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lemonade kid
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Posted - 15/10/2012 :  15:50:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I forgot this early 70's Aussie rock band...I almost rejected the idea of listening when I saw the obvious rapper moniker--Daddy Cool.


Then I remembered....70's COOL rock! Some really fine Rock & Roll!! Aussie's biggest group in 1971! Top seller ever at the time-for an Aussie rock album.

EAGLE ROCK...the Aussie National [rock] Anthem!. Cool rock!

Daddy Cool is an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1970 with the original line-up of Wayne Duncan (bass, Vocals), Ross Hannaford (lead guitar, bass, vocals), Ross Wilson (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica) and Gary Young (drums, vocals) .[1][2] Their debut single "Eagle Rock" was released in May 1971[1][3] and stayed at number 1 on the Australian singles chart for ten weeks.[4][5][6] Their debut July 1971 LP Daddy Who? Daddy Cool also reached number 1 and became the first Australian album to sell more than 100,000 copies.[1][5][7] Their name comes from the 1957 song "Daddy Cool"[1] by US rock group The Rays, Daddy Cool included their version on Daddy Who? Daddy Cool.

Daddy Cool's music featured 1950s Doo-wop style rock cover versions and originals which were mostly written by Wilson.[1][3][5] On stage they provided a danceable sound which was accessible and fun.[1] Their second album was Sex, Dope, Rock'n'Roll: Teenage Heaven from January 1972 and reached the Top Ten.[4] Breaking up in August 1972, Daddy Cool briefly reformed during 1974–1975 before disbanding again, they reformed with the band's original line-up in 2005.[1][3][5] Their iconic status was confirmed when they were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame on 16 August 2006.

Ross Hannaford (guitar, bass, vocals) and Ross Wilson (guitar, vocals, harmonica) formed pop / R&B Melbourne-based group The Pink Finks in 1964 while they were still attending highschool in the south eastern Melbourne suburb of Beaumaris, Victoria, they later attended the senior campus of Sandringham College.[9] They recorded a version of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie" in 1965 which led to a recording contract and three more singles.[9] In 1967 they formed The Party Machine, which had a more radical sound (influenced by Frank Zappa and Howlin' Wolf), the band included Mike Rudd (later in Spectrum) on bass guitar.[10] They released a single "You've All Gotta Go" in 1969; their printed songbooks were confiscated and burned by the Victorian Vice Squad for being obscene and seditious.[10][11] Wilson disbanded The Party Machine after receiving an invitation to travel to London to join expatriate Australian band Procession during 1969,[3] after they released Procession on Festival Records[2] Wilson returned to Australia.[3]

Wayne Duncan (bass, vocals) and Gary Young (drums, vocals) were the rhythm section of many bands particularly instrumentals since the 1950s.[1][12] One of these was The Rondells which were also the backing band for Bobby & Laurie a popular singing duo with their number 1 hit "Hitch Hiker" from 1966.[12]

Young and Wilson met in 1969 whilst both were working in a book warehouse, each had previous band mates who were interested in forming a new group.[12] Wilson, Hannaford, Young and Duncan formed Sons of the Vegetal Mother later that year,[3] this band had a more experimental Progressive rock sound.[1][10] Other members included: Rudd (bass), Trevor Griffin (piano), Jeremy Kellock (Jeremy Noone) (tenor sax), Tim Partridge (bass), Ian Wallace (alto sax), Simon Wettenhall (trumpet) and Bruce Woodcock (tenor sax).

1970–1972: Original line-up

As a side project from Sons of the Vegetal Mother, four of its members (Duncan, Hannaford, Wilson and Young) formed Daddy Cool in 1970.[1][12] All shared a love of 1950s music and initially played covers of songs from their record collections.[1][12] One of these was "Daddy Cool" (written by Bob Crewe and Frank Slay)[14] performed in 1957 by US Doo-wop band The Rays as the B side to their single "Silhouettes".[15] Daddy Cool became a popular live fixture in Melbourne.[12] Their early 1971 appearance at the Myponga Festival in South Australia upstaged their parent group, Sons of the Vegetal Mother, which subsequently dissolved.[1]

