Bootleg Family Band

The Bootleg Family Band are an Australian folk, R&B and rock band formed in Melbourne by Brian Cadd and Ron Tudor in 1972 in Melbourne. The Bootleg members were all seasoned veterans of the Melbourne scene.

The Bootleg Family Band
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresFolk, rock, R&B
Years active1972-1975, 2015-present
Past membersBrian Cadd
Geoff Cox
Tony Naylor
Gus Fenwick
Brian Fitzgerald
Russell Smith
Penny Dyer
Angela Jones
Louise Lincoln
Clive Harrison
Ian Mason

Their debut single was a cover of Loggins and Messina's "Your Mama Don't Dance". It was released in February 1973 and peaked at number 5 on the Go-Set chart. The second single, "Wake Up Australia", was released in June 1973 but failed to chart. The band's third single, a cover of "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)", was released in July 1974 and became another Top 10 hit.

In 1974 the band also appeared in the nightclub scene of the cult Australian film Alvin Rides Again.

The band was renamed "Avalanche" when Brian Cadd left for the United States in 1975.[1]

In November 2016, the Bootleg Family Band released its first studio album, credited to Brian Cadd and The Bootleg Family Band, titled, Bulletproof.[2]



Extended plays

  • 1975 The Bootleg Family Band Extended Play



  1. "THE BOOTLEG FAMILY BAND — Melbourne 1973-75". Miles Ago. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  2. "Brian Cadd Gathers Up A New Bulletproof Bootleg Family". Noise11. 1 November 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
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