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Hasil Adkins er død, 67 år
Datum: 2005-04-29

Rockabilly-artisten Hasil Adkins ble funnet død i sitt hjem i Madison. Etter alt å dømme døde Adkins av naturlige årsaker. Adkins, som oppererte som et enmannsband, fikk fornyet ineteresse for sin musikk etter at The Cramps brukte ham som referanse for sin dekonstruksjons-rockabilly.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Rockabilly musician Hasil Adkins, a one-man band whose hollering vocals, crazed guitar-playing and do-it-yourself approach to rhythm landed a cult following, has died. He was 67.

Adkins' body was found Tuesday at his Madison home, where he lived alone. The cause of death had not been determined but it did not appear to be suspicious.

Adkins, who claimed to have written more than 7,000 songs, began recording and releasing his own singles as teenager in the 1950s after hearing rock and roll on the radio.

An ultimate solo artist, Adkins sang, blew harmonica and played his amplified acoustic guitar while keeping time with his feet on bass drum and high-hat cymbal. He later admitted he thought that's how it was done
on radio songs he heard, but he never changed his original method.

In the early 1980s, punkabilly band the Cramps covered Adkins' »She Said,« which brought his primal sound to larger cult prominence. The rockabilly fan magazine, »Kicks,« also provided additional attention to

Norton Records released Adkins' earliest 1950s and '60s recordings on the 1986 albums, »Out to Hunch« and »Chicken Walk.« Adkins then cranked out newer albums including »The Wild Man« (1987), »Peanut Butter Rock and Roll« and »Moon Over Madison« (both 1990) and 1994's »Achy Breaky Ha Ha Ha.«

His concert albums include »Live in Chicago« and »Look at That Caveman Go!!«.

The Hasil Adkins story was immortalized in the 1993 documentary, »Wild World of Hasil Adkins,« directed by Julian Nitzberg.

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