Eagle Rock – Daddy Cool

Australian Charts:
Eagle Rock hit no 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 10 July 1971 and stayed there for an incredible 10 weeks.

Daddy Cool guitarist, vocalist and the song’s writer Ross Wilson was living and performing in London when he wrote ‘Eagle Rock’.
Eagle Rock was a 1920s black dance performed with the arms outstretched and the body rocking from side to side. “Doing the eagle rock” is also a metaphor for sexual intercourse.
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Australian Music History:
Daddy Cool recorded their first album which spawned the hits ‘Come Back Again’ and ‘Eagle Rock’ in a marathon two day session and the rest, as they say, is history.
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The Advertiser:
Wilson says Eagle Rock actually predates Daddy Cool, with Wilson playing the song with the late Ross Hannaford in pre-Daddy prog-rock band Sons of the Vegetal Mother.
Wilson says the song was written in a deliberate attempt to create a dance craze, something he and Hannaford felt was lacking from modern music at the time.
Wilson admits there are some smutty connotations.
“Look, as time went by I realised that anything to do with ‘rock’ is actually about sex,” he says.
“All of those songs – Rock Around the Clock and the like – they’re actually all about rooting!
“Rocking is rooting and dancing is a kind of foreplay.”
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English performer, Elton John toured Australia during 1972 and was so inspired by Daddy Cool’s hit single ‘Eagle Rock’ that, with lyricist Bernie Taupin, he wrote ‘Crocodile Rock’. The cover of John’s 1973 album Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, which featured ‘Crocodile Rock’, has a photo of Taupin wearing a “Daddy Who?” promotional badge. Taupin is also seen wearing Daddy Cool memorabilia on albums Tumbleweed Connection and Honky Chateau.
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