Lead Singer of Santa Cruz Band Dies

By Lori Preuitt
|  Monday, Aug 23, 2010  |  Updated 4:00 PM PDT
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Lead Singer of Santa Cruz Band Dies

The Call Website said this picture was taken this summer.

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A rock band from Santa Cruz that stood the test of time has lost its leader.  Michael Been, lead singer of the band The Call died of an apparent heart attack, according to the band's Website.

Been, 60, died last Thursday, but news of his death is just getting out.  He was at the Pukkelpop Music Festival in Hasselt, Belgium.

The Call started here in 1980 and made ten albums over the next 20 years.

The Call was big enough in its time to have U2's Bono to sing backup for them on their hit "Let the Day Begin."

That same song became the campaign anthem for Al Gore during his unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2000. 


The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports at the time of his death, Been was passing on the family business to his sound.  He was the sound engineer for Robert Been's band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

 

You can sign a condolence book at this link.

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