Remembering "Gentleman" Geoff
- With a career spanning over 30 years,
dashing Tamworth icon "Gentleman" Geoff Brown played a pivotal
role in establishing Australia's Country Music Capital. Featured
here are 8 tracks originally released on EP's in the 1970's -
"Gentleman Geoff Brown" and "More Gentleman Geoff Brown". A
special addition to this collection is six extra tracks never
before issued in any format, recorded especially for the "Big T
Jubilee" and the "Bob Clark Show" radio programmes on Radio
Station 2TM in 1971 and 1972.
1. The Man From Timbuctoo 2. A Lotta Little Things 3. It Shouldn’t
Happen To A Dog 4. Lessons I Learnt On Mothers Knee 5. Limping
Back 6. A Thousand Miles From Anywhere 7. The Other Half Of Me 8.
North To Alaska
Special Live Radio Performances – Never Before Released!
Introduction by Bob Clark 1:30 9. (a) Old Friends Old Times Old
Places Chat with Bob Clark 1:27 10. (a) Fred And Ned Chat with Bob
Clark and Play Out 1:00 Introductions by Eric Scott 11. (b) No
Country Music On The Juke Box 12. (b) A Lotta Little Things 13.
(c) Truck Driving Man 14. (c) A Thousand Miles From Anywhere Back
Announcement Eric Scott & Play Out 0:15
Gentleman Geoff Brown
Brown was born in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia in 1929 and
lived in the city all of his life.
The first country music venue in Tamworth was at McGuire's Hotel
("Joe McGuire's Pub") which has become one of the country music
icons to be visited by C/W fans. It was Geoff Brown who brought
the first country music group to McGuire's.
Geoff's association with radio and TV began in 1946 with live
broadcasts of (radio) "2TM's Women's Radio Get -togethers." Geoff
has appeared on [TV] "Reg Lindsay's National Country Music Hour"
(1969) and [radio] "The Big T Jubilee" (1972.)
Between 1967 and 1970, his recordings were released by RCA,
followed by a period of record releases on Hadley Records
"The Geoff Brown Show Band," Tamworth's first country package
show, took country music all over New South Wales, Queensland and
Victoria throughout the 1970s, including a series of shows, in
1977, which played to audiences in the heart of the City of Sydney
at the Haymarket and Martin Place for Radio 2TM.
Geoff became a foundation member of the Tamworth Branch of the
Modern Country Music Association in 1966; was elected
Vice-President in 1967 and guided the club's re-formation into the
Capital Country Music Association in September of 1971. With the
CCMA, he has remained an executive committee member to the present
day, serving as President from the mid 1980s to 1995. In
appreciation of loyal service and dedication to the cause of
country music in Tamworth, CCMA Life Membership was bestowed upon
Geoff in 1978.
He was inducted into the "Hands of Fame" in 1979.
Geoff was a founding trustee (1994) of the Australian Country
Music Trust, which operated the "Country Music Heritage Hall"
Museum and Archive in Tamworth.
In his last years, Geoff battled emphysema. He passed away in the
Tamworth Base Hospital on 21st August, 2000
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