Chas Hodges – one half of the musical duo Chas and Dave – has died at the age of 74.
The duo’s Twitter account said he recently received treatment for oesophageal cancer but died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours.
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.
They also performed four FA Cup final songs with Tottenham Hotspur FC.
The statement on Chas and Dave’s Twitter page read: “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our very own Chas Hodges.”
It said the pianist and vocalist had died from organ failure.
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. pic.twitter.com/bwxqfHUjUg
— Chas And Dave (@chas_dave) September 22, 2018
Born in north London in 1943, Chas’s career began as a session musician in the 1950 and 1960s, working with producer Joe Meek and stars including Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent. He was also in the band the Outlaws with Ritchie Blackmore.
In 1966, as a member of Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers, he appeared alongside the Beatles on their final British tour.
Chas went on to team up with guitarist Dave Peacock in the 1970s.
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.
They also appeared in adverts for Courage beer and Heinz Baked Beans.
His greatest hits include:
Gertcha – No 20 in the UK chart in May 1979
Rabbit – No 8 in Nov 1980
Ossie’s Dream – No 5 in May 1981 (with Spurs squad)
Stars Over 45 – No 21 in Dec 1981
Ain’t No Pleasing You – No 2 in March 1982
Tottenham Tottenham – No 19 in May 1982 (with Spurs squad)
Snooker Loopy – No 6 in May 1986 (with Matchroom Mob)