Death started with three brothers: Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney, and David Hackney. With the support of their family the Hackney brothers began to learn and develop their skills as a band. Death was spearheaded by the stubborn and determined David Hackney on guitar. David Hackney and Bobby Hackney co-wrote Death's first full length album ...For the Whole World to See. Bobby Hackney played bass and was the lead singer of the band and Dannis Hackney played drums. It was David Hackney who changed the name from Rock Fire Funk Express to Death in order to put a more positive spin on such a dark idea after being deeply affected by the death of his father. The three brothers continued to practice and refine their sound as a band and eventually landed some studio time in Detroit's United Sound Studios backed by Columbia Records. However, after David refused to change the name of the band, only seven of the twelve songs originally planned were recorded. Death ended up releasing two singles from the studio time on their own independent label known as Tryangle. They made five hundred vinyl presses and handed them out to friends and colleagues to no avail and in 1977 the Hackney brothers decided that it was time to end Death. Dannis and Bobby Hackney went on to play in a reggae band for a time. Sadly, in 2000 David Hackney passed away due to lung cancer.
Below is the entire ...For the Whole World to See album by Death and the trailer for the A Band Called: Death documentary by Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett.