Don Spencer

Australian Television Personality + Singer-songwriter
Born Mar 22, 1941

Donald Richard Spencer OAM is an Australian children's television presenter and musician, best known for his long-running role as a presenter on Play School in both Australia and the United Kingdom. He had his first song the theme tune to Fireball XL5 in 1962, reaching #32 on the UK Singles Chart.… Read More

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1941 Birth Donald Richard Spencer was born on 22 March 1941 and raised in Tamworth. … Read More


1964 23 Years Old In 1964 he covered Brent Edwards version of Johnny Madara and David White's track, "Pride Is Such a Little Word".


1974 33 Years Old Spencer presented his own teenage pop show, Gangway!, for seven years, then co-hosted Pop-In. He later appeared in TV comedies, Face It with Ronnie Barker. Returning to Australia, he appeared on TV's Bandstand, and acted in Sons and Daughters, Return to Eden, and in the 1974 film Barry McKenzie Holds His Own.
1977 36 Years Old In 1977 Spencer wrote his next single, "What's a Pommie?", the track was covered by fellow Australians Rolf Harris, and Col Elliott. … Read More


1995 54 Years Old At the APRA Music Awards of 1995, Spencer's track, "Have a Beaut Day", was nominated for Most Performed Children's Work; it was co-written by Spencer with Allan Caswell.


2002 61 Years Old In 2002 Spencer established the Australian Children's Music Foundation (ACMF) as its inaugural CEO.
2003 62 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Spencer married Julie Horsfall, they have two children: Dean, a musician; and Danielle Spencer, an actress and singer, who married fellow actor, Russell Crowe, in 2003.
2007 66 Years Old In 2007 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on Australia Day (26 January) for "service to children's music and television as a songwriter and performer, and through the establishment of the Australian Children's Music Foundation".
2008 67 Years Old In 2008 Spencer was awarded for Excellence in Community Support presented by Support Act Limited. … Read More
2013 72 Years Old In July 2013 Spencer announced the ACMF's 11th annual National Kids Songwriting Competition, which is open to school aged children from four to eighteen years-old: "We want kids to unleash their creativity and engage with learning in a fun way...
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