Dan Hicks, Maurice White R.I.P.

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Dan Hicks, best-known as the lead musician and founder of the 70s acoustic band Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, died on February 6, aged 74.

Hicks had been suffering with throat and liver cancer and his wife announced his death on his website.

“He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always,” wrote Clare Hicks.

Hicks’ hits included ‘I Scare Myself’ and ‘Canned Music’, which blended genre such as country, blues, jazz and swing.

Hicks visited Melbourne in 2009 and played a small gig at Guruland Studios in the southern suburbs.

Clare Hicks also wrote: “To all who loved him, know that he will live forever in the words, songs, and art that he spent his life creating. He worked so hard on each and every detail – they are all pure Dan.”
Hicks was born in Little Rock, Arkansas into a military family who moved to California when he was five.
When he first became interested in becoming a musician, it was as a drummer. It was only later that he learned to sing and play guitar.

Hicks was born in Arkansas in 1941, moved with his family to California when he was five, and  developed an interest in music by playing drums in school bands. He started playing guitar in the early ‘60s, was a notable member of San Francisco’s burgeoning folk music community and returned to the drums in 1965 and joined up with psychedelic rock group The Charlatans which he left to form his own band in the late ’60s.

Hicks enjoyed successful albums including Where’s The Money?, Striking It Rich and Last Train To Hicksville.

Meanwhile, Maurice White, co-founder and mastermind of legendary R&B/funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, died on February 2, according to AAP. He was 74 years old.

White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1992. The disease forced him to retire from touring, but he remained in control of the band’s creative and business decisions up until his death.

White and his brother Verdine created the band in 1969, producing hits such as ‘September,’ ‘Boogie Wonderland,’ and “After the Love Has Gone.” White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1992 and was forced to retire.

White also wrote music for movies including Coming To America and Undercover Brother. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. He also collaborated with stars such as Chaka Khan, Deniece Williams, The Emotions, Barbra Streisand, and Lalah Hathaway.

White’s brother Verdine said in a statement: “While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life-changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

The band’s official Twitter referenced the hit song ‘Shining Star’ using the quote, “The light is he, shining on you and me.”

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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