Kerry Chater, co-founder, and bassist for the 1960s American pop rock band Gary Puckett & The Union Gap passed away on February 4. Cause of death not specified.
Born in 1945, Chater was a Canadian musician who segued from playing with bands to becoming a solo artist known as Kerry Livgren, which is why his new band later changed its name to Gary Puckett & The Union Gap.
The members of the band dressed in the same uniform, which made it easy to guess what American Civil War-themed apparel they were wearing. The band’s first four singles entered the Billboard “Hot Ten,” with their single, “Woman,” ranking fourth. They also released short biographies with their single, which shot up to second place on Billboard.
The band’s fifth and sixth singles became huge hits, while Chater wrote a number of songs for the group, but none of them made it to the top.
In 1970, Kerry left Union Gap and the project eventually disbanded. The musician recorded a couple of unsuccessful solo albums and continued to switch to country music where he eventually made it big.