Mother Goose Profile

Murray Cammick
19 Apr 2013

Mother Goose were a rock and roll band from Dunedin who had significant success in the late 1970s in Australia. Their unique and quite hilarious video for the 1977 single 'Baked Beans' was amongst the most played clips across the Tasman that decade.

The band got started in November 1975 when students Craig Johnston and Steve Young completed their university studies and decided to form a new group. They had both played in the band Biggles. Steve asked old friends from school days, Peter Dickson and Dennis Gibbons from the popular local band Argus, to join the group and they brought the Argus drummer Marcel Rodeka with them. Completing the six-piece line-up was Kevin Collings.

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1977 Mushroom publicity shot
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Mother Goose: See If I Care (live 1977)
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Mother Goose - Baked Beans
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Mother Goose: Chatanooga Choo Choo (live 1977)
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Re-sound reunion concert March 23rd 2007 - Peter Dickson, Marcel Rodeka, Denis Gibbins, Craig Johnston, Kevin "Dwarf" Collings
Photo credit: Photo by Craig Baxter
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Ray Columbus awards Steve Young (Mother Goose) the 1982 APRA Silver Scroll
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Ray Columbus awards Steve Young the 1982 APRA Silver Scroll for I Can't Sing Very Well. Graham Brazier and Dave McArtney are behind.
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Mother Goose in the early 1980s
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Re-sound reunion concert March 23rd 2007 - Marcel Rodeka, Denis Gibbins, Craig Johnston, Kevin "Dwarf" Collings
Photo credit: Photo by Craig Baxter
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Mother Goose storm Wellington with guests Dennis O'Brien and The Heartbreakers, ANZAC Day, 1976
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Labels:

Mushroom Records


Parole


WEA

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Members:

Kevin "Dwarf" Collings - guitar

Pete Dickson - guitar, vocals

Denis Gibbins - bass

Craig Johnston - vocals, drums

Marcel Rodeka - drums

Steve Young - keyboards

Justin McCarthy - guitar

Neil Shilkin - keyboards

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Trivia:

Their self-directed film clip for the single Baked Beans was so popular it was played on television stations between prime time programmes on Australia.