RIP Malcolm "Molly" Duncan of Average White Band

Scottish funk group the Average White Band performing on stage, 7th June 1976. Left to right: Hamish Stuart, Roger Ball, Malcolm Duncan and Alan Gorrie.
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Malcolm "Molly Duncan, a founding member of legendary Scottish group Average White Band has died at the age of 74. The saxophonist had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

The somber news was shared by Average White Band on the group's Facebook page:

"We are saddened to learn of the passing of our old friend and tenor player, Molly Duncan. He had a recent bout with cancer, and so one half of the 'Dundee Horns' is with us no more. His was the world famous sax solo on 'Pick Up The Pieces,' but apart from that, he was one of the funniest and most charming people you could ever meet. He was a founding member of the band - also from Dundee Art College, as are Roger Ball and Alan Gorrie - and will be sorely missed. His son, Dan, was with him at the end, and our condolences are with him and other family members."

The Scottish funk/R&B outfit debuted in 1973 with the album, Show Your Hand, breaking out big across America the following year with AWB, which hit No. 1 on the album charts. The single "Pick Up the Pieces" would follow suit, topping the Hot 100.

The band continued to produce hits into the early '80s, making records and touring with a shifting lineup that still performs.

In 2016, Duncan reunited with former Average White Band members Steve Ferrone and Hamish Stuart to form a new group, The 360 Band. They have one full-length, Three Sixty, released in 2017.

 

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