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Named after a legendary Southern prostitute who allegedly beheaded and mutilated her clients, Jacksonville's Molly Hatchet} melded loud hard-rock boogie with guitar jam-oriented Southern rock. Formed in 1975, the group's lineup featured three guitarists -- Dave Hlubek}, Steve Holland}, and Duane Roland} -- plus vocalist Danny Joe Brown}, bassist Banner Thomas}, and drummer Bruce Crump}. The group recorded a self-titled debut album in 1978, which quickly went platinum; the follow-up, Flirtin' With Disaster}, was even more successful, selling over two million copies. Brown} left the group in 1980 after the constant touring became too tiresome; he was replaced by Jimmy Farrar} for Beatin' the Odds}, but Farrar's} voice was less immediately identifiable, and Molly Hatchet's} commercial appeal began a slow decline. The band experimented with horns on Take No Prisoners}, but Farrar} left for a solo career soon afterwards. Brown} rejoined the band in 1982, but the ensuing album, No Guts...No Glory}, flopped, and guitarist Hlubek} insisted on revamping Molly Hatchet's} sound. After The Deed is Done}, a straightforward pop/rock album, the group took some time off in 1985 while its Double Trouble Live} album, a collection of some of its best-known songs, was released. Molly Hatchet} returned in 1989 without Hlubek} for an album of straight, polished AOR, Lightning Strikes Twice}. Not even the group's fan base bought the record, and they disbanded shortly afterward. Molly Hatchet reunited in the mid-'90s as an active touring outfit, releasing Devil's Canyon}, their first record since Lightning Strikes Twice}, in 1996. Continuing to recapture the style of their glory days, Silent Reign of Heroes} followed in 1998, and Kingdom of XII} appeared in early 2001. A slew of live recordings appeared during the next few years, and the band's studio follow-up, Warriors of the Rainbow Bridge}, was released in 2005. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

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