Ted Mulry Gang

b. 2 September 1951, Oldham, Lancashire, England, d. 1 September 2001, Sydney, Australia. Mulry emigrated to Australia in 1969 where he took a bulldozer driving job in the NSW Main Roads Department. His interest in songwriting prompted him to record a demo tape, leading to a recording contract with Parlophone Records. His debut single, the romantic ballad ‘Julia’, became a minor hit, following which he signed to the nascent Albert Records label and recorded Vanda And Young’s ‘Falling In Love Again’. Mulry also made a name for himself as a songwriter for other artists, and briefly returned to the UK to perform under the name of Steve Ryder. Back in Australia in 1972, Mulry began playing the bass and joined with Herman Kovacs (drums) and Les Hall (guitar) to form the Ted Mulry Gang. Shortly before the release of the band’s debut album, Here We Are, rhythm guitarist Gary Dixon was added to the line-up.

The Ted Mulry Gang marked a decisive change in musical direction for the singer, dumping his old balladeer image in favour of good-time rock ‘n’ roll. He revived old standards, such as ‘Darktown Strutters’ Ball’, wrote a hit, ‘Jump In My Car’, toured widely and appealed to young teenage fans. The band shortened their name to TMG after switching to the Mushroom Records label in 1977, but by the end of the decade the hits had begun to dry up. The band continued to perform as a popular act on the live circuit, without releasing any more records until the mid-80s, when Mulry retired to run a garage. The band re-formed for a 70s revival show in 1990 and continued playing despite Mulry’s other projects, including a slot on the televised Roy & HG Show. In 2000 Mulry was diagnosed with brain cancer, and succumbed to the disease the following September.

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