Hungarian rock legend Janos Kobor has died

Hungarian rock legend Janos Kobor has died
Hungarian rock legend Janos Kobor has died

The Hungarian rock legend Janos Kobor, founder and front man of the band Omega, died today at the age of 78 after a short illness.

The state news agency MTI reported, citing the band’s management. According to media reports, the musician was admitted to a Budapest hospital with a coronavirus infection in early November. His condition has since been described as critical.

Omega was founded in 1962 and released 17 albums that sold 50 million copies worldwide. In the Eastern Bloc at that time, the rockers from Budapest were accorded the same status as the Rolling Stones. The Omega song “The Girl with Pearl Hair” was covered by Frank Schöbels (“Write it in the sand”) and the Scorpions (“White Dove”), among others.

Omega’s last album bears the significant title “Testamentum” (Testament). When it came out at the end of 2020, keyboardist Laszlo Benkö and bassist Tamas Mihaly, who had not been performing for a long time, had died immediately before. Kobor still spoke of wanting to continue in some form.

 
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