'Sorry for your loss during such a hard time. Then you'd have lunch and perhaps a couple of hours' work, and then it's high tide, so you go surfing again. Strachan died in August 2001 in a self-piloted helicopter accident. [6][8] It was produced by Warren Morgan, engineered by Ross Cockle and recorded at Armstrong Studios on Mushroom Records/Festival Records. He died on August 29, 2001 in Mount Alexander, Queensland, Australia. Skyhooks shot to fame in the mid-70s with hits such as Horror Movie, Ego is Not A Dirty Word, All My Friends Are Getting Married and Women In Uniform. We didn't mean to scare you: Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance defend their '4,000 deaths a day'... M&S shoppers can book timed slots to do their food shop as new lockdown looms - while Primark boss demands... What to do if your holiday plans are in ruins... again: Are you due a refund? [16] Strachan relocated to Queensland in that year and started as a regular presenter on home makeover program, Our House, where he resurrected skills from his pre-Skyhooks carpentry trade. Skyhooks' songs and performances had the "it" factor. Shirl liked a drink and was a terror with the girls, but he would also be out helping the road crew load the truck. Graeme “Shirley” Strachan was killed in a helicopter acciden in August 2001. 'Samuel, I have always loved you. I went through crying, anger, denial. [15] The album provided their cover version of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" as a single. Many fans have been left shocked by Peter's sudden death, leaving heartfelt tributes on the band's Facebook page. and Ruby and Stella. Moment Trump gets emotional with 'his sweetheart' Ivanka by his side as he closes out marathon campaign in... 'Voting for someone I truly trust...me': Kanye West casts write-in vote for himself in Wyoming after failing... Shares surge around the world as investors bet on Biden... but did markets jump the gun? Official Sites, Lead singer of Australian rock band 'Skyhooks' 1975-1978, View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro. They saved Mushroom Records from the first of its many near-death experiences with the enormous multi-platinum success of their much-banned first album Living in the '70s. 'Quite honestly this is just a f***ing tragedy especially for Dianna and the girls. There'd be a few bars there, and you'd go surfing. In October 1976 he issued a cover version of Brenda Holloway's 1964 hit, "Every Little Bit Hurts", as his debut single which peaked at No. The band stopped regularly playing when lead singer Graeme 'Shirley' Strachan died in a helicopter accident in Queensland in 2001. Executive producer Tim Cobbin was yesterday afternoon having a drink with devastated fellow workers. When the gigs were over, most musos would be flagging –- slumped in their dressing rooms, drinking. A helicopter crash in appalling conditions on the Queensland Sunshine Coast on Wednesday took the life of Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, leaving many friends and admirers in grief. [21] In 1993 the Strachans moved to Queensland.[22]. "I think the soul makes these decisions. While still a member of Skyhooks he had solo singles, which charted on the Kent Music Report, with a cover recording of Brenda Holloway's "Every Little Bit Hurts" (October 1976, No. For more tributes to Shirl go to the official Skyhooks website. Band manager and record boss Michael Gudinski's voice was also uncharacteristically gruff as he prepared to meet the other band members yesterday afternoon at his Frontier Tours office. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. Other Works He took two weeks off in Bali and then married his second wife, Sue, in England. He went on to father three wonderful daughters. [6] In March 1974 Strachan replaced Hill on lead vocals in Skyhooks alongside Macainsh, Strauks and Bob "Bongo" Starkie (ex-Mary Jane Union) and Red Symons (ex-Scumbag), both on guitars. For more tributes to Shirl go to the official Skyhooks website. 18 in July 1977. The Skyhooks' curse continued when Strachan died after the helicopter he was solo-flying crashed in regional Queensland on August 29, 2001. In August 2001, entertainer and former Skyhooks front man Graeme "Shirley" Strachan was killed when his helicopter crashed into a cliff while on a training flight from Maroochy Airport. His father paid an emotional tribute to his son on Melbourne radio station 3AW.

[1] He was the older brother of three sisters, the children of Ronald Strachan, a carpenter and former World War II Navy sailor; and Joyce.

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The pair had started dating when he was surfing and working on Philip Island in 1972–73. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. The father-of-three was one of the original members of the ARIA Hall of Fame band, which were Australia's favourite band in the 1970s. The latest tragic death of Peter Starkie led to the emotional tribute from his brother, who shared the news on the Skyhooks Facebook page. Skyhooks guitarist Bob "Bongo" Starkie says: "Good man down. [3], Strachan met "Freddy" Strauks, a drummer, at a performance at Village Green.

