Paul Kelly (musician)

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Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly in 2007
Paul Kelly in 2007
Background information
Birth namePaul Maurice Kelly
Born (1955-01-13) 13 January 1955 (age 67)
OriginAdelaide, Australia
GenresAcoustic, Folk rock, Australian rock
Instrumentsvocals, guitar, harmonica
Years active1974–current
LabelsMushroom Records
A&M Records
EMI Records
Capitol Records
WebsiteOfficial website

Paul Maurice Kelly[1][2] (born 13 January 1955 in Adelaide, South Australia)[3] is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player.[4] Kelly has led many groups including Paul Kelly and the Dots, Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls and Paul Kelly and the Messengers.[4] Kelly is one of Australia's most well-known singer-songwriters.[5][6] His importance was recognised in 1997 when he was added to the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.[7][8]

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Kelly writes and plays in many music styles, from bluegrass to reggae. His main styles are folk, rock, and country.[5][6] Kelly's Top 40 singles on the National charts were his 1980s songs "Billy Baxter", "Before Too Long", "Darling it Hurts", "To Her Door", "Dumb Things", and his 2000 single "Roll on Summer".[5][9][10] "To Her Door", written by Kelly,[1] was his best local hit. It got to Number 14 on the Australian singles charts in 1987.[9] "Dumb Things" got to Number 16 on the US Billboard Modern Rock chart in 1988.[11] He has also had success with his albums with Top 20 hits on the National charts for Gossip, Under The Sun and So Much Water So Close To Home from the 1980s;[9][10] Comedy, Wanted Man, Songs from the South: Paul Kelly's Greatest Hits and Words and Music from the 1990s;[10] and Nothing But A Dream, Ways & Means and Stolen Apples from the 2000s.[10] The compilation album Songs from the South got to Number 2 in 1997. His highest charting studio album was Nothing But A Dream which got to Number 7 in 2001.[10]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA). Retrieved 2008-08-20.[permanent dead link] Note: requires user to input song title e.g. TO HER DOOR
  2. "The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)". ASCAP. Archived from the original on 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
  3. "Paul Kelly biography". Music Australia. Retrieved 2008-08-15.[permanent dead link]
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Paul Kelly". Australian Rock Database. Archived from the original on 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Archived from the original on 2004-09-30. Retrieved 2008-08-18.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ed Nimmervol (ed.). "Paul Kelly". Howlspace. Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  7. "ARIA 2008 Hall of Fame inductees listing". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  8. "Winners by Award: Hall of Fame". ARIA. Archived from the original on 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Kent, David (1993). Australian chart book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. OCLC 38338297.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 "Discography Paul Kelly". Australian Charts Portal. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
  11. "Billboard singles charts". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-15.