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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.

Listen To Older Voices : Mick Elliott – Part 2
Mick Elliot [right] with vocalist “Snowy” Townshend – circa 1976

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

Rob Greaves

I have been with the Toorak Times since April 2012. I worked as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times until 2023, when I retired. I now work as a special features contributor for both the Toorak Times and Tagg. I've been in the Australian music scene as a musician since 1964, and have worked in radio and TV and newspapers (when they were actually printed on paper) as well as working in the film industry, as the Film Unit manager on Homicide for several years. I also have extensive experience in audio production and editing.

Rob Greaves
Rob Greaves
I have been with the Toorak Times since April 2012. I worked as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times until 2023, when I retired. I now work as a special features contributor for both the Toorak Times and Tagg. I've been in the Australian music scene as a musician since 1964, and have worked in radio and TV and newspapers (when they were actually printed on paper) as well as working in the film industry, as the Film Unit manager on Homicide for several years. I also have extensive experience in audio production and editing.
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