Greg CHAMPION (2000)
Born in Benalla Victoria and raised in South Australia, Champs is Australia's
leading writer of AFL and cricket songs, with several Aussie
Rules hit songs since the 1980s.
His musical diversity however, extends beyond the sports
fields to include more moving and descriptive pieces capturing
the emotion of Australian life in the way John Williamson, Eric
Bogle and Ted Egan are renowned for.
Growing up in Adelaide,
Champs moved to
Victoria in 1979. By
1980, he had met with success and his career took off as front
man with ground-breaking Melbourne rock band The Fabulaires, and
The Young Homebuyers, performing with Australian legends Wayne
Burt (Black Sorrows, JoJo Zep), JJ Hackett (Stars, Mondo Rock)
and later, in the '80s, with Wayne Duncan and Ross Hannaford,
both of Daddy Cool.
In 1983, Champs drifted into radio with the now
legendary Coodabeen Champions, which has since become an
institution on commercial and ABC radio over an amazing 29
Parallel to his parody and
comedy work and growing reputation as a radio personality and
entertainer, Champs rose to national prominence in 1986 with the
release of the single
I Made a 100 In The Backyard At Mum's.
This widely-played tune was subsequently included as the
leading track on an Australia All Over album from ABC's Ian
"Macca" McNamara, which sold over 150,000 copies. In 1995,
Channel 7 took up his anthem 'That's The
Thing About Football' as a theme for their
AFL broadcasts over several years.
Meanwhile, Champs continues to pursue his career in the
Aussie Country Music and Folk scenes as a leading Australiana
songwriter and performer - having collected a number of key
industry awards and nominations since 1994.
Forging his own distinctive path through the Australian
musical landscape, it's been said of Champs that he has
contributed to the fabric of Australian culture.
1994 – Golden Guitar for Video
Track of the Year with “May Your Fridge be Full of Coldies”.
2000 - South Australian Country
Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame. Inducted
into the Hands of fame in Tamworth.
2008 – People’s Choice Awards –
Career Achievement Award.