Molly Meldrum has been a major influence in the Australian music industry for over five decades. He is best known as the creator and host of the long-running music show Countdown, which aired on ABC-TV from 1974 to 1987. For his work on the show, Meldrum was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on 26 November 2014.
Meldrum has also been a prominent figure in the Australian music scene, having interviewed countless Australian and international music acts, including The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Queen, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, INXS and Kylie Minogue to name a few and has also been a mentor to many artists throughout his career. He has also been a passionate advocate for the Australian music industry and has been a strong supporter of the Australian Music Vault.
In celebration of Meldrum’s 80th birthday, the Australian Music Vault celebrated his birthday at The Arts Centre in Melbourne. The event was a beautiful tribute from Meldrum’s friends, family, and colleagues, as well as a presentation of a special cake. The cake was made by award-winning creative cake artist Sarah Theaker and featured Molly on the top with Australian Artists Tina Arena, Kylie Minogue, Archie Roach, and promoter Michael Gudinski surrounding him. Pop music icon Kylie Minogue also sent a huge bouquet of flowers to celebrate Molly’s special birthday. Kylie said, “I wish all my love to you on this milestone birthday”.
The event was attended by the Hon. Stephen Dimopoulos minister of Creative Industries Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Karen Quinlan AM. and Molly’s long-time friend and music producer Paige Mc Ginley. Karen said, “Molly is one of the most influential figures in the Australian Music Industry and his contributions are immensurable, he’s not just a music journalist but a cultural icon that has helped shape the Australian music scene for decades”.
A celebration of Meldrum’s life and career was enjoyed by all, and a chance to remember his legacy and the incredible impact he had on the Australian music industry.
Written by Melinda Sullivan.