ross wilson
When one hears Daddy Cool’s “Eagle Rock”, memories of the 1970s come flooding back- Flower Power, Make Love Not War, the Peace Movement, the fashion, the flares, the colours and the Hippy Movement. Those were great times. The man behind that iconic band and song was none other than Ross Wilson. Eagle Rock is not the only hit song he had. Others were ‘Come said the Boy’ (Mondo Rock), ‘Hi Honey Ho’, ‘Living in the Land of Oz’, ‘Come Back Again’, ‘Cool World’, ‘State of the Heart’, ‘Bed of Nails’, ‘Daddy Cool’ etc

Ross Wilson’s talent extends from singer, songwriter, guitarist to producer.

He was born in Melbourne and came from a musical family- his father was an amateur Jazz musician, and his mother played classical music on the piano. He learned to sing harmonies with the Anglican Church choir.

At age 69, he still travels around Australia touring, and if last Friday night at Frankston RSL is anything to go by, he does not look like he is going to stop anytime soon.

During his musical career, he has produced for Skyhooks, and Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1989, and, again in 2006, as a member of Daddy Cool.

I first saw him when Daddy Cool used to play at the Union Nights at Monash University, in the early 1970s, and have enjoyed many wonderful performances at Wine and Food Festivals in Mordialloc and Yarra Glen, as well as at The Palais in St Kilda, since. We go back a long way!

My favourite music is from the Daddy Cool era, I have to admit. I, for one, would like to see him sing more of those songs in his concerts.


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