Post by barrythebook on Sept 22, 2018 15:33:02 GMT
Very sad news. When I was younger and Chas & Dave were in the charts etc. I always enjoyed their songs but regarded them as a bit of a comical act. It's only more recently that I appreciated what very talented musicians and songwriters they were/are.
Och that is not good news. He was a highly respected musician who played for some of the best in the business over the years, but you wouldn't expect anything less from a man who learned his trade the hard way, no X Factor for him.
Post by bodiesstuntdouble on Sept 22, 2018 21:46:12 GMT
This is awful news :-( I've always been a fan of Chas and Dave (watch their BBC documentary on youtube it's great). A fine and versatile musician with a fantastic career and his passing is bl*ody sad to say the least
Post by Portland Road on Sept 26, 2018 20:54:51 GMT
I think they were popular globally.
Chas & Dave (and their drummer Mick Burt) were Cliff Bennett's Rebel Rousers in the mid 60s.
Chas then joined the prog rock band Head Hands & Feet who were on the cusp of major success in the early 70s, being the support for major acts like Humble Pie and Deep Purple, and appearing on 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'.
By the mid 70s he was back working with Dave Peacock once more, which culminated in the Chas n Dave act being formed (with Mick Burt re-joining them).
Initially, they often did sessions for others, and played on the Labi Siffre song 'I got The (Blues)' whose backing track was lifted to be used on Eminem's breakthrough single 'My Name Is....' (1999). Yes, Chas n Dave played on an Eminem single....
As others have suggested, in theory they were a novelty act suited to light entertainment or the club circuit, yet like The Wurzels they could be so much more than that 'Ain't No Pleasing You' was a superb single.
Post by maninasuitcase on Sept 30, 2018 10:44:20 GMT
Just saw the 2012 documentary 'Last Orders' and what a extraordinary and fulfilling life Chas Hodges led. Working as a backing musician for Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley and Gene Vincent, session work with the producer Joe Meek, playing alongside Ritchie Wigmore, Eric Clapton and Alvin Lee, opening for Led Zeppelin at Knebworth 1979 and the list goes on.
Interesting to see that Chas spent his entire working life being a musician.
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