Sherbet Guitarist Clive Shakespeare Passes Away From Cancer


Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Clive Shakespeare, who was the original guitarist for Australian band Sherbet, has passed away from cancer. He was 62.

Clive was born in Southampton, UK on June 3, 1949.

In April, 1969 he co-founded a completely different line-up of Sherbet and within less than a year recruited Daryl Braithwaite initially to share vocals with Dennis Laughlin, but Dennis left a few months later and Daryl became the sole lead singer.

Over the next 12 months drummer Danny Taylor left and was replaced by Alan Sandow, Sam See departed to be replaced by Garth Porter and Doug Rea was replaced by Bruce Worrall who was replaced in 1972 by Tony Mitchell.

Clive co-wrote the Sherbet hits Cassandra, You’ve Got The Gun, Life, Only One You, Slipstream and Silvery Moon.

He performed on the first four Sherbet albums but left the band in 1975 to be replaced by Harvey James, who passed away on January 15, 2011.

The group had a long string of hits in Australia but only cracked the U.S. Hot 100 twice with Howzat (1976) and I Have the Skill (1980, as the Sherbs). Both peaked at number 61.

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