Pinoy Rock Icon DANTE DAVID aka "HOWLIN DAVE" just passed way today MAY 26,2008 due to stroke. This is indeed Sad News for PINOY ROCK!! My elder cousin who is now residing in the U.S. was an avid fan of this Legendary RJ DJ Icon back in the 70s and when I told him the news about it he was deeply saddened too. I used to recall HOWLIN' DAVE's lines "Gising na! RJ na!!" when I was a kid because my cousin listens to his radio show back then. HOWLIN' DAVE was also very vital in the PINOY PUNK scene back in the 80s which was termed as "THE BRAVE NEW WORLD" scene. A recipient of the 2001 NU 107 ROCK AWARDS "LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD", this great guy never loss the passion to help out upcoming PINOY ROCK talents then and up to his last stint here on earth. SALUDO KAMI SAYO SIR!!!
Last November 1,2007 after my tradition UNDAS cemetery visit I was still able to request a PINOY ROCK tune on RJUR Pinoy Rock Special with HOWLIN' DAVE on the booth. I will always remember his famous lines on the SUNDAY AFTERNOON "PINOY ROCK AND RHYTHM" program at RJ Underground Radio 105.9 "Pakinggan ang musikang nanggagaling sa ilalim ng lupa! Pinoy Rock Lives!". Recently he also has a Radio Program at NU107 entitled "TAPSI ROCK". There would be a special GIG on MAY 28,2008 giving tribute to him at the venue called MY BROTHER'S MOUSTACHE along Timog, Scout Tuazon St. Quezon City organized by his friends in the music industry and proceeds would be given to the DAVID Family. His remains lie at Cinco Estrella Memorial Chapels at Sangandaan, Novaliches, Quezon City. A TRUE PINOY ROCKER INDEED THAT WILL BE MISSED!!
Photos: Courtesy of ROCK OF MANILA
Well, this Blogpost of mine is just my little Tribute to "HOWLIN' DAVE". May you REST IN PEACE in ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN SIR!!
HOWLIN' DAVE (R.I.P)
(July 16, 1955 - May 26, 2008)