Dan Hicks‘ departure from this world was lost in the lingering foofaraw over David Bowie’s.1 It’s a shame, because Hicks was to me the more enjoyable artist and much more fun to listen to. Would Bowie ever have written a tune like “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?”
(The last tune was written by Ross “David Seville” Bagdasarian and William “My Name Is Aram” Saroyan. In 1951 it was a hit for Rosemary Clooney, who hated it. Hicks installed the wall-to-wall carpeting.)
- I don’t mean to pick on Bowie in my year-end notes. He was pretty good, sometimes very good. If you’ve never listened to Hunky Dory, check it out. But I never mooned over him the way critics did.