Australian Music Icon, Glen Wheatley has died at the age of 74.
The world mourns the passing of one of Australian music’s biggest and most influential icons, Glen Wheatley. Wheatley first gained massive recognition as a member of The Masters Apprentices. This earned him a place in the ARIA Hall of Fame.
Wheatley is also known for championing the success of some of Australia’s biggest and most successful musicians as an artist manager after his successful stint with The Masters Apprentices. Some of these artists include John Farnham, Little River Band, and Delta Goodrem.
A report by Billboard states that the music icon was “hospitalized with COVID-19 prior to his death on Tuesday in Melbourne”.
Wheatley was born in Brisbane, Queensland to a truck driver father. He got his big break with Bay City Union, a local blues-rock band whose frontman was Matt Taylor. Later on, in the 1960s, he co-founded the band, The Masters Apprentices. The band attained success over the 4-year course of their reign with the hits “Turn Up Your Radio”, “Because I Love You”, and more. They also gained praise for the album “Choice Cuts” which was released in 1971. The project was recorded at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios.
It was amazing how the band attained major recognition in only four years of their existence. They are regarded as one of Australia’s leading bands, and in 1998, the band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
Asides from gaining fame as the bass player for The Masters Apprentices, Wheatley also made a name as a serial entrepreneur. He established several organizations including The Wheatley Organisation in 1975 and the Eon FM in 1981. In 1989, he was the founding director of Triple M Network. Five years ago, his Talentworks formed Talentworks Parade, a joint venture with Sony Music. Social media has been flooded with messages following his passing.
Music Victoria is saddened to learn of the passing of iconic music producer and talent manager Glenn Wheatley.
— Music Victoria (@MusicVictoria) February 1, 2022
We would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Glenn Wheatley, who has passed away aged 74. pic.twitter.com/g8LcD8H6S3
— ARIA (@ARIA_Official) February 1, 2022
Devastating news… there are no words, our hearts are broken. 💔
Our love and thoughts to all who loved Glenn, especially his family… he was one of a kind, special to so many …#glennwheatley
— John Farnham (@JacksPlaceJF) February 1, 2022