Jim Sohns of The Shadows of the Knight, dead at 75

TMZ reports that Jim Sohns, the lead singer of The Shadows of Knight, has died at the age of 75. 

Sohns’s passing was announced by The Shadows of Knight’s Instagram and Facebook pages in recent days.

The announcement

On Instagram was posted a photo of Sohns with “1946-2022” showing the years of his life. And, in the caption, The Shadows of the Knight wrote, “Devastated. Rest in Peace, my dear friend.”

The same post was made on The Shadows of the Knight’s Facebook page. But, there, more information was provided.

On Wednesday, this was posted:

We are sorry for the relaying the miscommunication regarding Jimy’s health situation. He is currently in the hospital after suffering a stroke on Friday. He has not passed away but can certainly use the love and support from his friends and fans.

Then, a couple of days later, on Friday, the photograph of Sohns with the years of his life was posted.

The Shadows of Knight also posted a message from Sohns’s daughter Raechel, who wrote, “My dads is gone at 5:10 pm! He wired for me to go outside and left us! Fly high my rock n roll.”

Remembering Sohns

Sohns was the co-founder and the lead vocalist of The Shadows of Knight, a band that was started in 1964 when Sohns was only 16 years old. Sohns, at the time, was inspired by British rock bands.

The Shadows of Knight is particularly well-known for its 1965 recording of Van Morrison’s “Gloria.” It made the Top 10 list of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. And, to this day, despite several other well-known recordings of “Gloria,” the one made by Sohns’s band remains the most successful, commercially speaking.

The band, by 1967, lost all of its original members, although Sohns remained. He kept the band going in various forms through the next several decades. Sohns continued to collaborate with other musicians up through 2020.

Sohns was inducted into the Chicago Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Sohns, during his final years, kept up with his fans through social media, which he ran alongside a friend of his named Conor. Conor plans on providing memories of Sohns on social media in the coming days and weeks.

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