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Chas and Dave: Dave Peacock pays tribute to bandmate

September 23, 2018 2:55 PM
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Chas and Dave: Dave Peacock pays tribute to bandmate

Chas and Dave musician Dave Peacock has paid tribute to his "fabulous mate" and co-star Chas Hodges, who died on Saturday aged 74.

Known for their rock and cockney style, Chas and Dave enjoyed the height of their fame in the 1970s and 1980s with hits such as Rabbit and Snooker Loopy.

The pair have been friends for more than 50 years, forming the band in the 1970s.

Dave told BBC News he would remember the pianist and vocalist as a "fabulous musician and a fabulous mate".

"All he wanted to do was play music. He just couldn't stop, even when he was eating his dinner he'd be humming a tune," he said.

"When he was having chemotherapy they couldn't believe it - he even wrote a song while he was having chemotherapy in the hospital."

The guitarist said he was still in a "bit of a daze" after hearing of Chas's death.

"I'll never forget him. I always say to people Chas and Dave ain't just a band, it's a way of life and I'm going to miss him terribly," he said.

Chas and Dave's debut album One Fing 'n' Anuvver, featuring Chas on lead vocals, was released in 1975 and they went on to have eight UK top 40 hits.

In their website biography, the duo said they recorded "witty songs about life in London, performed with a strong affection for all things English reminiscent of many of the great music hall artists many years previously".

Dave said he felt the duo proved the "doubters" who thought they were just a "pub band" wrong, going on to play worldwide and feature on the 2005 Glastonbury line-up.

"[Chas] used to say to me years ago, 'They'll only recognise us when we're dead, that's when they'll cotton on to us'", he said.

"A lot of people don't really get us, what we are. They just think it's down the old pub, 'Knees Up Mother Brown'. It's not. There's a lot more to Chas and Dave's music than that."


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