Malcolm “Molly” Duncan was a Scottish tenor saxophonist, best known as a founding member of the Average White Band. Born on April 23, 1945, in Montrose, Scotland, Duncan started playing music at a young age, inspired by his father’s love of jazz. He initially played the clarinet before switching to the saxophone.
In the 1960s, Duncan moved to London and began playing in various bands. It was there that he met fellow musicians who would eventually form the Average White Band. Duncan was known for his soulful playing style, and his contributions were a crucial part of the band’s sound.
The Average White Band gained fame in the 1970s with hits like “Pick Up the Pieces” and “Cut the Cake.” Duncan’s saxophone solos were a standout feature of the band’s recordings and live performances. He also contributed to the band’s songwriting, co-writing several of their hits.
After leaving the Average White Band in the early 1980s, Duncan continued to play music and recorded several solo albums. He also worked as a session musician, playing with artists like Ray Charles, Tom Petty, and Eric Clapton.
Duncan’s legacy as a saxophonist and founding member of the Average White Band has influenced generations of musicians. He passed away on October 7, 2019, after a battle with cancer. His contributions to soul and funk music will always be remembered.
Page last updated 4/8/2023.