Singer-songwriter and Beatles associate Jackie Lomax dies aged 69

Apple Records signing Lomax was backed by The Fab Four on his single 'Sour Milk Sea'

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Singer-songwriter Jackie Lomax, who was signed to The Beatles record label Apple, has died aged 69.

Lomax was backed by three of The Fab Four on George Harrison's 1968 single Sour Milk Sea before working with Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.

Starting out as a guitarist, Lomax's band The Undertakers befriended The Beatles while both groups were regularly playing in Hamburg in 1962. The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein represented Lomax's next band, The Lomax Alliance. Epstein arranged a record deal with major label CBS, but both of their singles failed to chart.

On going solo, Lomax signed to The Beatles' then-new record label Apple. George Harrison wrote the single Sour Milk Sea and persuaded both his bandmates and Eric Clapton to appear on the song.

However, it was released in the same month as Apple's chart-topping singles Hey Jude by The Beatles and Mary Hopkin's Those Were The Days.

Harrison produced Lomax's only album for Apple, Is This What You Want?, which continued Lomax's run of bad luck in the charts. After Apple closed following The Beatles' split, Lomax released five more albums in the 1970s. Most of them enjoyed good reviews, but success remained elusive.

In later years, Lomax lived in California with his wife Annie. He continued to play live, often travelling back across the Atlantic to play at venues in Liverpool. He died while staying at the Wirral for the wedding of one of his children.

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