Happy Birthday to Juan Croucier – born August 22, 1959!
Juan Croucier (born in Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba) is a Cuban-American heavy metal musician.
Croucier attended Torrance High School in Torrance, California. He played bass in Dokken with guitarist/vocalist Don Dokken and drummer Bobby Blotzer. Blotzer and Croucier left Dokken in 1978 to form FireFoxx along with Ron Abrams on guitar. Croucier served as bassist for Ratt during the 1980s, and was also very briefly in Quiet Riot and DuBrow. Reportedly, Croucier played with Quiet Riot shortly before Randy Rhoads left to play with Ozzy Osbourne and played with DuBrow in 1981 but did not record with either.
Croucier played with Dokken for about four years and toured Germany with the band several times. He was a member of both Ratt and Dokken simultaneously for approximately 18 months before leaving Dokken. He played and sang backup on Dokken’s Breaking the Chains album, and co-wrote two songs. His replacement, Jeff Pilson, appears in the videos from the album.
With Ratt, Croucier wrote many of the band’s biggest hits such as “Lack of Communication” and “You’re in Love”. His backing vocals also became a trademark part of Ratt’s sound.
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