One-time child guitar prodigy Robie Porter (formerly known as Rob EG), had recently returned to Australia and established himself as record producer, purchasing a share of Melbourne independent label Sparmac Records. He saw the band's performance at a 7 May 1971 gig in Melbourne and immediately signed them to his label.[1][3] Sparmac also released Healing Force's "Golden Miles" and Rick Springfield's "Speak to the Sky".[16] The single "Eagle Rock" was released before the end of May and quickly went to number 1 on the Australian charts where it stayed for a record ten weeks.[4][17] The track written by Wilson,[14] produced by Porter,[5] was, ironically, replaced at #1 by a novelty version of a song from Daddy Cool's own setlist—the single "Daddy Cool", performed in Chipmunks style by the studio band Drummond.[4][18] Drummond (aka Mississippi),[18] which included Graeham Goble (later in Little River Band), had performed it in tribute of Daddy Cool.[19] "Eagle Rock" was named the second-best Australian song of all time at the 2001 APRA Awards with the best being "Friday on My Mind" by 1960s group The Easybeats.[20]

Daddy Cool's debut album, Daddy Who? Daddy Cool, sold an unprecedented 60,000 copies within a month of its release in July 1971, and became the first Australian album to sell more than 100,000 copies.[5][7] According to Wilson, the sales required for a gold album in Australia in early 1970s had been 10,000 copies and was altered to 15000 and then 20000.[21] The band toured Australia with Spectrum (led by former bandmate Mike Rudd) on the Aquarius Tour.[10] Their second single "Come Back Again", also written by Wilson,[14] was released in September 1971 and reached #3.[4] Also in September, Jeremy Kellock (aka Jeremy/Jerry Noone) (saxophone, keyboards (ex-Sons of the Vegetal Mother, Company Caine) joined the touring lineup of the band (he had played sax on Daddy Who? Daddy Cool). The album produced by Porter, who also provided piano and steel guitar, was released in the US.[1][3] The band toured there in August 1971 but had little chart or radio success,[1][3][7] although their performances were well received.

In November, Daddy Cool aka D.C.E.P., a five-track EP was released and reached number 12.[4] Each group member sang a track, the most widely played was "Lollipop" with vocals by Wilson.[1] An edited version of the song "Hi Honey Ho", their third single, written by Wilson,[14] was released in December and reached #16.[4] The full 6:48 studio cut of the song was released on a rare promotional single

Wilson experimented more with his song writing on Sex, Dope, Rock'n'Roll: Teenage Heaven, Daddy Cool's second album. Produced by Porter again, it was released on Sparmac Records in January 1972 and incorporated more progressive material similar to Sons of the Vegetal Mother's music.[1] Two of the tracks were 1950s covers "Baby Let Me Bang Your Box" and "Sixty Minute Man" and together with the album title provoked concern in media reports.[1] It reached #15 on the national album charts,[4] and was released in USA as Teenage Heaven.[1] At about this time, the group were filmed by director / producer Bob Weis for a 37-minute documentary, Daddy Cool released in 1973.[22] The documentary has interviews and performances by the Duncan, Hannaford, Noone, Wilson and Young line-up.[22]

By February 1972, Noone had left, feeling that he was not fully involved in the spirit of the group. He was replaced in March by Ian "Willy" Winter (ex-Carson) on rhythm guitar who was recruited to enable Ross Wilson to concentrate on singing. The band undertook a third US tour from March–June 1972 and recorded several tracks including "Teenage Blues", "At The Rockhouse" and "Rock'n'Roll Lady" at Warner Bros. studios in L.A.[1] "I'll Never Smile Again" was released in July and reached #16, but by this time tensions were growing within the band and Wilson in particular was tiring of the difficulty of presenting the more progressive material he wanted to perform within the confines of the group's entrenched "good time" image. They announced their break-up soon after their return from the USA and performed their last gig at the Much More Ballroom on 13 August 1972.[1] The entire concert was recorded and released as the double-album Daddy Cool Live! The Last Drive-In Movie Show, issued on Porter's new label, Wizard Records in September 1973[1] and reached #34.[4]

1972–1974: Daddy Cool separates

When asked why Daddy Cool first broke up, Wilson responded with:

It was my doing. We went over to the States three times, and even though people loved us, I felt like it was taking coals to Newcastle, you know, singing doo-wop. So I'm looking around America going, 'Gee, if I brought a contemporary band over here, maybe we could really kill.'[7]
—Ross Wilson, 2005

