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1979 Countdown Hosts

1979

I'm going to start a thread devoted to working out the hosts for shows from 1979. I've found information from researching old Melbourne Age newspapers. The Melbourne Age was pretty good, in the early days, of naming the hosts/guest acts of upcoming shows for the weekend. Toward the end of the decade however, there was much less information about each show. They just had a generic comment for Countdown virtually every week.

Anyway, I was hoping that, together, we could all research what we can to help fill in the gaps. I know university libraries, state libraries and other institutes around the country have extensive collections (mainly electronic) of newspapers going back to the 70s. Perhaps there is information in newspapers other than the Melbourne Age that contain the information we need.

Worth a try, don't you think? I welcome any additions or corrections.

18/02/79 – Molly Meldrum (Source: Rage)
25/02/79 –

04/03/79 – Plastic Bertrand (Source: Advertised on Countdown 18/02/79)
10/03/79 – Shirley Strachan (Source: Rage)
16/03/79 –
23/03/79 – Shirley Strachan (Source: Rage)

01/04/79 –
08/04/79 – Bob Welch (Source: Rage)
15/04/79 –
22/04/79 –
29/04/79 –

06/05/79 - Smokie (Source: Rage)
13/05/79 –
20/05/79 –
27/05/79 –

03/06/79 –
10/06/79 –
17/06/79 – Eric Oldfield (Source: Rage)
24/06/79 – Russell Morris (Source: Rage)

01/07/79 – Marc Hunter (Source: Melbourne Age TV Guide)
08/07/79 – Glen Shorrock (Source: Rage)
15/07/79 – Dolly Parton (Source: Rage)
22/07/79 – Darryl Cotton (Source: Rage)
29/07/79 – Shirley Strachan (Source: Rage)

05/08/79 – Split Enz (Source: Rage)
12/08/79 – The Highway (Source: Rage)
19/08/79 – Roger Voudouris (Source: Rage)
26/08/79 – Peter Mochrie (Source: Rage)

02/09/79 –
09/09/79 –
16/09/79 – John Paul Young (Source: Rage)
23/09/79 – John St Peeters (Source: Melbourne Age TV Guide)
30/09/79 –

07/10/79 – Shirley Strachan (Source: Rage)
14/10/79 –
21/10/79 – James Reyne (Source: Rage)
28/10/79 – Steve Gilpin (Source: Rage)

04/11/79 – Russell Hitchcock (Source: Rage)
11/11/79 – Graham Parker (Source: Rage)
18/11/79 – Molly Meldrum/Boomtown Rats (Source: Rage)
25/11/79 – Marc Hunter (Source: Rage)

02/12/79 – Elton John (Source: Rage)
09/12/79 –
16/12/79 – Molly Meldrum (Source: Rage)

Re: 1979 Countdown Hosts

Another one from ...

1979

20/05/1979 - John St Peeters (Source: The Melbourne Age, 17th May, 1979)

"6.00PM - COUNTDOWN - ABC pop series, with Ian Meldrum, Inc. pop stars from Australia and overseas, film clips. Countdown chartbusters, predictions, Australian National Top Ten, also The Countdown Dancers, John St. Peeters pres. Skyhooks, Wings, Dragon, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Robinson, Roger Voudouris." (The Melbourne Age, 17th May, 1979)

Re: 1979 Countdown Hosts

June 10 was Chris Rea according to The Herald 9/6/79

Re: 1979 Countdown Hosts

Thanks Armin. In another guide, it had that one recorded as 'Stars include Chris Rea' and he''s first on the list. I wasn't 100% sure if he hosted, so I didn't assume that it is so. Nice to have that one confirmed, much appreciated.

Here's an interesting one ...

1979

22/04/79 - Mother Goose (Source: The Melbourne Age, April 19, 1979 - TV Guide)

APRIL 22, 1979 - COUNTDOWN ABC pop series: Pres. Ian Mcldrum. Inc. pop stars from Australia and overseas, film clips. Countdown chartbusters, predictions, Australian National Top Ten also The Countdown Dancers. Mother Goose pres. Air Supply, Doble Gray. (The Melbourne Age, April 19, 1979)

Never heard of Mother Goose. Interesting read, after I googled them.

Re: 1979 Countdown Hosts

Updated list ...

1979

18/02/79 – Molly Meldrum (Source: Rage)
25/02/79 –

04/03/79 – Plastic Bertrand (Source: Advertised on Countdown 18/02/79)
10/03/79 – Shirley Strachan (Source: Rage) Aired Saturday due to Australian Grand Prix on Sunday
18/03/79 –
25/03/79 – Shirley Strachan (Source: Rage)

01/04/79 –
08/04/79 – Bob Welch (Source: Rage)
15/04/79 –
22/04/79 – Mother Goose (Source: The Melbourne Age, April 19, 1979 - TV Guide)
29/04/79 –

06/05/79 - Smokie (Source: Rage)
13/05/79 –
20/05/79 – John St Peeters (Source: The Melbourne Age, 17th May, 1979 - TV Guide)
27/05/79 –

03/06/79 –
10/06/79 – Chris Rea according to The Herald 9/6/79
17/06/79 – Eric Oldfield (Source: Rage)
24/06/79 – Russell Morris (Source: Rage)

01/07/79 – Marc Hunter (Source: Melbourne Age TV Guide)
08/07/79 – Glen Shorrock (Source: Rage)
15/07/79 – Dolly Parton (Source: Rage)
22/07/79 – Darryl Cotton (Source: Rage)
29/07/79 – Shirley Strachan (Source: Rage)

05/08/79 – Split Enz (Source: Rage)
12/08/79 – The Highway (Source: Rage)
19/08/79 – Roger Voudouris (Source: Rage)
26/08/79 – Peter Mochrie (Source: Rage)

02/09/79 –
09/09/79 –
16/09/79 – John Paul Young (Source: Rage)
23/09/79 – John St Peeters (Source: Melbourne Age TV Guide)
30/09/79 –

07/10/79 – Shirley Strachan (Source: Rage)
14/10/79 –
21/10/79 – James Reyne (Source: Rage)
28/10/79 – Steve Gilpin (Source: Rage)

04/11/79 – Russell Hitchcock (Source: Rage)
11/11/79 – Graham Parker (Source: Rage)
18/11/79 – Molly Meldrum/Boomtown Rats (Source: Rage)
25/11/79 – Marc Hunter (Source: Rage)

02/12/79 – Elton John (Source: Rage)
09/12/79 –
16/12/79 – Molly Meldrum (Source: Rage)