We Remember Wa Wa Nee Star Paul Gray
The Aussie music industry and anyone who grew up watching Countdown during the 80's was saddened by the news of the passing of Wa Wa Nee's lead singer Paul Gray.
54-year-old Gray died on Tuesday of multiple myeloma, with his brother and fellow band member Mark confirming the news in a statement.
"It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that we announce that Paul Gray passed away peacefully,"
"We would like to thank all the doctors, hospital staff, relatives, friends and fans for the overwhelming support given to Paul and our family while he heroically battled multiple myeloma."
Wa Wa Nee formed in 1982 and had a big hit with their debut single Stimulation, which peaked at number two in the Australian singles chart in 1986.
The band also charted in the United States with the song Sugar Free before breaking up in 1989.
I am heartbroken to share the news that Paul Gray passed away last night. He was one of the loveliest blokes in the industry. He was a great friend and musician. I will miss him terribly. He loved his family. He worked every gig he could for them.— David Campbell (@DavidCampbell73) April 24, 2018
“Love ya pal” pic.twitter.com/ymlv9e5sKJ
Many years ago, #PaulGray from #WaWaNee heard me singing in a kitchen, and that's how my musical journey began. I woke this morning to read he had passed over. Thank you Francis... Love Sharon.. Say hi to my gran for me x pic.twitter.com/dpsxpWSf4v— **DENI HINES** (@DeniHines1) April 25, 2018
Very sad to hear the news that Paul Gray from Wa Wa Nee has died. He was a lovely fella. When I asked him to partake in living out my teenage fantasy to sing with him he was a very good sport too. Vale Paul. https://t.co/rh8AvioPms— Myf Warhurst (@MyfWarhurst) April 25, 2018
Devastated to hear of the passing of Paul gray. Had the great honor of touring and playing with Paul in Australia. My thoughts are with his family. Thanks for the music pal. RIP pic.twitter.com/iyfMHgM8PU— Brian Mcfadden (@BrianMcFadden) April 25, 2018
The group re-formed in recent years playing events like the Countdown Spectacular and Pure Gold Live and also supported Rick Astley and The Human League on their Australian tours.
Gray also worked as a keyboard player, musical director, songwriter and producer with artists including Tina Arena, Kate Ceberano and Bardot.