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John Hinch, Drummer on First Judas Priest Album, Dead at 73

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John Hinch, the drummer who played on Judas Priest’s debut album, Rocka Rolla, has died at the age of 73.

The news was confirmed by Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, who shared a photo of Hinch, along with the caption RIP and a series of emojis, on his Instagram Story. In a statement provided to Loudwire, the singer remembered the musician, offering, “His style was strong, direct and unique. I’ll be blasting Rocka Rolla today!”

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Hinch, who was born in Staffordshire, England on June 19, 1947, played in numerous rock groups, including The Pinch, The Generation, Bakerloo Blues Line. He and Halford also played together in Hiroshima before they both joined Judas Priest in 1973.

One year after the two made their onstage debut with the band, Judas Priest began recording what would be their first record, 1974’s Rocka Rolla. The album, released on Gull Records, is also notable for being the only Priest recording with producer Rodger Bain, who had also produced Budgie and Black Sabbath’s first three albums.

Hinch then exited Priest the following year, before the late 1975 recording sessions for Sad Wings of Destiny (released in ’76) were underway. He then pursued a career in management and worked with several musicians, including Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions fame.

Loudwire extends our condolences to the Hinch family and all who know him.

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