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Tim Freedman

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Tim Freedman
Tim Freedman -- March 2006.jpg
Background information
Birth name Timothy James Freedman
Born (1964-11-25) 25 November 1964 (age 53)
Origin Sydney
Genres Rock, pop, alternative rock, indie pop, ska
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1986–present
Associated acts The Whitlams
The Olive Branch
Penguins on Safari
Itchy Feet

Timothy "Tim" James Freedman[1] (25 November 1964) is an Australian musician, best known as the mainstay lead singer and keyboardist of the Australian band The Whitlams formed in 1993.[2][3] The song "No Aphrodisiac", co-written by Freedman,[4] was their break-through hit in 1997;[5] their top four ARIA albums are Love This City (1999), Torch the Moon (2002), Little Cloud (2006) and compilation, Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You: Best of the Whitlams in 2008.[5]

A highlight of his career was receiving an ARIA Music Award for 'Song of the Year' in 1998 from the former Australian prime minister, Gough Whitlam—after whom his band is named.[6][7]


Tim Freedman was born in 1964 in Sydney and was raised in Collaroy[citation needed], in Sydney's Northern Beaches region, and was educated at the Shore School in North Sydney. Prior to co-founding The Whitlams, Freedman was the front man of ska band Itchy Feet, and later the indie pop bands Penguins on Safari and The Olive Branch.[3]

In an interview, which aired on 612 ABC Brisbane on Friday 29 September 2006, Freedman said he became a pianist "by mistake" after quitting law school. He later completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Sydney.

Since late 2006, Tim has been the host of the music chat show The Tim Freedman Sunday Session 6pm Sunday nights on Sydney radio station Vega 95.3fm.[citation needed]


The Whitlams

  • 1993 – Introducing The Whitlams
  • 1994 – Undeniably The Whitlams
  • 1996 – Stupor Ego
  • 1997 – Eternal Nightcap
  • 1999 – Love This City
  • 2001 – Undeniably The Whitlams Reworked
  • 2002 – Torch The Moon
  • 2006 – Little Cloud
  • 2008 – Truth, Beauty & A Picture of You: Best Of The Whitlams [5]


  • 2011 – Australian Idle


  1. ^ ""Gough" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  2. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'The Whitlams'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 26 July 2004. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Spencer, Chris; Paul McHenry; Zbig Nowara (2007) [1989]. "Tim Freedman". The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Moonlight Publishing. ISBN 1-86503-891-1. Archived from the original on 15 October 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009.  Note: [on-line] version was expanded from the 2002 edition.
  4. ^ ""No Aphrodisiac" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Discography The Whitlams". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Awards: History: Winners by Artist: Whitlams, The". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "ARIA Awards: History: Winners by Year: 1998: 12th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 28 January 2010.