Pat Hare

Born: 
12/20/1930
City: 
Cherry Valley
Region: 
AR
Country: 
USA
Died: 
09/26/1980
Years Active: 
1950's-1963
Instruments: 
Guitar, Vocals

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Hare was born in Cherry Valley, Arkansas. He recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, serving as a sideman for Howlin' Wolf, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, Bobby Bland and other artists. He was one of the first guitarists to purposely use the effects of distortion in his playing. Reported to have been an unassuming man in private (once married to Dorothy Mae Good, with whom he had three children - a son and two daughters); however, he had serious, and ultimately fatal, drinking problems.

He recorded a version of the early 1940s Doctor Clayton song "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby" on May 14, 1954, which has since been released on the 1990 Rhino Records compilation album Blue Flames: A Sun Blues Collection and other collections. According to the album liner notes, "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby" "is doubly morbid because he did just that in 1962 and spent the last 16 years of his life in prison" before succumbing to lung cancer in 1980. He also murdered a policeman sent to investigate.

Hare died in St. Paul, Minnesota.