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Bronski Beat keyboardist Steve Bronski has died. The star’s bandmate Jimmy Somerville took to Twitter to confirm the tragic news of the Glaswegian’s death this afternoon.
Sad to hear Steve Bronski has died
Steve, born Steve Forrest, was a founding member of 1980s pop group Bronski Beat, which included Jimmy and Larry Steinbachek.
The trio had UK top 10 hits with their cover of Donna Summer’s I feel Love and gay anthem Smalltown Boy, Why?.
In view of his 10,300 followers, Jimmy penned a poignant tribute to his friend and bandmate.
He wrote: “Sad to hear Steve Bronski has died.
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“He was a talented and a very melodic man.
“Working with him on songs and the one song that changed our lives and touched so many other lives, was a fun and exciting time.
“Thanks for the melody Steve. Jimmy x,” he ended the post.
Following Jimmy’s tweet, fans of the group flocked to relay their condolences to the star.
@Skydrops6 wrote: “Sorry to hear of Steve’s death. Your songs touched me and will always be with me.”
While @Marc47968338 penned: “RIP Mr Bronski. Quite possibly one of my favourite bands of the 80s. Incredible performers.”
“Thought that the band were radical being very out at a time when other stars kept it hidden. Great songs too. RIP Steve,” penned @cw_gas.
The band formed in 1983 when Steve and Larry met Jimmy through a documentary called Framed Youth- Revenge of the Teenage Perverts, which was featured at an LGBTQ arts festival.
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Their debut single Smalltown Boy was nominated for various music awards and reached number three in the UK charts.
The music video portrayed Jimmy being chased by a homophobic gang before he was taken home by the police and subsequently thrown out by his parents.
It ended with the musician boarding a train to embark on a new life alongside Steve and Larry.
Addressing the contribution to the LGBTQ movement, Steve told the Guardian in 2018: “At the time we were just three gay guys who started a band – we didn’t feel like part of any particular movement.”
In 1984 they won an NME Award for Best New Act.
Jimmy left the band a year later and went on to feature as lead singer of The Communards, before embarking on a solo singing career.
The band split in 1995, but Steve revived it in 2016 with new member Ian Donaldson.
Larry died later that year.
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