Darryl Cotton

Public life for Darryl began in 1968 as a founding member of Australian rock group, Zoot which comprised of Rick Springfield, Beeb Birtles and Rick Brewer. Zoot shot into the Australian charts with a cover of the Beatles 'Eleanor Rigby'.

Following Zoot, Darryl ventured overseas, basing himself in Los Angeles where he worked consistently as a singer/songwriters and performing with such artists as Olivia Newton-John, The Osmond Brothers, Shaun Cassidy and Cliff Richard. He wrote songs for the likes of Donny & Marie Osmond, Engelbert Humperdinck and The New Seekers.

In 1978, Darryl headed home with the release of his single, 'Don't let it get to you' which appeard on the album, Best seat in the house. Various successful solo singles followed, including the self-penned national top ten single, 'Same Old Girl', which earned him the award for Best Solo Male Performance in 1980 - exactly ten years after Zoot had the same award for a group.

Darryl's dabbled in acting as well, appearing on the TV soap The Young Doctors, hosting Summer Rock and grabbing the lead role in the successful stage production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

In 1984 he was asked to co-host Saturday morning children's variety show, The Early Bird Show, which became one of the country's most popular children's shows at that time.

He later released two albums, Rock'n'Good Fun, and a album for the very young, Just for Kids. In 1989, Darryl was awarded the Advance Australia Award for his services to the community, acknowledging his keen support and assistance to numerous charities and public organisations.