Men at Work's Greg Ham Found Dead
Multi-instrumentalist Greg Ham, of the iconic Australian band Men at Work and most famous for the flute riff in the band's 1980 hit "Down Under," was found dead in his Melbourne home today. He was 58.
While famous for "Down Under," in recent years Ham came under scrutiny over the band being accused for stealing the riff from the children's campfire song "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree." A judge ruled in 2010 that the band had copied the melody and ordered the group to pay out a portion of its royalties.
The controversy devastated Ham in recent years. "It has destroyed so much of my song," he told Melbourne's The Age newspaper. "It will be the way the song is remembered, and I hate that. I'm terribly disappointed that that's the way I'm going to be remembered - for copying something."
See the music video for "Down Under" below.