Marcus Hook Roll Band

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Marcus Hook Roll Band
OriginSydney, Australia
GenresHard rock, boogie rock, blues rock, Australian pub rock
Years active1972–1974
LabelsEMI, Albert
Associated actsAC/DC, The Easybeats, Flash and the Pan
Past membersHarry Vanda
George Young
Malcolm Young
Angus Young
Alex Young
Ian Campbell
Freddie Smith
John Proud
Howard Casey

Marcus Hook Roll Band were an Australian rock group formed by Harry Vanda and George Young. The group is noted for featuring Malcolm Young and Angus Young prior to forming AC/DC.


Marcus Hook Roll Band featured George Young (vocals, guitar, piano, bass), Harry Vanda (lead guitar, vocals), Alex Young (saxophone), Angus Young (guitar), Malcolm Young (guitar), Freddie Smith (drums), Ian Campbell (bass), John Proud (drums), and Howard Casey (saxophone). The project released one record, Tales of Old Grand Daddy (1973), which was issued only in Australia (EMI), although a variation would later be released in the U.S. on Capitol's "green label" budget series (#SN-11991) in the wake of Vanda and Young's Flash And The Pan album. They also released three singles, the first being "Natural Man"/"Boogalooing Is For Wooing", followed by "Louisiana Lady"/"Hoochie Coochie Har Kau (Lee Ho's Blues)", and "Can't Stand the Heat"/"Moonshine Blues".

Tales of Old Grand Daddy was re-released on 2 June 2014, on CD and vinyl.[1]


Title Label Notes
Tales of Old Grand Daddy EMI Original LP edition
Marcus Hook Roll Band Featuring Harry Vanda and George Young Capitol United States Issue
Full File Albert Productions Contains all of the MHRB output
Tales of Old Grand Daddy (CD) Albert Productions CD reissue adding "Louisiana Lady" and a mono demo version of "Natural Man", but omitting all three B sides
Tales of Old Grand-Daddy (CD/Vinyl/Digital) Parlophone 2014 reissue containing the complete Australian album; the CD and digital versions also add two unreleased tracks, "One Of These Days" and "Ride Baby Ride", the B-side "Moonshine Blues", and the two A-sides, "Natural Man" (the stereo single version) and "Louisiana Lady". NOTE: The Japanese CD adds the two remaining B-sides, "Boogalooing Is For Wooing" and "Hoochie Coochie Har Kau (Lee Ho's Blues)".


All three singles were recorded in England and produced by Wally Allen (The Pretty Things), save for "Can't Stand The Heat" which was taken from the Australian album.

Title Label
Natural 8Man*/ Boogalooing is for Wooing Regal Zonophone
Louisiana Lady/ Hoochie Koochie Har Kau Regal Zonophone
Can't Stand the Heat/ Moonshine Blues EMI
  • "Natural Man" contains elements of the AC/DC songs "Soul Stripper" and "Live Wire". The track "Soul Stripper" was later released on High Voltage (Australian album) (1975), and the track "Live Wire" was later released on T.N.T. (1975) and High Voltage (1976) respectively.
  • "Quick Reaction" contains elements of the AC/DC song "T.N.T.", later released on T.N.T. (1975).