Below is an excerpt from a transcript Matt wrote to a friend
Briefly: I was born in Egypt
of mixed European parentage (French/Italian/English) and came out to Australia
in 1951 after a year in England. I was always musically inclined and started
singing and playing guitar in Melbourne soon after my National Service in the
RAAF at Point Cook in the mid-fifties. The name I was known by then was Louis
I started playing double bass
with a couple of groups and toured Japan and worked around Australia until early
sixties when I went to England, formed my own group and worked in London for
On my return to Australia I
had the band at the Chevron Hotel in Melbourne, still playing bass and singing.
A Melbourne musician ( Johnnie Hawker ) used me in some singing commercials for
radio and television and these came to the attention of Ron Tudor. This man
offered me a recording contract on Behalf of Astor records and suggested the
name change to Matt Flinders to make it easier for DJ’s to pronounce and
My first record, a single, was
'Something is happening' which went to no 14 on the charts. A year or so later,
late 1969, I recorded 'Picking up Pebbles' still on Astor. This went to No 1 and
had the distinction of replacing a Beatles hit from the No 1 spot ( Hey Jude, I
From then on I recorded on Ron
Tudor's label 'Fable'. I started working with the ABC, with my own shows, both
on Radio and Television and was the recipient of a TV award for one year.
I am not working in the
business any more, and only perform rarely for charitable or other organisations
in a very low-profile way. I am now a Civil Celebrant, doing
Baby-naming and Funerals, and keeping busy and useful in my senior years.
I have however a bit of a yen
to record a CD of some of my favourite songs, such as I have never recorded
before... but who knows? Perhaps, one day, but it will be purely self-indulgent
if I do.
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