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Vale Chris Bailey of The Saints

Story Published Monday 11 April 2022
Chris Bailey (photo by Benoit Fatou)

APRA AMCOS member Chris Bailey, the influential songwriter and frontman of legendary band The Saints, has passed away at age 64.

We are saddened to hear that Chris Bailey, one of rock music's most original songwriters and singers has died. The frontman of Brisbane band The Saints joined APRA AMCOS in 1977, not long after the release of the band's debut single '(I'm) Stranded', which is regarded as one of punk's earliest and most influential singles.

The song, co-written with bandmate Ed Kuepper, was included on the APRA Top 30 Australian Songs list, unveiled for APRA's 75th Anniversary in 2001. Chris' extensive songwriting catalogue included 'Know Your Product', 'The Perfect Day' and 'Just Like Fire Would' to name but a few.

APRA Board Writer Director and songwriter Mark Callaghan paid tribute:

"Chris Bailey was one of Australia’s greatest songwriters - a poet and raconteur whose songs have stood the test of time and come to define an era in Australian music.

"With The Saints, Chris inspired a generation of bands, mine included. His wit was razor sharp, his lyrics insightful and his melodies sublime. His songs, like Chris himself, were unique.

"I admired him greatly.

On behalf of the APRA board I send all our love and best wishes to Chris’ family and friends. Thank you Chris, your music will live on. Rest in peace."

APRA AMCOS Nashville Member Relations Rep Mark Moffatt shared, "In June 1976 we went into Window studio in Brisbane together and captured lightning in a bottle with '(I'm) Stranded'. It changed both our lives and still stands the test of time as one of the all time great Australian records."

We extend our condolences to Chris' family, friends, bandmates and fans.

The Saints - (I'm) Stranded