News has travelled across the plains out of Narrabri that bossman Mr Tucker’s daughter has become a grandmother for the first time. The once wicked and wild only child of wealthy pastoralist David Tucker was popularised in Ian Moss’s debut solo single ‘Tucker’s Daughter’.
The song was a hit, peaking on the ARIA Singles Chart at No. 2 not long after its initial release, and it still receives semi-regular air play on classic radio stations across the country. The song successfully launched Moss as a solo artist, and he went on to also release the exceedingly popular tune ‘Telephone Booth’, ironically about a concept that today’s generation would have trouble comprehending.
Tucker’s Daughter, known to her friends as Laura, was reportedly unhappy about Moss’s hit song, claiming that it painted her in a poor light and suggested that she condoned slavery. While she admitted that she liked to sit in the shade with a cool lemonade in an attempt to stay out of the killer hot sun, she disputed the notion that she had been born with all she needed and struggled to connect to the farmhands employed by her father.
Small town whispers and innuendo caused by the release of the song eventually drove Laura out of her home town in the early 1990s, and she fled to Sydney where Mr Tucker set her up in a comfortable apartment in an affluent beachside suburb. She was never down on a dollar or two in Sydney where she embraced her relative anonymity, met a nice young man, got married, and started a family. Soon, her past as a semi-mythical temptress and spoilt daddy’s girl seemed like just a memory as she settled into family life and raised three young children.
And now one of those children has become a mother herself, making Laura McAlister (nee Tucker) the doting grandmother of one, with the promise of more to come.