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29 January - "Molly" Meldrum, The music guru.

Unread postby Max ADU » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:24 pm

Australian Birthday Today - Ian Alexander "Molly" Meldrum AM, born 29 January 1943, Orbost, Victoria, is an Australian popular music critic, journalist, record producer and musical entrepreneur.


    Molly grew up largely with one of his grandmothers in Quambatook where he attended the local school alongside future country music artist John Williamson. He also stayed with a number of aunts.

    He was the talent co-ordinator, on-air interviewer and music news presenter on the former popular music program Countdown (1974–1987) and is widely recognised for his trademark Stetson hat, which he has regularly worn in public since the 1980s (it is commonly mistaken for an Akubra).

    Go-Set was a weekly pop music newspaper started in February 1966 where Meldrum cover and written many facets of the local scene; his gossip columns informed not only general readers but also other musicians. His gossip columns' writing style tended to be "freeform ramblings, always in the first person, and nearly always concerning aspects of the music scene with which he had been involved"

    In 1974, Shrimpton and Weekes were meeting at the Botanical Hotel in South Yarra, formulating the concept for a new weekly pop music show aimed at the teenage market and decided they needed a talent scout; Meldrum walked in and was given the job. The trio approached the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), with their idea based on the British show Top of the Pops and on Kommotion.

    Countdown premiered on 8 November, with Meldrum as the show's talent coordinator.

    The advent of colour TV also coincided with a major change in the direction of Australian popular music, and it was vital in making national successes of bands such as Skyhooks and Sherbet. The series is credited with giving early exposure to, and generating breakthrough Australian hits for, a number of major international acts including ABBA, Meat Loaf, Blondie, Boz Scaggs, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and Michael Jackson, sometimes years before they became international stars.

    After Countdown finished its run, Meldrum and Amanda Pelman, Mushroom Records executive, formed the Body Beat and Melodianlabels, and signed Peter Andre, Jo Beth Taylor and Indecent Obsession and presented a regular music segment, titled "Molly's Melodrama", for the popular Australian variety show, Hey Hey It's Saturday from 1988.

    On 15 December 2011, Meldrum had a life-threatening fall from a ladder in the backyard of his Melbourne home. He was placed under intensive care in a critical condition at the Alfred Hospital and had surgery for his head and spinal injuries. As well as the head injuries, Meldrum had a broken shoulder, broken ribs, a punctured lung and cracked vertebrae

    Still going strong... A few months after the accident in 2012, Meldrum interviewed British pop singer Elton John and American pop singer Katy Perry.

    On 15 April 2012, at the annual Logie Awards, Meldrum was inducted into the Logie's hall of fame.

    In a recorded segment Elton John described him as the single most important influence in Australian pop music.

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Re: 29th January - "Molly" The music guru.

Unread postby GregW » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:24 am

Like Grahame Kennedy Molly is another Australian Icon. Thanks also taking to time to find interesting videos.
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