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Wife says singer and band leader Dan Hicks dies at age 74

Dan Hicks, a musician whose work in the 1960s helped define San Francisco's psychedelic sound, has died. He was 74.

The singer, songwriter and bandleader_who led the musically eclectic band Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks_died Saturday after a two-year battle with throat and liver cancer, his wife, CT Hicks, said on his website and his Facebook page.

"He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always," she wrote. "To all who loved him, know that he will live forever in the words, songs, and art that he spent his life creating."

Hicks began his musical career in San Francisco in the 1960s, where he played drums for rock band The...

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