Dave Rowland, Dave & Sugar Leader, Dies at Age 74

Updated On 05 Nov, 2018 Published On

Dave Rowland, who led the country band Dave & Sugar to major success in the '70s, has died. He passed away at the age of 74 on Thursday, November 1.

As for the cause of death, according to Billboard, the legendary musician died after suffering a stroke at his Nashville home.

Dave & Sugar featured Dave backed by two female vocalists; they were considered a country-pop counterpart to pop group Tony Orlando and Dawn.

The original lineup featured Rowland with Jackie Frantz and Vicki Hackeman, but the membership of Sugar fluctuated throughout the group's life. Country singer Sylvia unsuccessfully auditioned to join Sugar before he got a solo success.

The first single of the group, which was signed to RCA Records, "Queen of the Silver Dollar" reached the country top 40 in 1975.

And it's follow-up "The Door Is Always Open" became the group's first No. 1 single. "Golden Tears" and "Tear Time" also reached No. 1.

Shortly after Dave's death news emerged, multiple fans and members of the country music world paid tribute to the late musician via social media sites.

Baillie & the Boys' Kathie Baillie called him "my dearest friend and brother."

She wrote on Instagram, "Rest In Peace my dearest friend and brother there will never be another @DaveRowland #daveandsugar".

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Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Rest In Peace Dave Rowland!

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