The Former Lead Singer of The Rock BandSmash Mouth, which was best known for his hit ‘’All-Star,’’ died on Monday. He was aged 56.

 

His death was confirmed by the band’s manager Robert  Hayes at his home in Boise, Idaho. According to the band manager, the death was caused as a result of liver failure.

 

Smash Mouth came into being in 1994 in  San Jose, California, and was made up of Mr. Harwell, the guitarist Greg Camp, the drummer Kevin Coleman and the Bassist Paul De Lisle. Its  first success  came with the song ‘’Walkin’ on the sun,’’ from the band’s debut album, ‘’Fush  Yu Mang’’(1977)

 

An upbeat track with a dark undertow, calling to mind both the Doors and Contemporary ska-punk, ‘’Walkin’’  on the Sun, with songwriting credits going to all four band members, went into steady rotation on MTV and topped  Billboard’s alternative chart.

 

Steve Scott Harwell was born on January 9, 1967, and grew up in San Jose. He began his musical career as a rapper with the group F.O.S., which stands for  Freedom of Speech.

 

 

With a sound reminiscent of West Coast groups of the late 1980s and early ‘90s like N.W.A. and Cypress Hill, It released a single, ‘’Big  Black Boots,’’ in 1993. But by then, Mr Harwell was already restless.

 

 

He is survived by  his fiancée, Annette Jones, a brother, Mark  and three sisters, Carla Crocker, Michelle  Baroni and Julie Harwell

 

 

SOURCE: New York Times

 

 

 

 

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