Music industry mourns Cotton

THE Australian music industry is mourning the loss of rock star Darryl Cotton who lost his battle with liver cancer.

In his early 20s, Cotton rose to fame with Australian band Zoot, touring with rock legends Rick Springfield and Beeb Birtles.

When the band broke up, Cotton moved to Los Angeles and wrote songs for other artists, including fellow Australian Olivia Newton-John.

He returned to Australia in the late 70s to pursue a solo carer.

His biggest hit, Same Old Girl, topped the charts in 1980.

He then became better known for his role on television soap, Young Doctors, and as a host on children's program, The Early Bird Show.

In his later years Cotton continued to write music and was heavily involved in charity work.

He died in Melbourne early this morning, aged 62.

Tributes and messages of support for Cotton's wife Cheryl and children, Amy and Tim, have flooded the star's Facebook page.

In his post, Rick Springfield described Zoot as the "best band I was ever in" and said Cotton "knows what we all want to know".

"Bless your great spirit my friend," it read

"Keep a spot in the band for me up there. All my love to your great life and your beautiful family."

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