Paul Kelly
Singer-songwriter
Paul Kelly
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.
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Morrison builds case for GST reform - The Australian
Google News - about 1 year
The Australian Morrison builds case for GST reform The Australian Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large on The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics, public policy and international affairs. Paul has covered Australian governments from Gough Whitlam to Tony Abbott. He ... Treasury advises against tax cut trade-offThe Australian Financial Review Scott Morrison flags concerns about adding GST to health and educationABC Online Tax reform: Morrison pours cold water on adding GST to health and educationSydney Morning Herald The Guardian -dailytelegraph.com.au -The Conversation AU all 44 news articles »
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Bob Hawke call: cut ALP ties with CFMEU - The Australian
Google News - about 1 year
The Australian Bob Hawke call: cut ALP ties with CFMEU The Australian Troy Bramston is a senior writer and columnist with The Australian and a contributor to Sky News. He is the editor of four books and the author of three, including The Dismissal: In The Queen's Name (with Paul Kelly), Rudd, Gillard and Beyond (Penguin ... Richo rejects Hawke's accusationsSky News Australia Bob Hawke is 'grateful' that Paul Keating knifed himNEWS.com.au Cabinet papers 1990-91: Paul Keating's press clippings show growing frustrationThe Guardian Sydney Morning Herald -Ten Eyewitness News -The Australian Financial Review all 86 news articles »
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Bowls: David becomes Goliath
Isle Of Man Today - almost 2 years
David ‘Drof’ Bradford etched his name into the record books as he beat Trevor Quayle 21-15 to win the Canada Life Manx Championship on Sunday. The final was a breath-taking conclusion to an enthralling two days action, with both players playing their part. Onchan player Bradford, who is fast becoming a colossus of the local game, added the coveted trophy to his ever -increasing collection and, despite being only 30-years-old, will be relieved to have got this monkey off his back, as many past greats have failed to get their hands on the elusive Holy Grail of Manx bowls. In the final, despite an even start, Bradford eventually moved through the gears and surged into a 16-8 lead over Quayle who had played like a champion all day. Just when it looked like he might be running away with it, his opponent dug deep and, using all his resolve, mounted a spirited fightback. It was not to be for Port st Mary’s Quayle and, after seeing one of his best leads beaten at 20-15 adrift, he saw ...
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Disney security chief Paul Kelly fights for his life after being drugged and robbed in South Africa
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Paul Kelly from Essex, who has worked for Disney for 10 years, is said to be in intensive care with life changing injuries after being drugged and robbed during a business trip to Cape Town, South Africa.
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The true blue sounds of Australia
Byron Shire News - about 3 years
FROM AC/DC, to Men At Work, Paul Kelly, Slim Dusty, The Seekers, Cold Chisel and more - these are the songs that resonate with our lucky country.     
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How to live forever: Tech that will keep you young and beautiful
Financial Post - over 3 years
The next field ripe for technological disruption could be life itself. Roughly 150,000 people die every day, and about 100,000 of them die of age-related causes. Lots of smart people are throwing resources towards uncovering a reliable means of life extension that would effectively make death a thing of the past. Brand name guys like Peter Thiel and Larry Ellison want to see us live 150 years and longer. Whether you become a loud naysayer citing moral problems or an eager enthusiasts ready to live an unnaturally long life, here’s a look at the technology that will quite literally carry us into the future. Related 15 Chemists Whose Discoveries Changed Our Lives PICTURES: Amazon Is Building A Wild New 'Biosphere' In Downtown Seattle 19 Scientists Reveal Their Favorite Element Nanotechnology Wikimedia Commons Imagine small robots in your body that move from place to place, fixing damaged cells and reporting on the state of your body. Famed author and futu ...
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UK soldier says he may have shot Iraqis who were already seriously injured
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
Giving evidence at al-Sweady inquiry, Paul Kelly denies deliberately firing at injured Iraqis after 2004 gun battle A British army sergeant told a public inquiry on Monday he may have shot and killed Iraqis who were already seriously wounded after a fierce gun battle with insurgents north of Basra. Paul Kelly, a sergeant in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, said he fired his rifle as he felt in danger after encountering two "standing" men with AK47 rifles. "What I'm saying is when I lifted my weapons up to fire, I possibly swept across those bodies that were on the floor and if they are people who were alive I could have killed them. I don't know," Kelly said. Asked if he had deliberately aimed at injured Iraqis, he replied: "What I am saying is I walked into a trench and somebody pointed a weapon at me and I started firing." Kelly was giving evidence to the al-Sweady inquiry, named after an alleged victim of abuse by British troops following what is known as the Battle of D ...
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Kevin Rudd, Peter Garrett and Adam Giles attend memorial for Yothu Yindi singer - Herald Sun
Google News - over 3 years
Sky News Australia Kevin Rudd, Peter Garrett and Adam Giles attend memorial for Yothu Yindi singer Herald Sun A TRADITIONAL dance has opened the funeral of one of Australia's leading indigenous figures, singer Yunupingu, deep in the heart of Arnhem Land. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles and singer Paul Kelly are among ... Yothu Yindi frontman Yunupingu honoured at memorial serviceABC Online A nation remembers Yothu Yindi singerBrisbane Times 'He showed me Australia through Aboriginal eyes': Yunupingu rememberedABC Local all 15 news articles »
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Penn State trustees say changes are well under way
Fox News - over 3 years
Members of Penn State's board of trustees on Wednesday outlined the changes the school has implemented as result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, reforms they said have improved the university and might help them persuade the NCAA to reconsider its crippling penalties. In an hour-long interview Wednesday in New York with The Associated Press, board Chairman Keith Masser and longtime board member Joel Myers touted the steps taken at Penn State since Sandusky's arrest in November 2011, including training staff in child abuse recognition and reporting, as well as cutting the governor and university president from the board. They said the school is still working to implement a long list of governance and oversight changes suggested a year ago in a report from the team led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh. As examples of the improvements, Masser said Penn State has hired an athletics integrity officer, trained 16,000 people on c ...
