Phil Small

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Phil Small
Birth namePhillip James Small
Born (1954-08-02) 2 August 1954 (age 64)
OriginAdelaide, South Australia, Australia
GenresPub rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrumentsbass, backing vocals
Years active1971–present
Associated actsCold Chisel, Jimmy Barnes Band, Ian Moss Band, Billy Thorpe Band

Phillip James "Phil" Small (born 2 August 1954) is an Australian musician and songwriter, who is the bass guitarist for the pub rock band Cold Chisel.[1][2] He has written songs for Cold Chisel including the hit single, "My Baby" (sung by the band's guitarist Ian Moss rather than usual lead singer Jimmy Barnes), for the 1980 album East, "Notion for You" off the Teenage Love album and "The Game" (from Twentieth Century). For Cold Chisel's 1998 comeback album, The Last Wave of Summer, Small contributed the unnamed fifteenth track, "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).[1][2] 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 joined the reformed 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 child.[3] When describing his song, "My Baby", he explained "Luckily, being in the studio, we were able to whack the idea down on tape pretty much straight away. Everyone seems to think it's written about Christine, my wife; maybe subconsciously it is."[3]


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  • Spencer, Chris; Zbig Nowara; Paul McHenry (2002) [1987]. The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Noble Park, Vic.: Five Mile Press. ISBN 1-86503-891-1.[4] Note: [on-line] version established at White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd in 2007 and was expanded from the 2002 edition.
  1. ^ a b McFarlane "'Cold Chisel' entry". Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 30 May 2015.. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b Spencer et al, (2007) Small, Phil Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine. entry. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b Opitz, Mark; Wallis, Luke; Jensen, Jeff (2012). Sophisto-Punk. North Sydney: Ebury Press. p. 82. ISBN 9781742757933.
  4. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 11 February 2010.