A self-taught guitarist, Huw Lloyd-Langton joined Hawkwind, one of the world’s longest running bands, in 1970, and immediately made his mark on its debut album. During the 1970s, he toured with Leo Sayer and was also a founding member of the hard rock band Widowmaker, formed by the one-time Mott the Hoople guitarist Luther Grosvenor. In 1976 and 1977, it released two highly acclaimed albums. Lloyd-Langton was adept at playing all styles of music, from hard rock to classical and blues.
On its website, Hawkwind announced: “Huw had been bravely fighting cancer for a couple of years, but was determined not to let the battle affect his day to day life. He continued to play his guitar, laugh, joke and share the great love he had in his heart with all who knew him. Huw was one of the great guitarists with an individual style and character. He is gone but never forgotten by any of us. He will live on in our music and in our hearts.”
Cleopatra Records is preparing to release an anthology of his recordings next month, a posthumous tribute to his work that will include solo acoustic recordings never previously heard of songs later recorded by Hawkwind, together with tracks from Lloyd-Langton’s solo band.
Richard Hugh Lloyd-Langton, who was born on February 6, 1951, died on December 6, 2012, at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife, Marion.