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Australian music icon Glenn Wheatley dies of Covid aged 74

Australian music icon Glenn Wheatley has tragically passed away.

The legendary music producer and talent manager died in Melbourne on Tuesday after apparently suffering from complications from Covid.

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A “pioneer“in the Australian music industry for more than four decades, the 74-year-old”track pioneer » began his career as the bassist for the rock band Masters Apprentices in the 60s, before moving on to managing high profile bands and artists.

Wheatley has fronted bands like the Little River Band, Australian Crawl, Moving Pictures, Delta Goodrem, Kate Ceberano and his most illustrious decades-long partnership of all John Farnham frontman.

Brisbane-born Wheatley propelled John Farnham’s hit comeback album Whispering Jack to the top of the pop charts in 1986.

Whispering Jack remains Australia’s best-selling album by an Australian artist.

Tributes continue to pour in as many share their deep gratitude for the promoter, who fought for the rights of artists and the Australian recording industry.

Joe Camilleri posted a tribute on Facebook:We lose another great Australian in Glenn Wheatley who had a big impact. TEAR”

“He left his mark on Australian music forever”, The apprentice masters said.

“He was a great negotiator, and he was a great champion of Australian music, here and, of course, overseas,” Former Little River Band member Glenn Shorrock told the ABC.

“Gutted…what a man…what a life,” Richard Wilkins tweeted.

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