Tony Mitchell (musician)

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Tony Mitchell (born 5 September 1951 in Sydney, Australia) is a songwriter and bass guitarist who rose to fame in the 1970s with the Australian rock band, Sherbet. Tony co-wrote (with Garth Porter) some of Sherbet's biggest hits, including 'Howzat' and 'Magazine Madonna'.


In 1976, someone suggested to Tony Mitchell and keyboardist Garth Porter that Howzat might make a good title for a song because some of the members of Sherbet loved cricket. Despite Mitchell not being a good cricketer, he sat down with Garth Porter at Porter's Rose Bay home to work on the idea. Mitchell soon came up with the "doo-doo, doo-doo" bass riff, after which the first thing that came into Porter's mind was the phrase "I caught you out."[1]

The song became Sherbet's biggest hit, rising to #1 on the Australian charts, and #4 in the United Kingdom.


  1. ^ "I write the songs". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 January 2003. Retrieved 27 August 2007.