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Beatles collaborator Jackie Lomax dies

Jackie Lomax
Image caption His last album Against All Odds, will be released by Angel Air Records towards the end of this year or early next year.

Singer-songwriter Jackie Lomax, who worked with The Beatles, has died at the age of 69.

A statement on his website said he died after a short illness on 15 September, in the Wirral, Merseyside.

Signed to The Beatles record label Apple, he recorded with George Harrison and Eric Clapton.

"For Jackie it was always about the music and he had only recently put the finishing touches to his next album, Against All Odds," his website said.

"Jackie deeply appreciated the fans who followed him throughout his 50-year career and his family and friends would like to thank each and every one of you for your support and loyalty," it said.

Lomax started his music career in Liverpool as part of the Merseybeat scene and played in a number of bands including The Undertakers.

He knew The Beatles from performing at the Cavern Club and was the first act to sign to the Apple label.

Tony Bramwell, the former publicist for Apple Records, said John Lennon persuaded Lomax to sign with them.

"He was a great rocker, a solid out-and-out rock and roller,'' he said.

George Harrison took responsibility for his recording career and wrote and produced his debut single.

Lomax recorded with Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton but his solo career did not bring the hoped-for hits.

He also sang on The Beatles' songs Dear Prudence and Hey Jude.

His 50-year music career included touring with The Drifters and Tom Petty.

His funeral will be followed by a remembrance ceremony gig in Liverpool at a later date.

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