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Penn State trustees hope to have penalties reconsidered
Fox News - over 3 years
Penn State's trustees are on a mission to promote the reforms they have enacted as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, hoping their record might persuade the NCAA to reconsider its crippling penalties against the university before they are due to expire in 2018. In an hourlong interview Wednesday in New York with The Associated Press, board Chairman Keith Masser and longtime board member Joel Myers did not offer a time frame for approaching the NCAA, but they noted the university's consent agreement with the NCAA allows it to be reopened if both sides agree. They said the school is still working to implement a long list of governance and oversight changes suggested a year ago in a report from the team led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh. "You've got to serve some jail time before you serve probation," Masser said. "Everybody wants to get this behind us as soon as possible, so we want to do whatever we can to get this behind us as soon as possible." ...
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Professors Join Coalition Suing NCAA
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- From former players to faculty members, a mini-cross section of the Penn State community has partnered with the late head coach Joe Paterno's family in suing the NCAA to overturn the landmark sanctions against the school for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. While the Paternos are the headliners among the plaintiffs in the civil suit filed Thursday in Centre County court, 19 others with ties to Penn State are also seeking a jury trial to reverse what they call the NCAA's swift and unlawful punishment of the storied football program. Paul Kelly, an attorney representing trustees, faculty, and former players and coaches, said the action related to the impact on "the entire Penn State community." "I would say the overwhelming majority of the complaints and the facts really relate to ... due process, and the fairness and actions of the NCAA," Kelly said in a phone interview. "It's much broader than (the Paterno family's claims) and I h ...
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Paul Kelly On Mountain Stage
NPR - about 4 years
The Australian singer-songwriter performs a career-spanning set of country, rock, folk and more. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Winners and losers of the NHL lockout - Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Google News - about 4 years
Yahoo! Sports (blog) Winners and losers of the NHL lockout Yahoo! Sports (blog) GettyThe NHL lockout appears over. Here are some of the winners and losers from the last 113 days. WINNER: Don Fehr. Nearly six years ago, the NHLPA fired Ted Saskin under a cloud of corruption. Two years later, they fired Paul Kelly as NHLPA head ... NHL lockout over, but why did it take so long?Christian Science Monitor NHL lockout cost city at least $1.3 million in revenueSt. Louis Business Journal Who emerged as the winner after the NHL labor dispute?Los Angeles Times CBC.ca -FOXSports.com -Daily O'Collegian all 6,939 news articles »
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RI police to examine closed school's records
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
RI police to examine closed school's records Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 1:19 pm, Friday, January 4, 2013 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Before determining whether to open a criminal investigation, the Rhode Island State Police said Friday the agency plans to examine the records of a career training school that abruptly closed this week. Trainor said Friday that state officials will be accessing the academic and financial records — all kept on paper, dating back to 1964 — along with state police. The Office of Higher Education had tried unsuccessfully for nearly two days to reach Sawyer officials then contacted state police. Trainor said an associate commissioner of academic affairs, Deborah Grossman-Garber, finally spoke on Thursday night with Paul Kelly, whom he identified as Sawyer's former executive directo ...
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Kelly and Finn team up for tour
The Canberra Times - over 4 years
NEIL FINN and Paul Kelly will tour together in Australia in February and March, promising concerts that will canvas at least 30 hand-picked songs.
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Young Patties keep Paul Kelly Cup
The Border Mail - over 4 years
ALBURY’S St Patrick’s Parish School has gone back-to-back in the Paul Kelly Cup.
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Michael Bialas: Fine Folks, Part II: Kasey Chambers Goes Under the Covers
Huffington Post - over 4 years
One of Australia's most popular and celebrated singer-songwriters enjoys touring America. Even if she isn't known on a first-name basis in this country like fellow Aussies who simply can go by Olivia, Kylie, Keith and Nicole. Maybe Kasey Chambers, who wraps up a short tour in the States with an appearance at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival on August 18, needs a nickname to get noticed here. Since she recently released an album of songs written by some of her favorite roots artists like Gram Parsons, Gillian Welch and Paul Kelly, what about Down Under-Cover Angel? OK, to most of us in the U.S., that's about as tasteful as a Vegemite sandwich. With all her credentials, from multi-platinum-selling records to a mantel-full of awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association and Australasian Performing Right Association, just let the sweet-bird-of-youth voice that belongs to Chambers speak for itself. If some Americans don't have a clue about her musical styli ...
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We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for June 11, 2012
Mother Jones - over 4 years
Aviation ordnancemen assigned to the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron 115 arm a GBU-16 Paveway II on an F/A-18E during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. George Washington departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka on May 26 to begin its 2012 patrol. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly.
