Alexander was born on this day in 1947 and passed away aged 27 in 1975
Remembering The Stooges original bass player and founding member Dave Alexander
David Michael Alexander was born on June 3, 1947, in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, U.S. In Ann Arbor he met brothers Ron and Scott Asheton with whom he went to England to see The Who and to “try and find The Beatles” after selling his motorcycle in 1965. Alexander had a hand in arranging, composing and performing all of the songs that appeared on the band’s first two albums, “The Stooges” in 1969 and “Fun House” in 1970. He is often credited by Pop and was credited by the late Ron Asheton in interviews with being the primary composer of the music for the Stooges songs “We Will Fall”, “Little Doll”, “Dirt” and “1970”. Alexander was fired from the band in August 1970 after showing up at the Goose Lake International Music Festival too drunk to play. He died of pulmonary edema in 1975, at the age of 27 in Ann Arbor after being admitted to a hospital for pancreatitis, which was linked to his drinking.
Watch footage of The Stooges live at Delta Pop Festival, 1969, song “Not Right”
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