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12 February - Grant McLennan, Australian Singer-Songwriter

Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:17 pm
by Max ADU
Australian Birthday Today - Grant William McLennan, born 12 February 1958, Rockhampton, central Queensland – died 6 May 2006, Brisbane Queensland, was an Australian singer-songwriter


In 1976 McLennan began a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Queensland. And the long-serving and controversial Joh Bjelke-Petersen was State Premier at the time McLennan was arrested in a student protest against aspects of his conservative policies.

Grant was a co-founded of the alternative rock band The Go-Betweens. In a career spanning almost thirty years, his work with The Go-Betweens (1977–89, 2000–06) is complemented by several solo releases and side-project collaborations with other performers.

McLennan received a number of accolades recognising his achievements and contributions as songwriter and lyricist, including the naming of his 1983 composition Cattle and Cane by APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) as one of the 30 greatest Australian songs of all time.

A number of McLennan's songs evoke the impressions and imagery of the regional background of his childhood, such as the breakthrough Cattle and Cane, Dusty in Here (about his father), Boundary Rider, and Bye Bye Pride.

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Grant McLennan died at his home in Brisbane on 6 May 2006, aged 48, from a heart attack. He was preparing for a party at his home to celebrate with his fiancée, Emma Pursey. Whilst preparing for the party, he complained of feeling unwell, and went upstairs to rest. He died in his room and was found soon after by his flatmate, friends and fiancée.