Folk singer DAVE FISHER has died at the age of 69 after a battle with a bone marrow disorder.
The star, who formed The Highwaymen with four university pals in the late 1950s, passed away at his home in Rye, New York last Friday (07May10). His wife, Dr. Elaine K. Haagen, confirms he had been battling myelofibrosis.
Fisher rose to fame with his friends Bob Burnett, Steve Trott, Steve Butts and Chan Daniels in 1961, when their song Michael, a rendition of spiritual African-American tune Michael, Row the Boat Ashore, topped the U.S. singles charts.
The band split in 1964 and their hits included Cottonfields and Gypsy Rover, reports the New York Times.
The Highwaymen hit the headlines again in 1990 when they sued a country all-star group of the same name - comprised of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson - for copyright infringement.
The case was settled after Jennings offered the folk stars the opportunity to reunite to support the country act on tour, kicking off a series of comeback shows.
Fisher is survived by his wife, son Casey and daughter Charlotte from his second marriage to Candace Crawford, stepson Jed Burgess and a sister.