In 1979 crazy Molly somehow convinced the VFL to allow “The Countdown All Stars” to run onto the MCG at 3/4 time of the Reserves GF. This was the year of Wayne Harmes and the Colliwobbles. A bunch of us so called “stars” including @Skyhooks’ Shirley, a young James Reyne, Wilbur, Jon English, John St Peters and Molly himself, ran and slipped and slid over the MCG. I dumped Molly in the mud and he returned the favour.
But later in the stands as we watched the game it was Jon English who all the fans wanted to greet and get photos with. The rest of us (except for maybe Shirl) were just dung on the studs of history. JE was a genuine star respected by musicians, loved by fans. He’ll be missed by many and with the loss of the incredible Hannaford still just sinking in you have to feel like there’s a huge gap in Australian music that will take a very long time to fill. Daddy Cool Octagon Theatre circa 1972 a concert that inspired to aspire and made me believe Australians could be as original as anybody in the rock world.