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Cheers co-founder Gil Garfield dies

Group had a hit with 'Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots'

Gil Garfield, a member of the ’50s rock ‘n’ roll vocal trio the Cheers, died of cancer Jan. 1 in Los Angeles. He was 77.

The Cheers were founded by L.A. native Garfield, Sue Allen and Bert Convy, the actor and “Tattletales” gameshow host who died in 1991. The threesome scored a No. 6 U.S. hit in 1955 with “Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots,” penned by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the prolific writers of early rock ‘n’ roll hits.

The tune proved to be the group’s only hit, and, after three years with the unit, Garfield moved on to careers in real estate and art.

He is survived by his partner, Mike Hiles.

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