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CFN would like a moment of silence for the loss of The Call's vocalist/guitarist Michael Been, an Oklahoma City native. The 60-year-old rocker suffered a heart attack Aug. 19 backstage at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium.

The Call's 1986 song "Oklahoma" lost to The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" as the Official Oklahoma Rock Song, but lyrics from that tune became the title of the Oklahoma History Center's "Another Hot Oklahoma Night" rock 'n' roll exhibit in 2009. Been died on tour working as sound manager of his son, Robert's, band, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, which appeared at the festival along with The Lips.

The Call, which included fellow Okie Scott Musick, is known for "Let the Day Begin," a No. 1 hit on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart that served as Al Gore's anthem for his 2000 presidential campaign. Other hits included "I Still Believe (Great Design)" and "The Walls Came Down."

The band performed with U2's Bono, Simple Minds' Jim Kerr and ex-Band members Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson. Peter Gabriel once dubbed The Call "the future of American music." Been also played the Apostle John in Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ."

May he rest in peace.

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