Chas Hodges, of the musical duo Chas & Dave, has sadly died at the age of 74. 

The duo’s official Twitter account announced the death of Hodges, who had been diagnosed with oesophagal cancer, saying, “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.”

Chas and wife Joan Hodges

In 2017, Hodges revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus after he struggled to swallow a glass of water. After undergoing chemotherapy, Hodges returned to performing last year, but was forced to cancel all gigs in August on doctor’s advice.

In the beginning of his career, Hodges was a member of the band called The Outlaws. Hodges also backed a string of famous musicians in the late 1950s and early 60s, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, and Bill Haley and appeared as a special guest alongside The Beatles, on their final British tour in 1966, as a member of Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers.

Chas & Dave

The beloved guitarist will be best remembered as one half of Chas & Dave, the ‘rockney’ heroes whose hits include ‘Rabbit’, ‘Gertcha’ and ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’. Hodges and bandmate Dave Peacock formed a musical partnership that lasted more than 40 years, bringing joy to generation after generation.  

We at Spectrum FM will remember him fondly. In his honour, enjoy our favourite Chas & Dave hit. 

Chas & Dave ‘Rabbit’ 1981

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