Singer Dan Hicks, who began his musical career in San Francisco in the 1960s and founded Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 74.
Hicks’s wife, CT Hicks, says on his website and his Facebook page that he died on Saturday. The veteran San Francisco Bay Area singer, songwriter and band leader was diagnosed with throat and liver cancer in 2014.
Dan Hicks formed the Hot Licks after his time with The Charlatans, a pioneering rock band that combined with Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and others to create the psychedelic San Francisco sound in the ’60s.
The Hot Licks produced several successful albums but broke up in 1973, at the height of its popularity.
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