Memorial for musician who died on stage at Mancini's in St. Paul

Doug James had a heart attack during a set last week.
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The Rockin' Hollywoods, with Doug "DJ" James second from left.

A memorial will be held on Tuesday for the long-serving member of a Twin Cities band who died on stage last week.

Doug "DJ" James, the 65-year-old drummer for the Rockin' Hollywoods, among other bands, died on Jan. 25 after suffering a heart attack while on stage at Mancini's in St. Paul.

The 65-year-old's death was announced by the band on its website, which says: "We will never forget his great sense of humor and passion for music."

James had been with the Rockin' Hollywoods for the past 18 years.

The band originally formed in 1973, since when it has won multiple awards for its live performances, and opened on two occasions for The Beach Boys.

A celebration of life is being held for James, who is survived by wife Colleen, three sons Nick, Danny, and Tom, and granddaughter Lucy, at Mueller-Bies Funeral Home at 2130 Dale St., Roseville between 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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The Star Tribune reports that James died with his drumsticks in his hand after slumping over his drum kit during the Mancini's set, with bandleader Steve Ghizoni telling the newspaper: "Not only did he die doing what he loved, but it also happened in his hometown, which he loved."

A musical tribute is expected to be held for James sometime next month.

Here are The Rockin' Hollywoods in action back in 2015.

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