“Men At Work” Band Member Greg Ham Is Dead (VIDEOS)
Melbourne Australia's "Men At Work" sax and keyboard player Greg Ham was found dead in his home yesterday (Thursday). He was 58.
Victoria State Police say the musician's death does not appear to be suspicious. Ham's friends say that he had not been the same since 2010, when a court ruled that his signature flute riff in "Down Under" had been stolen from the Australian childern's campfire song: "Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree." "Men At Work" was ordered to hand over a portion of the song's royalties, and had lost their last appeal, last October.
Greg Ham had stated that he was devastated by the court ruling. Further, he worried that his legacy would be tarnished. That he would be best remembered for copying someone else's music.
"Men At Work" frontman Colin Hay met Ham in 1972, when they were high school seniors. "We played in a band and conquered the world together," Hay noted.
Tests to determine an exact cause of death may take a few weeks.
"Men At Work" ruled the charts and airwaves in 1982 and 1983 with such hits as: "Who Can It Be Now (#1/1 week), "Down Under (#1/4 weeks), "Overkill" (#3), and "Its A Mistake" (#6). The group won the Grammy as "Best New Artist Of 1983." They are also the only Australian group to have a simultaneous #1 album ("Business As Usual") and #1 single ("Down Under") in the U.S. (and in England, as well!).