TV cast in tribute for Shirl
Provocative ... Graeme 'Shirley' Strachan.
By Christine Sams
Channel 9 staff have taped a tribute to Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, to be screened during an episode of Our House next Sunday.
Strachan, a presenter on Nine's home improvement show for more than eight years, was killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday.
The televised tribute will be jointly presented by Rebecca Gilling, Reg Livermore and Tara Dennis - Strachan's workmates on Our House.
A Channel 9 spokeswoman said unused footage of Strachan, filmed for the lifestyle program in the days leading up to his death, would not be used.
"We have chosen to give Shirl a heartfelt tribute, to honour his 8 years on the program," she said.
Strachan was best known for his role as lead singer with Skyhooks in the 1970s, but he also gained a large fan base through his television appearances two decades later.
For a man once too shy to sing facing the audience, he was
surprisingly provocative in his music.
Six out of 10 songs on Skyhooks' debut album, Living In The 70s, were banned on radio. But the fans weren't offended, with the album selling 70,000 copies.
The enthusiastic entertainer joined Our House in 1993, and showed off the carpentry skills he had gained as a young worker - before rock stardom transformed his life.
Strachan, 49, was killed when a helicopter he was flying crashed into a cliff on Mt Archer, north of Brisbane.
He had moved to Queensland with his wife, Sue, after spending his formative rock years in Melbourne. The couple had no children.
A private funeral service will be held in Noosa on Tuesday for family and close friends.
This will be followed by a beachside public memorial service.
Former Skyhooks members, along with close friends Michael Gudinski, Ian "Molly" Meldrum and Johnny Young, are planning a public memorial service which
may take the form of a musical celebration.