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Report Calls for Increased Support for Pre-K, Child Care in Arkansas
Education Week - over 4 years
Arkansas needs to expand access to quality prekindergarten and child-care programs to serve more of its most vulnerable families, according to a new report. The report "Pre-k: Access to Success in Arkansas" was prepared by senior policy analyst Paul Kelly of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, a nonprofit advocacy organization. The report notes that the state has made access to top-quality early-childhood education a priority through creation of state-run programs. State- and federally funded programs currently serve 47 percent of eligible 3-year-olds and 80 percent of eligible 4-year-olds, according to the report. But reaching more kids, especially at-risk 3-year-olds, isn't possible because programs are at capacity or funding hasn't been increased. Kelly noted that these are the kids who can least afford to wait for more access to become available. Another cause for concern: Only about 2 percent of infants and toddlers living in deep poverty are enrolle ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Kelly
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 57
    Kelly was a Victorian State Finalist for the 2012 Australian of the Year Award.
    More Details Hide Details Paul Kelly has written, co-written or edited the following: Studio albums General Specific
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Nui Te Koha of Sunday Herald Sun declared "Kelly, an integral part of Melbourne folklore and its music scene, and a noted footy tragic, deserved his place on the Grand Final stage – which has been long overdue... broadcaster Seven's refusal to show Kelly's performance, except the last verse of 'Leaps and Bounds', was no laughing matter". On 19 October that year, Kelly issued a new studio album, Spring and Fall, which was recorded with Dan Kelly and Machine Translations' J Walker. Guest musicians include former band members Peter and Dan Luscombe, Vika and Linda Bull, and new collaborator, Laura Jean. Paul Kelly has been acknowledged as one of Australia's best singer-songwriters. His music style has ranged from bluegrass to studio-oriented dub reggae, but his core output comfortably straddles folk, rock, and country. His lyrics capture Australia's vastness both in culture and landscape; he has chronicled life about him for over 30 years and is described as the poet laureate of Australia. According to music writer Glenn A. Baker, his Australian-ness may be a reason Kelly has not achieved international success. David Fricke from Rolling Stone calls Kelly "one of the finest songwriters I have ever heard, Australian or otherwise."
  • 2011
    Age 56
    In April 2011 Kelly performed at the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival (Bluesfest), which was followed by appearances as a special guest on Dylan's concerts in Sydney and Melbourne.
    More Details Hide Details Later that month, Kelly co-headlined a show with Neil Finn at Red Hill Auditorium in Perth; it was the first music concert at the new venue. In May his memoir, How to Make Gravy, was short-listed for the Prime Minister's Literary Award in the non-fiction category; while in July it was co-winner of 'Biography of the Year' at the Australian Book Industry Awards – with Ahn Do's The Happiest Refugee.
  • 2010
    Age 55
    Kelly worked with Charlie Owen and others to create a 3×CD tribute album, Long Gone Whistle – The Songs of Maurice Frawley, which was released in August 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In July that year, Kelly performed at Splendour in the Grass. On 15 December he was inducted into The Age EG Awards Hall of Fame.
  • 2009
    Age 54
    Maurice Frawley, a guitarist for Kelly in various groups who co-wrote "Look So Fine, Feel So Low" (1987), died of cancer in May 2009.
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    Kelly contributed to the national magazine, The Monthly, from 2009 to 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He has written a memoir, How to Make Gravy, which was published by Penguin Books (Australia) on 22 September 2010. "It's a mongrel memoir. It's a bit hard to describe at the moment. It's not traditional; it's writing around the A-Z theme – I tell stories around the song lyrics in alphabetical order. It's slow, so it will be a while coming, but I'll get there". As a companion to his memoir, he issued an 8×CD box set, A – Z Recordings, with live performances from his A – Z Tours from 2004 to 2010. The 105 tracks are listed alphabetically, and were typically performed over four nights. The set includes a booklet of photographs. The related audio book on 16×CDs has Kelly joined by Australian actors, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis, Hugh Jackman and Ben Mendelsohn each reading a chosen chapter.
    Kelly's national 'More Songs from the South' tour in December 2009 included band members Vika Bull on vocals, Peter Luscombe on drums, Bill McDonald on bass guitar and backing vocals, Naylor on guitar, and Cameron Bruce on keyboards.
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    Kelly's duet with country singer Melinda Schneider, "Still Here", won 'Vocal Collaboration of the Year' at the 2009 CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia.
    More Details Hide Details In February, in response to hearing about the devastation to the Yarra Valley region of Victoria in Australia, Cohen and Kelly donated $200,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal in support of those affected by the extensive Black Saturday bushfires that razed the area just weeks after their performance at the Rochford Winery for the A Day on the Green concert. Kelly performed at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 14 March for Sound Relief, a multi-venue rock music concert in support of victims of the bushfires. The event was held simultaneously with a concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground. All proceeds from the Melbourne concert went to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire relief. Also performing at the Melbourne concert were Augie March, Bliss n Eso with Paris Wells, Gabriella Cilmi, Hunters & Collectors, Jack Johnson, Chambers and Shane Nicholson with Troy Cassar-Daley, Kings of Leon, Jet, Midnight Oil, Liam Finn, Split Enz, and Wolfmother.
    In the beginning of 2009 he supported Leonard Cohen's tour of Australia – his first return in 24 years.
