Lead Singer Dies
By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - ``Lonesome''
Dave Peverett, who as lead singer of the British blues-rock quartet Foghat
produced rock staples such as ``Slow Ride'' and ``Third-Time Lucky,'' has
died of complications from kidney cancer.
He was 56.
Peverett died Monday from pneumonia
at an Orlando hospital after a year-long battle with cancer, Foghat's manager,
Michael McConnell, said today. His wife, Linda, and their three children
were with him.
``Dave was one of the hardest working
guys in the business,'' McConnell said.
Heavily influenced by blues and early
rock 'n' roll, Foghat built a large base of fans through frequent touring
and produced such hits at ``Slow Ride,'' ``Third-Time Lucky'' and ``Driving
Wheel'' in the 1970s.
Foghat was born from the blues band
Savoy Brown. Peverett, drummer Roger Earl and bassist Tony Stevens quit
that band and decided to form their own group in 1970. Rod Price became
the group's lead guitarist.
The group wanted to take the sound
of Savoy Brown a step further and add more of a rock edge to their basic
boogie blues. Foghat took their name from a word that Peverett
and his brother invented some years earlier in a Scrabble game.
Foghat's albums included ``Fool for
the City,'' ``Foghat,'' ``Rock and Roll Outlaws,'' ``Night Shift,'' and
``Stone Blue.'' It was their seventh album, ``Foghat Live,'' in 1977 that
brought them their biggest success, going double platinum.
``It happened suddenly,'' Peverett
said in a 1998 interview with The Associated Press. ``I don't think I realized
at the time how big the band was. We were still playing and had the same
mentality of coming up with songs for the next album. We looked up - we
were headlining big arenas.
``It was nice to go through that
and survive it. I think we were pretty levelheaded compared to some people.''
The band, which broke up for a time
in the 1980s, reunited in 1993 and found new fans that year when ``Slow
Ride'' and the band's version of ``I Just Want to Make Love to You'' were
on the soundtrack of the movie ``Dazed and Confused.''
Peverett was born April 16, 1943,
in Dulwich, England and raised in London.
After he was diagnosed with cancer,
he had a kidney removed, underwent radiation and chemotherapy and had thought
the cancer was in remission, McConnell said.
A private funeral service will be
held Thursday in Orlando.