Gary Young (Australian musician)

Gary Young (born 1947 in New York)[1] is an American-born Australian musician who was a founding member of Australian rock band Daddy Cool in which he played the drums and sang backing vocals. He also played drums with Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons amongst other bands. Young was twice inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame as a member of both Daddy Cool and Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons which were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2006 and 2007 respectively.[2][3]

Gary Young
Birth nameGary Young
Born1947 (age 7172)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresRock and roll, progressive rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, radio personality
Instrumentsdrums, vocals, guitar
Years active1950s–present
Associated actsThe Rondells
Sons of the Vegetal Mother
Daddy Cool
Gary Young's Hot Dog
Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons
The Rockin' Emus
Rock Doctors
Cold Chisel
The Black Sorrows
Little Red Rooster
Relax With Max
The Prestones
The Cool Healers
Southern Lightning> The Hornets



Gary Young (drums, vocals) and Wayne Duncan (bass guitar, vocals) were the rhythm section of many bands particularly instrumentals since the early 1960s.[4][5] One of these was The Rondells which were also the backing band for Bobby & Laurie a popular singing duo with their No. 1 hit "Hitch Hiker" from 1966.[5] Young joined the Rondells in 1964, at the age of 17, whilst still at Carey Baptist Grammar School.[6]

The Rondells had developed from a 1962 school band, The Silhouettes, which were a Shadows-style instrumental band with Ian B. Allen (bass), future Aztec Gil Matthews (guitar), Ed Nantes (guitar), Roger Treble (lead guitar) and Young (drums).[7] This group changed its name to The Lincolns in 1963, by which time Matthews had left and they were managed by Ron Blackmore. Bassist Duncan (ex-Ramrods), who had learnt bass from Allen, replaced Allen who left to join the Planets. The Lincolns added singer Bob Johnson when beat music broke through in 1964.[7] Young later took over on vocals from Johnson, but tired of having to sing and play drums, he quit in early 1965 to form the vocal duo Double Trouble with Issy Di and was replaced in The Lincolns by drummer Barry Gough.[7] Double Trouble split soon after and Young rejoined Duncan, Treble and rhythm guitarist John Sullivan (who was later replaced by Barry Rogers) in a new touring version of The Lincolns, which was billed as The Rondells whenever they backed another Blackmore act, Bobby & Laurie. They also backed other Blackmore artists such as Bobby Knight, Lynne Randell, Buddy England, Billy Adams and Bobby Shore.[7] Young also played in The Changing Times and Ram Jam Big Band.[6] In February 1967, following the split of Bobby & Laurie, Laurie Allen put together a soul revue, originally called Dice, later renamed The Laurie Allen Revue. The lineup included The Rondells' Young, Barry Rogers and Duncan, guitarist Phil Manning and as backing singers, sisters Glenys and Colleen Hewett. The Revue released three singles on Festival – "Beautiful Brown Eyes" (August 1967), "Any Little Bit" (April 1968) and "As Long As I Got You" (June 1968).[7]

Sons of the Vegetal Mother

Young and Ross Wilson met in 1969 whilst both were working in a book warehouse, each had previous bandmates who were interested in forming a new group.[5] Wilson, Ross Hannaford, Young and Duncan formed Sons of the Vegetal Mother later that year,[8] this band had a more experimental Progressive rock sound.[4][9] Other members included: Mike Rudd (later in Spectrum) (bass), Trevor Griffin (piano), Jeremy Kellock (Jeremy Noone) (tenor sax), Tim Partridge (bass), Ian Wallace (alto sax), Simon Wettenhall (trumpet) and Bruce Woodcock (tenor sax).[10]

Daddy Cool

As a side project from Sons of the Vegetal Mother, four of its members (Duncan, Hannaford, Wilson and Young) formed Daddy Cool in 1970.[4][5][11]

Jo Jo Zep

Radio show host

Young hosts the Chicken Mary radio show on 3RRR.[12] Daddy Cool featuring the original line-up reformed in 2005, released a single in February 2005 to play at a 27 February 2005 benefit concert for victims of the 2004 tsunami at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.[5][13] A new Daddy Cool recording, "The Christmas Bug", was released for charity.[14] A new Daddy Cool album, The New Cool was released in 2007 on Liberation Records.[11]

Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons were inducted into the 2007 ARIA Hall of Fame,[3][15] this was the second time for Young who had already been inducted as a member of Daddy Cool in 2006.


  • Bobby & Laurie/Rondells (1962–1968)
    • "I Belong With You"/"Trouble in Mind" (August 1964)
    • "Someone (Ain't Right)"/"You Are Gone" (June 1965)
    • I Belong With You EP (1965)
    • Bobby & Laurie (August 1965)
    • "Judy Green"/"Mojo Queen" (September 1965)
    • "Crazy Country Hop"/"It Ain't Fair" (December 1965 )
    • "Sweet and Tender Romance"/"Down in the Valley" (February 1966)
    • "Hitchhiker"/"You'll Come Around" (February 1966)
    • Hitchhiker EP (1966)
    • Hitchhiker (1966)
    • "High Noon"/"Tonight When I Come Home" (March 1966)
    • "Every Second Day"/"First Street Blues" (October 1966)
    • Exposiac (1967)
  • The Laurie Allen Revue
    • "Beautiful Brown Eyes" (August 1967)
    • "Any Little Bit" (April 1968)
    • "As Long As I Got You" (June 1968)
  • Sons of the Vegetal Mother (1969–1971)
    • Garden Party (1970)
  • Daddy Cool (1970–1972,1974–1975, 2005–present)
    • "Rock 'n' Roll Lady" (1972) #30 AUS
    • "One Night" (1973)
    • "Saga of the Three Pigs" (1973)
    • "Rockabilly Beatin' Boogie Band" (1973)
    • "Ubangi Stomp"/"Mystery Train" (1980)
    • "Running Late for Wandong" (1981)
    • "Keep your Hands off my Baby" (1982)
  • Gary Young and the Rocking Emus
    • Gary Young and the Rocking Emus (1982)
  • Dancehall Racketeers (1985–1986)
  • Southern Lightning (1986–1987)
    • "Down the Road" (1986)
    • Down the Road (1986)
    • "Stones in my Pathway" (1986)
    • "Don't Call Me Mister" (1987)
    • Southern Lightning (1987)
    • "Moonlight Street" (1987)
  • Andy Baylor's Cajun Combo (1992– )
    • Andy Baylor's Cajun Combo (1992)
  • The Hornets
    • "Everybody's Guilty"
    • Can't Live With You


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