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

Welcome to the penultimate program in the Life and Times story of David Flint.

David hides nothing as he shares stories freely about the Melbourne music scene in the mid to late 60’s through into the 70’s, including some stories never told before. We listen in amazement as he explains how many other Melbourne disco’s of the day came into being, all based upon the success of the Thumping Tum.

An example of the beautifully design Thumping Tum Promo posters

 

But with success comes the darker side of the industry, the stand-over merchants and the criminal element of Melbourne, where it got to the point where his own bouncers wouldn’t let him leave the Tum without an escort, and it wasn’t only the criminals that sought him out, but elements of the police.

The “Thumpin’ Tum Family” [David – 3rd from the right in the rear]

 

We learn of the little known story of how the Tum came to be sold in 1970, only to fold within a year. David was off on fresh adventures dipping his toe outside the entertainment business for a brief time, only to return to return for a short stint managing the Garrison disco in Toorak.

He become an artist manager looking after both solo artists such as Hans Poulson and Bob Bright and groups, such as the popular Cam-pact, before then opening one of Melbourne’s first bio-dynamic restaurants in the Dandenongs’.

Previous Listen To Older Voices Programs can be found in our archive, by clicking on one link or the other

2012 to 2016   

 –  2016 onward 

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