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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Daddy Who Daddy Cool...all time classic best selling Aussie album

Daddy Cool is an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1970 with the original line-up of Wayne Duncan (bass, Vocals), Ross Hannaford (lead guitar, bass, vocals), Ross Wilson (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica) and Gary Young (drums, vocals) . Their debut single "Eagle Rock" was released in May 1971 and stayed at number 1 on the Australian singles chart for ten weeks. Their debut July 1971 LP Daddy Who? Daddy Cool also reached number 1 and became the first Australian album to sell more than 100,000 copies. Their name comes from the 1957 song "Daddy Cool" by US rock group The Rays, Daddy Cool included their version on Daddy Who? Daddy Cool.

The album was originally issued in a textured cover and featured a cartoon rendering of band members by Melbourne artist Ian McCausland which became the group's logo. While Daddy Cool's guitarist, Ross Hannaford, was responsible for overall album cover design, McCausland created the band's graphics and much of their visual image. Most of the original songs were written by guitarist, vocalist Ross Wilson except "Bom Bom", which was co-written with Hannaford. The rest of the album contained 1950s R&B covers - The Rivals' "Guided Missiles", Etta James' "Good Rockin' Daddy", Marvin & Johnny's "Cherry Pie", The Rays' "Daddy Cool" and Chuck Berry's "School Days".

Daddy Cool's music featured 1950s Doo-wop style rock cover versions and originals which were mostly written by Wilson. On stage they provided a danceable sound which was accessible and fun. Their second album was Sex, Dope, Rock'n'Roll: Teenage Heaven from January 1972 and reached the Top Ten. Breaking up in August 1972, Daddy Cool briefly reformed during 1974–1975 before disbanding again, they reformed with the band's original line-up in 2005. Their iconic status was confirmed when they were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame on 16 August 2006.

Daddy Who?... Daddy Cool was also released in the US on the Warner/Reprise label and the band toured in support of its release. Two singles were lifted from the album: "Eagle Rock" #1 on the Australian national singles chart and "Come Back Again" which reached #3.

The album was re-issued in 1975 (with different sleeve under the title Daddy Who? Daddy Gold!) on Wizard Records (also owned by Porter) and in 1982, with the original artwork but non-gatefold sleeve.

The Australian release on Sparmac Records contains different tracks than the US Release on Reprise Records five months later. The Australian release includes the tracks "Good Rockin' Daddy" and "Cherry Pie" not found on the Reprise Records edition. The US release includes the tracks "Flip", "Lollipop" and "Just As Long As We're Together" not found on the Sparmac Records edition.

In October 2010, it was listed at No. 14 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums

  1. "Daddy Cool" (Frank Slay/Bob Crewe) - 2:31
  2. "School Days" (Chuck Berry) - 3:03
  3. "Come Back Again" - 4:51
  4. "At The Rockhouse" - 3:42
  5. "Guided Missile" (Alfred Gaitwood) - 3:02
  6. "Good Rockin' Daddy" (Richard Berry/Joseph Bihari as "Joe Josea") - 2:21
  7. "Eagle Rock" - 4:07
  8. "Zoop Bop Gold Cadillac" - 3:56
  9. "Blind Date" - 4:12
  10. "Bom Bom" (Ross Wilson/Ross Hannaford) - 2:34
  11. "Cherry Pie" (Joseph Bihari as "Joe Josea"/Marvin Phillips) - 3:40
  12. "Flip" (Carl Green) - 2:26 (bonus track from US release)
  13. "Lollipop" (Beverly Ross/Julius Dixon) - 1:36 (bonus track from US release)
  14. "Just As Long As We're Together" - 2:32 (bonus track from US release)



  1. Hi Marty, I was desperately why writing The Aussie Music Blog on google find you no more!!! Fortunately I've wrote your url on a word file and finally I found you again. Your blog is marvelous! I love aussie rock (my nick name is ozrock ...) I love madly Birdman and all derivations (Visitors, Hitmen, New Christs), Sunnyboys, Hoodoo Gurus, Saints, Missing Links, Masters Apprentices, Birthday Party, Died Pretty pre Doughboy Hollow (i contest the choice on top 100) but you let me know amazing artists as Billy Thorpe, Daddy Cool and lots of fantastic groups! So, besides my old vinyls, today have your masterpieces on MP3. Thank you very much for all. Will you appear on Blog list of Rockasteria? (‎). The music is different but great! The Rockasterians claim to know your fine posts! Ciao from Italy. ozrock

    1. Hello ozrock and thank you for your kind comments. Very glad you were able to find the blog again and you are enjoying it. I will also check out Rockasteria

    2. Hi Marty,
      when you put them in contact with Marios of Rockasteria (just a message in Cbox the site) I will be happy to see your blog in his list.
      I wish you a good week and good music!