Mike McCLELLAND (1984)
1945 – Born on August 24th
He began performing in the mid
1960’s as a singer-guitarist at the “Troubadour” (Sydney’s
folk music headquarters). As neither a folk singer or a
traditionalist he took to blues and country and developed his
own guitar style.
1969 – Joined the “Clair Pool”
singers on Barry Crocker’s weekly “Sound of Music” show and
stayed until the end of 1970.
1972 - Released his first album,
titled simply "Mike McClellan". He toured extensively for the
next 2 years playing the songs from that first album and
previewing the material that would make up his breakthrough
1974 – Release of
and Danceman". Mike McClellan was already an established
performer on the acoustic music scene. That song was to bring
him national recognition and a following that has remained loyal
to his highly personal brand of music for over 25 years.
His second album. "Ask Any
Dancer" went Gold and "Song and Danceman" was voted Song of the
Year at the Annual Music Industry Awards in February 1975.
with such performers as Roger Miller, Melanie, Dr. Hook, The
Hollies and Leo Kottke expanded his audience even further and he
earned rave reviews for his capacity to hold his own in the
company of such internationally recognised stars.
That recognition took a giant
leap forward when Rick Nelson recorded one of his most acclaimed
songs, "Rock’n Roll Lady", in 1975 and John Farnham covered
The release of what many regard as his finest album of the 70’s
- "Until the Song is Done". "The Gamble" shot to the top of the
country charts and "Lovers Never Wind up Friends" and "Midnight
Flight" were covered overseas.
"An Evening With Mike McClellan" was released and included some
of his most requested concert tunes, among them several
brilliant demonstrations of his unique guitar playing.
1979 - Mike compered his first
television series "National Star Quest" which lead to his being
asked to take over the highly successful ABC program "Country Road".
Within a year it became "Mike McClellan’s Country Music" and he
continued to present the show for a further 3 years.
1980 - Marked a change in
direction. He parted company with EMI and, working with Harry
Vanda and George Young of the Easybeats, released "Laughing in
the Dark" on the Albert’s label. It became his second gold album
on the strength of the single "The One I Love".
1982 - Took him overseas to the
UK and America. He was away for 12 months, gathering
enthusiastic reviews wherever he played and establishing
valuable contact with international publishers.
1983 - His return to
was to become a watershed. Weary of the constant travelling he
committed himself to building a reputation in the advertising
industry for which he had occasionally been writing as a
freelancer. Success came quickly. Firstly with Mojo, then an
agency in partnership with others and finally his own company,
Hooks, Lines and Thinkers.
!984 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
He released an album of new
songs in 1990. "The Heartland"
1998 was another auspicious year
in his long career for it marked the release of his first single
for Warner Music. But the three songs it contained were a little
different to past McClellan discs. They were tributes to three
great Australian sportsmen, Mark Taylor, the then recently
retired Aussie cricket captain, Sir Donald Bradman, and David
Campese, often called "the Bradman of Rugby."
2001 sees the release of a
comprehensive retrospective of his recording career. Personally
chosen and carefully remastered from the original tapes "Time.
And Time Again." is a double CD containing more than 30 of his
best songs. Among them he has re-recorded two from his very
first album. A third track, "New York City Blues", is a never
before released gem that was recorded during the sessions for
"The Heartland" CD.