Gary Thain

Known for his deft slap and finger picking style and mesmerising stage presence, Christchurch bassist Gary Thain recorded five albums each with the Keef Hartley Band and British rockers Uriah Heep at the height of their career.

He was playing with Christchurch band Me and The Others when they hit the London scene early in 1966 and soon after began playing clubs across the United Kingdom. 

Gary Thain onstage with the Keef Hartley Band, 1969
Gary Thain with Me And The Others in Munich, 1966
The iconic Roger Dean artwork for Uriah Heep's 1972 album The Magician's Birthday. A gold certified album in the US, it was the first Uriah Heep longplayer to feature Gary Thain on every track.
Gary Thain (second from right) with the Keef Hartley Band
Gary Thain (right) with The Keef Hartley Band, 1970/71
The New Nadir, August 1967: New Zealanders Gary Thain on bass and Peter Dawkins on drums and Californian Ed Carter, who went on to join the Beach Boys, on vocals and guitar 
Uriah Heep 1973: From left to right Mick Box, David Byron, Gary Thain, Ken Hensley, Lee Kerslake. 
Photo credit: Mick Box collection
Keef Hartley Band's 1971 album Overdog, with Gary Thain on bass
Uriah Heep, 1973, with Gary Thain on the right
Gary Thain in his trademark Ugg boots during a performance with Uriah Heep
The Christchurch press notes the death of Gary Thain
Gary Thain in the centre of a 1972 US promo shot with Uriah Heep
Gary Thain with Uriah Heep, August 30th, 1973, at the Julia Sanderson Theatre, Springfield, MA
Photo credit: Photo by Don Odell
Gary Thain with Uriah Heep performing The Wizard live for the German TV show "Disco" in 1972
A painting of Gary Thain created for the 27 Club site
Photo credit: Courtesy of the 27 Club
Miller Anderson was the vocalist with the Keef Hartley Band and Gary Thain played the bass on his 1971 solo album
Melody Maker reflects on Gary's passing
A 1974 US agency promo shot of Uriah Heep, with Gary Thain on the left
Uriah Heep and Spooky Tooth in Salem, MA, March, 1973
Gary Thain - You Say You're Together Now (Keef Hartley Band, 1972)
Gary Thain with Uriah Heep, May 16th, 1973 at The Budokan, Tokyo
Gary Thain at his last gig with Uriah Heep, New Theatre, Oxford, UK, 14 December, 1974
Uriah Heep in a pop poster with Gary Thain on the right
The Secrets in 1965: Wayne Allen, Derek Wright, Gary Thain and Paul Muggleston
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
Gary Thain backstage at a Uriah Heep show
The Secrets - You're Wrong (Allied International, 1966). This B-side was co-written by the Secrets' bassplayer, Gary Thain - who later joined UK band Uriah Heep - and Secrets' guitarist Paul Muggleston. 
Gary Thain with Uriah Heep in a pop magazine poster
The Secrets, advertising bananas in Playdate, June 1966. Gary Thain is on bass, third from left. 



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