Death was originated in Detroit in 1973 by the three Hackney brothers David, Dannis, and Bobby. Given the name Death, by lead guitarist David Hackney. Death continued to be a band up until 1980.
It all started in Detroit in 1976 when the members of the band Death, David, Dannis, and Bobby Hackney after almost complete rejection by the then music industry and just about every major record label, decided to release a 45 vinyl record of their original songs recorded at the legendary United Sound recording studio. Even after their record release the rejection continued. Over thirty years later this record and it’s embodied songs have gained world wide recognition. In 2016 this record has been inducted into the new Smithsonian African American History Museum in Washington DC.
Over 35 years later, and seven years after the passing of brother David, the music of Death was discovered in 2008. Bobby and Dannis, along with guitarist Bobbie Duncan perform and record as Death today.