“Lonesome” Dave Peverett, who as lead singer of the British blues-rock quartet Foghat produced the rock staple “Slow Ride,” died Feb. 7 of complications from kidney cancer at a hospital in Orlando, Fla. He was 56.
Peverett, who died from pneumonia, had battled cancer for the last year, according to Foghat manager Michael McConnell. Peverett’s wife, Linda, and their three children were with him when he died.
“Dave was one of the hardest working guys in the business,” McConnell said.
Foghat, which never strayed from its blues-rock boogie formula, was a powerful concert force in the 1970s, and its albums consistently went gold. “Foghat Live,” released in 1977, sold more than 2 million copies.
Peverett, drummer Roger Earl and bassist Tony Stevens formed Foghat in 1970, after leaving the band Savoy Brown. Rod Price became the group’s lead guitarist.
Foghat’s albums included “Fool for the City,” “Foghat,” “Rock and Roll Outlaws,” “Night Shift” and “Stone Blue.”
The band, which broke up for a time in the 1980s, reunited in 1993 and found new fans that year as “Slow Ride” and the band’s version of “I Just Want to Make Love to You” were on the soundtrack of the movie “Dazed and Confused.”
Peverett was born in Dulwich, England, and raised in London. After he was diagnosed with cancer, he had a kidney removed and underwent radiation treatment and chemotherapy.