1922 – Born
Albert Geoffrey McElhinney
on the 12th
of December in Surrey Hills,
As a teenager he joined the air force.
1944 - Geoff had begun performing
professionally while still in the RAAF. He was in
at the time, just singing around the camps and messes when he
was asked to support Gracie Fields with 18,000 troops in the
1948 - Moving to
he worked there and in
for the next 6 years. In
Geoff met English comedian and dancer Tabby Francis.
1953 – Married Tabby in 1953; they
then rode their motorbike from England out to Sri Lanka, shipped
to Fremantle in Western Australia and rode across the Nullabour
Plains, arriving in Sydney in December 1954.
1959 - Wrote the country music
classic "I’ve been everywhere" (originally titled Swagman Rock).
Geoff Mack had been working a
resort in Coolangatta in Queensland
for several years, during that time Geoff had taken to serious
1960 – With Lucky Grills bought out the Sorlies Roadshow
and for the next 6 years toured NSW and QLD with a 20 piece
troupe called “Carol’s Varieties” for 10 months of the year
1961 - Geoff presented this song
to the A&R manager at Festival Records in
He told Geoff that the title of the song would have to be
changed from the "Swagman Rock " to " I’ve Been Everywhere "
because Rock and Roll will be dead in a year.
1962 - “I’ve Been Everywhere” was first recorded by
"Lucky Star” and the song went straight to number one on the
Australian Music charts and stayed at the top for fifteen weeks.
Lucky Star’s manager requested versions of the song with New
Zealand and United Kingdom rhyming lyrics, that were to become
the basis of a four track extended play single that would be
titled "Lucky’s Been Everywhere " .
1963 - Geoff also had success with
the American, German and Japanese versions that he wrote. The CM
fraternity in the US
presented him with a citation for composing Hank Snow’s chart
topping version of the song. There have been a number of spin
offs to this song- “I’ve Had Everything”, “I’ve Eaten
Everything”, “I’ve driven Everything”.
1978 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame. Toured with Slim
Dusty until 1983.
1990 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards-
Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
2005 - Geoff was awarded an Order of Australia Medal
(OAM) for his services to Country Music.
2008 – Elevated to the Roll of Renown.