Australian Rock Music lost another legend today with the passing of Daddy Cool guitarist Ross ‘Hanna’ Hannaford after his battle with cancer at age 65.
Hanna and his childhood mate Ross Wilson started their first band, The Pink Finks in Melbourne in 1965.Later that decade they went ‘underground’ with The Party Machine and then the avant garde Sons of the Vegetal Mother. This was the outfit that would eventually morph into the much more fun, fifties party band, Daddy Cool.
Their debut single, Eagle Rock took Australia by storm. Then came Daddy Who Daddy Cool which topped the Aussie album charts. This spot was normally reserved for Led Zeppelin, John Lennon or Rod Stewart but Daddy Cool paved the way for Oz Rock.
Hanna was a truly gifted if somewhat underrated guitarist as displayed on another Daddy Cool classic, Hi Honey Ho from their second album, Sex, Dope, Rock n Roll: Teenage Heaven. Their live shows were hugely entertaining with Hanno out front performing cartwheel solos as well as guitar ones.
Daddy Cool were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006.
Ross Hannaford also played in other Australian bands such as The Black Sorrows, Goanna and his own reggae group Billy T.
A benefit concert was held last year when it was officially known he was battling cancer.
Sadly that battle ended today.
RIP Ross ‘Hanna’ Hannaford.
1 December 1950-8 March 2016.