Rockabilly Band Frontman Remembered After Fatal Motorcycle Accident

CHICAGO (CBS) — The frontman for a local rockabilly band is being remembered, after he died from injuries in a motorcycle accident in the West Town neighborhood last week.

Erik “Hi Fi” Kish, 51, died Thursday evening, the Chicago Reader reported.

The motorcyclist fell off his bike at 2:52 a.m. near Elston Avenue and Augusta Boulevard, according to police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines.

Kish, of Rogers Park, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Kish was the frontman for the rockabilly group Hi Fi & the Roadburners, which he founded in 1984 with his brother, Hans, the Chicago Reader reported. The band found success signing with Victory Records in the mid-1990s, but rarely played out in recent years and had not released new material in a long time, the Reader reported.

The group opened several times for rockabilly legends the Stray Cats, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Kish also customized motorcycles at his business, Fear City Choppers, the Sun-Times reported.

  • Curious

    What is a rockabilly?

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      A Hillbilly that rocks !!!!!

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