I haven’t seen Shirl in the past few years and I have heard that he had become more reclusive.I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know that every single time I met up with Shirl he made me feel good. He is known for his work on Schweitzer (1990), Traitor's Heart (1999) and Cold Harvest (1999). Strachan's second wife was Sue Scott. [1] By October 1977 the couple had separated. It was part of his Capricorn nature to want to understand most practical aspects of the business, right from the Countdown days. The then ABC Melbourne breakfast host suffered a serious brain injury and later that same year left the station, after his contract was no renewed. "If there was a job that needed to be done - building sets, whatever - he'd get out the tools. "[2], In November 1972 Strachan left Frame and moved to Philip Island to take up surfing and part-time carpentry. We often get told that John Farnham or Jimmy Barnes are the voices of Australian rock, but Shirl had a fabulously high vocal with real power –- in my opinion, easily the equal of either of those two great performers. I shall always have you,' he said on-air. When my band, Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs, first toured the eastern states of Australia in 1978, our record label boss, Michael Gudinski, gave us the support slot to his number one band, Skyhooks. On a solo flight near Mount Archer, Queensland in clear weather and inexplicably off the course planned by his instructor, Strachan encountered mountain turbulence which caused the rotor of his Bell 47G to sever the tailboom, crashing the helicopter onto the north-north-eastern slope of Mount Archer. Cobbin last spoke to "the Mouth", as I often called him in Skyhooks' days, on Tuesday. [9], His follow-up single, "Tracks of My Tears", a cover of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles 1965 hit, reached No. Should you take a voucher? Gender pay gap narrows thanks to more women in boardroom-level jobs, official survey finds. He'd have them in 30 seconds. Their most famous member, Red Symons, also lost his son Samuel after a long battle with cancer, and more recently suffered a serious brain injury after a fall at his home. Strachan would later drive his friend to gigs. Skyhooks (1974–78, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1994): Noel McGrath's Australian Encyclopedia of Rock & Pop – 1978, An Australian Rock Discography – Chris Spencer −1990 – Moonlight Publishing, This page was last edited on 30 October 2020, at 13:12. He had just turned 49.

The band's most famous member Red Symons lost his son Samuel (right) after a 23-year long battle with cancer in 2018, Steve Hill (centre) was the original singer in the band, but died after a battle with liver cancer in 2005, 'He went out with grace and dignity. Peter Starkie, the original guitarist of the 1970s glam rock band, died on Sunday, aged 72.

[1][2], Strachan's biography, Shirl: the life of legendary larrikin Graeme 'Shirley' Strachan, written by Jeff Apter, appeared in 2012. On tour he often shared a room with Shirl, whose popularity and appetite for partying sometimes kept him out till all hours. But by connecting with any crowd - be it roughhead, arty, teenybopper, you name it - Shirley opened the tills. Called a spade a spade. Could heated talk over the dinner table become a HATE CRIME? The couple met in 1981 when he was a guest of the TV game show, Catch Us If You Can, where Scott was a model and presenter. I remember once we were told to shut up and not interfere behind the scenes. A year before his fall he had split with wife of 25 years Elly. [25] It was the most watched programme on that night with 2.19 million viewers. It's like we've lost a member of the family. Then you'd have lunch and perhaps a couple of hours' work, and then it's high tide, so you go surfing again.". He was the host of children's TV program Shirl's Neighbourhood (1979–83), From 1993 he appeared on home renovation TV program, Our House, as a carpenter and co-host. The Skyhooks' curse continued when Strachan died after the helicopter he was solo-flying crashed in regional Queensland on August 29, 2001. "Apart from Shirl's professionalism, he was a great communicator and a great friend," he says. Then he jumped into the Kombi which had carried Frame's gear around and headed for Phillip Island to surf and be a chippie. Strachan was killed in a helicopter crash on 29 August 2001. The band would reform on a number of occasions over the 15 years to follow, before ending their association in 1992.

When I spoke to Shirl on Tuesday he sounded the most relaxed and happy and at peace I've ever heard him. Surfers gather in the water above Noose where ‘Shirley’s’ ashes were scattered into the ocean. I've still got that upturned finger he gave me sitting on my desk.

[17] Apter had already written 15 celebrity biographies, for Shirl the author had access to Skyhooks' band members, Strachan's family and "music industry figures, people from Strachan's later career in TV and radio, and the surfing gang he assembled after relocating to Queensland in the 90s. September 1, 2001 davewarner.admin News 0, VALE SKYHOOKS LEAD SINGER SHIRLEY STRACHAN. I hear Shirl would rather have fish and chips with the roadies than champagne out the front, and that's how I remember him, too.

Skyhooks revolutionised the music industry in three ways: culturally; in terms of artist control; and through their extraordinary skills as musicians, writers and entertainers. A step daughter Alice. Strauks, reflecting on the loss of Shirl, says: "[The age of] 49 is a time when you feel like you've completed a lot of stuff. UK records 20,018 new Covid cases - 12% FEWER than last Tuesday - but... Nobody counted the cost: Robert Jenrick is forced to admit there was NO full report made on the economic... TONY BLAIR: How we can - and MUST- make this the last lockdown Britain has to face, Cambridge students warned to stay in halls or they won't be allowed to graduate.

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