Liverpool music legend dies after coronavirus battle as tributes pour in

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Tributes have poured in for a legend in the Liverpool music scene after his death following a week-long hospital battle with Covid-19. Hambi Haralambous – founder of the city’s legendary Motor Museum Studio – died last night after contracting coronavirus.

His death sparked a wave of grief from friends and colleagues who revered him as a creative force in the city, reports Liverpool Echo.

The music venue he created had hosted groups such as Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys.

Hambi was also the frontman of the popular synth band Hambi & The Dance in the early 1980s, which was signed to Virgin Records and then entered the cinema.



Tributes poured in for the Liverpool music legend

The father-of-four had been ill for several weeks before his death, but managed to post an alarming photo on his Facebook page on September 27, showing him in his hospital bed fitted with a bubble-shaped headset connected to a oxygen supply. .

The image was captioned with a simple warning: “To all my Facebook friends who think Covid is a hoax. Think again. ”

Close friend and collaborator Andy McCluskey, lead singer of Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, sad: “Honestly, I feel like my soul has been torn from me. ”

He said, “We have been friends and creative partners musically and visually for many years.

“You name him, he did it. He was relentlessly positive, that was the amazing thing about him. He’s taken a lot of hits in his life and he hasn’t always had it easy, but he always came back stronger with a great idea.

“He’s also been a huge support.

“There would be times when I would feel a little unsure or hesitate a little, but he would always say trust the people you work with.

“If someone needs your support, value what they do and always invest in people, that was like their mantra.

“I’m just numb today to be honest. ”

Mr McCluskey said Hambi, who was his wife Lesley’s grandfather and husband, had been ill for several weeks, but many of his friends believed he would be okay.



Andy McCluskey, chanteur principal d’Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, a rendu hommage

He said: “He had been in and out of the intensive care unit for a number of weeks, and he had a very, very serious case of covid.

“I had a case at a very similar time, but I was only sick for two days, just didn’t feel 100%. It shows how much of a total lottery this disease is.

Other well-known figures from Liverpool’s creative scene have shared their memories and grief at the news of Hambi’s death.

Liverpool band The Real People said: “Hambi helped run The Real People from the mid to late 90s and it was in the studios of the Pink Motor Museum in Hambi on Lark Lane that The Realies recorded. some of their best-known tracks and albums including ‘What’s On’ The Outside ‘.

“Hambi had been hospitalized with Covid-19 and in his last facebook post from his hospital bed, Hambi warned his friends that Covid-19 was not a hoax and that everyone had to start being more careful with the pandemic.

“It really characterized Hambi, that even when he was fighting for his own life he thought of his friends. ”

Hambi was known as a champion of good causes, including black rights, and made a number of documentary films.

Mr. McCluskey added, “Right now I am very sad for his family and I am very sad for the city. She has lost someone who has done a lot of wonderful things. “

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