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  • 2008
    Age 53
    Kelly was nominated as 'Best Male Artist' for "To Her Door (Live)" and 'Best Music DVD' for Live Apples at the 2008 ARIA Awards.
    More Details Hide Details In September he announced that he had reacquired the rights to his old catalogue, including those originally released by Mushroom Records—later bought out by Warner Bros. Records. In November, as a result of the acquisition EMI released Songs from the South – Volume 2, a collection of Kelly's songs from the last decade, following on from Songs from the South – Volume 1. The new compilation featured the first physical release of Kelly's song, "Shane Warne". Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available separately but also as a combined double album. EMI released a DVD, Paul Kelly – The Video Collection 1985–2008, a collection of Kelly's home videos made over the past 23 years. Also included are several live performances. Songs from the South – Volume 2 included one new song, "Thoughts in the Middle of the Night", which he described as "It's a band song, we all wrote it together. There's a poem by James Fenton, a British poet, called "The Mistake", which is probably an influence on the lyrics. It's a waking up in the middle of the night song, for anyone who's woken up at 3 am and not been able to get back to sleep".
    Kelly made his first appearance at the Big Day Out concerts across Australia in early 2008, while in March he performed at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly released Stolen Apples in Ireland and the UK in July, and followed with a tour there in August. In June The Age newspaper commemorated 50 years of Australian rock 'n' roll (the anniversary of the release of Johnny O'Keefe's "Wild One") by selecting the Top 50 Australian Albums. Kelly's albums Gossip and Post rated at No. 7 and No. 30 on the list.
  • 2007
    Age 52
    In 2007 Kelly released Stolen Apples, containing songs based on religious themes; it peaked at No. 8, and achieved gold record status.
    More Details Hide Details Following the album's recording, Dan Luscombe left to join The Drones. He was replaced by Ashley Naylor (Even) on guitar and Cameron Bruce (The Polaroids) on keyboards. A tour in support of the album saw Kelly perform the entire album plus selected hits from his catalogue. One of the last performances, on 20 September 2007 in Toowoomba, Queensland, was filmed and released on DVD as Live Apples: Stolen Apples Performed Live in its Entirety Plus 16 More Songs, in April 2008.
  • 2006
    Age 51
    Kelly toured North America again in 2006, appearing together with The Waifs at clubs and festivals in several US states and the Canadian province of Alberta.
    More Details Hide Details In November–December Kelly undertook his A-Z tour, a series of solo acoustic performances playing 100 of his songs in alphabetical order over four nights, at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Melbourne's Spiegeltent, and at the Sydney Opera House.
    Kelly formed Stardust Five in 2006, with the same line-up as Paul Kelly and the Boon Companions from Ways & Means.
    More Details Hide Details They released their self-titled debut album in March, with each member contributing by composing the music and Kelly providing lyrics. The album has backing vocals by Prior on two tracks.
    On 26 March 2006 Kelly performed at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in Melbourne, singing "Leaps and Bounds" and "Rally Around the Drum".
    More Details Hide Details On 8 October Paul Kelly and the Boon Companions, Hoodoo Gurus, and Sime Nugent performed at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne to again raise funds for Life, Love and Health, and to help support their ongoing programs in Timor-Leste in response to the needs of the people during the humanitarian crisis.
  • 2005
    Age 50
    In June 2005 Kelly put together Timor Leste – Freedom Rising, a collaboration of Australian artists donating new recordings, unreleased tracks, and b-sides to make connections between a wide range of music to raise money for environmental, health, and education projects in East Timor (Timor-Leste).
    More Details Hide Details Funds raised from the album went to Life, Love and Health and The Alola Foundation.
    Foggy Highway was a second bluegrass-oriented album for Kelly, credited to Paul Kelly and the Stormwater Boys and issued in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details It peaked at No. 23 on the ARIA albums charts. The line-up for the majority of the tracks was Kelly, Mick Albeck (fiddle), James Gillard (bass guitar), Rod McCormack (guitar), Ian Simpson (banjo), and Trev Warner (mandolin). As with Smoke (his previous bluegrass release), Foggy Highway consisted of a mix of new compositions and rearranged Kelly classics. The Canadian edition of the release included a four-song bonus EP of out-takes.
  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 49
    In March 2004 Kelly performed across North America, including New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by a more extensive series of shows between July and September throughout North America and Europe. In December, in Melbourne, Kelly performed 100 of his songs in alphabetical order over two nights. A similar set of shows were performed in a studio at Sydney Opera House in December 2006, these and similar sets became known as his A to Z shows.
  • 2002
    Age 47
    Kelly was in a relationship with Sian Prior from 2002 to 2011.
    More Details Hide Details She is a journalist, university lecturer and opera singer. They met when Kelly was interviewed on her Sunday Arts ABC radio program. Kelly wrote "You're 39, You're Beautiful and You're Mine" for Prior who was already 40 by the time he finished. Prior has played clarinet and provided backing vocals on some of Kelly's songs, as well as with the Stardust Five. She has performed live with Kelly on several occasions including clarinet on six tracks of his A – Z Recordings boxed set. In his memoir, Kelly credited Prior with inspiring him to give up his long-term heroin addiction, "I got lucky, I met a woman who said: 'It's me or it'. She gave me the number of a counsellor... I thought about 'it' every day for a long time. Less now". Kelly's brother, Martin, is the father of Dan Kelly, who is a singer-guitarist in his own right. Dan has performed with his uncle on several of Kelly's albums, including Ways and Means, as a member of Paul Kelly and the Boon Companions, and on Stolen Apples; Dan and Paul were both members of Stardust Five, which released Stardust Five. Dan has released three albums, two of which received ARIA Award nominations. Kelly's younger sister, Mary Jo Kelly is a Melbourne-based pianist who performed with him on the track "South of Germany" for Paul Kelly Live at the Athenaeum, May 1992 (1992).
