Auburn "Pat" Hare (20 December 1930 - 26 September 1980) was an American Memphis blues and rockabilly guitarist and singer.
He was born in Cherry Valley, Arkansas. He recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, serving as a sideman for Howlin' Wolf, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, Bobby Bland and other artists. He was one of the first guitarists to purposely use the effects of distortion in his playing. Reported to have been an unassuming man in private (once married to Dorothy Mae Good, with whom he had three children - a son and two daughters); however, he had serious, and ultimately fatal, drinking problems.
He recorded a version of the early '40s Doctor Clayton song "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby" on May 14, 1954, which has since been released on the 1990 Rhino Records compilation Blue Flames: A Sun Blues Collection and other collections. According to the album liner notes, "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby" "is doubly morbid because he did just that in 1962 and spent the last 16 years of his life in prison" before succumbing to lung cancer. He also murdered a policeman sent to investigate.
An apochryphal story in "The Life and Times of Muddy Waters" by Robert Gordon tells the story of his fina performance. Hare's prison band, Sounds Incarcerated, was scheduled to play a show in Memphis after years of being denied the opportunity. Months of rehersals and preparation followed, but Hare succumbed to complications related to cancer literaly hours before he was scheduled to take the stage. His death was as his life, tragically violent.
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