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One Of Our Finest Songwriters Is Having A Birthday


Australian songwriter and musician Don Walker is 68 on the 29th of November.

Born in the Queensland town of Ayr, Don grew up in the New South Wales town of Grafton where he learnt piano and studied physics.

He met Ian Moss and Steve Prestwich in Adelaide and was a part of the band Orange, who became Cold Chisel.

The band moved to Melbourne and then settled in Sydney with Don living in Kings Cross from '76.

In '78 the band's self titled debut album and the Walker written single Khe Sanh broke into the top 40.

Over the next seven years Cold Chisel dominated the Australian live music scene and had numerous chart hits with Don writing songs likes of Breakfast At Sweethearts, Cheap Wine, Flame Tress and Saturday Night.

When Cold Chisel broke up, Don took an extended break from the music scene and then worked under the name Catfish.

He later recorded and performed with Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen in the band called Tex, Don and Charlie.

In '98 Cold Chisel reunited for the album The Last Wave Of Summer and new albums No Plans and The Perfect Crime were released in 2012 and 2015 respectively.

This year Don released his second book called Songs and the writer was at the book launch and spoke to the man himself.

Photo credit: Shaun Stokie