Former pop guitarist, 66, dies suddenly

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A FORMER member of a Halifax band whose music featured on a 70s TV show has died aged 66.

Duncan Bell was a guitar player in Simplicity, who enjoyed success during six years as a professional group in the 1970s.

Simplicity: clockwise from left, Derek Nuttall, Roger Davis, Duncan Bell and June Hoy

Simplicity: clockwise from left, Derek Nuttall, Roger Davis, Duncan Bell and June Hoy

Roger Davis, Derek Nuttall and June Hoy were the other members of the band, who performed the title music to Hughie Green’s 70s’ ITV quiz show The Sky’s The Limit.

The track was a B-side of a release called Any Minute of Your Life, which was composed by former Halifax Town FC player Cedric Thomas.

Mr Davis said: “In the 1970s the Courier used to publish the Halifax Top Ten which was compiled from the top selling records at various record shops in Halifax.

“In 1971 Any Minute of Your Life was in the Halifax chart for several weeks, peaking at number four.”

Mr Bell and Mr Davis had spent much of the past 12 months writing songs again together and had also recently reunited with June Hoy. He died suddenly at Leeds General Infirmary on February 1. The song will be played at his funeral, which takes place tomorrow at Park Wood Crematorium at 12.45pm.

He leaves three children and a grandchild.

l Visit www.halifaxcourier.co.uk to listen to the track.