Paul Kelly

Born Jan 13, 1955

Paul Maurice Kelly is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player. He has performed solo, and has led numerous groups, including the Dots, the Coloured Girls, and the Messengers. He has worked with other artists and groups, including associated projects Professor Ratbaggy and Stardust Five. Kelly's music style has ranged from bluegrass to studio-oriented dub reggae, but his core output straddles folk, rock, and country.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Kelly.


1955 Birth Paul Maurice Kelly was born on 13 January 1955 in Adelaide, South Australia, to John Erwin Kelly, a lawyer, and Josephine Kelly (née Filippini), as the sixth of nine children (including Josephine, who died young). … Read More


1973 18 Years Old Kelly attended Rostrevor College, a Christian Brothers school, where he played trumpet and studied piano. He was a cricket captain, and became dux of his senior year. Kelly studied arts at Flinders University in 1973, but left after a term, disillusioned with academic life. … Read More
1974 19 Years Old Hobart, looking towards its Arts Centre. In mid-1974 Kelly made his first public performance in a folk club along this street, "It was a row of warehouses gradually being converted into galleries, shops and cafés. … Read More


1976 - 1981 4 More Events
1982 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In an October 1982 interview with Australian Women's Weekly, Kelly indicated he was more pleased with Manila than Talk as "It has more unity... with this one we didn't have people dropping into the studio to play." … Read More
1983 28 Years Old Paul Kelly Band was formed in 1983 with Michael Armiger (Martin Armiger's younger brother, bass guitar), Chris Coyne (saxophone), Maurice Frawley (guitar) and Greg Martin (drums). … Read More
1984 29 Years Old Problems with his marriage and drug use disrupted his career, and by 1984 the marriage had broken up. … Read More


1985 - 1989 6 More Events
1991 36 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Paul Kelly and the Messengers gave their last performance in August 1991, with Kelly set to pursue a solo career. … Read More
In 1992 he was asked to compose songs for Funerals and Circuses, a Roger Bennett play about racial tensions in small-town Australia. … Read More
1993 38 Years Old Kelly returned to Australia in 1993 and wrote a collection of lyrics, aptly titled Lyrics, which opens with a quote from Anton Chekhov: "I don't have what you would call a philosophy or coherent world view so I shall have to limit myself to describing how my heroes love, marry, give birth, die and speak."
1994 39 Years Old 1 More Event
His next album Wanted Man, released in 1994, reached No. 11.


1995 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Kelly's next solo releases were Deeper Water in 1995 and Live at the Continental and the Esplanade in 1996.
1996 41 Years Old By 1996, Paul Kelly Band members included Stephen Hadley (bass, ex-Black Sorrows), Bruce Haymes (keyboards), Peter Luscombe (drums, ex-Black Sorrows), and Shane O'Mara (guitar). … Read More
In 1997, Kelly released his compilation album, Songs from the South: Paul Kelly's Greatest Hits, on Mushroom Records. … Read More
Kelly won the 'Best Male Artist' award again in 1998, and has been nominated for the same award a further seven times.
Smoke was issued on Kelly's new label, Gawdaggie, through EMI Records in October 1999, and peaked at No. 36. … Read More
2000 45 Years Old …  Kelly's mother moved to Brisbane, where she died in 2000, aged 76.
During the 2000s Paul Kelly worked as a composer for film and TV scores and soundtracks, including Lantana (also as a member of Professor Ratbaggy), Silent Partner, and One Night the Moon in 2001, Fireflies in 2004, and Jindabyne in 2006. … Read More
In 2002 he undertook a six-week tour of North America, which was followed by a tour of the UK and Ireland later that year.


2005 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Foggy Highway was a second bluegrass-oriented album for Kelly, credited to Paul Kelly and the Stormwater Boys and issued in 2005. … Read More
On 26 March 2006 Kelly performed at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in Melbourne, singing "Leaps and Bounds" and "Rally Around the Drum". … Read More
2007 - 2008 3 More Events
In the beginning of 2009 he supported Leonard Cohen's tour of Australia – his first return in 24 years.
2010 - 2011 2 More Events
2012 57 Years Old 1 More Event
On 29 September 2012 Kelly performed "How to Make Gravy" and "Leaps and Bounds" at the AFL Grand Final although most of the performance was not broadcast on Seven Network's pre-game segment. … Read More
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