Chas Hodges dead at 74

Chas Hodges
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Chas Hodges, best known for his partnership with Dave Peacock in the pop rock band Chas & Dave, has died at the age of 74. 

Hodges' death was announced on the duo's Twitter account in a statement that read, "It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our very own Chas Hodges. Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning."

Hodges was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in February, but was determined to return to the stage and had started performing again. The duo most recently supported Eric Clapton at his British Summertime show in London's Hyde Park in July.

Chas & Dave formed in 1975, and enjoyed a run of hits in the late seventies and early eighties with songs like Gertcha, The Sideboard Song, Rabbit, Ain't No Pleasin' You and Snooker Loopy

Hodges' career kicked off in the 1960s working alongside legendary producer Joe Meek as part of his house band, while also backing Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent. Hodges also played in The Outlaws with Ritchie Blackmore, and joined Albert Lee's country rock band Heads Hands & Feet before a short-lived stint with The Rockers, who featured The Move's Roy Wood, Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, and Status Quo drummer John Coghlan. 

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Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.