Music industry heavyweight Glenn Wheatley farewelled in private ceremony

Feb 09, 2022
One of the pioneers of the Australian music industry, has been laid to rest in a private funeral. Source: Getty

Renowned Australian music manager Glenn Wheatley has been laid to rest in a private funeral service in Melbourne.

The 74-year-old music figure died a week ago on Tuesday, February 1, after a month-long battle with Covid-19 complications. 

Wheatley’s wife, actress, Gaynor Martin, and children Tim, Kara, and Samatha were reported to have said their goodbyes to their beloved father on Monday, February 7. 

Days prior to the funeral, Wheatley’s only son, Tim, poured his heart out on social media to express the loss of his father. 


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Tim Wheatley (@crookedsaint)

According to The DailyMail,  the intimate farewell service was only attended by Wheatley’s immediate family. But it is also understood that the family have not ruled out the possibility of a memorial service to allow Whealey’s friends and associates from the music industry to pay their respects.

It is unclear whether Farnham, who was life-long mates with  Wheatley, attended the private service. However, on Thursday, February 3, the mourning singing icon did visit the Wheatley family at their home in Cremorne.

The Brisbane-born music legend had been a part of the industry for over 40 years and was known for managing high profile acts such as John Farnham and Delta Goodrem. 

Wheatley had first found fame as the bass guitarist for the 1960’s rock band the Master Apprentices, creating hits such as Because I Love You and Turn Up Your Radio.

Wheatley had then transitioned into management in the 1970s, managing The Little River Band who went on to enjoy consistent commercial success and top the charts in the US.

Prior to his death, Wheatley and Farnham were in discussion about the release of one last record. 

The DailyMail reports that the veteran music industry promoter had hoped his close friend would release a 22nd album to mark the end of their chart-topping four-decade-long collaboration. 

The future of said album is now uncertain. 

Leave your comment

Please sign in to post a comment.
Retrieving conversation…
Stories that matter
Emails delivered daily
Sign up