John du Cann
John Du Cann, guitarist with Purple Records artists Hard Stuff aka Bullet, has died (Sept 21. 2011) of a suspected heart attack. Born in 1945, he is perhaps better known for his earlier work in prog rockers Atomic Rooster. He left the band after disagreements with Rooster’s Vincent Crane to start a new outfit. They began life as Bullet (their debut single Hobo was in fact the first single on the fledgling Purple Records), but had to change their name when they discovered it was already in use.
Hard Stuff’s first album Bulletproof was issued in 1972. Their second, Bolex Dementia, followed in 1973 but the band split that year, both musicians having been injured in a car crash.
The two Bullet albums have been out of print for some time as the production tapes are missing. However the rights have been licensed to a UK label and so they are likely to appear before long.