Dan Hicks, a singer, songwriter, and lead singer of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks passed away on Saturday (Feb. 6) at age 74 following a two year battle with throat and liver cancer.
Hicks' wife was the one to announce his passing on his official website, writing the following:
My darling darling husband left this earth early this morning.
He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always.
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 on December 9, 1941 in Little Rock, Arkansas, but spent most of his childhood in northern California, moving to Santa Rosa when he was five years old. He eventually started singing and learned how to play several instruments, including the drums and guitar.
Known for performing a combination of folk, jazz, and country music, Hicks was looked up to by other musicians, even though he never achieved major mainstream success. He joined the San Francisco psych-rock group the Charlatans as their drummer before he went on to found Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. The group managed to find success with their albums Where's the Money? and Striking Rich, with one of their most popular songs being "I Scare Myself."
Hicks dissolved the band in 1971 and tried his hand at a solo career, in addition to writing music for an animated film. In total, Hicks took a 22 year break from being a frontman, choosing instead to record music for television and movies.
Eventually, Hicks did reform the Hot Licks band, releasing a new album, Beatin' the Heat in 2000, featuring artists such as Elvis Costello.
Hicks remained active in the music industry for over ten years after the reformation of his band, releasing his last album in 2013 before he found out about his cancer diagnosis a year later.
Tune in below to watch one of Hicks' later performances with the Hot Licks of their song "I Don't Want Love."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hicks' family and loved ones during this sad time.
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