listen to older voices : mike rudd – part 2

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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.

listen to older voices : mike rudd – part 2 This is the second part of a 4-part program featuring the Life and Times story of Mike Rudd.

In this program we learn how on arriving in Australia in 1966, Mike quickly hooked up with Ross Wilson. At this time Wilson was fronting his group Party Machine and Mike joined as its bass player.

listen to older voices : mike rudd – part 2

But fate saw the demise of that group when Wilson headed for the UK.  So Mike was forced to form his own group.  It was at this time he connected with Bill Putt, who would become both his closest friend and his music compatriot.

This was a relationship that spanned many decades until Bill’s death in 2013.

We learn how the iconic group Spectrum came into being.

listen to older voices : mike rudd – part 2

In listening to this story Mike shares  how the universally known and loved “I’ll Be Gone” track set him and Spectrum up for a long career.

listen to older voices : mike rudd – part 2
Spectrum with Ray Arnott – extreme right hand side

We also learn how the changing nature of the music scene in the 1970’s forced Mike to form the spin-off Murtceps.

The stories come thick and fast and a lot of gaps, in what we know of the history of Mike Rudd, begin to get filled.


Click to hear – Mike Rudd – 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]