Average White Band saxophonist ‘Molly’ Duncan dies 

Duncan and his bandmate Roger Ball were known as the Dundee Horns after meeting in the city.

 'Molly' Duncan was a founding member of the band. <strong>Average White Band</strong>
'Molly' Duncan was a founding member of the band. Average White Band

A founding member of the Scottish funk and R&B act Average White Band has died after being diagnosed with cancer.

Malcolm ‘Molly’ Duncan, who was born in Montrose, played saxophone in the group, including on their US chart-topper Pick Up The Pieces.

The soul and funk band, formed in 1972, gained worldwide success including a number one album in the US.

Duncan and his bandmate Roger Ball were known as the Dundee Horns, having both attended art college in the city.

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The band paid tribute to Duncan on their Facebook page, saying he was “one of the funniest and most charming people you could ever meet”.

They posted: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of our old friend and tenor player, Molly Duncan.

“He had a recent bout with cancer, and so one half of the ‘Dundee Horns’ is with us no more.

“His was the world-famous sax solo on Pick Up The Pieces, but apart from that he was one of the funniest and most charming people you could ever meet.

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“He was a founding member of the band – also from Dundee Art College, as are Roger Ball and Alan Gorrie – and will be sorely missed.

“His son, Dan, was with him at the end, and our condolences are with him and other family members.”


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