Tuesday, December 11, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Molly Hatchet

Artist:Molly Hatchet
Song:Dreams I'll Never See
Album:Greatest Hits

Southern rock band Molly Hatchet had a brief run of success in the late 70s. They never had a hit single but they did score three Platinum albums. The band's decline was a result of the departure of lead singer Danny Joe Brown in 1980. They never recovered from that. Molly Hatchet was from Jacksonville, FL founded by guitarists Dave Hlubek and Steve Holland. Supposedly Molly Hatchet was a prostitute who decapitated her clients. Hlubek was lead singer at first but Danny Joe Brown became lead singer when he joined them in 1974. Other members were Duane Roland on guitar, Banner Thomas on bass and Bruce Crump on drums. Molly Hatchet's friendship with Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special is what got them a record deal with Epic Records. Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant planned to produce Molly Hatchet's debut album. But of course he died in that tragic 1977 plane crash. Dreams I'll Never See is from their 1978 debut album Molly Hatchet. Unlike other Southern rock bands, Molly Hatchet was more of a hard rock band who happened to be from the south. The album went Platinum and their second album Flirtin' With Disaster went 3XPlatinum. Though the band wrote most of their own songs, Dreams I'll Never See was written by Gregg Allman and recorded by The Allman Brothers Band in 1969. Danny Joe Brown left in 1980 to go solo and was replaced by Jimmy Farrar. Though the 1980 album Beatin' The Odds went Platinum, the band declined after that. Brown's solo album was unsuccessful and he returned to Molly Hatchet in 1982. But by then it was too late and after other personnel changes, Hlubek left in 1986. This budget comp is a good intro to their music. Molly Hatchet retired in 1990. Brown attempted to reform Molly Hatchet but he got sick and died in 2005. The band still was around in name only. The trademark was owned by 80s member Bobby Ingram. The band still tours and Hlubek rejoined in 2005. Old rock bands never die. They just keep touring. Here's Molly Hatchet performing Dreams I'll Never See 1979.

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