Skyhooks singer Shirley Strachan would have turned 60 today.
Graeme ‘Shirley’ Strachan was born on January 2, 1952 in Malvern, Victoria. He died on August 29, 2001 at the age of 49 in a helicopter accident.
Shirl became a household name in Australia as frontman for Skyhooks, his solo hits, his children’s television show then home makeover show and then his radio program.
As frontman for Skyhooks he delivered what is still one of the biggest selling Australian albums ever ‘Living In The 70s’. Six of the 10 songs on the album were banned by radio at the time of its release in 1974.
Shirl also had a couple of solo hits with covers of ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’ and ‘Tracks Of My Tears’.
In the 80s he fronted the kids TV show ‘Shirl’s Neighbourhood’ and in the 1990s home show ‘Our House’. After that he got into radio working for Triple M.
Shirl died when the helicopter he was piloting hit turbulence and crashed into a mountain slope killing him instantly.