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Posted on 4 Jun 2014

It is with great sadness that Alberts acknowledges the passing of legendary Australian songwriter and artist Bernard 'Doc' Neeson (Moonshine Jug and String Band, The Angels, Red Phoenix) who passed away today, 4th June 2014 at the age of 67. 

“Alberts today has not only lost one of its greatest and most loved creative innovators, but also a true friend. Even within the last few months, Doc was in the building sharing his infectious passion with all at Alberts. Long after Doc is laid to rest, his distinctive sound and contribution to the local and international music industry will resonate for generations to come” said David Albert (Managing Director, Alberts).

Alberts’ relationship with the legendary frontman and songwriter began in 1975 with Adelaide band The Keystone Angels who were brought to its attention by members of AC/DC.  The 50s-styled rock band was brought into Albert Studios by George Young and Harry Vanda, and it only took a week for a deal to be offered. A slight name change later and the iconic Australian act The Angels, fronted by Doc was born.  It was Docs memorable and theatrical stage presence that became one of the Angels defining characteristics.

As part of the Alberts performing and songwriting fold, Doc fronted The Angels on “The Angels” (1977), “Face To Face” (1978) and “No Exit” (1979). Most recently Doc reinterpreted Flash and The Pan’s classic “Walking In The Rain” (2014) for Albert Productions.  His songwriting contribution to “Am I Ever Going To See Your Face Again”, “Coming Down” and “Take A Long Line” amongst many, have become part of Australian music history.

His vibrant, charismatic personality and deep, resonant brogue will be sadly missed by all at Alberts.

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