I was organist with the touring Carols Varieties show in 1963 1964 Under the ownership of Geoff Mack and Lucky Grills
"Carols" entertained people in remote and some coastal areas of Queensland and New South Wales. It was Australia's last
full touring, under canvas, Vaudeville show.
Geoff helped me with photography (as well as show biz in general I later became a TV presenter and international
journalist).I used some of his cameras as well as developing and printing equipment and so there remains today a
lasting memento of Carols in the form of hundreds of black and white and some colour photos. I also taped two of the
shows, and have since restored the audio into digital format. Some of the photo and audio material of Carols and of
course Geoff and Tabbi Mack has been taken in to the archives of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane.
Of the colour photos taken in 1963 one of my favourites was of Geoff and his wife Tabbi Frances sitting at the kitchen
table (at left) of their caravan whilst in Gundagi... behind them a map of Australia...perhaps the very map that was the inspitation
for Geoff's legend of a song "I've been everywhere".
Later circa 1979 I photographed Geoff and Tabbi at their home in mount Kuring-Gai and in the late 90's they were again
pictured this time at my home in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (this one still to be restored)..
I hope you'll be able to include this short note and the two photos on your wonderful website..
It's rarely on the road of life that one can meet and make such good friends as Geoff and Tabbi Mack..
Stephen. J Fleay.
My sincere thanks to Stephen for this lovely story I hope everyone
will enjoys it as much as I do. The photos are something very special.
If anyone else has something like Stephen's story they would like to add to this tribute site I'd be most appreciative
to receive it.
I am so very grateful to Stephen for his contribution to this great Legendary Australian entertainer. We cannot forget
Tabbi either who has been, and still is a great Legendary entertainer in her own right.
Geoff Mack elevated to the Country Music Roll of Renown
Australian country music legends Geoff Mack and Jean Stafford were elevated to the Country Music Roll of Renown in
Tamworth yesterday afternoon.
Renowned as one of Australia's most successful country comedy and variety entertainers, Geoff Mack's thousands of
appearances over some six decades have endeared him to generations of Australians.
In 1959, Geoff wrote I've Been Everywhere which was recorded in 1962 by Lucky Starr and quickly became one of Australia's
biggest selling songs of all time. It has been recorded by numerous artists in dozens of languages around the world
Affectionately known as "Tangle Tongue", Geoff's performing career, together with his spectacular songwriting ability,
have confirmed him as one of our nation's most loved and respected entertainers.
My thanks to the
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