Death: Les Emmerson lead vocalist, guitarist of Five Man Electrical Band dies at 77

By | December 13, 2021

Les Emmerson death – cause of death: Les Emmerson, 77-year-old,  a Canadian musician, who was the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Five Man Electrical Band, and their predecessor band The Staccatos passed away on Friday, December 10, 2021, in the ICU at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa. Emmerson contracted COVID in November.

Born Robert Leslie Emmerson on September 17, 1944, he was a Canadian musician, who was the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Five Man Electrical Band, and their predecessor band The Staccatos. He also recorded as a solo artist, charting three top 40 hits in Canada, including the #5 hit “Control Of Me”. In 2008, Les Emmerson was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He started his solo career while still a member of Five Man Electrical Band. He was popularly known for writing the song “Signs”, which was a hit for Emmerson’s Five Man Electrical Band in 1971 and also a hit for the band Tesla in 1990. Both versions of the song sold approximately 1.5 million copies at the time of each respective release. He is married to his beloved wife of 34 years, Monik Emmerson, who Les always referred to as “his manager, photographer, his everything.”

Terry Marcotte in a tribute on Facebook on Sunday, December 12, 2021, wrote that “So sad about the passing of the great Les Emmerson. They don’t make them any better than Les. He was a world-class musician. He was an even better person. Condolences to Monik and his family. When I was able to share a stage with Les it was a thrill like you couldn’t imagine. Talented. Supportive. And kind. Rest In Peace, my friend. You were the best.”

Les Emmerson’s obituary and memorial will be organized by the family.