Dan Hicks (December 9, 1941 – February 6, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter who combined cowboy folk, jazz, country, swing, bluegrass, pop, and gypsy music in his sound. He led Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. He is perhaps best known for the songs “I Scare Myself” and “Canned Music.” His songs are frequently infused with humor, as evidenced by the title of his tune, “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?” His latest album, Live at Davies, was released in 2013, capping over forty years of music released under his name.
Hicks married Clare “CT” Wasserman in February 1997. He was diagnosed with throat and liver cancer in 2014. In March 2015, Hicks announced on his website that he had been diagnosed with liver cancer. On February 6, 2016, Hicks died from cancer.