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Dan Hicks (1941 - 2016)

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Dan Hicks (1941 - 2016)

Dan Hicks, a musician and founding member of San Francisco’s 1960s psychedelic folk movement, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, The Associated Press and CBS News reported. He was 74.<br><br>

According to his wife, CT Hicks, who first reported the singer's death on his website, Hicks died of throat and liver cancer. He had been diagnosed with cancer two years ago.<br><br>
 
Born Dec. 9, 1941, in Little Rock, Arkansas, Hicks and his family moved just outside of San Francisco early in his youth. Hicks started out as a percussionist, playing drums in grade school and his school marching band. Though he picked up the guitar during his teenage years, becoming a local coffeehouse folk darling, he made his first significant musical mark in 1965 as a drummer for the Charlatans, a band that, along with the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, formed the foundation for San Francisco's emerging folk rock scene.


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In 1967, Hicks ventured out on his own and formed Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. The band was quickly celebrated for its unique style, termed by Hicks as "folk jazz," a unique blend of country, blues, jazz, swing and quirky lyrics.

After a string of critically successful albums throughout the early '70s, such as "Where's the Money" and "Striking It Rich," the group earned considerable commercial acclaim in 1973 with "Last Train to Hicksville," the album that landed Hicks on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

 

Though he disbanded the Hot Licks in 1974, citing burnout from the stresses of serving as a bandleader, Hicks went on to record more than a dozen albums. He revived the Hot Licks in 2000's "Beatin' the Heat," which featured cameos from high-profile admirers such as Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones and Brian Setzer.

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