R.I.P Daddy Cool’s Wayne Duncan


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.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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