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Second Best Is Enough For Father of Cool

Second Best Is Enough For Father of Cool

Who: Ross Wilson
Where: Soldiers Point Bowling Club
When: Sunday September 7, 2003

In 2001, ROSS WILSON 's classic DADDY COOL anthem Eagle Rock was named as the second-best Australian song of the past 75 years.

The decision was made by a group of 100 music industry experts polled by the Australasian Performing Rights Association and defined Wilson as a legend of Australian rock'n'roll.

But the song has been celebrated in a much more unusual way by some Daddy Cool fans.

In Queensland, it was reported that nightclubbers had begun dropping their pants and dancing in their underwear every time Eagle Rock was played.

Wilson witnessed the spectacle first-hand earlier this year in Brisbane and said that he took the quirky ritual as a compliment.

``While I first heard about it five years ago, I hadn't actually seen it,'' he said.

``I thought it was fantastic.

I love it when people form their own rituals to go with things like that.

lw-2 ``As for everyone dropping their pants to Eagle Rock , well, I suppose it's got the silliness that was part of the charm of Daddy Cool.

'' lw-1 As Australian music fans of all ages continue to sing along to the crowd favourite, Wilson too is is still creating new tunes more than 30 years after he penned the hit track.

In the past two years, Wilson has released three albums: GoBongo GoWild, Now Listen - The Best of Ross Wilson and Country & Wilson .

``I've got a desire to perform and I keep on writing songs, and some of them are pretty good,'' he said.

``I think the performance thing is a big part of it.

I've managed to maintain my fan base.

Whereas other people's interest might wane and they go off and become stockbrokers or whatever, I've always maintained an interest in what I'm doing.

'' lw-2 With touring still high on the agenda, Wilson will perform throughout the Hunter next month.

lw-1 The tour will see Wilson perform his classic hits as well as new material in what will be his first major tour of the area since his days with his last band MONDO ROCK .

As well as achieving fame as a soloist and with the band's Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock, Wilson has penned hits for some of Australia's most successful artists.

Wilson wrote JOHN FARNHAM 's classic A Touch of Paradise and he has produced work for the SKYHOOKS, JO JO ZEP, THE JOHNNYS and THE SCREAMING JETS.

Following his tour of the Hunter, Wilson will appear with Mondo Rock during the HERE & NOW TOUR in November with KIM WILDE, THE HUMAN LEAGUE, PAUL YOUNG, BELINDA CARLISLE, GO WEST and 1927.

Catch Wilson at SINGLETON BOWLING CLUB on September 3, WEST LEAGUES CLUB on September 4, HEXHAM BOWLING CLUB on September 5, BELMONT 16FT SAILING CLUB on September 6 and SOLDIERS POINT BOWLING CLUB on September 7.

Tickets are on sale from the venues.

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