Heavy metal icon DICKIE PETERSON has lost his battle with liver cancer.
The Blue Cheer lead singer and bassist died on Monday (12Oct09) in Erkelenz, Germany. He was 63.
The San Francisco, California group formed in late 1966 and recorded several albums in quick succession.
Their psychedelic debut album Vincebus Eruptum peaked at number 11 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, positioning the band for rock stardom. They split in 1972 and reunited several times throughout the ensuing decades - most recently releasing 2007's What Doesn't Kill You...
Peterson recorded two solo albums in the 1990s, Child of the Darkness and Tramp.
He is survived by wife Ilka Peterson, daughter Corrina Peterson-Kaltenrieder - from his previous marriage to Marilyn Stephens - and a grandson.