Doug Rowe, the founder and lead guitarist and singer for The Flying Circus, has died.
The Flying Circus formed in Sydney in 1968 and had three major hits in Australia ‘Hayride’, ‘La La’ and ‘Run Run Run’.
One time Flying Circus Sam See announced the passing of Rowe on his Facebook page. “Shocked to hear news of the passing of Douglas John Rowe, the leader and main songwriter of the Flying Circus.We travelled many miles together with Terry Wilkins, Colin Walker and Jim Wynne and made some bloody good music in the process”.
The first hit for The Flying Circus was ‘Hayride’ in 1969. It was one of Australia’s first ‘Bubblehgum Pop’ hits. However, the song was banned in New Zealand at the time because of its suggestive lyric “making love in the hay’.
The Flying Circus recorded their first album with Mike Perjanik in Sydney in 1969. Perjanik would go on to become one of Australia’s most successful television score composers with credits on ‘The Restless Years’, ‘A Country Practice’ and ‘Hey Dad’, starring now disgraced Paedophile Bob Hughes, who was also a founding member of The Flying Circus.
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