We are sorry to hear of the death of Liverpool music scene legend Hambi Haralambous. The former frontman of Hambi and the Dance was one of those people who should have made it from the city’s vibrant and creative melting pot but somehow was overlooked. His band had the songs, the style and the magic but often that’s not enough. He also owned Pink Studios where Oasis recorded much of the early demos as well as many other bands and was always a great host.

Much loved in the Liverpool music scene his death has seen many tributes including this one from Wayne Hussey.

From Wayne: I’ve just heard the incredibly sad news that my old friend and bandmate from my Liverpool days, Hambi Haralambous, has passed away this evening. When I first moved to Liverpool in early 1978 Ton Trix were my favourite Liverpool band. Hambi was the singer and played rhythm guitar. I got to work with him a couple of years later and together we formed Hambi & The Dance. We didn’t always see eye to eye and us working together was fairly short lived – both being strong willed people and wanting to be in control – but to me it’s always been one of life’s great mysteries that Hambi never achieved the musical success that a lot of his local peers did. He was very charismatic, good voice, wrote good songs, and was very good looking. Never understood why he wasn’t one of Liverpool’s more celebrated sons. I hadn’t seen him for many years but we met up in 2017 when I visited Liverpool and we had a lovely old catch-up and reminisce. He was still irrepressibly and reassuringly Hambi.

I’d heard he’d gone into hospital 3 or 4 weeks ago with Covid-19 and he was brave enough to post a photo on his FB page from his hospital bed. I wrongly assumed he must be on the mend. Sadly not so.

My heart and very best thoughts goes out to Lesley, Hambi’s wife, and his family and close friends. You’ll be missed, Hambi, Liverpool won’t be the same without you. Have a good journey, my friend. x

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  1. Just for the sake of accuracy, Oasis recorded Supersonic and Take me Away at the pink. Hambi was instrumental in bringing the band to the studio. Not demos. The demos were done at the Real
    Peoples studio on Porter street. Hambi was a giant of the Liverpool music scene. RIP.

  2. Hambi Haralambous was also a very close personal friend of Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and created the band’s concert films. In fact, the concert they were going to perform that was delayed until next March was going to feature some films Hambi shot some ten years ago. From some remarks McCluskey made to the Liverpool Echo, he’s emotionally destroyed by Haralambous’s death. Also, “Too Late” by Hambi and the Dance is really one of the world’s most unsung great songs and everyone should listen to it. RIP.

  3. So sad to hear of the tragic passing of Hambi… he had a big heart & a beautiful soul… Leslie & family my love & thoughts are with you

  4. Hambi was a wonderful bloke am so
    sad to hear of his passing .My heart goes out to his Family.He give our band
    The Slums our first speakers luxury for
    a punk bank later supporting them for a
    few gigs .I also interviewed the Band
    for Merseysound I paper I wrote for.
    It was the first and best line up inc
    Wayne Hussey on guitar. Good night
    mate you maid alot of people in this
    city happy just to be in your presents


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