Industry Reacts To The Passing Of Aus Music Legend Glenn Wheatley

2 February 2022 | 12:02 pm | Staff Writer

"A titan in our industry and a great champion of Australian music."

The Australian music industry and beyond is mourning the loss of a pioneering force, Glenn Wheatley.

It was reported overnight that the legendary manager, bass player and FM radio icon had passed away from COVID-19 complications, and given the legacy he’s left behind, it’s not surprising that tributes from colleagues, artists, family, friends and more are flowing.

"In spite of having achieved so much, there was a lot more he wanted to give," his family said.

“He had an enthusiasm that was unmatched and believed that anything was possible. He gave everything to support projects he believed in, whether they were ultimately successful or not - his immense passion and enthusiasm was an integral part of Glenn Wheatley.”

Tim Wheatley added: “He treated roadies, artists and fans with the same love and respect, and had time for everyone. He would leave Rod Laver Arena after a John Farnham concert, just to carry my amp into the Espy. Everything he did was for his family. He regarded his family as his greatest achievement.”

The Farnhams have also released a statement: “Our family are devastated at the loss of our friend. We also obviously feel for his family as well. With his passing so many people have lost a part of their lives. We will miss you Glenn, and promise to be there for Gaynor and the family. Love Jill, John, Robert and James Farnham.”

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Kate Ceberano described Wheatley as a ‘rock’n’roller, rascal, dreamer, hustler, optimist, manager and visionary', while promoter Paul Dainty said he was “a titan in our industry and a great champion of Australian music”.

Daryl Braithwaite has also commented on his immense influence, noting “he was a lovely man and did so much for bands and music in general from 1965 to now”.

Beginning his career in the ‘60s as the bass player in seminal Australian rock act The Master's Apprentices, Wheatley went on to become one of Australia's best-known music managers, widely known for his work with John Farnham.

Others paying tribute include Jimmy Barnes, The Black Sorrows, David Campbell, Marcia Hines and more.

You can read more about Wheatley’s career here and see tributes below.