Jackie Lomax

According to his official website, Lomax passed away in his sleep on Sunday (Sept. 15) following a brief illness. He was 69.

Although he never achieved fame on a wide scale, Lomax was an integral part of the ‘60s Liverpool scene. Signing to The Beatles’ Apple label in the ‘60s, he was backed by members of the Fab Four on the 1968 single, “Sour Milk Sea,” written specifically for him by George Harrison. The song received lots of radio play but failed to achieve chart success. According to Bill Harry, author of The Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia, Lomax’s lackluster sales “completely baffled The Beatles because Jackie had one of the rare and distinctive voices which have the potential of turning its owner into a superstar.”

After leaving Apple, Lomax moved to Los Angeles, where he made several well-received records, including a strong collaboration with Harrison. Recently he had returned to England, where he completed a new album titled Against All Odds. The LP will be released in the coming months.