Jimmy Sohns, lead singer of the 1960s band Shadows of Knight—best known for the hit “Gloria”
Sohns died at the age of 75 after suffering a stroke earlier in the week.
Shadows of Knight, based in Chicago, put out three albums in five years, and their big single—originally written and recorded by Van Morrison and later by Laura Branigan—hit No. 10 on the Billboard charts.
They had a few other lesser hits before the group all but disintegrated, leaving Sohns to re-form it and carry on.
They put out one more album in 1970—and then again during a comeback of sorts in 2006.
Sohns was inducted into the Chicago Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and later told an interviewer he could not believe his dreams had come true.
“When I was really young, and you’re growing up and the relatives come over at Thanksgiving and Christmas and always ask you what you’re gonna be when you grow up,”
“I always told them a baseball star or a rock ’n roll singer. And, it was weird that it happened.”