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Dan Hicks is Gone

OK, this is too much. Twenty sixteen may see the demise of every musician I liked when I was young(er). In today’s SF Chronicle came the report that Dan Hicks has died. That may mean little to many of you, Hicks was mainly a West Coast act, LA and San Francisco. But he holds a distinctive spot in my musical memory.

I may have always been somewhat of an old fogey. In my younger days, I VERY RARELY attended rock or pop concerts. I mean, they are really terrible places to listen to music. Between screaming fans, poor (or no) seating, and lousy acoustics I always found it a waste of money. Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks holds the distinction of being the only group I ever paid to watch in person on THREE different occasions.  Once at a small club on Bush St., in San Francisco, that no longer exists. Once at Winterland Arena in San Francisco (an absolute awful venue for music, and no longer exists), and once at the old (pre-renovation) Fox Theater on First Street in San Jose.

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks was a hard to categorize group, acoustic, rock, blues, country, be-bop and throwback. They released 4 albums between 1969, and 1973 (and the mandatory ‘best-of’ album). And, just when they seemed on the verge of finally making it big, they disbanded. Needless to say, videos of them are few and far between. Most are from one of the 2 re-union shows they did. But this unknown clip from 1972, features the classic line-up.

Here’s a bit of trivia for you, the Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks song “Where’s the Money?” is on the Soprano’s sound track album.