Queensland Mourns 70s Rock Trailblazer Carol Lloyd


Carol Lloyd, the voice of iconic 1970s Queensland band Railroad Gin and one of Australia’s first rock chicks, has died in a Brisbane hospital after a lengthy battle with lung disease.

Lloyd battled pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lung, since 2013.

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The 68-year-old passed away on Monday surrounded by family and holding partner Annie’s hand.

Her manager Troy Armstrong tweeted the news of her passing.

“It’s with great sadness to tell the world, @CarolRockChick has died peacefully today in the care of the Wesley Hospital. All my love angel.”

Previously, Lloyd was the frontwoman of rock band Railroad Gin, best known for their hit ‘A Matter Of Time’.

She later toured with her own band.

A Matter of Time – Railroad Gin Live

Armstrong told Fairfax Media that Lloyd will be remembered as a true musical pioneer.

“That ’70s rock era was definitely a bloke’s world. Remember this was era before Chrissy Amphlett; so she was a pioneer, a real trailblazer,” he said.

Brisbane musician Katie Noonan, a close friend of Carol’s and who last year organised the Ruby Tuesday benefit concert to raise money to pay her medical expenses, wrote on Instagram: “Rest In Peace Carol Lloyd. A pioneering badass legend who paved the way for so many women like myself in the music industry.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Lloyd was a family friend and was “warm, funny and inspirational.”

“Carol was a trailblazer in rock’n’roll and she was passionate about encouraging the next generation of musicians,” she said.

The inaugural Carol Lloyd Award, announced last October, will be presented to an emerging female singer-songwriter at the Queensland Music Festival in May.

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