspiration from. Gerry was completely unique."

London-born Humphries moved to Melbourne in 1957 as a 15-year-old. He performed in a jazz band before forming the Loved Ones in 1965. The act had three hits from 1966-1967 on W&G Records.

One of these, "The Loved One" was covered by INXS, firstly in 1981 as their sophomore single, and again for their 1987 "Kick" album.

The Loved Ones' other two hits "Everlovin' Man" and "Sad Dark Eyes" were covered recently by Jet and Ed Kuepper respectively.

Their sole album "Magic Box", cut in 1967, was reissued in 1985 through specialist reissues label Raven with additional live tracks. A 1987 reunion tour of Australia for Frontier Touring yielded a live album.

Humphries was the subject of a Nigel Buesst documentary, "Gerry Humphries - the Loved One", which was shown at the 2000 Melbourne International Film Festival.

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