    Prior, an opera singer, became Kelly's girlfriend in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details They met when she interviewed him for Sunday Arts on ABC radio. Prior is also a journalist and university lecturer.
    In 2002 and 2003 two tribute albums of Kelly's songs were released: Women at the Well featured songs performed by female artists, including Bic Runga, Jenny Morris, Renée Geyer, Magic Dirt, Rebecca Barnard (Rebecca's Empire), Christine Anu, and Kasey Chambers; and Stories of Me, which featured fellow songwriters James Reyne, Mia Dyson, and Jeff Lang.
    More Details Hide Details Chambers, a country music artist, sees Kelly as a role model: "He's the perfect example of the storyteller that I would love to be". In 2003 Kelly undertook a tour of North America, the UK, and Ireland, performing at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival and again at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Ways & Means was issued in 2004 and peaked at No. 13. Though identified as a solo record, it was more of a group effort, with a backing band, later dubbed the Boon Companions, co-writing most of the tracks. The Boon Companions consisted of Kelly's nephew Dan Kelly on guitar, Peter Luscombe on drums, his brother Dan Luscombe on guitar and keyboards, and Bill McDonald on bass guitar. Bramwell was impressed with their live performance in May: "Kelly steers and shapes not only his music, but the way he presents it. A live show is never just knocked together... the details are always careful". In February ABC Television started broadcasting the series Fireflies, which featured a score by Kelly and Stephen Rae. The associated soundtrack CD, Fireflies: Songs of Paul Kelly, included tracks by Kelly, Paul Kelly and the Boon Companions, Professor Ratbaggy, and Paul Kelly with Uncle Bill. Sian Prior sang with the Boon Companions on the Fireflies track "Los Cucumbros", which later appeared on Stardust Five.
    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.
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  • 2001
    Age 46
    In March 2001 Kelly was a support act for Bob Dylan's tour of Australia.
    More Details Hide Details Between August and November Kelly performed a series of acoustic shows in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, and France (the latter supporting Ani DiFranco).
    Kelly issued Nothing but a Dream in 2001, returning to his core singer-songwriter style.
    More Details Hide Details It peaked at No. 7 on the albums chart, and achieved gold record status. The North American version of Nothing but a Dream added all four tracks from the Roll on Summer EP as bonus tracks. Murray Bramwell appraised four Kelly-related works in Adelaide Review, "each of them indicative of the rich variety of his gift". On the album Nothing but a Dream, he preferred the opening track, "If I Could Start Today Again", to the radio single, "Somewhere in the City", and found the album generally to be "full of familiar Kelly riffs and trademarks". On Silent Partner Kelly's songwriting with Hale provides "some splendid instrumentals" with "a delightfully airy sound". The Lantana soundtrack showed Kelly's "confidence as a composer and his strong grasp of a wide range of musical styles". Finally, One Night the Moon included Mairead Hannan's "richly melodic Irish airs" which "beautifully counterpoint Kelly’s work" and Carmody's "distinctive ballads".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details These works have resulted in five award wins: ARIA 'Best Original Soundtrack' for Lantana (with Hadley, Haymes and O'Mara); Australian Film Institute (AFI) 'Open Craft Award', Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 'Best Music Score', and Screen Music Award 'Best Soundtrack Album' for One Night the Moon (with Mairead Hannan, Carmody, John Romeril, Deirdre Hannan, and Alice Garner); Valladolid International Film Festival 'Best Music' award for Jindabyne; and six further nominations. Kelly also acted in One Night the Moon alongside his then wife, Fairfax, and with their younger daughter Memphis. All three sing on the soundtrack, including together for the lullaby, "One Night the Moon" (see pictured). According to Romaine Moreton, Australian Screen Online curator, the "lullaby that the family sings, written by Paul Kelly, sets the tone of the film... The song is used in this film as a vehicle to explore the characters' interior worlds, something very unusual for a film". Kelly and Fairfax separated before the film's release.
  • 2000
    Age 45
    Kelly's mother moved to Brisbane, where she died in 2000, aged 76.
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  • 1999
    Age 44
    Kelly's second anthology of lyrics entitled Don't Start Me Talking was first published in 1999, with subsequent songs appended in the 2004 edition.
    More Details Hide Details This second edition was added to the Victorian Certificate of Education English reading list for Year 12 (final year of secondary schooling) in 2006.
    In 1999 Kelly formed the band Professor Ratbaggy with Hadley (bass guitar, backing vocals), Haymes (keyboards, organ, backing vocals) and Luscombe (drums).
    More Details Hide Details Kelly provided guitars and vocals for their debut album, Professor Ratbaggy, on EMI Records. Songs were written jointly by all group members and their work was a more groove-oriented style compared to Kelly's usual folk or rock formula, using samples, synthesiser and percussion.
