Tuesday, 4 April 2017

REMEMBERING BOB HITE

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Bob Hite

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Bob Hite
Bob-Hite of Canned Heat.jpg
Hite performing with Canned Heat,
Hamburg, 1974
Background information
Also known asThe Bear
BornFebruary 26, 1943
Torrance, California, U.S.
DiedApril 5, 1981 (aged 38)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresBluesboogie rockblues rockelectric blues
Occupation(s)Musiciansongwriter
InstrumentsVocalsharmonicafluteguitar
Years active1965–1981
Associated actsCanned Heat
WebsiteOfficial website
Robert Ernest "BobHite (February 26, 1943 – April 5, 1981) was the lead singer of the American blues-rock bandCanned Heat, from 1965 to his death in 1981. His nickname was "The Bear".

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Biography[edit]

Hite was introduced to Alan Wilson by Henry Vestine and the two of them helped convince blues pianist Sunnyland Slim (1906-1995) to get back into the recording studio to record. In 1965, aged 22, Hite formed a band with Wilson. Vestine joined soon after and this trio formed the core of Canned Heat. The trio were eventually joined by Larry Taylor (bass) and Frank Cook (drums).
Canned Heat appeared on a November 1969 episode of Playboy After Dark. Hite was invited to talk with Hugh Hefner after the performance, along with other guests Sonny and CherVic DamoneDick Shawn and Larry Storch. A 20-year-old Lindsay Wagner, playing the part of one of Hefner's party guests, sat on Hite's lap and played a party game. When asked by Hefner what kind of animal Hite would be if he were an animal, Wagner claimed he'd be a bear. Hite told her she got it right, that people called him "The Bear." It was also on this episode that Hite informed Hugh Hefner that he had over 15,000 78s.[1]
Hite performed with Canned Heat at Woodstock in August 1969. The performances were not included in the original (1970) film Woodstock, but are in the 1994 "Director's Cut" version.
He produced the John Lee Hooker/Canned Heat album, Hooker 'N Heat (1971).

Death[edit]

On April 5, 1981, during a break between sets at The Palomino Club in North Hollywood, Hite was handed a drug vial by a fan. Thinking it contained cocaine, Hite stuck a straw into the vial and snorted it. The drug turned out to be heroin and Hite turned blue and collapsed. Some roadies put Hite in the band's van and drove him to a nearby home where he died.[2]

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