Wickety Wak frontman Greg Doolan dies age 73

Wickety Wak toured Australia almost constantly between 1975 and 1990
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A fan photo showing Greg Doolan, centre, during the 2006 comeback tour. Source: wicketywak.com.au

Greg Doolan, the frontman and founder of Wickety Wak, has died at the age of 73.

A friend told The Gold Coast Bulletin that Greg had fought a short battle with cancer and passed away in Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital surrounded by his family.

Greg was one of the founding members of Wickety Wak, who were best known for their colourful shows and parody performances of stars such as Tom Jones and Dolly Parton.

Greg was only 12 when he first played guitar, and he went on to play in Brisbane groups and on the pub circuit before forming Wickety Wak in 1975.

The band quickly went on to become a household name and from 1975 to 1990 Wickety Wak toured Australia for 48 weeks each year, entertaining audiences of all ages.

A still from a Channel 9 video of one of Wickety Wak impersonating Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.
A still from a Channel 9 video of one of Wickety Wak impersonating Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

They also were involved in many television specials and were ambassadors for Expo 88, which gave them international exposure.

Their year-long ‘Last Laugh’ tour resulted in sold-out shows Australia-wide, culminating in a final performance at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on December 8, 1990.

When the tickets to the final show were released, they quickly sold out, as did two subsequent shows, resulting in a record three sell-out shows, with an audience of 27,000 joining them for their final performances.

After almost 16 years in retirement, the band made a comeback in 2006 with their ‘Lock Up Your Grandmothers’ tour. They celebrated ‘40 years young’ in 2015 with another small reunion tour.

Greg also enjoyed success outside of Wickety Wak, being nominated for a number of awards and taking part of a sellout Bee Gees tribute show.  

  1. Adrian Wolsey  

    Please get your facts correct!! Greg was 63 not 73!!! Pahnie, who died in 2013 was 73.
    Regards,
    Adrian

    • Jeanette  

      Others say 61. It is the way it was originally written up in the Gold Coast bulletin and copied by other media. It was Pahine who died at 73.

    • Darcy Scott  

      Thanks Adrian for your correction

  2. John Allen  

    Saddened by the loss of a wonderful performer.
    Special guitarist…was rated best musician on the coast….yes…a wonderful talent…great loss.

  3. Jean Brown  

    Sorry for the loss of this wonderful talent – I still have photos of my cousin Keith with Greg and Robbie Webber playing at my 21st Birthday, love to all the family, Jean

  4. Des Everett  

    A great man and and a great talent very well liked RIP Greg you will be sadly missed.

  5. I had the amazing honor of working with the boys for the bigger shows and was treated with such respect by such incredibly talented men. Greg was a very special personality and that is why he is so beloved. He could have kept doing this for many more years. So sad.

  6. Dianne Ward  

    So sad to hear of Greg’s passing. Such a wonderful performer, I remember going to many of their shows, they were always so very entertaining. Gone too young, RIP Greg.

  7. carolyn  

    please proof read your stories before you put them up Greg was only 63.May he R.I.P.

  8. Troy Doolan  

    My dad was 63

    • Kasey Mason  

      Hi Troy. So sorry for you loss. My father was very good friends with Greg from many years (Glenn Keen) and would like to attend his funeral. Could you possibly give me the details. I am happy to supply you with my details if you would rather not share them publicly. Again I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Jean Day  

      I am so sorry for your loss Troy. Your dad was an incredible talent and my mum and I went to all his shows at Twin Towns. I chatted to him at the Christmas show and he was always so approachable. I will really miss his shows and my condolences to you and your family. I lost my mum 2 weeks ago and she really loved your dad too.

  9. Robyn Sutorowski  

    My condolences to you and the family and friends Troy. I didn’t know your Dad, but have only read and heard marvelous things about him and how special he was, not only musically, but personally. He will be honourably remembered always. Blessings of God’s peace and comfort to you all.
    Robyn.

  10. Angela Jenkins  

    Just loved this entertainer. He was Gold. Have followed him from the beginning & so grateful I got yo see him last year. R I P Greg Dolan

  11. Kath and Andy MacGillivray  

    We are shocked and saddened to hear of Gregs passing. We met in Adelaide at their first concert here and continued to catch up whenever they were down here or we were in Qld. We even introduced Greg to our iconic “pie floater”. We will miss catching up and listening to his many stories, hearing his raucous laugh and listening to his beautiful voice. We were honoured to call him our friend. Our deepest condolences to Gregs family. RIP Greg x

    • Carolyn  

      So very sorry for your loss Troy your father was a great Entertainer and wonderful family man. Can u let us know when and where his funeral will be 💜.

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