Legendary Australian music producer Glenn Wheatley dies

Glenn Wheatley, one of Australia’s music industry pioneers, died at the age of 74.

Wheatley, who managed prominent entertainers such as John Farnham and Delta Goodrem during his career, reportedly died after being admitted to COVID-19.

Born in Queensland, Wheatley was a masters apprentice bassist in the 1960s and played on the hits “Turn Up Your Radio” and “Because I Love You”.

He founded the Wheatley organization in 1975 and became the manager of the Little River Band.

Glenshorock, a founding member of the Little River Band, told ABC Breakfast that it was a sad day for Australian music.

“We first met in the mid-1960s. He came from Brisbane and I came with Twilight from Adelaide. Masters Apprentice, he played the bass for them, I Not as good as it might add, “he said.

Shorock said his old friend was passionate about Australian music and thought the musicians were doing a live deal.

“He fought for better loyalty rates and more money for struggling musicians. Thanks to people like him, we’re not a hobby, they now call the industry. I have something that is out. “

Wheatley is famous for borrowing Farnum’s 1986 comeback album, Whispering Jack, on a mortgage. This album has become one of Australia’s best-selling albums.

The album rejuvenated Farnum’s career, and the last song added to it, Your The Voice, became an Australian pop anthem.

After mixing the first version of the song, Wheatley remained flat, so Farnum returned to the recording booth.

“He then sang Livin’s Bejesas,” Wheatley said in an oral history published in 2014.

Shawrock said Wheatley was a generous man who negotiated some big deals for musicians.

“His goal was to make great music in Australia and bring it to the world, similar to mine. He did it in spades,” he said.

Entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins said Wheatley is one of the three major pioneers in the Australian music industry who died last year, including INXS manager Chris Murphy and Mushroom Records founder Michael Gudinski. ..

“He was one of the founders of the Australian music industry,” he told Sydney Radio 2GB.

Wheatley also managed Goodrem and helped launch Innocent Eyes, which debuted in 2003.

He spent about 10 months in prison in 2007 after pleading guilty to tax evasion.

His life was a roller coaster of extraordinary ups and downs, and after investing in a nightclub shortly before the global financial crisis, he “lost everything” and began to live in his home-in-law.

However, Wheatley has always been positive and the ultimate trading maker.

“He was always trading, and it will always be the next big thing,” Wilkins said.

Masters Apprentice said on Facebook that Wheatley “left his mark on Australian music forever.”

“I’m deeply saddened by Glenn Wheatley’s death,” the band posted on Facebook.

“We will miss him a lot. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Gainer, son Tim, and daughters Samantha and Kara.

“Always a Master Apprentice! With Thoughts, Memories, and Love-Brian, Mick, Gavin, Rick, Craig, Bill.”

Kate Ceberano paid tribute to Wheatley on Twitter.

“Glen Rock’n Roller, Rascal, Dreamer, Hustler, Optimist, Manager, Visionary. Condolences to the Wheatley family. Glen is great!”

Singer Marcia Hines also expressed her condolences.

“I woke up to the sad news that Glenn Wheatley died. I would like to express my condolences to my wife Gainer and his entire family during this very sad time,” she wrote.

“May he sleep peacefully.”



Australian Associated Press is an Australian news agency.