Malcolm McCallum Profile

Glen Moffatt
12 May 2015

In July 1978 Malcolm McCallum’s career was set to ignite in Australia. With a new album featuring the Little River Band rhythm section and top Melbourne session players, he was flown between Melbourne and Sydney to meet CBS executive staff.

He also appeared on Countdown and his first Australian single ‘Who Is Your Love For?’ was added by Sydney hit-making radio station 2SM. But three days later, the station inexplicably pulled the song and McCallum’s career struggled to regain momentum.

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Victim In Paradise, released on CBS, 1980
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Mal McCallum - Thinking About You (2006)
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Mal McCallum and Mark Williams - K1W1 (1988)
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Above The Wires, released independently, 2006
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Straite, 1973. Left to right: Malcolm McCallum, Kit Panting, Stan Mitchell (drums), Andy Burns.
Photo credit: Mal McCallum collection
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Stepping Stones, released independently, 2000
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Straite, 1973. Left to right: Kit Panting, Malcolm McCallum, Andy Burns, Stan Mitchell.
Photo credit: Photo by Peter Bramwell
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Naked To The Sky, released on CBS, 1978
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The ConRays album Still Hot! released 2010
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Think, John Hanlon and Malcolm McCallum at Albert Park, October 1976
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Malcolm McCallum Band, 1979. Left to right: Mark McEntee, Ian Belton, Malcolm McCallum, Richard Harvey.
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Malcolm McCallum's debut album recorded for WEA New Zealand with producer Julian Lee in 1976
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Malcolm McCallum in a CBS publicity shot
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Malcolm McCallum at the 1995 APRA Silver Scrolls
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Malcolm McCallum backstage at the Billy Joel concert in Sydney, 1981. Photo credit: Mal McCallum collection
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Straite, 1973. Left to right: Stan Mitchell, Malcolm McCallum, Andy Burns, Kit Panting
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The Malcolm McCallum Band performing at the launch for Victim In Paradise at The Governor's Pleasure, The Rocks, Sydney, 1980. Left to right: Mike Harvey, Mark Williams, Ian Belton, Malcolm McCallum, Mark McEntee.
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Malcolm McCallum Band, 1979. Left to right: Mark McEntee, Ian Belton, Malcolm McCallum, Richard Harvey.
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Trivia:

Malcolm McCallum’s last CBS single, ‘Question Of Love’, was produced by American Peter McIan, who was in Australia to work with Sharon O’Neill and to produce Men At Work’s debut LP Business As Usual, which included the massive hit ‘Down Under’.

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EMI


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