Ian Winter returned to Carson, they produced Blown in 1972 and disbanded before On the Air was released in 1973.[23] In 1977, he rejoined Wilson in Mondo Rock.[2] Duncan and Young formed their own boogie band, Gary Young's Hot Dog in September 1972, they released two singles in 1973 "Rock-a-Billy Beating Boogie Band" and "The Saga of the Three Little Pigs".[24] Hannaford and Wilson, who were constrained by the Daddy Cool image, formed Mighty Kong in May 1973 to play more serious music,[12] they released one album All I Wanna Do is Rock before disbanding in December.[1]

1974–1975: First reformation

Both Mighty Kong and Gary Young's Hot Dog had disbanded, and by early 1974 a reformed Daddy Cool (Duncan, Hannaford, Wilson and Young) played at the Sunbury Pop Festival which included a fledgling Skyhooks and UK band Queen – the latter two were both booed off stage.[25] In June / July, Wilson took time off from Daddy Cool to produce the recording of Skyhooks' debut album Living in the Seventies for Mushroom Records.[1][26] Besides compilations, Daddy Cool provided three new singles: "All I Wanna Do is Rock (part 1)", "The Boogie Man" and "You Never Can Tell" released in 1974 on Wizard Records.[1] After they performed at the last Sunbury Pop Festival in 1975, Gunther Gorman joined on guitar.[2] When Duncan was injured in a car accident, Hannaford switched to bass and guitarist Wayne Burt (later of Jo Jo Zep) was brought in.[1] By September 1975 the band played their final show in Prahran's Reefer Cabaret.[12]

1975: Second separation

Wilson continued as a record producer on two more albums for Skyhooks, three albums for Jo Jo Zep and for other artists; he also performed as a founding member of Mondo Rock (1977–1991) and as a solo artist.[26] Wilson was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame as an individual in 1989.[27] Since 2006 he has been a regular judge on Seven Network's celebrity singing TV series It Takes Two. His solo 1989 song "Bed of Nails" was used as the theme for ABC-TV six-part series Bed of Roses starring Kerry Armstrong and broadcast from 10 May 2008.[28]

Hannaford played in other bands and was a session guitarist including work for: Ross Hannaford Trio, The Black Sorrows, Ian Moss and Goanna.[1][2] Young performed and recorded with numerous other bands including: Jo Jo Zep (1976–1981), The Rockin' Emus (1982), Cold Chisel (1983) and The Black Sorrows (1984–1985).[2] His work for Jo Jo Zep provided Young with his second ARIA Hall of Fame induction in 2007.[27] Duncan was also a session musician for various artists: Jane Clifton, The Black Sorrows and Ross Hannaford Trio.[2]

1994: With Skyhooks

Daddy Cool briefly reformed to support Skyhooks in a proposed 1994 stadium tour.[7][12] Together, they released a four track CD-single with two new tracks "$64,000 Question" and "Ballad of Oz" by Daddy Cool, combined with "Happy Hippy Hut" and "You Just Like Me Cos I'm Good In Bed" by Skyhooks.[2][29] The reformation collapsed when the single did not chart well and the tour was downgraded to the pub circuit.[7][12]


The band reformed in February 2005 to play at a 27 February 2005 benefit concert for victims of the 2004 tsunami at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.[7][12][30] A new Daddy Cool recording, "The Christmas Bug", was released for charity.[31]

In 2006 Aztec Music released The Complete Daddy Cool, a double DVD collection, featuring the complete video of the 2005 Tsunami Benefit performance and a 90-minute documentary on the band. The set also features Bob Weis' 1972 documentary, a "Making Of ..." feature on Weis' film, a 13-minute feature "Hanna On Lead", and nearly 50 minutes of film clips and TV appearances. A new Daddy Cool album, The New Cool was released in 2006 on Liberation Records. This was their first album of new material since 1972; it also included the songs recorded in 1994 as part of the ill-fated DC / Skyhooks dual tour.[2]

There have been subsequent reformation performances, including headlining the 2007 Moomba Festival[32] and supporting the 2007 Australian tour by Mike Love's Beach Boys and Christopher Cross.[33] Daddy Cool also played a one-off performance in Geelong on 31 October 2007,[34] sharing the stage with former touring partners, Spectrum for the first time in over thirty years.


