Molly Meldrum

Australian Music Journalist and Media Personality
Born Jan 29, 1943

Ian Alexander "Molly" Meldrum AM is an Australian popular music critic, journalist, record producer and musical entrepreneur. He was the talent co-ordinator, on-air interviewer and music news presenter on the former popular music program Countdown (1974–1987) and is widely recognised for his trademark Stetson hat, which he has regularly worn in public since the 1980s (it is commonly mistaken for an Akubra).… Read More

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1943 Birth Ian Alexander Meldrum was born in Orbost, Victoria, on 29 January 1943. … Read More


…  During The Beatles' tour of Australia in June 1964, Meldrum was captured by TV cameras climbing atop the bonnet of their car shortly after arrival at Melbourne airport. … Read More
1966 23 Years Old The Groop had landed a recording deal with CBS Records. Meldrum followed them to Armstrong Studios, in late 1966, to observe the recording process. … Read More
…  Meldrum's stint with Kommotion ended in January 1967 after Actors Equity banned the practice of miming other artists' work. … Read More
1968 - 1971 6 More Events
1972 29 Years Old 1 More Event
By September 1972 Meldrum was assistant editor for Go-Set working with its national editor, Ed Nimmervoll, who had started at the paper in 1967:


1974 - 1975 2 More Events
1976 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Meldrum produced the debut self-titled album for Supernaut in May 1976 and its related hit single, "I Like It Both Ways".
1977 - 1978 2 More Events
1980 37 Years Old 1 More Event
After Randell's marriage had failed, she returned to Australia in 1980 and became Meldrum's personal assistant until 1986. … Read More
1981 38 Years Old The following year, on 16 March 1981, Meldrum co-hosted the 1980 awards ceremony with international guests Suzi Quatro and Jermaine Jackson. … Read More


1985 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1985, after Meldrum was announced as King of Moomba, he quipped "I was at the cricket the other day and the boys in Bay 13 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground were all yelling out 'Moomba' and 'hail the king' not to mention a few 'hail the queen'".
1986 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986, Shrimpton, Rule and Meldrum created another series, The Meldrum Tapes, for ABC with an international or local artist interviewed in depth for 55 minutes — eventually 24 shows were made — which were later broadcast by MTV. … Read More
1988 45 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1988 Meldrum presented a regular music segment, "Molly's Melodrama", on the TV variety show, Hey Hey It's Saturday – it was the successor to his earlier "Humdrum" editorials on Countdown. … Read More


1993 50 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Meldrum has earned a reputation as a champion of Australian popular music both in Australia and internationally; his contributions have been acknowledged with an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Award for "Special Achievement" in 1993, and the "Ted Albert Award" in 1994 at the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Awards. … Read More


2003 - 2005 3 More Events
He appeared on the fourth series of the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars in 2006, where he dressed as a pharaoh to dance to "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles—he was voted off after the first round.
2007 64 Years Old Meldrum is listed as co-author of Jenkin's 2007 book, Molly Meldrum presents 50 years of rock in Australia, where he provided comments on various Australian rock acts from 1958 to 2007.
2009 66 Years Old During September and October 2009, Meldrum appeared in Hey Hey Its Saturday reunion specials on the Nine Network despite working for the rival Seven Network.
2010 67 Years Old In early December, Meldrum interviewed UK singer and Britain's Got Talent runner-up, Susan Boyle. After signing with Seven to continue on Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and Sunday Night he was unavailable for the 2010 season of Hey Hey It's Saturday. … Read More
In late November 2011, at the ARIA Awards, Meldrum introduced Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, who inducted pop singer, Kylie Minogue, into the ARIA Hall of Fame. … Read More
2012 69 Years Old 1 More Event
On 8 January 2012, his brother Brian said Meldrum was breathing on his own and having conversations, but added his recovery would be slow. … Read More
In 2014, Meldrum was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, together with his TV show, Countdown, he became the first non-artist to receive the accolade. … Read More
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