Musician and composer of jingles and TV themes

Jack Grimsley is responsible for some of the most recognisable Australian music of the 1960s and '70s.

He wrote a lot of memorable advertising jingles and TV theme music, with his music being heard on popular shows like Sale of the Century and The Mike Walsh Show. He was also the Musical Director at Network Ten for 22 years (1966 – 1988).

Grimsley (18 October 1925 – 8 June 2015) also had a long career outside of television, as a jazz and swing band musician, a session musician, and as a composer for advertisements, particularly for radio.

This curated collection contains highlights of his career, including excerpts from master recordings that were generously donated to the NFSA by his family.

Image: The Mike Walsh Showband, 1973. Courtesy: Mike Walsh AM OBE, Hayden Productions. NFSA title: 1491320.