Don Spencer
Australian television personality, singer-songwriter
Don Spencer
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.
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Artists dueting it for the kids with State Theatre concert - The Daily Telegraph
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The sold-out evening, the brainchild of Don Spencer and his Australian Children's Music Foundation, brought a host of singers to the stage to perform duets and raise money for disadvantaged children. Spencer and his daughter Danielle sang Gordon
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21 Syracuse-area golfers report scoring holes-in-one - Syracuse.com (blog)
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Witnessed by Greg Quick and Don Spencer. William Carlton, Aug. 7, at the 198-yard 8th hole at the Pompey Club, using a 5-iron. Witnessed by Kurt Hill, Mike Fendt and Mike Granzow. Linda Wysocki, Aug. 7, at the 138-yard 8th hole at Kanon Valley,
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Dueting it for the Kids - Parramatta Advertiser
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Artists include Jon Stevens, Deni Hines, Lee Kernaghan, Danielle and Don Spencer, Angry Anderson, Diesel and Australian Idol favourites Jessica Mauboy, Damien Leith and Stan Walker. All funds raised at the second annual charity concert will go towards
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Madison City School board members get a good report from Speak Up initiative ... - The Huntsville Times - al.com (blog)
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He told the board developer Don Spencer has agreed to pay for a 600-foot sidewalk to connect the existing sidewalk at Columbia Elementary School with the Crown Pointe subdivision at the intersection of Balch and Gillespie roads
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Thunder a wonder in Alberni - Alberni Valley News
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Winners included Leland Van Humbeck: street class; Don Spencer: modified; Steve Erickson: pro; Garth Wright: super pro; Kevin Lantz: door slammer; and Trevor Myles: bike. The eldest competitor was Bill Friend, 74, who drove a 1965 Comet
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Local brewery now hiring – Must speak intelligently about beer - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
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Please send resume and a cover letter to the attention of Brewmaster, Don Spencer, at don@silvercitybrewery.com. Please do NOT call. Individuals that meet the criteria we are looking for will be contacted
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Data management changes needed to adapt to new tec... - Experian QAS Data Quality News (UK)
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Headteacher at Heritage Don Spencer stated he hopes to create "the best quality teaching environment" possible in the institution through the adoption of ICT. "If a pupil is unwell they would still be able to use the Virtual Learning Environment to do
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Schools get high-tech with Dell - Computing
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... learners and their teachers between home and school, and between students – something that has taken off more since the Dell systems have been installed at The Heritage High School," said Don Spencer, headteacher at The Heritage High School
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Manilla elected as new mayor - The Daily Athenaeum
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In his first official act as mayor, Manilla read a proclamation recognizing former councilor Don Spencer for his eight years of service. "We take this opportunity to publicly thank and honor him for his great service to the city," Manilla said
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Silver City Brewery wins 6 medals at NABA - Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
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With the six NABA awards added in Brewmaster Don Spencer, has accumulated nearly 60 medals. In response to learning the results Spencer had this to say. “It feels great to be recognized and makes me so proud of the team we have
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Southworth employees complete first aid courses - Northeast Arkansas Town Crier
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Employees completing the course are Don Spencer, Weston Moore, Lee McMinn, James Houston, Charles Davis, Darren Avery, George Barajas, Wayna Jones, Kevin Lewis, Tim Yost, Justin Hill, Keith Evans, Shane Lasater, Chris Stuck, Jason Winstead,
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Old Glory's odd story continues in Mohnton - Reading Eagle
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"We decided to take things into our own hands and replace the worst of the flags," said Don Spencer of East Wyomissing Avenue. State Rep. Mark M. Gillen, who also lives on East Wyomissing Avenue, had some American flags stored in his basement
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Congers leave endowment to help with study abroad - McDonough Voice
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In 1996, we were finally given the opportunity, thanks largely to then-Dean Linda Stickney-Taylor, former President Don Spencer and the late Senator Paul Simon.” According to Jim, the goal was to create a visible international study program for Western
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Rotary golf tourney is coming soon - Cramahe Now
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For $65 you get nine holes of golf, breakfast, a steak lunch, games challenges and prizes. It's all being organised by Don Spencer (905 355-1508 or dspencer1@sympatico.ca) and Garry Clement (905 355-3071 or garrylee@xplornet.com)
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Timeline
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 71
    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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  • 2008
    Age 66
    In 2008 Spencer was awarded for Excellence in Community Support presented by Support Act Limited.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2010 the ACMF sponsored a supergroup, Peacebeliever, which recorded a cover version of Plastic Ono Band's 1969 single, "Give Peace a Chance", for the charity. Alongside Spencer fellow vocalists were Katie Noonan, Blue King Brown, Tim Freedman, Newton Faulkner and Omara Portuondo.
  • 2007
    Age 65
    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".
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  • 2003
    Age 61
    Dean is a musician, while Danielle is an actress and singer, who married fellow actor, Russell Crowe, in 2003.
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    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 60
    In 2002 Spencer established the Australian Children's Music Foundation (ACMF) as its inaugural CEO.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 53
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 35
    In 1977 Spencer wrote his next single, "What's a Pommie?", the track was covered by fellow Australians Rolf Harris, and Col Elliott.
    More Details Hide Details In 1968 Spencer became a presenter on Australia children's TV series, Play School, in 1972 he also appeared on the United Kingdom version of the same title. He continued on both versions for 17 years, the only male presenter to appear in both.One of his well know phrases was "old magazines" which he used to effect when describing items used to make something. During this period he recorded and released albums that helped to educate children mostly about the many species of Australian animals, and they in turn had received awards for gold and platinum sales. He continued on the Australian version until 1999.
  • 1974
    Age 32
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 22
    In 1964 he covered Brent Edwards version of Johnny Madara and David White's track, "Pride Is Such a Little Word".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Born
    Donald Richard Spencer was born on 22 March 1941 and raised in Tamworth.
    More Details Hide Details Spencer attended Tamworth High School, he played hockey as a teenager and competed in the Australian championships. At 17 he left Australia and travelled to Africa where, in his 20s, he trained with the Kenyan hockey team trying out for the Olympics. A chance meeting with locally-born, singer-songwriter, Roger Whittaker, in Nairobi inspired Spencer to buy a guitar and start his musical career. In the early 1960s Don Spencer moved to London and became a solo singer-guitarist, supporting various acts as The Rolling Stones, the Four Seasons, The Hollies and Marianne Faithfull. His first single, "Fireball", was released on the His Master's Voice label – it was the theme song for the TV science fiction series, Fireball XL5, written by Barry Gray. In March 1963 it reached No. 32 on the UK Singles Chart. Other singles included "Busy Doing Nothing", "Worried Mind", "Marriage Is for Old Folks", and a cover of The Beatles' song "In My Life".
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