Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Chas and Dave split up

One of the music world's most enduring double acts, Cockney duo Chas and Dave, is to end.

Bass player Dave Peacock has decided to retire from the band following the death of his wife. He had been replaced for a series of live dates.

The duo were known for a number of hits such as Gertcha, Rabbit and Ain't No Pleasing You during the late 1970s and 1980s.

The band's agent Barry Collings said: “Dave has now decided that he will not be coming back and wanted to retire.”

Peacock and Chas Hodges were session musicians before hooking up to launch their own act in the mid-1970s.

The duo, whose Gertcha single was notably featured in ads for Courage Bitter, also recorded a number of songs for Tottenham Hotspur including Ossie's Dream (Spurs Are On Their Way To Wembley).

Peacock withdrew from the group during the summer when his wife Sue (62) lost her fight against lung cancer.

They had been married for 36 years.

Hodges will continue to play all the pair's contracted tour dates and is launching his own act Chas and His Band.

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