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Dickie Peterson dies at 63; bassist and lead singer for the power trio Blue Cheer
Dickie Peterson dies at 63; bassist and lead singer for the power trio Blue Cheer

Dickie Peterson, the bassist and lead singer for Blue Cheer, the San Francisco power trio best known for its high- volume 1968 hit rendition of the rock 'n' roll classic "Summertime Blues," has died. He was 63. Peterson, who had prostate cancer that spread to other parts of his body, died Monday in Erkelenz, Germany, where he lived, said Ron Rainey, the band's manager. Taking its name from a potent strain of LSD -- as well as giving a nod to love of the blues -- Blue Cheer began as a six-piece band in 1966 and downsized a year later to a trio consisting of Peterson on bass and vocals, Leigh Stephens on guitar and Paul Whaley on drums. The group's 1968 debut...

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