Bob Spencer

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Bob Spencer (born 5 September 1957) is a guitarist who was in two significant Australian rock bands in the 1970s and 1980s, Skyhooks and The Angels.


Spencer grew up in Sydney's south-eastern suburbs and attended Our Lady of Annunciation Primary School, at Pagewood, New South Wales from 1963 to 1965 and Marist Brothers, at Daceyville from 1966 to 1969. He performed for an hour at his primary school graduation concert in 1969[citation needed]. In 1970 he started high school at Marist Brothers Pageweood (now called Marist College) and was a founding member of the rock band Finch in 1973[1][2] while attending Marist Brothers College. He did his HSC in 1975.

He left Finch to replace Red Symons in Skyhooks in 1977[1][3] and in 1986 joined The Angels. He remained with the band until 1992.[2]

Other bands in which he played include Mystery Band (1980–82), Fandango (1981), Honeymoon and Young Lions (1984) Black Cat Moan (1989–90), the Puppy Bashers (1991) and the Temple Gods (1992–93).[2]

He lives in Melbourne where he is active in his band Raw Brit playing covers from the 1960s and 1970s, originally made famous by English rock bands such as Cream, Free, Deep Purple and Slade. He is also a coach for professional bands as well as helping more mature amateurs as part of the Weekend Warriors programme.[4]

In August 2013, Spencer revealed on his Facebook page that he had been diagnosed with cancer, but confirmed that it was not life-threatening. [5]


  1. ^ a b McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. 
  2. ^ a b c Spencer, Chris; Zbig Nowara (1993). Who's Who of Australian Rock. Five Mile Press. ISBN 0-86788-668-4. 
  3. ^ "Mushroom: 25 Years of Oz Rock", by Christie Eliezer, Sunday Herald Sun, 8 November 1998.
  4. ^ Herald Sun, 22 September 2006, "Fretting over middle age" by Holly Ife
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