    Smoke was issued on Kelly's new label, Gawdaggie, through EMI Records in October 1999, and peaked at No. 36.
    More Details Hide Details It won three awards from the Victorian Country Music Association: 'Best Group (Open)', 'Best Group (Victorian)', and 'Album of the Year' in 2000. In September Kelly performed at the Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as shows in London and Dublin.
  • 1998
    Age 43
    He finds such songs more difficult to write but believes he has started to do so. 1998 also saw Kelly undertaking a three-week tour of Canada and the US to promote Words and Music.
    More Details Hide Details Smoke was released by Paul Kelly with Uncle Bill; the latter is a Melbourne bluegrass band comprising Gerry Hale on guitar, dobro, mandolin, fiddle, and vocals; Adam Gare on fiddle, mandolin, and vocals; Peter Somerville on banjo and vocals; and Stuart Speed on double bass. The album featured a mix of old and new Kelly songs treated in classic bluegrass fashion. "Our Sunshine", newly written, was a tribute to Ned Kelly, a famous Australian outlaw (not related). Kelly had previously recorded a Slim Dusty track with Uncle Bill, "Thanks a Lot", for the compilation Where Joy Kills Sorrow (1997).
    Kelly's next album, Words and Music, appeared in 1998, which peaked at No. 17, and included three singles that did not reach the Top 40.
    More Details Hide Details Andrew Ford interviewed Kelly for ABC radio's The Music Show in May. Ford found the album "very exciting, very visceral... you can almost smell the sex". Kelly admitted that he preferred R & B music which deals with sex, love, and joy without becoming "either banal or smug".
    Kelly won the 'Best Male Artist' award again in 1998, and has been nominated for the same award a further seven times.
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  • 1997
    Age 42
    At the 20 September 1997 ceremony, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
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    Kelly won the ARIA Award in 1997 for 'Best Male Artist', having been previously nominated in 1993, 1995, and 1996.
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    In 1997, Kelly released his compilation album, Songs from the South: Paul Kelly's Greatest Hits, on Mushroom Records.
    More Details Hide Details The 20-track album peaked at No. 2, and has achieved quadruple platinum certification, indicating sales of over 280,000.
  • 1996
    Age 41
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Spencer P. Jones (Beasts of Bourbon) was guest guitarist on some performances. This line-up issued the CD-EP How to Make Gravy, with the title track earning Kelly a 'Song of the Year' nomination at the 1998 Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) Music Awards. APRA's Debbie Kruger noted Kelly's "attraction to the theatrical" where the same protagonist is described in "To Her Door", "Love Never Runs on Time" (from Wanted Man) and "How to Make Gravy".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 40
    Between March and May 1995 Kelly undertook a seven-week tour of North America, appearing on several dates with Liz Phair and Joe Jackson.
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    Kelly's next solo releases were Deeper Water in 1995 and Live at the Continental and the Esplanade in 1996.
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  • 1994
    Age 39
    Kelly also composed music for the 1994 film Everynight...
    More Details Hide Details Everynight, directed by Alkinos Tsilimidos. It is set in the notorious H division of Victoria's Pentridge Prison.
    His next album Wanted Man, released in 1994, reached No. 11.
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  • 1993
    Age 38
    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."
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  • 1992
    Age 37
    Kelly's first post-Messengers solo release was the live double CD Live, May 1992, released in November 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Allmusic's Brett Hartenbach noted that Kelly's band had fleshed out his songs in the studio, but he was still able to show "his vignettes of life, love, and the underbelly of both have plenty of power on their own". Kelly had relocated to Los Angeles and signed with Vanguard Records to tour the US as a solo artist. While in Los Angeles he produced fellow Australian Renée Geyer's album Difficult Woman (1994).
    Kelly co-wrote "Hey Boys" with Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors) for the soundtrack of the 1992 Australian film, Garbo; when released as a single it peaked at No. 62.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly contributed songs and vocals to the soundtrack of the 1993 television series Seven Deadly Sins.
    In 1992 he was asked to compose songs for Funerals and Circuses, a Roger Bennett play about racial tensions in small-town Australia.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly took the role of a petrol attendant when the play premiered at the Adelaide Fringe Festival that year and was directed by his wife, Fairfax.
  • 1991
    Age 36
    Kelly collaborated with members of indigenous band Yothu Yindi to write "Treaty", which peaked at No. 11 in September 1991.
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    Paul Kelly and the Messengers gave their last performance in August 1991, with Kelly set to pursue a solo career.
    More Details Hide Details He justified his decision: "We forged a style together. But I felt if we had kept going it would have got formulaic and that's why I broke it up. I wanted to try and start moving into other areas, start mixing things up". Paul Kelly and the Messengers' final album, Hidden Things, was a collection of previously released B-sides, stray non-LP tracks, radio sessions, and other rarities. It was released in May 1992, and reached No. 29. One track, "Rally Around the Drum", written with Archie Roach, was about an indigenous tent boxing man. Since 1992 Paul Kelly has had a solo career, fronted the Paul Kelly Band, and worked in occasional collaborations with other songwriters and performers.
  • 1989
    Age 34
    So Much Water So Close to Home was released in 1989 by Paul Kelly and the Messengers in all markets.
