14/6/14 – Darryl Cotton – 4 September 1949 – 27 July 2012

Zoot Pink picIn a week where two important figures in Australian rock history (Doc Neeson and Jim Keays) have left us, I am reminded of the loss of Darryl Cotton, the lead singer in Zoot, another band from Adelaide. Zoot also boasted Rick Springfield on guitar and Beeb Birtles on bass. Birtles went on to form Little River Band, Springfield a succesful solo career and fame as an actor, drummer Rick Brewer went on to join another successful Australian band, The Ferrets.

I have added some links and  and some videos of Zoot below – if you haven’t seen or heard Zoot’s blistering version of Eleanor Rigby you are in for a real treat.

Cotton died of liver cancer in 2012. This is his obituary from the Sydney Morning Herald:




Eleanor Rigby 1970


Turn Your Head


Strange Things 1970


Hey Pinky 1970