Listen To Older Voices : Mick Elliott – Part 3

Image of Mick Elliott with Mike Rudd and Darrell Roberts Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program 
produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through 
the Toorak Times and Tagg.
 

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

In the final program of the story of Baby Boomer Mick Elliott, Mick continues his stories of his music experiences and shares his thoughts on both the past and current state of Australian music, as well as on a range of social issues. His stories of his many trips to the northern territory, a place that has captured Mick’s heart, are stories of his music and his love of playing and he reminds us just how much our indigenous Australians enjoy live music.

Image of Mick [Centre bottom] with Mike Rudd [Left] & Darrell Roberts Right]
Mick [Centre bottom] with Mike Rudd [Left] & Darrell Roberts Right]

Mick is an unassuming man, his friends understand that often he is a man with few words, but a man who let’s his guitar do his talking. Now rapidly playing into his seventieth year, his playing in groups is becoming less frequent as he is largely retired but for the lucky ones, he can still be heard playing from time to time. He now supplements his income-teaching guitar while looking forward to the time when he can move permanently to the Northern territory and see out his final years there.

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Listen To Older Voices : Mick Elliott – Part 2

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced  
by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through 
the Toorak Times and Tagg.

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

In this, the second part of his story, Mick Elliott talks about some of the great bands he has had the pleasure of playing lead guitar in, including the fabulous Wild Beaver Band that was one of the hottest bands around Melbourne in the early 1970’s. We learn how the group became the support act for the legendary J.J. Cale and how a throw-away line directed to the band, led to them writing a great song with that single comment by J.J. Cale becoming its title. What was the line and what was the song? Well, you will have to listen!

Mick’s life is punctuated with non-music based jobs as the vagaries of the Australian music scene create many highs and lows which created the necessity to earn a living outside the music industry. He relates how the many gigs at Melbourne’s number one hotel for music – the notorious Station Hotel, led to many wonderful opportunities including being in Bo Diddley’s backing band during Bo’s tour of Australia.

Mick Elliot [right] with vocalist “Snowy” Townshend – circa 1976

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Listen To Older Voices : The Life and Times of Mick Elliott – Part 1

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced 
by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through 
the Toorak Times and Tagg.
Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

We present another Baby Boomers special program this one featuring the story of Mick Elliott presented 3-parts. This is the first part of a 3-part program featuring the Life and Times of Mick Elliott. Mick was another Baby Boomer who was bitten by the “music bug” at a young age and who went on to make a successful career as a professional musician. Over the three parts to his story we will follow Mick’s story from his early years. His first band that was formed in 1964 and we listen and learn how over the years he became part of some iconic groups such as Syd Rumpo, Southern Cross, the Wild beaver Band, Stars and many more.
 
We will also hear the stories of how he and his guitar came to support such music legends as J.J. Cale and Bo Diddley. Yet for all his success Mick is an unassuming Aussie who never shirked from working hard in jobs outside the music industry when times demanded and, he is not just admired by audiences for his guitar work, but by his peers.
 
Mick – circa 1964
 

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Listen To Older Voices : Elaine McGavin – Part 2

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by
Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times & Tagg.
Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.
This is another wonderful Golden Moment Repeat program, where we have dipped into our vault of treasured memories and retrieved a story from the archives that we believe deserves being repeated for those who may have missed it the first time. The story of Elaine McGavin was first aired in November of 2007. 
Continuing her fascinating stories, which are punctuated by an easy sense of humor, we learn of her life with husband Ron and other employment, which included working in what was one of Melbourne’s most iconic and well know bookshops – the Theosophical Bookshop. Elaine also talks about her work as the secretary to the Chief Health Surveyor in the City of Hawthorn.
Finally Elaine also shares tales of her trip to Thailand. Her life is full of activity and stories including one involving Bert Newton. Listen to the stories of a woman who has lived a rich life to its fullest.

 

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[Listen To Older Voices is a Uniting Melba program and receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program]

Listen To Older Voices : Elaine McGavin – Part 1

 
Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves
for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg.

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is another wonderful Golden Moment Repeat program, where we have dipped into our vault of treasured memories and retrieved a story from the archives that we believe deserves being repeated for those who may have missed it the first time. The story of Elaine McGavin was first aired in November of 2007. 
Welcome to part 1 of a 2-part program featuring Elaine McGavin. Elaine was 72 years of age when interviewed in September of 2007. She takes us on a journey starting from what are amazing recollections of her life at only 18 months old. As a teen she played in the Victorian Junior netball squad, a game she continued to play even after having children.
She is a wonderfully warm person with a great sense of humor. Elaine speaks at length of the closeness of her family and the things they did together. Her life is full of great events and some surprises, including having a famous musical brother, Athol Guy, who was a member of what was probably Australia’s greatest trio the Seekers.