    More Details Hide Details It peaked at No. 10 on the ARIA Albums Chart, but none of its singles reached the ARIA Top 40 Singles Chart. Forster stated that, with "Everything's Turning to White", Kelly shows mastery in condensing a Raymond Carver tale of fishermen who discover a dead woman's body but continue to fish before reporting their find. The same short story was used for the 2006 film, Jindabyne, for which Kelly composed the soundtrack. DeGagne preferred "Everything's Turning to White" and "Sweet Guy" to the other album tracks, which "seem a little weak in the content department". Kelly relocated back to Melbourne after having lived in Sydney for six years. Another US tour was undertaken, but there was no further chart success for albums or singles released in the US market. In 1991 the band released Comedy, which peaked at No. 12 on the ARIA Albums Chart. DeGagne noticed "a folk-filled tinge to each song, but the occasional quickened pace balances out these tunes rather nicely". "From Little Things Big Things Grow", a seven-minute track from the album, was co-written by Kelly and Kev Carmody. It highlights The Gurindji Strike and Vincent Lingiari as part of the Indigenous Australian struggle for land rights and reconciliation. Forster indicates it has Dylanesque influences, and shows Kelly "honing the skills of a fine balladeer and storyteller". A cover version that was released in May 2008 by The GetUp Mob, part of the GetUp! advocacy group, peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA singles charts.
    From 1989 to 1992 Fairfax supplied backing vocals on tracks by Paul Kelly and the Messengers.
    More Details Hide Details In 1990, as country music artist Mary-Jo Starr, she released three singles and an album, Too Many Movies, using the Messengers and Kelly as session musicians. Michael Armiger, Connolly, and Frawley were in her backing tour band, The Drive-in Motel. Fairfax and Kelly's two children are Madeleine (born 1991) and Memphis (born 1993).
  • 1988
    Age 33
    Kelly met Kaarin Fairfax, his second wife, in 1988 and they married in 1993.
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  • 1987
    Age 32
    Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls' second album, Under the Sun, was released in late 1987 in Australia and New Zealand, and in early 1988 in North America and Europe (under the name Paul Kelly and the Messengers).
    More Details Hide Details On the Kent Music Report Albums Chart, it reached No. 19. The lead single "To Her Door", written by Kelly, peaked at No. 14 on the related singles chart. Forster indicated that the song demonstrated one of Kelly's finest qualities as a songwriter which is his unforced empathy. DeGagne observed a style similar to Elvis Costello and Steve Forbert, and said the album provided "acoustically bright story songs and character-based tales with unlimited substance". Another single, "Dumb Things", was released in early 1989 and attained No. 36 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Singles Chart. In the US, it reached No. 16 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. The song was included on the soundtrack for the 1988 Yahoo Serious film Young Einstein. The video, directed by Claudia Castle, won an ARIA Award for 'Best Video'.
  • 1986
    Age 31
    Michelle Higgins, Mushroom's public relations officer, was a Kelly supporter and locked herself into a Sebel Townhouse Hotel room—at Mushroom's expense—for nearly a week in mid-1986, and refused to leave until Gudinski had signed Kelly to a two-album recording contract.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly performed for The Rock Party, a charity project initiated by The National Campaign Against Drug Abuse, which included other Australasian musicians. The Rock Party released a 12" single, "Everything to Live For", which was produced by Joe Wissert, Phil Rigger, and Phil Beazley. In September, Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls released a 24-track double LP, Gossip. The album included remakes of four songs from Post, and also featured "Maralinga (Rainy Land)", a song about the effects of British nuclear tests on the Maralinga Tjarutja (indigenous people of Maralinga, South Australia). Gossip peaked at No. 15, with singles chart success for "Before Too Long" which peaked at No. 15, and "Darling It Hurts" which reached No. 25. A single LP version of Gossip featuring 15 songs was issued in the United States by A&M Records in July 1987. DeGagne noted that "it bursts at the seams with blustery, distinguished tunes captivating both the somberness and the intrigue thrown forward from this fine Australian storyteller".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 30
    By January 1985, he recorded the self-funded album—at a cost of $3,500—Post.
    More Details Hide Details Session musicians included Michael Barclay (Weddings, Parties, Anything) on harmonies, guitarist Steve Connolly (The Zimmermen), and bass guitarist Ian Rilen (Rose Tattoo, X). They spent two weeks recording at Clive Shakespeare's studio. Shakespeare engineered the album and co-produced with Kelly. It was released in May 1985 on the independent label White Records, and licensed to Mushroom Records. Kelly dedicated Post to his former flatmate, Hewson, who had died of a heroin overdose in January. According to McFarlane: "it's a stark, highly personalised collection of acoustic songs that showcased the extraordinary breadth of Kelly's songwriting skills." Rolling Stone (Australia) hailed Post as the best record of 1985. Allmusic's Mike DeGagne felt "While he focuses on life's daily tragedies and tribulations, there is a missing element in the music, as it lacks any vigor or flash". A single, "From St. Kilda to King's Cross", was released from the album, but did not chart. Russell Crowe, during his first trip to the US, visited the tourist venue of Death Valley and used Post to refocus himself: "his concise insights and acerbic wisdom are exactly the music for strolling the bottom of ancient oceans, both literal and metaphoric". After recording Post, Kelly established a full-time band, which included Armiger, Barclay, and Connolly, bass guitarist Jon Schofield, and keyboardist Peter Bull.
