Chas Hodges

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Chas Hodges
Birth name Charles Nicholas Hodges
Born (1943-12-28) 28 December 1943 (age 70)
Edmonton, Middlesex, England
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, bass, banjo
Years active 1960–present
Labels Retreat, EMI, Rockney
Associated acts Chas & Dave, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, The Outlaws, Heads Hands & Feet, Chas & His Band
Website Official website

Chas Hodges (born Charles Nicholas Hodges, on 28 December 1943) is an English musician and singer, probably best known for being one half, and lead vocalist, of the English musical duo, Chas & Dave.

Before founding Chas & Dave, Hodges had worked with the producer Joe Meek, as a session musician, backing Jerry Lee Lewis & Gene Vincent, and has also played with Mike Berry and 'The Outlaws' along with Ritchie Blackmore, and Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, which had Mick Burt on drums. He then joined Albert Lee’s band Heads Hands & Feet before playing with Dave Peacock and Albert in Black Claw. He also played piano for a short-lived band called The Rockers, which featured Roy Wood, Phil Lynott and John Coghlan. Hodges claims that he learnt piano by watching Jerry Lee Lewis whilst backing him.

Hodges is still famous and popular today among supporters of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club owing to singles he has released as Chas and Dave (with Dave Peacock). These include "Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur", "Hot Shot Tottenham", "When the Year Ends in One", "Spurs Medley" and "Ossie's Dream" also known as "Spurs are on their way to Wembley". In 2009, following the death of his wife Sue, Peacock announced his retirement from performing with Chas & Dave.[1] However, in 2010 the band announced a tour in 2011.[2]

They also played their "Christmas Jamboree" at the IndigO2 on 23 and 24 December 2011 and 8 December 2012. Since then they have had a "Back By Demand" tour of the UK between 28 February and 16 May 2013. In 2012, Hodges recorded a charity single with Chas & His Band alongside the 2012 Premier League Darts players called 'Got My Tickets for the Darts' which was written by Chas. The video features Hodges, his band, the 2012 Premier League Darts players and walk-on girl Jacqui Adams. It was released on 18 May, the night after the play-offs at the O2 arena in London, where it was premiered. Proceeds from the single will be donated to the Haven House Children's Hospice.[3]

In 2008, Hodges published a book called "Chas & Dave: All About Us" which took him a quarter of a century to write.

In 2010, Chas guested on an album by Vince Eager (Western Star Records) called "788 Years of Rock n Roll" which also featured Albert Lee and Marty Wilde. The following year Chas returned to the label to record a solo album titled "Together We Made Music". [4]

2014, Chas also guested on Ocean Colour Scene frontman Simon Fowler's new band Merrymouth (band) album '"Wenlock Hill", contributing piano on the song "Salt Breeze", along with John McCusker who played violin

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC news item
  2. ^ "The return of Chas & Dave! – farewell tour 2011". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Chas & Stars Record Charity Single". Planet Darts. 8 March 2012. 
  4. ^ The First Decade - Western Star Records history (Book)

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