David Peel

American musician and songwriter

David Peel (David Michael Rosario; August 1, 1943 – April 6, 2017) was an American singer, musician and political activist. He first recorded in the late 1960s with Harold Black, Billy Joe White, George Cori and Larry Adam performing as David Peel and The Lower East Side Band. His raw, acoustic "street rock" with lyrics about marijuana and "bad cops" appealed mostly to hippies.

David Peel
Peel performing in 1994
Background information
Birth nameDavid Michael Rosario
Born(1943-08-01)August 1, 1943
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OriginLower East Side, U.S.
DiedApril 6, 2017(2017-04-06) (aged 73)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
GenresProtopunk, folk rock
Years active1968–2017
LabelsElektra Records, Apple Records, Orange Records

Peel has appeared as himself many movies, including Please Stand By (1972), Rude Awakening (1989), High Times' Potluck (2004) and The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006).

Peel died on April 6, 2017 at a hospital in Manhattan, New York from complications of a heart attack, aged 73.[1]


  1. Marinucci, Steve (April 6, 2017). "Anti-Establishment Icon David Peel Dies at 73". Billboard. Retrieved April 6, 2017.

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