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.
Click to hear Mick Elliott – Part 2