A SIXTIES rock musician whose band had a hit banned by the BBC has died in Somerset.

Adrian Jeffery Morgan, of Glastonbury, and formerly of Wells and Bristol, was a member of Bristol-formed group The Cougars.

He passed away peacefully at Yeovil District Hospital on December 7 following a short illness. He was 80.

Adrian, who was born in Newport, was in The Cougars when they signed a recording contract with Parlophone in 1963.

Somerset County Gazette:

Rocking up the classical song Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, their hit single Saturday Nite at the Duck Pond gained chart fame when the BBC banned the record, which remained in the UK singles chart for eight weeks, peaking at number 33.

As a bass guitarist, music was the centre of Adrian’s life, with a series of show bands throughout the years, and mostly known for managing the Riverside Showband across the country for decades.

He was formerly a consultant engineer at EMI (Thales), Wells, where he began his career as an apprentice and later married Cynthia Ann Jones.

They lived in Wells and Glastonbury with their daughters, Maxine and Samantha.

Adrian worked at EMI for over 40 years, where he met his second wife of 26 years, Sharon Bale.

He is survived by Sharon, of Glastonbury, and daughters Maxine Trowbridge, of Dallas, Texas, Samantha Crowther and grandson Caleb Bertish, who live in St Gallen, Switzerland.

A funeral service was held at Sedgemoor Crematorium last Thursday (January 11).