Australian singer and actor Darryl Cotton has lost his battle with liver cancer at the age of 62.
Darryl, who rose to fame in Australia in the 60s as a member of Zoot, was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer in May. At the time he was given weeks to live.
He had been feeling unwell for two weeks hen his doctor sent him to Peter MacCullum hospital for tests.
Darryl was born in Adelaide and formed Zoot in 1968 with Rick Springfield, Beeb Birtles and Rick Brewer. Their big hit was the acid rock cover of The Beatles ‘Eleanor Rigby’.
In the 80s Darryl generated his own massive solo hit with ‘Some Old Girl’. He was named Best Male Performer in Australia at the Countdown Awards in 1980.
He then went into television, hosting The Early Bird show on Channel Ten.
For the past decade Darryl was performing with mates Russell Morris and Jim Keays as Cotton, Keys and Morris, performing a solid setlist of all their combined hits.
He also only recently reformed Zoot with Rick, Rick and Beeb and were planning on touring the show in Australia. (They performed as Zoot for a cruise ship out of Miami at the end of last year.
Darryl is survived by wife Cheryl and children Tim and Amy.