Rick Taub, the former lead singer for the '70s hard rock group Taub James Howell and Rutherford, was found dead yesterday from an apparent drug overdose. He was 58 years old.
Taub James Howell and Rutherford scored a number one hit in 1975 with their classic single Beware The Dark My Little One (Fifth Movement) and were a mainstay on the Billboard charts throughout most of the '70s. After the band disbanded in 1983, Taub embarked on a solo career that was far less successful. After playing a drug dealer in an episode of Miami Vice, Taub put his musical career on hold and attempted to reinvent himself an actor. Despite giving an acclaimed performance opposite Phil Collins in the little seen 1991 film It's All In The Gulliver, Guv'nor, Taub's acting career stalled as well.
Following an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother in 2005, Taub saw a renewed interest in his earlier musical career. While there was talk of a Taub James Howell and Rutherford reunion tour, these plans were apparently put on hold following the 2006 death of keyboardist Ian Rutherford.
Police are saying that Taub's death appears to have been the result of an intentional overdose of prescription medication. Foul play is not suspected. Police would neither confirm nor deny reports that Taub left behind a suicide note that read "Prog Rock Is The Music Of Evil People."