MANITOWOC (AP) - Jim Krueger, a rock musician whose song "We Just Disagree" was a hit for partner Dave Mason in 1977, has died at the age of 43.
Krueger became ill last Thursday and died Monday at Two Rivers Community Hospital from complications of pancreatitis, said Jon Svien of Green Bay, drummer with a Krueger band, The Normal Adults.
"How do you console a whole city?" said Mary Flynn, who grew up in the Manitowoc area and lives in Green Bay. "Hundreds of people identified with him."
Krueger, a Manitowoc native, wrote songs and played guitar for many rock stars during the 15 years he was based in California. He had returned home in recent years and headed two groups, The Normal Adults and The Happy Schnapps Combo.
"He put new life into the music scene when he returned," said Flynn, who hosts a weekly blues music radio show.
In a 1990 interview with the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Krueger said he left Los Angeles because it was "just too plain aggravating ….
"The most important thing to me is songwriting, and I can write from anywhere. I don't have to be in L.A. I can send a tape anywhere. So I sold the house and left."
Krueger wrote the song "We Just Disagree" that became a hit for Mason and led to Krueger recording for the Columbia label.