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Molly Meldrum 1986

When Mike Young and Scott Robinson read about a song-writing contest in the local newspaper, they decided to enter. When school bitch Sue Parker heard what they were planning, she decided to play a cruel prank, as revenge for Mike knocking back her romantic advances. Sue phoned the Robinson house and pretended to be Molly Meldrum’s personal assistant, claiming that Molly had heard their entry and wanted to meet them. After sprucing up their song, I Believe, with some help from Clive Gibbons and some backing vocals from Scott’s girlfriend, Charlene Mitchell, they went to the meeting. They were devastated, however, when Molly and his assistant, Lynne Randell, explained that they had arranged no such meeting. Realising how upset the boys were, Molly agreed to listen to the tape and was impressed. He contacted his promoter friend Brian Hansen and the three of them agreed that it showed some promise. However, when Lynne then contacted Scott to arrange another meeting, he thought it was Sue playing another trick and slammed the phone down on her. In the end, Brian turned up at the Robinson house, but it turned out that he didn’t want to sign up the boys – just Charlene. Although Charlene went along to do some recording with Brian and Molly, she realised that she’d hate to be a backing singer and would rather finish her HSC.

Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum has been a well-known personality in Australia since the 1960s, particularly in the music industry. He is best known for his role in the popular music show Countdown, which ran from 1974 until 1987. Before that, he worked as a roadie and in music journalism. In the 1990s, he made regular appearances on the variety show, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, as well as becoming a music manager. In more recent times, he became a face of the Seven Network, as a judge on Popstars Live and currently has his own segment on breakfast show Sunrise. In 2006, he was one of ten celebrities to take part in the fourth series of Dancing With The Stars and was voted off first.

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