* Daddy Who? Daddy Cool – Sparmac (July 1971) #1[4]
* Sex, Dope, Rock'n'Roll: Teenage Heaven – Sparmac (January 1972) #15[4] aka Teenage Heaven (US release)
* Daddy Cool Live! The Last Drive-In Movie Show – Wizard (September 1973) #34[4]
* The New Cool – Liberation (October 2007)



Grandaddies of Oz rock are still cool

By Patrick Donovan
February 19, 2005

Legendary Australian rock'n'roll band Daddy Cool is getting together for a one-off show to raise funds for the victims of the Boxing Day tsunami. Patrick Donovan talks to frontman Ross Wilson about appearing with the original line-up.

A few years ago, a Sydney museum curator approached Daddy Cool drummer Gary Young about borrowing one of his old drums for an exhibition.

"I would like to help," Young said, "but I'm still using it four nights a week."

While many bands have to re-learn how to play their instruments and songs when they reform - often to cash in on the lucrative nostalgia touring market - the four core members of Daddy Cool aren't dinosaurs being dusted off for the circus; they have never stopped playing. Since they split in 1975, Young (who hosts Chicken Mary on Triple R radio every Monday afternoon) and bassist Wayne Duncan have kept the band's famous rhythm section together in bands such as the Rockin' Emus and the Hornets, as well as playing for various roots bands including Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons.

Frontman Ross Wilson produced albums for artists such as Skyhooks, wrote songs for the likes of John Farnham, formed Mondo Rock and now plays with the Urban Legends. Guitarist Ross Hannaford plays in various bands including his reggae outfits Diana Kiss and the Reggabites and is regarded as one of the best session men around, touring regularly with the likes of Renee Geyer.

"Each member has continued playing as professional musicians and you only improve with age," Wilson says.

The band united briefly for an aborted tour with Skyhooks in 1994. Wilson, who sang at Skyhooks' one-off reunion last year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Living in the '70s album, says it was abandoned after the planned stadium tour was downgraded to the pub circuit.

And now they come back again, to play alongside Cold Chisel, Willie Nelson, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs and Richard Clapton at the Tsunami Concert on Sunday, February 27.

So confident are the band about finding their old chemistry that they agreed to reform for the concert after 30 years - before they had even rehearsed. (At their first rehearsal, they found their famous old groove pretty quickly but relearning their complex four-part do-wop harmonies took a little more work.)

Some critics have attacked bands for resurrecting their careers in self-interest under the guise of benefit concerts but there is too much public interest surrounding this reunion to accuse them of that.

"If we ever had a reason to do it, this is the one, Wilson says. "All of the guys are into it. It's just a one-off. There's no commercial interests, nothing attached to it but a good cause. It will be a lot of fun. It's a bit like when we started out - we didn't want to take over the world and make lots of money - we decided to play, had some chemistry and it took off from there."

There is so much excitement about the Daddy Cool reunion that 180 people turned up to their reunion party earlier this month just to celebrate the occasion.

RockWiz's Brian Nankervis warmed up the crowd with some Oz rock trivia while then-and-now pictures and video footage of the band flashed on a screen before the members made their entrance.

Yes, the band was still cool, and yes, frontman Ross Wilson - who stood behind the only microphone - was still the general of the band.

Wilson announced that he would be donating some memorabilia to the Hard Rock Cafe, including an old T-shirt that still has stains from "LSD orgies".

The questions came thick and fast.

"Have you still got it?" Wilson was asked. "You'll have to come along to the show and decide for yourself," he replied.

Will this be it then? Yes, there will be no tour announcement, Wilson said.

"We don't exist as a band - except in people's imaginations," he added.

Wilson said he was continually reminded - by the old fans and their children - of the impact the band had on Australians and musicians including Elton John and Peter Allen.

"It says to me that we did capture something - some innocent quality - that we preserved on vinyl and tape."

They will play for 40 minutes: "But our songs are short, so that's about 12 songs," Wilson said.

How will you grow your hair in time, he was asked.

Laughter. Strangely, people approach Wilson asking him "what happened to the beard?" decades after he shaved it off. Wilson grew it in the '70s to look old and shaved it later to look young.

"I was a very hairy young guy, and when you're young you try to look old but when you get older, you want to look younger. I got rid of the hair pretty early in the piece."

