News: Greg Doolan Wickety Wak’s frontman Has Passed Away
THE Gold Coast entertainment community is in mourning following the death of legendary Wickety Wak frontman Greg Doolan.
The one-time Queensland entertainer of the year died at 4pm this afternoon.
Friend Shane Veen said Doolan fought a short battle with cancer and passed away in Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital surrounded by family.
Mr Doolan’s death comes nearly four years after the passing of his fellow Wickety Wak bandmember Pahnie Jantzen, who died in March 2013 following a short battle with cancer.
He was 73.
Mr Doolan was one of the founding members of Wickety Wak which first performed in 1975 at the Kuraby Hotel in Brisbane.
The band was a mainstay of the Gold Coast entertainment scene through the 1980s and performed multiple times a year at Twin Towns Services Club.
They, along with fellow local icons The Four Kinsmen, were big drawcards at the local club scene and were known for their lively and entertaining performances at community events.
The band had a top-10 hit in 1982 with the single Moonlight Marvel and were a popular featured on Queensland television, making several specials.
Wickety Wak became internationally recognised in 1988 when its members were ambassadors for Expo 88.
After 15 years together, Wickety Wak disbanded in 1990 following three sold-out Brisbane shows.
After the breakup, Mr Doolan, who first began playing the guitar at age 12, continued his successful solo career and was named Queensland Entertainer of the Year in 1995.
Wickety Wak re-formed in 2006 and in recent years continued to perform across the state.