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John Du Cann

John Du Cann

John Du Cann


John Du Cann (born John Cann, 1945 – 21 September 2011) was a guitarist primarily known through his work in the 1970s band, Atomic Rooster. His early bands included the Wiltshire-based The Sonics (not to be confused with the 1960s US band of the same name) and London-based The Attack, which released "Hi Ho Silver Lining" a few days prior to Jeff Beck. He went on to lead a psychedelic, progressive, hard rock band called Andromeda, before later being asked to join Atomic Rooster. Read more on Last.fm
John Du Cann (born John Cann, 1945 – 21 September 2011) was a guitarist primarily known through his work in the 1970s band, Atomic Rooster. His early bands included the Wiltshire-based The Sonics (not to be confused with the 1960s US band of the same name) and London-based The Attack, which released "Hi Ho Silver Lining" a few days prior to Jeff Beck. He went on to lead a psychedelic, progressive, hard rock band called Andromeda, before later being asked to join Atomic Rooster. Upon departing Andromeda in 1971, he led Daemon, then Hard Stuff, both of which were based more heavily on aggressive guitar work. In 1974 he was a temporary guitarist in Thin Lizzy for a tour of Germany.

Sometime following this, his manager suggested a name change from John Cann to John Du Cann. As a result of being signed to the same management company, 1977 saw the pairing of Du Cann with Francis Rossi of the British rock band Status Quo. Rossi was invited to produce Du Cann's proposed new album, The World's Not Big Enough, which remained unreleased until 1992. The session musicians for this album included Rossi on guitar, Andy Bown on keyboards, future Quo drummer Pete Kircher and bassist John McCoy. The album was described in Record Collector magazine at the time as sounding like "Quo mixed with the Sex Pistols". In September 1979, Du Cann had a hit on the UK Singles Chart with "Don't Be A Dummy", a Gary Numan-recorded (but unreleased) song from a Lee Cooper Jeans television advertisement from 1978.

The single reached number 33 in the UK Singles Chart. Du Cann died on 21 September 2011, aged 66, after a suspected heart attack. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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