Any of us who grew up in the 1980's will remember Dan. Dan was one of the most supportive personalities for Canadian musicians. He started the Beat Heathens solely because of his own love of music.
Using his many connections in the music business, he and former Coney Hatch bassist Andy Curran put together a stellar lineup of players to realize his dream. Dan was very humbled by the talent that surrounded him in the Beat Heathens and always spoke very highly of each and every musician that played in the band (among them: Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar, Pat Carey of Downchld and Andy Curran, to name a few). Dan approached his new singing career with caution as he knew he was not a professional vocalist, and was humble enough to admit it. But, with the guidance and encouragement of his dear friend Andy Curran, Dan soon learned to merge his singing with his God-given ability to win over a crowd with his personality and enthusiasm.
Gallagher made a name for himself in the '80s as a MuchMusic VJ and host of the station's Pepsi Power Hour and the groundbreaking game show Test Pattern. He moved on to CBC-TV in 1991 and hosted his own video hits show for several years.
Recently he hosted talk, travel and renovation shows on CFRB radio in Toronto. He was also a feature contributor on Hockey Night in Canada as well as the host of Beach Volleyball on TSN.
Dan was a great inspiration to us and we miss him dearly.