(1948 – 2009)
In memory of
(1948 – 2009)
This memorial is in memory of Dickie Peterson. Dickie Peterson was the bassist and lead singer for Blue Cheer. He also recorded two solo albums: Child of the Darkness and Tramp. Dickie Peterson played bass and knew at the age of eight that he wanted to become a professional musician. He came from a musical family: his father played trombone, his mother played piano and his brother, Jerre Peterson, initially was a flautist. Drums were Peterson's first instrument. Peterson cited Otis Redding as a significant influence. He credited his brother, the late Jerre Peterson, as being his lifelong musical influence. Jerre Peterson was one of the lead guitarists in the initial lineup of Blue Cheer (the other being Leigh Stephens)
and played with various formations of the band in later years. Peterson spent much of the past two decades based in Germany, playing with Blue Cheer and other groups on occasion. For example, in 1998 and 1999, he played various dates in Germany with the Hank Davison Band and as an acoustic duo with Hank Davison under the name "Dos Hombres". He appeared on the album, Hank Davison and Friends - Real Live. Throughout his life, Peterson's relationship to music had been all-consuming. As he recently said, "I've been married twice, Iâ€™ve had numerous girlfriends, and theyâ€™ll all tell you that if Iâ€™m not playing music I am an animal to live with. ...Music is a place where I get to deal with a lot of
my emotion and displaced energy. I always only wanted to play music, and thatâ€™s all I still want to do." Blue Cheer have been considered pioneering in many genres, however Dickie Peterson denied that they belong to any of these genres saying, "People keep trying to say that weâ€™re heavy metal or grunge or punk, or weâ€™re this or that. The reality is, weâ€™re just a power trio, and we play ultra blues, and itâ€™s rock â€˜n roll. Itâ€™s really simple what we do." On October 12th, 2009, Dickie Peterson died at 05:00 in Germany at the age of 61 from liver cancer. This online obituary is to honour Dickie Peterson's life and his achievements.
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