Hundreds said goodbye to Queensland’s own Ruby Tuesday, pioneering rock chick Carol Lloyd, at her funeral service in Brisbane on Monday.
The 68-year-old passed away last week after a lengthy battle with lung disease, surrounded by family and holding partner Annie’s hand.
Also Family, friends, politicians and artists gathered at Brisbane’s St John’s Cathedral.
They payed tribute to the trailblazing Queensland star, the frontwoman of 1970s Queensland rock band Railroad Gin.
Gin, best known for hits “A Matter of Time” and their cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday”.
Close friend Bob Blasdall recalled Carol’s amazing stage presence and her:
“two piercing green eyes that blazed with an intense passion and power” in his eulogy.
“The wild woman of rock became the first female singer-songwriter in Australia to gatecrash the testosterone-charged boy’s club that fronted successful bands,” he said.
“This was all years before those who followed, like Suzi Quatro, the American rock icon.
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“Carol owned the stage as she created her rebellious look and raw, gutsy style.
“She was a restless warrior of the art world, warrior of the words and a wonderful warrior of song.”
Musician Troy Cassar-Daley also paid tribute to Carol as a fearless trailblazer.
“There were so many barriers when she came along on the scene that everyone thought rock ‘n’ roll had to be a male-dominated area,” he said.
“Carol came in and booted the door in, and showed everyone that a girl can do it too.”
Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk said Carol Lloyd was a family friend and she was proud to support the inaugural Carol Lloyd Award, given to an emerging local female singer-songwriter at the Queensland Music Awards in May.
“Farewell Ruby Tuesday, goodbye my friend,” she said.
“A great Queenslander, you loved your family and you loved your friends and your memory will always live on.”