Racing Cars vocalist Gareth ‘Morty’ Mortimer (pic above left) sadly lost his battle with cancer this morning.
[taken from link2wales – south wales section – R]
Racing Cars – pop band from Rhondda feat; Gareth ‘Morty’ Mortimer (voc), Ray ‘Alice’ Ennis (gtr), David Land (bass), Robert Wilding (drms) and Graham Hedley Williams (gtr). Signed to Chrysalis Recs and rel debut album ‘Downtown Tonight’, which yielded their only UK chart hit in 1977 with ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They‘, reaching #14. The pressure of the punk revolution, combined with increasing indifference from their record label led to the band splitting up in the early ’80s. Morty went to be a backing vocalist with the Beach Boys, Tina Turner and Bryan Adams. Racing Cars reformed in 2000 and rel new album, ‘Bolt From The Blue.’
Morty sadly died of cancer in Dec15, aged 66. (spotify)