Dan Hicks, musician singer and songwriter, died Saturday February 6, 2016 in Mill Valley after a long battle with throat and liver cancer. He was 74.
Mr. Hicks emerged in the San Francisco folk scene in the late ‘50’s and in 1965 became the drummer for the Charlatans, an early folk rock band. Two years later, he formed Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, the group with which he was best known.
Dan Hicks was truly an American original. Since the early 1960s, Hicks deftly blended elements of Swing, Jazz, Folk and Country music to create the appealing sound he sometimes called "Folk Jazz".
WPR’s Grady Kirkpatrick interviewed Mr. Hicks in December of 2004 while at WNKU Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati. The interview includes a live version of Barstool Boogie.