Thursday, November 20, 2014 – Daddy Cool, were last night inducted into The Age EG Music Victoria Hall of Fame and played a rare hour-long set of favourites that included their best-known hit ‘Eagle Rock,’ originally released in 1971 and once voted in the Top 10 Australian singles of all time. They added other much-loved songs such as ‘Bom Bom’ and ‘Come Back Again’ to an hour-long set that was the highlight of the annual Awards evening held at 170 Russell in Melbourne.
Formed in 1970, Daddy Cool quickly became one of Australia’s most successful bands but their career was short-lived and confined mainly to Australia, although the band toured America and ‘Eagle Rock’ was a hit in some regions there. Last night the four original members of the group reconvened for the first time since February 2005 when they appeared at a benefit concert for the 2004 tsunami victims. Singer Ross Wilson was joined by guitarist Ross Hannaford, drummer Gary Young and bassist Wayne Duncan. They were augmented for the night by keyboardist James Black and drummer Peter Luscombe.
Rock journalist Ed Nimmervoll, who recently passed away, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the non-musician category. Nimmervoll had written for several important Australian music publications including Go Set and Juke and was renowned for his music biographies.
Amongst the other live performances Russell Morris played his classic hit ‘The Real Thing’ and Davey Lane paid musical tribute to the late Jim Keays with the Masters Apprentices’ ‘Living in A Child’s Dream,’ ‘Because I Love You’ and ‘Turn Up Your Radio.’
In the public poll conducted by The Age and Music Victoria (and which garnered 74,000 votes) Courtney Barnett, currently touring Europe, was named at the Awards as Best Female Artist and also received the award for Best Song award for ‘Avant Gardener.’
Dan Sultan also won multiple awards for Best Male Artist award and Best Album (Blackbird). Sultan performed ‘Same Man’ at the Awards.
Other awards went to Hip-hop artist Remi for Best Emerging Artist, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard for Best Band, Saskwatch for Best Live Band and the Cosmic Psychos for Best Regional Act. Meredith Music Festival was named Best Festival, the Corner Hotel in Richmond won Best Venue and The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine won Best Regional Venue.