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Legendary Hungarian Rock Musician Lajos Som Dies Aged 70

By Tamás Székely // 2017.10.31.

Legendary rock musician, bass guitarist, founder of the popular Hungarian rock bands “Taurus” and “Piramis”, Lajos Som passed away at the age of 70 on Tuesday in Budapest, Hungarian news portals reported.

The legendary “Piramis” rock band with bass guitarist Lajos Som in the middle (photo:

Lajos Som, who turned 70 on 1st of October 2017, has been struggling with serious health issues since the summer, according to press reports. Som started playing music in the band “Record” at the beginning of the sixties and achieved most of his domestic successes at the end of the seventies and the beginning of the eighties.

The next great station in his life was “Taurus”, the first Hungarian hard rock band, at the beginning of the 70s, in which they played together with Béla Radics, Fecó Balázs and Győző Brunner. The group later replaced Lajos with Zorán, because of reasons unclear until now, however, as it turned out this indeed elevated his carrier.

Som, along with Miklós Köves, decided to found a new band, thus they traveled to Germany and Switzerland already with the “Piramis” name, where they appeared in military clubs. When they  returned home, they already gave concerts using the “Piramis” name in Hungary as well. The band enjoyed enormous success in Hungary. After the break-up of Piramis in 1985, Som became the bass guitarist of the “Senator” band.

Piramis was re-united for a few concerts in 1992 and 2006. However, in the latter case Lajos Som appeared on the stage only at the beginning and at the end of the concert due to his medical condition. Som was known for his hedonist lifestyle with heavy alcohol and drug consumption during his entire career.

In 2015, Lajos Som disclosed that he was drafted as an informer by Communist-era secret police in the Seventies. He accepted the job, fearing that otherwise he would not be allowed to travel abroad. Som said he had informed other members of the “Piramis” band of his assignment and he did not report to the secret service with much enthusiasm.

via and; featured photo: MTI