Saturday, February 18, 2012

MC5 bassist Michael Davis dead at 68

Michael Davis
June 5, 1943- February 17, 2012

Bassist of the MC5, Michael Davis, died on Friday from liver failure. Davis was 68 years old. Davis was one fifth of rock legends the MC5. The band consisted of Davis, singer Rob Tyner, guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred 'Sonic' Smith, and drummer Dennis Thompson. The rose to fame with the release of their recorded live debut album, Kick Out The Jams, in 1969. The band released two more albums, Back In The USA and High Time, before breaking up in 1972. Before the band could reunite, Tyner died in 1991 from a heart attack and Smith died from heart failure in 1994. In 2003, the MC5 reformed with Davis, Kramer, Thompson, and Dictators singer Handsome Dick Manitoba. Since then, the band had been performing. In 2006, Davis was in a motorcycle accident. Davis injured his back but continued performing. According to his wife, Davis had been in Enloe Medical Center for a month. Davis is survived by his wife, their three sons, and a daughter from a previous marriage.
It is sad to hear about Michael's passing. Michael may not have been a big name but the MC5 were one of those bands that were responsible for what later became punk rock music. 

Rest in peace, Michael.

*Note: Michael wasn't the original bassist- it was a guy named Pat Burrows. Michael replaced him.

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