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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Listen To Older Voices: Simon Rashleigh – Part 1



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

listen to older voices: simon rashleigh – part 1
A very young Simon with his father – [CLICK to enlarge]


Welcome to part one of a 4-part program on the Life and Times of Baby Boomer – Simon Rashleigh.


Born into the 1950’s, the same decade that Rock ‘n’ Roll was born, Simon would realise by the time he was a teenager that music would form an integral part of the rest of his life.

His story commences from his earliest memories, of moving into the then almost semi-rural area of Ferntree Gully where he watched houses and estates being built around him.

Simon talks about his education, which consisted largely of attending local schools until the opportunity to go to a more prestigious private school came along. This was a move he embraced as his learning accelerated and his exposure to this learning just increased his desire for a higher education pathway to university.

However the family circumstances changed and Simon found himself in Ferntree Gully Technical school after which, he took up an apprenticeship in staircase making, an apprenticeship that was short lived.  So it is we learn how this abrupt end to his staircase making career led to him working in a local music shop,

All of this leads to discussions of Simon forming and fronting local bands as a vocalist.

listen to older voices: simon rashleigh – part 1
Simon in his first band-Thunder (1976) – [CLICK to enlarge]


We learn how all this in turn, set a foundation for a career that would eventually cover almost all aspects of the Australian music business.

listen to older voices: simon rashleigh – part 1
Another of Simon’s early bands – Illustration in it’s very early days. Simon in Silver-blue – [CLICK to enlarge]

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 

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 work as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times, but I also think of myself as senior contributor. 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 paper ), serious experience in audio editing, and a lot of video editing experience. Currently I'm working as a radio program producer for a national interview program as well as my work with the Toorak Times