R.I.P. Greg Ham

If you were alive during the 1980s, and you owned a radio, you likely couldn’t escape the infectious sounds of Australia’s Men At Work. The band from Down Under, had a number of chart topping hits in the decade that was known for songs punctuated with saxophone riffs and solos.

Men At Work was no exception to that 80s, pop, saxophone sound. Greg Ham was the multi-instrumentalist who played his Mark VI tenor on some of the band’s biggest hits, including Who Can It Be Now—a song that reached the #1 spot in the Billboard charts.¹

Sadly, Greg Ham passed away in his Melbourne home earlier this week at the age of 58. He was found on Thursday by friends, who, after he hadn’t been seen for a few days, went to check on him. Foul play doesn’t appear to be suspected.

Men At Work’s front man, Colin Hay, had this to say about his long-time friend and musical collaborator:

We played in a band and conquered the world together. I love him very much. He’s a beautiful man. The saxophone solo on ‘Who Can It Be Now’ was the rehearsal take. We kept it, that was the one. He’s here forever.

Source: CBS News Entertainment


¹ Source: The History Of Top 40 Saxophone Solos 1955-2005, by John Laughter and Steve D. Marshall
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Helen Kahlke is a professional horn player and sax teacher who lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She plays soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones.

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