In Memory

Malcolm Hale

Birth:  May 17, 1941
Silver Bow County
Montana, USA
Death:  Oct. 31, 1968
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Folk/Rock Musician. Hale was a member of the popular 1960s musical group, "Spanky & Our Gang." The group formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1966, and included Lefty Baker, Elaine 'Spanky' McFarlane, Nigel Pickering, John Seiter, Kenny Hodges, and the late Paul Michael 'Oz' Bach. The group had a successful run until they disbanded in 1968 after only two years. There hits included Top 40 hits and other recordings including, 'Making Every Minute Count,' 'Give A Damn,' 'Like To Get To Know You,' 'Sunday Will Never Be The Same,' 'It Ain't Necessarily Bird Avenue,' 'Sunday Morning,' 'Yesterday's Rain,' 'Three Ways To Tomorrow,' 'Commercial,' 'And Shes Mine,' 'Like To Get To Know You,' and many others. On October 31, 1968, Hale died from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty heater, at the age of 27. 


From Gerald A Pearson 4/29/15


1. 'Tragic Death At 27 – Malcolm Hale of Spanky And Our Gang':

2. 'Spanky and Our Gang':

3. More on 'Spanky and Our Gang':

4. A photo of the group:





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02/28/14 01:16 PM #1    

Alan W Benson

Mal, tragically,  passed in 1969 in Chicago while a member of Spanky and Our Gang. I still think of him often. Here's aa link to a short obit: RIP, my friend, Alan Benson

03/08/14 12:10 PM #2    

Tassy (Thelma Ann) Schuler (DeAngelo)

Those of us in the marching band will never forget Malcolm Hale.  He was a talented musician and a funny, loveable fellow.  I knew he had passed early in life.  At the time, I heard he had died from a drug overdose.  Glad to have that clarified, for sure.  He pops into my mind at times, particularly when I hear one of the group's songs.  I know he's up there making music!


Tassy Schuler DeAngelo

05/02/15 06:04 AM #3    

Thomas D Ayres

Mal and I were classmates going back to fourth grade at Boulevard School. His male Cocker Spaniel mated with my female Cocker Spaniel in 1951 and we had a litter of beautiful puppies. Mal was one of the first of our class to die. There may have been others in Vietnam about the same time.

Tom Ayres

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