Saturday, 6 June 2009

Darryl Cotton - It's Rock 'n' Good Fun

Swinging School/Little Town Flirt/It Hurts To Be In Love/Silhouettes/The Night Has A Thousand Eyes/Till I Kissed You/Go Away Little Girl/Teenager In Love/Tell Me What She Said/Sealed With A Kiss/Walking Wth My Angel/Goodbye Cruel World/Venus/Calendar Girl/The Young Ones/Point Of No Return.

Following Zoot, Darryl formed Frieze with fellow Zoot member Beeb Birtles they released 3 singles and an album the duo lasted a year then Darryl ventured overseas, Daryl left Australia in July 1972, and travelled to the UK where he
worked for several months with Mick Flynn (ex-Mixtures). In early 1973 he received an offer to join a band in the US called Friends with American Michael Lloyd and fellow Aussie expatriate Steve Kipner (ex-Steve & the Board, Tin Tin). Friends signed to Warners and issued one self-titled album, plus a couple of singles.
On Steve Kipner's departure Cotton and Lloyd continued as Cotton, Lloyd & Christian with new member Chris Christian. The vocal trio recorded a self-titled album for 20th Century which was also used as the soundtrack to the 1976 US teen film The Pom Pom Girls directed by Joseph Ruben. Cotton Lloyd & Christian issued the single Crying in the Rain in April 1977, after which Daryl toured as guitarist and backing vocalist for Olivia Newton-John.

In 1978, Darryl returned to Australia to release his solo single, "Don't Let It Get to You" which appeared on the album, Best Seat In The House. Various successful solo singles followed, including the self-penned national top ten single, "Same Old Girl", which earned him a Countdown award for Best Solo Male Performance in 1980, exactly ten years after Zoot had the same award for a group.

Darryl has acted on the Australian soap opera The Young Doctors and appeared in the lead role of a successful stage production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.From 1984 he was a
co-host on Network Ten's The Early Bird Show, a popular Saturday morning variety show for children. He also hosted a program called Summer Rock on Adelaide's Nine Network.In 1984 he released "Rock'n'Good Fun", and a children's album," Just for Kids" in 1988.Then in 1989, he was awarded the Advance Australia Award for his services to the community, acknowledging his keen support and assistance to numerous charities and public organisations.

Darryl now performs regularly with the band Cotton Keays & Morris with fellow legendary performers Jim Keays from The Masters Apprentices and Russell Morris.
Now to the album at first look a cop out grab the cash and run but upon listening to it (like a lot of the vinyl I have this is my first listen) not bad at all it sounds like Darryl enjoyed making this album. It consists of 50' and 60's rock and roll teen idol covers with songs from the likes of Neil Sedaka,Dion,Cliff Richard and Brian Hyland. Darryl voice suits the songs and pulls it of quite well so have a listen and tell me what you think.

You can grab it here


  1. Deutros,

    Sorry mate I didn't even notice, I would have not put mine on if I'd know I should have and will check first in the future. Sorry again I guess we could say "Great minds think alike. Keep up the good work mate you have put some great stuff on here, I've just about downloaded the lot LOL :)

  2. No worries Ozzie we have to spread the music the more of it around the better.