View Full Version : Greg Ham (of Men at Work) has died

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04-19-2012, 03:29 PM

Ham was the comic foil to serious(ish) lead singer Colin Hay in their videos, and was responsible fort he memorable saxophone and flute melodies in their biggest hits.

Cause of death is either unknown or not being released at this time.

RIP :(

04-19-2012, 04:09 PM
:( Wow. So sad. RIP.

04-19-2012, 04:25 PM
I just heard this...so sad. May he RIP

04-19-2012, 06:51 PM
I had the opportunity to interview him once, and he was great fun. Very unpretentious and a really nice and normal guy :(

04-19-2012, 07:55 PM
How sad. Too young. (Actually saw Colin Hay in concert about a month ago. He was pretty dang funny himself. And good at what he does.)

04-19-2012, 07:59 PM

04-19-2012, 08:09 PM
Ham was perhaps best known for playing the famous flute riff in the band’s smash 1980s hit “Down Under.” But the beloved tune came under intense scrutiny in recent years after the band was accused of stealing the catchy riff from the children’s campfire song “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.” The publisher of “Kookaburra” sued Men at Work, and in 2010 a judge ruled the band had copied the melody. The group was ordered to hand over a portion of its royalties.

Ham later said the controversy had left him devastated, and he worried it would tarnish his legacy.

“It has destroyed so much of my song,” he told Melbourne’s The Age newspaper after the court ruling. “It will be the way the song is remembered, and I hate that. I’m terribly disappointed that that’s the way I’m going to be remembered — for copying something.”
I love that flute riff. I'm sorry he felt devastated by the legal troubles.
RIP :(

Aussie Willy
04-19-2012, 11:18 PM
I first heard on the radio that at 58 year old man had died. Later they said it was Ham. Still haven't announced a cause of death.

I asked them to play Men at Work at the rink last night. Really good 80s Aussie music.

Another article from a Melbourne paper. They are saying it might be related to drugs and he was depressed after the copyright case.


04-20-2012, 09:50 AM
I was a huge fan of MAW in the 80's. (I am a big fan of Colin Hay now.) RIP. I loved his flute in Down Under. I was into all things Aussie in the early 1980's.

04-20-2012, 06:30 PM
I guess the guy knocking at Greg's door was the grim reaper.

04-20-2012, 06:38 PM
are you feeling under the weather today, or have all of the celebrity deaths this week tired you out? usually your celeb-death posts are obnoxious and/or offensive, but that one was just lame.

04-20-2012, 06:47 PM
Yeah, not my best work. Although, I was going to post that Greg is now really in the land down under, but that was even lamer.

04-20-2012, 07:01 PM
it would have made more sense though. oh well, everyone has an off day.

04-20-2012, 07:09 PM
It's just overkill.

04-20-2012, 07:16 PM
you may want to quit while you're behind on this one