Pop singer Dave Dee has died aged 65, following a battle with cancer.

The Sixties star - whose band Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich had eight top ten hits in the UK - had fought the disease for three years, business associate Sean Cooney confirmed.

Mr Cooney said Dave Dee - real name David Harman - had continued performing with his band until near the end of his life.

"He didn't let it get him down, he was defying it," he was quoted by the Press Association as saying.

The five-piece had played in the UK and Germany and had been set to perform at eight more concerts before the end of April.

They had their first hit in December 1965, with You Make it Move reaching number 26, while further hits included Hold Tight, Bend It and Save Me.

The band also reached the UK number one spot in 1968 with The Legend of Xanadu.

Born in Wiltshire, Dave Dee had originally been a police officer and worked as a businessman and Justice of the Peace in Cheshire until his death.

09/01/2009 14:52:56