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

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.

Welcome to the second of a 3-part program on the life and times of 76 year old Stan Azzopardi. We learn more about his group, the Premiers, and the fact that there were two versions, the first in the late 1950’s, and the second in the late 1960’s.

The Premiers Version 1. Stan front right.

Stan talks about Betty McQuade, who fronted the Premiers and who would go on to have a monster hit in the 1960’s with a cover of John D. Loudermilk’s track, Midnight Bus in 1961. Stan goes on to talk about how he established a career in recording, even while continuing on being an active musician both in groups and in duo’s.

Expanded Premiers – with Betty McQuade and Stan, right rear

His story of his meeting with legendary Melbourne DJ, Stan (The Man) Rolf is wonderful. Stan Azzopardi reminds us of how Stan ruled the airwaves in the 1950’s, ‘60’s and into the 70’s and how he was responsible for helping in developing and promoting the careers of many talented Australian artists. It makes for fascinating listening.

The Premiers – Version 2. Stan is on the left

We also learn of how he met and married Mary, who would become his life-long partner, in a marriage that has lasted many decades and is still as strong as ever, today.

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]