Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I WANT TO BE THE ONE TO WALK IN THE SUN: Sad news today from the music world, and particularly for the Philadelphians among us. Singer/songwriter Robert Hazard, he of "and the Heroes" fame and the minor new wave hit "Escalator of Life," has passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 59.

Hazard got his break back in September 1981 because he was playing at J.C. Dobbs on South Street the same night the Rolling Stones were in town to open the Tattoo You tour at JFK Stadium, and Kurt Loder (remember him?) decided to crash at Dobbs for post-concert refreshments. A rave article in Rolling Stone followed, then a record deal with RCA.

For the non-locals among us, Hazard should nevertheless be remembered because back in 1979, a fifteen-minute stretch of songwriting in a Delaware motel resulted in "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," which of course became one of the biggest hits in the world for Cyndi Lauper a few years later. Here's a 2007 performance of his with the Paul Green School of Rock of "Escalator of Life".

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