Chas Hodges Of British Duo Chas and Dave Dies at 74


Chas Hodges, one half of the 1970s British rock duo Chas and Dave, has died at 74.

"It is with super unhappiness that we announce the passing of our very personal Chas Hodges," learn a press release asserting Hodges' passing on the pair's official Twitter feed on Monday morning (Sept. 24). "Despite receiving profitable remedy for oesophageal most cancers not too long ago, Chas suffered organ failure and handed away peacefully in his sleep within the early hours of this morning."

Hodges, born on Dec. 28, 1943, grew to fame within the mid-1970s with companion Dave Peacock because of the pair's typically ribald, pub-friendly songs, together with 1979's "Gertcha," in addition to "Ain't No Pleasing You," "What a Miserable Saturday Night," "London Girls" and quite a few songs in assist of their most popular soccer staff, Tottenham Hotspur, "Ossie's Dream (Spurs Are on Their Way to Wembley)" and "Tottenham, Tottenham." Their signature model, referred to generally as "rockney" for his or her cockney roots, was additionally the title of their report label.

"In the custom of The Kinks and the Small Faces and across the identical time as Ian Dury and Squeeze, Chas & Dave wrote and recorded exceptionally witty songs about life in London, carried out with a powerful affection for all issues English harking back to lots of the nice Music Hall artists a few years beforehand," reads the duo's official bio. "In their case, nevertheless, the musical accompaniment to their sharply observant materials was neither rock nor punk however strong, no-nonsense Rock’N’Roll model which had been their background and inspiration."

Though their fame and blue collar one-of-a-kind combination of early rock, pub singalongs and boogie woogie piano by no means fairly translated to the United States, they remained standard within the U.Okay. and in Europe for many years, recording theme songs for standard BBC sitcoms, starring in their very own 1983 selection sequence, Chas and Dave's Knees Up and taking part in the Glastonbury Festival in 2005. They launched greater than a dozen albums, together with this 12 months's remaining effort, their first in 5 years, A Little Bit of Us.

Before teaming with Peacock, Hodges labored alongside producer Joe Meek, grinding it out as a session musician for early rockers Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley, amongst many others. He's maybe finest recognized to trendy audiences for the pattern of Hodges' guitar from "I Got The" on Eminem's "My Name Is." 

The pair have been pressured to cancel their deliberate tour dates in August on physician's recommendation that Hodges was too in poor health to proceed. "In my life as a musician/entertainer I’d say essentially the most miserable factor to need to do is to need to cancel a gig or gigs," Hodges wrote on Aug. 17. "Fortunately, all through my profession of 1000’s of gigs with Dave or in different bands these instances have been only a few & far between, and solely excessive sickness up to now (and I imply excessive) sickness has prompted me/us to need to make this determination. So it’s due to excessive sickness on my half that the forthcoming gigs are going to need to be cancelled."

At the time, he mentioned a current check-up had proven "no signal of most cancers," revealing that the remedy had left him "nicely beneath par," with the expectation of a gradual, regular course of to return to full energy. Just months earlier that they had debuted the brand new track "Wonder Where He Is Now?" on the long-running Later… With Jools Holland present on BBC Two.

Plenty of distinguished British musicians have since taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Hodges. Check out a few of their messages beneath.