TRIB­UTES POUR IN FOR COCK­NEY SONGSTER CHAS

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - JES­SICA WAL­FORD Re­porter jes­sica.wal­ford@waleson­line.co.uk

CHAS and Dave star Chas Hodges has been de­scribed as a “le­gend” and a “lovely, lovely gen­tle­man” as stars paid trib­ute to the singer fol­low­ing his death aged 74.

The mu­sic star died in his sleep yes­ter­day morn­ing from or­gan fail­ure af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer, a tweet from the mu­si­cal duo’s Twit­ter ac­count said.

Co­me­dian Sir Lenny Henry was among those pay­ing trib­ute to Hodges, best known for his long last­ing mu­si­cal part­ner­ship with Dave Peacock.

Sir Lenny wrote on Twit­ter: “What a shame. When they were on Tiswas they were al­ways kind, re­spect­ful and played live. RIP Chas.”

Re­tired boxer Frank Bruno tweeted: “Worked with Chas & Dave loads of times in the 1980s and had a good laugh with them every time.”

TV pre­sen­ter Paddy McGuin­ness said he was a big fan, de­spite be­ing from the North.

“Chas and Dave were al­ways on the telly when I was a nip­per, they’re cock­ney through and through but we also loved them in the North,” he tweeted.

“I al­ways wanted to see them live. Sad loss to the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.”

Ra­dio DJ Jo Whi­ley tweeted: “Oh no. This is the sad­dest news. Chas was a lovely, lovely gen­tle­man & our Maida Vale Christ­mas show was one of my ab­so­lute favourite shows. Much love to his fam­ily, close friends & Dave.”

Deputy leader of the Labour Party Tom Wat­son tweeted: “This is very sad. Chas was a very ac­com­plished mu­si­cian who brought joy to many with his per­for­mances. And Chas and Dave’s songs are in the mem­o­ries of mil­lions.”

Co­me­dian Rob Beck­ett wrote on Twit­ter: “So sad. Such a le­gend. To­gether with Dave he wrote the sound­track to my child­hood. RIP Chas Hodges.”

Bucks Fizz star Ch­eryl Baker said she was “ab­so­lutely heart­bro­ken” to hear of Hodges’s death.

She said in a tweet: “He was a huge tal­ent and a lovely man. Think­ing of the fam­ily.”

Ra­dio DJ and TV pre­sen­ter Iain Lee tweeted: “Ab­so­lutely gut­ted about @ Chas­nHodges pass­ing.

“Ab­so­lutely one of the best. Played piano at Eric Clap­ton’s wed­ding. The other mem­bers of the spon­ta­neous band? Paul Mc­Cart­ney, Ringo Starr and Ge­orge Har­ri­son.”

The of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count for Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur Foot­ball Club – of which Hodges was an out­spo­ken sup­porter – posted: “Ev­ery­one at the club is deeply sad­dened to hear of the pass­ing of one of our own, Chas Hodges. Our thoughts are with his fam­ily and friends at this dif­fi­cult time.”

Chas and Dave were re­spon­si­ble for four FA Cup sin­gles for the foot­ball club.

C o medy w r i te r Adam Kay tweeted: “Sad news. The very least we could do is make ‘Ain’t No Pleas­ing You’ the new na­tional an­them. Belt­ing tune.”

Chas, to­gether with Dave Peacock, were known for their witty lyrics about liv­ing in Lon­don in the 1970s. They had a string of hits, in­clud­ing Rab­bit, Snooker Loopy and Ain’t No Pleas­ing You.

Charles Ni­cholas “Chas” Hodges was born in Ed­mon­ton, Mid­dle­sex, in De­cem­ber 1943. He was a singer, pi­anist and also played gui­tar, bass and banjo.

Be­fore found­ing Chas and Dave with Peacock and drum­mer Mick Burt, Hodges worked as a ses­sion mu­si­cian.

Peacock re­tired from the group in 2009 af­ter his wife Sue died from lung can­cer, but the band re­united two years later and con­tin­ued to tour.

They per­formed at the Royal Va­ri­ety Per­for­mance for the first time in 2013 and a sell-out head­line show at the Royal Al­bert Hall the fol­low­ing year.

On Fe­bru­ary 6 last year it was an­nounced that Hodges had been di­ag­nosed with can­cer of the oe­soph­a­gus and he started im­me­di­ate treat­ment.

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Chas and Dave

STU­ART C. WIL­SON

Chas Hodges has died at 74

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