Phil Small

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For the Australian journalist, see Phil Small (journalist).
Phil Small
Genres Pub rock
Occupation(s) Songwriter
Instruments bass, backing vocals
Years active 1971–present
Associated acts Cold Chisel
Notable instruments
Fender Precision Bass

Phillip "Phil" James Small (born the 2nd August, 1954) is an Australian musician and songwriter, best known as the bassist for Australianpub rock band Cold Chisel.[1][2] He has written songs for Cold Chisel including, "My Baby" for the 1980 album East, "Notion For You" off the Teenage Love album and "The Game". For Cold Chisel's 1998 comeback album The Last Wave of Summer, Small contributed the unnamed fifteenth track titled "Once Around the Sun" as well as co-writing with Steve Prestwich and Don Walker, "A Better Time a Better Place" as a B side to one of the singles.

Small has played in a number of other bands such as Planet (1971), Palladium (1972), Pound (1985), The Earls of Duke (1985–1988), Hot Ice (1986), The Outsiders (1989) and Billy Thorpe Band (2005). He also played with fellow Cold Chisel members, Jimmy Barnes in his band for the 1999 tour; and Ian Moss in late 2000 through the eastern states of Australia.

In 2003 Small teamed up with fellow band mates as Cold Chisel to perform and record the Ringside album and DVD. In 2005 he performed with Cold Chisel at the Tsunami benefit concert at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. Small has continued song writing and performing through the 2000s.

Small is married to Christine and they have a son, Richard.


  1. ^ McFarlane 'Cold Chisel' entry at the Wayback Machine (archived April 19, 2004). Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  2. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) Small, Phil entry. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 11 February 2010.