Chas & Dave
These veterans of the English rock scene joined forces in the early 70s to create novelty material in the cockney idiom. Chas Hodges (Charles Nicholas Hodges, 28 December 1943, Edmonton, Middlesex, England) had played piano with the Outlaws, Cliff Bennett, and Heads, Hands And Feet. Dave Peacock (b. 24 May 1945, Ponders End, Middlesex, England) was a guitarist with rock n roll revival and country bands before joining up with Hodges to record 1975s One Fing N Anuvver for Retreat, a label owned by session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan. Adding drummer Mick Burt (b. 23 August 1943, England), they signed to EMI Records in 1977. Strummin was a minor hit but the trio reached the Top 20 in 1979 with Gertcha!, a rollicking composition that had featured in a UK television commercial for Courage beer. An even more successful effort in the same vein was the Top 10 hit Rabbit, which appeared on Chas &...