Wayne Duncan, bass player for legendary Australian band Daddy Cool died on Saturday, December 3, aged 72.
Fellow Daddy Cool founding member Ross Hannaford died earlier this year. Both Duncan and Hannaford were founding members of the band, along with Ross Wilson and Gary Young. The band last played together at their induction into the Hall of Fame at The Age Music Victoria Music Awards in 2014. Over the years Duncan played in a variety of local bands and also appeared last year at the benefit concerts for Hannaford at Memo Music Hall.
Musician Craig Horne, a friend of Wayne Duncan, released a statement on behalf of the Duncan family saying, “It is with deep sadness that I let you know… that our great friend Wayne Duncan passed away in the early hours of this morning.”
Duncan leaves behind partner Anne and daughters Catherine and Justine. A funeral service will be held this week. Details are not yet available.
Daddy Cool, originally formed in 1970 were one of the most successful Australian bands of the early 70s with a string of hits including ‘Eagle Rock’ (voted second greatest Australian single of all time), ‘Come Back Again’ and ‘Bom Bom. The group broke up in 1972, briefly reformed in 1974 and played a reunion gig at the Melbourne Tsunami Benefit Concert in 2005. (A planned tour with Skyhooks did not proceed). The band’s last album together was The New Cool released in 2006.