Canned Heat singer Robert Lucas dies of reported drug overdose

November 24, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Robert Lucas, one of the frontman of legendary blues rock band Canned Heat has died at the age of 46. Lucas died at a friend’s home in Long Beach, California, on Sunday and his former manager Skip Taylor said the cause of death was an apparent drugs overdose.

Canned Heat was best known for its late 1960s hits Goin’ Up The Country and ‘On The Road Again. Original singer Bob ‘The Bear’ Hite died of a heart attack in 1981. Lucas was one of four singers to have fronted the band during its more than 40 year history. He had two stints as lead singer, harmonica and bottleneck guitar player between 1994 and 2008 for the Los Angeles-based blues and boogie band that formed in 1965. Lucas recently left the band to pursue his solo career and wrote and recorded seven solo albums.

In his illustrous career he also performed with Big Joe Turner, George Smith, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, and Percy Mayfield. Taylor said: ‘His unequalled fury and stage presence, together with his earth-shattering vocal delivery, gave him the ability to channel many of the blues masters through his words, songs and musical ability.
‘He has been recognised by blues fans and critics worldwide as one of the most inspired singer, player and songwriter talents of the past decade.’

Lucas is survived by his parents, a sister and a teenage son.


2 Responses to “Canned Heat singer Robert Lucas dies of reported drug overdose”

  1. Jill Sharpe on November 24th, 2008 10:18 pm

    My beloved freind. You will be well missed. Thank you for giving me my roots in the blues. You are the sole reason I play the music I play today. You were and always will be loved. Thank God for Robert Lucas……and thank you too Berkely Green!

  2. James Cameron on December 7th, 2008 2:07 am

    Sad indeed. I went to junior high school / high school with Robert and even before his musical career took off, Robert was indeed a “presense”. I seriously doubt that anyone in the same class year as we, could ‘not’ remember him, and doubt even greater that they would not smile upon his memory. A fine person, with a great heart. Rest in Peace, Mr. Lucas.

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