Singer Ralph Morman has died at the age of 65.

The former The Joe Perry Project and Savoy Brown frontman passed away on 17 August (14) following a long illness, according to Vintage Vinyl News.

Morman began his career with The Outcasts in Kentucky, but his career really took off in 1979, when he met Perry at the Florida World Music Festival and subsequently signed on as part of The Joe Perry Project.

However, he was fired from the group in 1980 due to his excessive drinking.

Morman formed Savoy Brown shortly after his departure, but the band disbanded in 1982 and the singer quit the music business.