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Singer-Songwriter Dan Hicks dies at 74


Los Angeles: Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks, known for his blend of folk, jazz and country music, died in Mill Valley, California, after a two-year battle with throat and liver cancer. Hicks, who was 74, died on Saturday. He is survived by his wife, who made the announcement of his death. Hicks was known as the leader of the acoustic band Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, which was a contemporary of the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane in the late 1960s San Francisco psychedelic scene.

He never achieved as much mainstream success as others from that era but he was highly regarded by fellow musicians. At his commercial peak, Hicks recorded several successful albums for Blue Thumb Records, including “Where’s The Money?,” “Striking It Rich” and “Last Train To Hicksville.”