Greg Champion

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Greg Champion OAM is an Australian songwriter, guitarist, radio personality and athlete.

Biography[edit]

Born in Benalla, Victoria, Champion is most recognised for his work as part of the Coodabeen Champions as a songwriter and guitarist. Greg often appears on the program writing songs about both Aussies rules football and cricket.[citation needed]

He is an avid Australian rules football fan, supporting the Adelaide Crows and since the 1980s has penned many tunes on the Australian game. Of these, the most famous is "That's the Thing About Football", which has gone down as a classic Australian rules song, and has been used on Seven Network's Australian Football League coverage.[citation needed]

Greg Champion grew up in Hectorville, a suburb of the South Australian capital, Adelaide.[citation needed]

Beginning in 1983, Champion has appeared on ABC Local Radio as part of the Coodabeens team, singing parodies of popular songs and relating them to Australian rules footballers.[citation needed]

Champion has written hundreds of songs (many serious, many humorous) and is a multi-awarded country/folk singer, who after being discovered in the Catacombs (an Adelaide folk club of the 1970s), went on to form the band Tidewater before launching a successful solo career.[citation needed]

Champion's highest-selling album is the 1995 released Aussie Christmas with Bucko & Champion with Australian country music star Colin Buchanan. In 1998, a sequel to Aussie Christmas with Bucko & Champion 2 was released featuring 25 Christmas-themed songs.

In 2006, his song "Been There, Done That" peaked at number 4 on the Country Music Chart, having been released that year as part of The Shack Tapes.

In 2009, Greg released his album Strayana.

In 2010, Champion was awarded Victorian Male Vocalist in the Victorian Country Music Awards for his song "this was my town (Marysville)".[citation needed]

In 2012, just prior to heading off to his 22nd Tamworth Country Music Festival, he surprised many with his Emergence CD which had a wide range of musical styles of 11 original songs.[citation needed]

In 2017, Champion headlined the All Star Musical Comedy Showcase at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS
[2]
Work Hard Play Hard
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: Impressive Records
Greg Champion
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: ABC/EMI
Champion
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: ABC/EMI
That's What I Like About Football
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Massive (7310152)
31
Everybody Loves to watch the Cricket
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Massive (7310314)
That's What I Like About Football Volume II
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Massive (7310492)
Aussie Christmas with Bucko & Champion
(with Colin Buchanan - as Bucko & Champion)
  • Released: 1995
  • Label: Massive (7310782)
39
Football is a Funny Game
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: Massive (0630159252)
Australian Music
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Massive (7320462)
Aussie Christmas with Bucko & Champion 2
(with Colin Buchanan - as Bucko & Champion)
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: EastWest (3984254762)
67
  • AUS: Platinum[4]
Stand Back Australia
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: EastWest (8573812892)
Shady Tree
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Greg Champion (champs003)
North & South
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: ABC Country (13672)
Cricket's on the Radio
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: ABC Country (14292)
The Shack Tapes
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: ORIGiN (OR 069)
Strayana
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Compass Bros. (063CDCB)
Emergence
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Greg Champion
A Whole Different Story
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Greg Champion
Happy Travels
  • Released: 2017
  • Label: Greg Champion

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
Best of Greg Champion
  • Released: 2003
50 Fave Footy Ditties
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Shock
At This Stage - Songs 1990-2010
  • Released: May 2011
  • Label: Greg Champion (CHAMPS008)
Thirty Years of Footy Songs
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Greg Champion
Thirty Years of Footy Songs Vol II
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Greg Champion
All the Fun Ones
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Greg Champion (CHAMPS016)
Gather My Fishing Lines: A Greg Champion Collection
  • Released: 2016
Best of 1985-2015 + Happy Travels
  • Released: 2017

Charting singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[5]
"That's the Thing About Football" 1994 31 That's What I Like About Football

Awards and recognition[edit]

Champion was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2022 Queen's Birthday Honours.[6]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards are a set of annual ceremonies presented by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which recognise excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of the music of Australia. They commenced in 1987.

Year Nominated works Award Result Ref
1996 Aussie Christmas (as Bucko and Champion) Best Comedy Release Nominated
[7]
2000 Stand Back Australia Nominated

Country Music Awards of Australia[edit]

The Country Music Awards of Australia (CMAA) (also known as the Golden Guitar Awards) is an annual awards night held in January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, celebrating recording excellence in the Australian country music industry. They have been held annually since 1973.[8]

Year Nominee / work Award Result (wins only)
1994 "May Your Fridge Be Full of Coldies" Video Track of the Year Won

Tamworth Songwriters Awards[edit]

The Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA) is an annual songwriting contest for original country songs, awarded in January at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. They commenced in 1986.[9] Greg Champion has won two awards.[10]

Year Nominee / work Award Result (wins only)
1994 "May Your Fridge Be Full of Coldies" by Greg Champion Comedy/ Novelty Song of the Year Won
1996 "Don't Call Wagga Wagga, Wagga" by Greg Champion and Jim Haynes Comedy/ Novelty Song of the Year Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All Star Musical Comedy Showcase - Greg Champion & Friends". www.onlymelbourne.com.au. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. pp. 45, 54.
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia’s Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 54.
  6. ^ "Mr Greg Champion". It's an Honour. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Best Comedy Release", ARIA
  8. ^ "Past Award Winners". Archived from the original on 25 October 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Tamworth Songwriters Association". Tamworth Songwriters Association Online. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Tamworth Songwriters Association Past Winners". Tamworth Songwriters Association Online. Retrieved 23 March 2022.

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