Singer, songwriter, and actor who founded and was the lead singer of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, a rock 'n' roll band known for singles like "What a Waste."
He painted commercial illustrations for The Sunday Times in the 1970s. One of his first bands was called Kilburn & the High Roads.
He appeared on television in the U.K. to promote safer sex after AIDS came into prominence.
He married sculptress Sophy Tilson in 1996.
He was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, as was Robin Gibb.