California rocker GIL GARFIELD has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 77.
Garfield, a member of 1950s trio the Cheers, died on Saturday (01Jan11).
The group had a top 10 U.S. hit with Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots in 1955.
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