listen to older voices : laurie arthur – part 2


listen to older voices : laurie arthur – part 2

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 the second part of the story of Laurie Allen. We learn a lot more about Laurie’s love and commitment for music. His story includes how he built a bass guitar to become the bass player in a well known group of the 1950’s – the Planets

Along with the Thunderbirds they were a top Melbourne group in that cross-over from the 1950’s to the 1960’s. But Laurie had bigger ideas than simply being a bass player in someone else’s group.  He went on in the early 1960’s to form and play lead guitar in the brilliant group – the Strangers.

listen to older voices : laurie arthur – part 2
The early Strangers – Left to right: Peter Robinson, Fred Wieland, Laurie Arthur and Graeme “Garth” Thompson [bottom]
Laurie totally dedicated himself and his music abilities to making The Strangers the best band they could be. In fact not only was he the group leader, he also managed the group. 

In fact The Strangers dominate the music scene commanding fees from dance promoters that other groups could only dream about.

Another of Laurie’s groups – The Laurie Arthur Four backing Terry Dean – circa 1965. [Laurie 3rd from the right]

Click to hear – Laurie Arthur Part 2


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]