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B.B. Dickerson, bassist and co-founder of Southern California band War, dies at 71

LOS ANGELES — Few bass lines can be said to define an entire West Coast vibe, but War co-founder B.B. Dickerson's funky maneuvers on "Low Rider" — along with a well-placed cowbell — did just that.

Dickerson, who died Saturday at 71, made his name driving the bottom end of a seven-man Southern California musical institution known for hits including "Cisco Kid," "Why Can't We Be Friends," "Slippin' Into Darkness" and "Spill the Wine."

Howard Scott, War co-founder and Dickerson's uncle, said that Dickerson died in a Long Beach

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