Listen To Older Voices : John Arthur Grant – Part 1


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listen to older voices : john arthur grant – part 1


 This is part 1 of a 4-part Baby Boomer special feature on the Life & Times of John Arthur Grant.

Born in Canberra ACT in 1953, his family had been in that area as early settlers prior to the City of Canberra even being built. Johns parents separated  when he was a young boy and as a result his mother was largely responsible for bringing him up.

Around the age of 3 he and his mother moved to Melbourne but being so young he adapted to the move effortlessly. Music would become a major part of Johns life and it was no wonder as music, particularly piano based music, was a feature of the family life and all the children learned to play in a classical style.

John becomes an accomplished pianist and seems destined for a life as a concert pianist but during his formative years popular music begins to be a feature of most young people’s lives in the late 50’s and early 60’s and John is not exempt.

listen to older voices : john arthur grant – part 1
John when he was School Captain at McLeod High School


While in High School he forms his first band and was determined that popular music would be his chosen career despite his both his mother and piano teachers expectations that he would become a concert pianist.



Click to hear – John Arthur Grant – Part 1Previous Listen To Older Voices Programs can be found in our archive, by clicking on one link or the other

2012 to 2016   

 –  2016 onward supermarkets put junk food on special twice as often as healthy food, and that’s a problem


[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.

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