Chas Hodges leaves his £194,000 estate to his ex-Playboy bunny wife

Chas Hodges leaves his £194,000 estate to his ex-Playboy bunny wife

January 28, 2019

Chas and Dave singer Chas Hodges leaves his entire £194,000 estate to his ex-Playboy bunny wife following his death from pneumonia aged 74

  • Chas Hodges produced eight Top 40 singles with guitarist Dave Peacock
  • Singer and pianist, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, died aged 74 last September 
  • Hodges had three children, two grandchildren and UK net estate of £194,000 
  • Musician left everything to his wife of 52 years, Joan Hodges, a former model

Chas Hodges and his wife Joan are pictured together in London’s West End in May 2012

Chas Hodges, one half of the legendary musical duo Chas and Dave, left nearly £200,000 in his will, it emerged today.

The singer and pianist, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, who died aged 74 last September, produced eight Top 40 singles with guitarist Dave Peacock.

Chas and Dave, who were at the height of their fame in the early 1980s, created a musical style labelled ‘rockney’ – a mix between rock and cockney.

Probate records released yesterday reveal that Hodges, who had three children and two grandchildren, had a net estate of £194,000 in the UK.

He left everything to his wife of 52 years, Joan Hodges, a former model and Playboy bunny. They had three children – composer Nik, 44, singer Kate and Juliet.

His estate would not have included any assets or property jointly owned with his wife, which would have passed directly to her on his death.

Hodges and his wife bought their home in Stevenage for £126,500 in March 1997 – but it is now estimated by Zoopla to be worth £529,000. 

Chas and Dave, who were at the height of their fame in the early 1980s, created a musical style labelled ‘rockney’ – a mix between rock and cockney. They are pictured performing in 2013

Hodges left everything to his wife of 52 years, Joan (pictured on their wedding day in 1966)

Hodges, whose hit as Chas and Dave included Gertcha, Rabbit and Ain’t No Pleasing You, passed away in his sleep on September 22 last year from pneumonia.

He had been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer last year – after which he went into the studio with Peacock and wrote a track called Sling Your Hook.


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Speaking to The Mail on Sunday last April, he said: ‘It was my way of saying f*** off to cancer. Sling your hook, on your bike, vamoose, skedaddle.’

Hedges’s career began as a session musician in the 1950s, working with stars including Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent.

As a member of Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers, he supported the Beatles on their final UK tour in 1966, before teaming up with guitarist Peacock in the 1970s.

Chas and Dave (pictured in 1983) first tasted chart success in 1979 when Gertcha reached #20

The duo first tasted chart success in 1979 when Gertcha reached number 20, but it was Rabbit, which reached number eight in 1981, that put them on the musical map.

The song took its name from ‘rabbit and pork’, rhyming slang for talk, and features an exasperated man complaining that his girlfriend never stops talking.

Hodges was a huge fan of Tottenham Hotspur and in 1981 they wrote Ossie’s Dream (Spurs Are on Their Way to Wembley), the club’s official FA Cup Final track.

Their other hits included Ain’t No Pleasing You and Snooker Loopy. Chas last performed with Peacock at the British Summer Time festival in London last July.

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