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[Listen To Older Voices is a Uniting Melba program and receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program]

Listen To Older Voices : Chris Stockley – Part 4

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced 
by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times
and Tagg.
Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is a Baby Boomers Special program.
This is the final program in the 4-part series of the incredibly talented, English born Chris Stockely. It is the story of a man who migrated to Australia in the early 1960’s as a young teen and carved out a remarkable career in some of our most noteworthy music groups. In this program Chris tells the story of how the time came when he had to focus his career on writing his own material and how this led to his recent, and first solo album – Pale New Sun.

However during this program, we divert from music and learn about Chris and his wife Jenny’s move into the world of location catering for films. But, there’s more! Chris shares his thoughts on a range of social issues, which in turn helps us, the listener, understand even more about this man who is certainly at seventy years of age not ready to go quietly into retirement.

Chris on the cover of his CD – Pale New Sun
 
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[Listen To Older Voices is a Uniting Melba program and receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program]

Listen To Older Voices : Chris Stockley – Part 3

  Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced 
by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the 
Toorak Times and Tagg.

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is a Baby Boomers special program.

In part 3 of the Life and Times of Chris Stockley, we spend much of the program peeling back the layers of the development and history of one of Australia’s most iconic groups of the 1970’s – The Dingoes, of which Chris was an important part. The group amassed an amazing live following and released some amazing music on albums, further helping Chris develop not only his guitar licks but also his song writing.

Chris holds little back as we follow the story of the Dingoes success and their tour of the USA where fame beckoned. Then, just as their music was about to explode and their tour to take them onto major stages, it all imploded!

This was a dark time for Chris and he hides little as he talks about what happened and how he was “invited” to leave the band. However, out of this “disaster” further opportunities arose, as we will hear from Chris.



Chris on guitar with Broderick Smith, fronting the Dingoes

 

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[Listen To Older Voices is a Uniting Melba program and receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program]

Listen To Older Voices : Chris Stockley – Part 2

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices,  
a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and 
podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg.
Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is another Baby Boomers special program featuring the story of Chris Stockley presented 4-parts. We pick up in Part 2 of the story of Chris Stockley, who realizing the Melbourne and indeed the Australian music and cultural scene was years behind Britain, is at first dismayed but then sees an opportunity to fulfill his music desires. So he forms his first duo which mutates into his first band – The Roadrunners. Chris’ story takes us through a journey of the embryonic Melbourne music scene as seen through the eyes of this gifted and somewhat musically besotted teenager.

Eventually Chris joins his first professional group – Cam-pact, and the band has some success even though most of their recordings were covers of American soul music. Now although the group tinkered with writing their own music it became obvious that Cam-pact would not fully meet Chris’ musical needs. However he was receiving recognition among his peers as a talented musician and he was invited to join the legendary Brian Cadd and Glenn Shorrock in the amazing group – Axiom.
 

We learn how the group, at its height of popularity, travelled to work and record in the UK and, flopped! Chris candidly shares the stories and reasons behind this unexpected and disastrous failure.

Cam-pact [Left to right: Mark Barnes, Chris Stockley, Keith Glass, John Pugh and Robert Lloyd]

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[Listen To Older Voices is a Uniting Melba program and receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program]

 

Listen To Older Voices : Chris Stockley – Part 1

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices,  
a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast 
through the Toorak Times and Tagg.
Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is another Baby Boomers special program featuring the story of Chris Stockley presented 4-parts. Born in the UK in 1948, we learn about Chris and his family included his grandparents. Chris became enamored with music at a young age developing a love for Rock ‘n’ Roll but a passion for the Blues. He was 14 when the British new music scene exploded around him.

We follow the story of a somewhat distressed Chris as he was uprooted when his parents migrate to Australia in the early 1960’s, just as it was all “happening” musically around him in the UK. We learn of the misgivings the family had when they arrived in Melbourne and about Chris’ dismay at the music scene he found on his arrival. However, Chris connects with another young man who had a similar taste in music and all of a sudden life isn’t so bad and he sets out to start his first band.

Chris circa early 1965 [Authors collection]

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Listen To Older Voices : Wyn Wilson – Part 2

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, 
a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba 
and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg.
Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is another wonderful Golden Moment Repeat program, where we have dipped into our vault of treasured memories and retrieved a story from the archives that we believe deserves being repeated for those who may have missed it the first time. The story of Wyn Wilson was first aired in October 2004 when I sat down with the then 77-year old Wyn.
This is the second and final part of the story of Wyn Wilson. Having been born and bought up in South Africa during its height of apartheid, Wyn is in a prime position to talk about why this terrible social and racial separation occurred and why it was so wrong. Although now consigned to history, it is an engrossing experience to hear from the mouth of an educated white woman who witnessed so much of this terrible tragedy – and it reminds us why we should guard against similar separateness today.

We are also totally entranced by the story of the horrific story of the trials and traumas she and her husband had in getting out of South Africa before happily making Australia their new home.

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[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through 
the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]