Al James, the former bassist for British 1950s pop revival band Showaddywaddy, has died at age 72.
According to BBC News, James (born Geoffrey Betts), died on Friday (Nov. 16) after suffering a fall at home. James joined the Leicester-bred band in 1973 and played with them through his retirement in 2008. A popular retro rock act in the style of Sha Na Na, Showaddywaddy was best known for performing a mix of originals and covers of early rock hits by the likes of Eddie Cochran, Chubby Checker, Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly.
A spokesperson for the group could not be reached for comment at press time. Former Showaddywaddy singer Dave Bartram told the BBC that James was a "great mate and I loved the guy to bits...he just had that little bit of something different to offer. His sense of mischief and fun -- that's the unforgettable. He lived life to the full. He loved the rock and roll lifestyle...he was a good bloke."