No.3: 'Gypsy' by Uriah Heep It was 1970 and Uriah
From page 10 of Classic Rock Magazine May 1999
Heep settled down to write their debut album. First off the blocks came 'Gypsy, a tale of forbidden love between a lusty 17-year-old lad, his gypsy queen and an irate father who threatened to "put a whip" across his back.'Gypsy' was based around a raw, grinding riff from guitarist Mick Box and keyboardist Ken Hensley, the pouting delivery of frontman David Byron (who died in 1985) and the multi-tracked harmonies that became Heep's trademark.
"We wrote it at the Hanwell Community Centre in Shepherd's Bush, and Deep Purple were rehearsing next door you can imagine the racket!" recalls Box. "I just started playing around with a really basic, earthy riff and David loved it. So we knocked it about a bit and had it finished in no time. It's funny how all the best remembered songs are written that way, just off the cuff."
'Gypsy' appeared as the opening track of Heep's 1970 debut album, 'Very 'Eavy, Very Ilmble. The Rolling Stone reviewer famously declared: "If this band make it, I'll commit suicide."
One dead critic later, they're still going strong...