2012 – Greg Ham, a member of the Australian band Men at Work whose saxophone and flute punctuated its smash 1980s hits, was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday. He had hits such as ‘Who can it be now’ and ‘Land down under.’ It is currently unknown what the cause of the death was from, but his bandmates claimed he had not been the same since 2010 when a court ruled that his famous flute riff in the song ‘Land down Under’ was stolen from a famous Campfire fold song.
The Recording Academy® Statement on Greg Ham
April 19, 2012
GRAMMY®-winning artist and Men at Work group member Greg Ham was a multi-talented musician and songwriter who played many instruments including flute, saxophone, piano and organ. His playing style made a distinctive mark on the group’s hits, helping them to become one of the success stories of the new wave era and Best New Artist GRAMMY Award® recipients in 1982. Our deepest sympathies extend to his family, friends, and fans worldwide, who will continue to enjoy his work as part of musical history.
The Recording Academy