  • 1984
    Age 29
    Problems with his marriage and drug use disrupted his career, and by 1984 the marriage had broken up.
    More Details Hide Details Hilary had moved to Sydney, leaving their young son with Kelly. He disbanded the group three months later and relocated to Sydney so he could share parenting responsibilities with Hilary while Declan grew up. Paul Kelly stayed with Don Walker (Cold Chisel) in Kings Cross – Walker had lived with Hilary's sister – and wrote new songs on Walker's piano. Kelly then moved into a flat with Paul Hewson (Dragon) in Elizabeth Bay. Both Walker and Hewson encouraged Kelly to continue with his song-writing.
  • 1983
    Age 28
    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).
    More Details Hide Details By 1984 Michael Barclay replaced Martin on drums and Graham Lee (guitar, pedal steel guitar) joined. Kelly's involvement in the Melbourne drug culture—he described his heroin addiction as "a long period of occasional use"—resulted in erratic performances.
  • 1982
    Age 27
    Kelly was without a recording contract after the Dots folded in 1982.
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    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."
    More Details Hide Details Years later Kelly disavowed both Dots albums: "I wish I could grab the other two and put 'em in a big hole". The 1982 film, Starstruck, was directed by Gillian Armstrong and starred Jo Kennedy. Paul Kelly and the Dots supplied "Rocking Institution" for its soundtrack and Kelly added to the score. Kennedy released "Body and Soul", a cover of Split Enz' "She Got Body, She Got Soul" as a shared single with "Rocking Institution". Acting in a minor role in Starstruck was Kaarin Fairfax, who later became Kelly's second wife.
  • 1981
    Age 26
    Late in 1981 Paul Kelly and the Dots recorded their second album, Manila, in the Philippines' capital.
    More Details Hide Details It was issued in August 1982, but had no chart success. Release was delayed by line-up changes and because Kelly was assaulted in Melbourne – he had his jaw broken.
  • 1980
    Age 25
    Paul Kelly and the Dots signed to Mushroom Records and issued "Billy Baxter" in November 1980, which peaked at No. 38. Rock music historian, Ian McFarlane described it as a "delightful, ska-tinged" track. Kelly's first television performance was "Billy Baxter" on the national pop show Countdown. Their debut album, Talk, followed in March 1981, which reached No. 44 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart.
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  • 1979
    Age 24
    The band released their debut single "Recognition" in 1979, which did not reach the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart top 50.
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  • 1976
    Age 21
    In 1976 Kelly appeared on Debutantes, a compilation album featuring various Melbourne-based artists, and joined pub-rockers The High Rise Bombers from 1977 to 1978.
    More Details Hide Details The High Rise Bombers included Kelly (vocals, guitar, songwriter), Martin Armiger (guitar, vocals, songwriter), Lee Cass (bass guitar), Chris Dyson (guitar), Sally Ford (saxophone, songwriter), John Lloyd (drums), and Keith Shadwick (saxophone). Chris Langman (guitar, vocals) replaced Dyson in early 1978. In August, after Armiger left for The Sports and Ford for The Kevins, Kelly formed Paul Kelly and the Dots with Langman and Lloyd. The High Rise Bombers recorded two tracks, "She's Got It" and "Domestic Criminal", which appeared on The Melbourne Club, a 1981 compilation by various artists on Missing Link Records. Kelly had already established himself as a respected songwriter—other Melbourne musicians would go to see him on their nights off. He was introduced to Hilary Brown at one of the Dots' gigs and they later married – the relationship is described in "When I First Met Your Ma" (1992). Brown's father supplied Kelly with a gravy recipe – used on "How to Make Gravy" (1996). Their son, Declan, was born in 1980.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The club was upstairs above a jewellery and craft store. Tables and chairs on a wooden floor with a small stage... By the time I got onstage I was shaking. I sang Bob Dylan's 'Girl from the North Country', the Nashville Skyline version, and 'The Streets of Forbes', a folk song about the bushranger Ben Hall. He later recalled: His first published song, "It's the Falling Apart that Makes You", was written after listening to Van Morrison's Astral Weeks at the age of 19, although in an interview with Drum Media he recalled writing his first unpublished song: "It was an open-tuning and had four lines about catching trains. I have got a recording of it somewhere. It was called 'Catching a Train'. I wrote a lot of songs about trains early on, trains and fires, and then I moved on to water".
  • 1973
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He began writing prose and started a magazine with some friends. Kelly spent several years working odd jobs, travelling around the country and learning guitar before he moved to Melbourne in 1976.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Age 0
    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).
    More Details Hide Details According to Rip It Up magazine, "legend has it" that Kelly's mother gave birth to him "in a taxi outside North Adelaide's Calvary Hospital". In the lyrics for his Comedy (1991) album track, "It's All Downhill from Here" Kelly wrote: Although Kelly was raised as a Roman Catholic, he later described himself as not believing in any god. He is the great great grandson of Jeremiah Kelly, who fled Ireland in 1852 and settled in Clare, South Australia. His paternal grandfather, Francis Kelly, established a law firm in 1917, which his father, John, joined in 1937. John died in 1968 at the age of 52, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease three years earlier. Kelly was 13 years old. Kelly described his father: "I have good memories, he was the kind of father that, well, I missed him when he died very much. The older children were growing into him at the time he died. He was not well enough to play sport with me". In his song, "Adelaide", from Post (1985), he wrote:
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