"How do you rate your legendary rhythm section - Duncan and Young - compared to other ones you have played and have you underrated their role in the band?"

"They were rock stars before joining Daddy Cool," Wilson responded.

This was the first time during the Q&A that the other members of the band had been referred to. It was interesting because Wilson has been accused in the past of underestimating the contribution of the other members. But while he has continued to perform some of the old Daddy Cool hits at gigs and corporate functions with his new band the Urban Legends, they lacked the trademark groove of the original band.

Young explained that in the '50s, he and Duncan had provided the rhythm in a surf instrumental band and then with pop stars Bobby Bright and Laurie Allen, playing on hits such as Hitch Hiker.

They brought an established groove and '50s rock cred to Daddy Cool, while through the band the Pink Finks, Wilson and Hannaford added a more progressive style of playing.

"They brought a rhythm section that had played together for over 10 years and already had a lot of experience with touring and success - which we didn't - we just had failure and starving in the attic but we had a good time," Wilson told The Age in a later interview.

"Gary was a full-on professional musician touring Australia with one of the most popular groups, Bobby and Laurie and the Rondells, earning hit records and rooting chicks when he was only 17.

"When I came back from England, I got a job in a book warehouse and ran into Gary Young there. We were packing Mills and Boon books to ship off to the newsagents every month. We talked about bands and Gary said 'I know Wayne' and I said 'I know Hannaford' and out of that came Daddy Cool. It was just the right place, right time, really. There was a hell of a lot of luck attached to Daddy Cool."

And now they're back for one last crack. Wilson says it is the right time because the aborted '94 tour gave the band members a chance to get a few things off their chests.

"It was potentially a very big tour. And the pressure of that actually cracked. There was some unfinished business and dirty laundry - some issues about how I was perceived and how I perceived them - that got dealt with. Everyone's older and wiser now."

At the bowl - in front of a large crowd with top-notch production - it will be a fitting farewell for the band. For Wilson, it is a perfect way to start his 40th year in the business and will provide some closure before he moves on to new projects. For the other three members, it will be some much-deserved recognition before they continue to go quietly about their business, cranking out their trademark grooves to legions of admirers up to four nights a week at Melbourne's pubs. And the legend, of course, will live on long after they take their final bow.

"I'm really pleased that there are little kids around today who find Daddy Cool in their parents' CD collections and start digging it," Wilson says. "Because that means that we did capture what we intended, which is the joyful innocence of music which gets knocked out of you when you get a bit famous and you're getting ripped off and everyone is breathing down your neck. So our audience keeps on regenerating, which is great.

"It's going to be interesting to old fans, because Daddy Cool is a kind of brand in people's minds that is a little cartoon on the front of our album and the film clip where we all look young. But now we're older and greyer. It might be a bit of a shock to some people but we're bringing it into reality land."

Daddy Cool play The Tsunami Concert at the Myer Music Bowl on Sunday, February 27. Tickets through Ticketek.

A potted history
Formed in Melbourne in 1970. Their 1971 debut album set records when it sold 60,000 copies. Wilson would go on to produce Skyhooks' Living in the '70s - the biggest-selling album of its era - and later formed Mondo Rock. The band's signature song, Eagle Rock, was recently voted the second-best Australian song of all time by the music industry, behind the Easybeats Friday on My Mind. The band's last gig was at Prahran's Reefer Cabaret in September 1975. It reformed briefly in 1994 to record two new songs but a planned tour with Skyhooks failed to eventuate.

Come Back Again...funky

Hi Honey Ho


Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find money cannot be eaten.

~ Cree Prophecy

Edited by - lemonade kid on 15/10/2012 16:27:01

lemonade kid
Old Love

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Posted - 15/10/2012 :  16:13:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alternate cool video (rare 1971) -- Eagle Rock....check it out


Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find money cannot be eaten.

~ Cree Prophecy
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lemonade kid
Old Love

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Posted - 15/10/2012 :  16:35:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A great bootleg from 1971...Live at the Whisky



Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find money cannot be eaten.

~ Cree Prophecy
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Old Love

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Posted - 16/10/2012 :  00:20:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Daddy cool is no rapper moniker.

Take a listen to The Rays Daddy Cool, flipside of Silhouettes

Edited by - markk on 16/10/2012 00:24:28
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