Tuesday, March 24, 2009



February 9th, 1964 in Detroit Earl Hackney sat down his three sons: David age 12, Dannis (pronounced dennis) age 10, and Bobby age 8 in front of the tv set and told them they were witnessing something special.

The Beatles were playing on the Ed Sullivan Show, and David, entranced, sat 6” from the screen wide-eyed, while the other two sat equally mesmerized.

The very next day, David found a guitar in the alley, took it home, and taught himself how to play. By 1970, the brothers had started their first band and begun playing garage shows. they played funk/r&b, influenced by the motown sounds coming out of their east Detroit neighborhood.

They practiced relentlessly and home recorded often. In early 1973, the brothers went to the Michigan Palace and saw a performance of Iggy and the Stooges. from that day forward David moved the band into the direction of rock n’ roll, feeling it was a better fit for them.

David wrote the music and Bobby the lyrics. Their songs became more political and the power trio seemed complete. The band named themselves DEATH.

With more garage shows and a demo under their belt, David opened up the yellow pages to recording studios and threw a dart. The dart landed on Groovesville productions, a label owned and operated by Don Davis. Davis, impressed with the band, brought the demo to the attention of Clive Davis of Columbia records.

Clive gave DEATH an advance and contracts were drawn to begin recording a 12 song album. after recording the first 7 songs, Clive insisted that the band change their name before the album was completed. David and his brothers refused, causing Columbia and Groovesville to back out of the deal. However, with their received advance, DEATH leaked out 500 copies of a 45 on their own Tryangle records in 1976 which was distributed at garage shows for free.. nothing more was heard...

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