David Peel was born David Michael Rosario on August 1, 1943, and died on April 6, 2017.
He was a New York City-based musician who first recorded in the late 1960s with Harold Black, Billy Joe White, George Cori and Larry Adam performing as David Peel and The Lower East Side Band.
Peels raw, acoustic “street rock” with lyrics about marijuana and “bad cops” appealed mostly to hippies.
During 1968, he was contracted by Elektra Records when he was first discovered and recorded two “envelope pushers” for the label.
Peel’s album Have a Marijuana peaked at 186 on the Billboard Charts.
He died at the V.A. hospital in New York City.
David had suffered a series of heart attacks immediately upon his arrival.
David Peel passed away at 73 years old.