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Ross Hannaford, Guitarist with Classic Aussie Rockers Daddy Cool, Dies at 65
Ross Hannaford, guitarist with the ARIA Hall of Fame-inducted 1970s rock outfit Daddy Cool, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 65.
Hannaford had a big hand in Daddy Cool’s ubiquitous blues-rock hit “Eagle Rock” from 1971, which became the biggest-selling single Down Under in the year of its release after nailing-down the No. 1 position on the sales chart for a then-record 10 weeks. Visit any pub on any night of the week in Australia and there’s a good chance you’ll hear "Eagle Rock."
Daddy Cool marked an era in the early 1970s when Australian acts started to sell in the same volume as overseas bands. Formed by singer and guitarist Ross Wilson as a 1950s parody, the Melbourne band's debut 1971 album Daddy Who? Daddy Cool! (Sparmac) yielded "Eagle Rock" and "Come Back Again" and was the first Australian album to sell more than 100,000 copies.
The band toured the U.S. six times and released a second hit album Sex, Dope, Rock'n'Roll: Teenage Heaven a year later.
When APRA celebrated its 75th anniversary by publishing a list of the Top 30 Australian songs between 1926 and 2001, "Eagle Rock" came in at No. 2, beaten only by "Friday on My Mind" by The Easybeats’ (whose frontman Stevie Wright died last December). "Eagle Rock" enjoyed another stint in the international spotlight with a prominent placement in the 2005 horror film Wolf Creek.
The trade association paid honor to the late rocker, who died March 8. Wilson tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: "Sad to tell you that my friend Ross Hannaford has passed away."
We were honoured to induct Ross Hannaford and the rest of Daddy Cool into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2006. pic.twitter.com/6aFneDPHoS— ARIA (@ARIA_Official) March 8, 2016
ARIA extends condolences to the family, friends and fans of Daddy Cool guitarist Ross Hannaford who has passed at 65 pic.twitter.com/zhr9wgNWrN— ARIA (@ARIA_Official) March 8, 2016