Singer in the punk band X-Ray Spex
a statement on her website.
Styrene, whose real name was Marion Elliott-Said, was in hospice care in St. Leonards-on-Sea, England, after having been diagnosed with cancer.
X-Ray Spex released just one album, 1978's "Germ Free Adolescents." But its aggressively catchy single "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" became an enduring punk anthem.
"Some people think that little girls should be seen and not heard," Styrene sang in the gleeful nonconformist shout-out — before letting everyone know exactly what she thought of that idea.
Of British and Somali heritage, Styrene was born July 3, 1957, in the London suburb of Bromley — also the childhood home of David Bowie, Billy Idol and Siouxsie Sioux.
As a teenager, Styrene released a reggae single before being inspired to form a punk band after seeing the Sex Pistols play in 1976. X-Ray Spex stood out from the punk crowd during its short career, both because of its female singer and for including a saxophone player in the lineup.
Styrene's attitude and energy inspired other female singers, and she often was cited as a precursor of the 1990s "riot grrrl" movement.
Styrene recorded a solo album, "Translucence," in 1980 before fading from public view and joining the Hare Krishna movement. She later returned to making music and last month released a solo album, "Generation Indigo."
Huey P. Meaux
Music producer had several hits
Huey P. Meaux, 82, a music producer who revived Freddy Fender's recording career and launched that of Texas rocker Doug Sahm and his band, the Sir Douglas Quintet, died of multiple organ failure Saturday at his home in Winnie, Texas, Meaux's nephew, Larry Meaux Jr., told the Associated Press.
Meaux produced "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," which was a No. 1 country song for Fender in 1975, along with Fender's follow-up, "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights." He also launched B.J. Thomas' career with the Hank Williams song "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
Meaux was born March 10, 1929, in Kaplan, La. One of his early successes was the 1962 Barbara Lynn hit "You'll Lose a Good Thing."
In 1996, police raided Meaux's studio in Houston and found hundreds of videotapes and photos of him having sex with underage girls. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting a teenage girl and other charges. He was released four years ago.
Musical director for George Burns
Morty Jacobs, 93, who spent more than 30 years as musical director and pianist for comedian George Burns, died Friday at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center of complications after surgery, said his son, Stephen. Jacobs had injured his neck in a fall at home.
PASSINGS: Poly Styrene, Huey P. Meaux, Morty Jacobs, Nawang Gombu
Poly Styrene, 53, punk singer in X-Ray Spex; Huey P. Meaux, 82, music producer had several hits; Morty Jacobs, 93, musical director for George Burns; Nawang Gombu, 79, youngest sherpa on Hillary's Everest climb
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