Peter Hood, drummer for Australian surf rock band The Atlantics, has died aged 72

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Peter Hood, founding member of Australian surf rock group The Atlantics, has died after a long illness.

Peter, the drummer for The Atlantics, was co-founder of the group in Sydney in 1961 with bassist Bosco Bosanac, Theo Penglis on lead and rhythm guitar and guitarist Eddy Matzenik.

‘Bombora’, the Atlantics’ biggest hit, was a No.1 song in Australia in 1963 and reached No.2 in Italy.

Another single ‘The Crusher’ reached number 4 in Australia.

In a statement, the current members of The Atlantics announced:

It is with a saddened heart that we announce the passing of our dear friend and Atlantics drummer, Peter Hood.

Peter died at 11:10 am this morning, Wednesday September 22, 2021 in Robina on the Gold Coast. Peter, who had been seriously ill for some time and was being treated by a professional, lost his battle with the disease and passed away peacefully with Carol, his wife for over 50 years by his side.

He was also closely followed by family members and longtime friend and band member Jim Skiathitis.

Peter will be cremated and a memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in the Gold Coast on a date to be announced / advised.

The atlantics
Jim Skiathitis, Bosco Bosanac, Martin Cilia & Theo Penglis

The Atlantics were Australia’s first internationally recognized group. During the 60s the band resisted many new styles of music, first from the British invasion with the Beatles and Stones around 1963 and 1964 to the Metal Age in the 60s with Deep Purple, Hendrix, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

In 1970, the Atlantics ceased touring. Hood launched the Atlantic studio in Sydney. The group reformed between 1986 and 1988 then regularly with the new guitarist Martin Cilia.

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