TV Musician Geoff Harvey Dies Aged 83
Geoff Harvey, the musical director behind several Nine Network variety shows, including the midday show, has died at the age of 83.
Music director and composer Harvey worked on some of Nine's most popular TV shows.
Harvey was a fixture on Australian television. He spent 38 years at the Nine Network where he composed many theme songs and was responsible for most of its live music on shows, including 22 years at The Midday Show.
In January, Harvey joined Studio 10 with his keyboard and reunited with former The Midday Show colleague and long-time friend Kerri-Anne Kennerley.
Harvey shared some of his favourite moments of playing the introduction and live music behind dozens of the show's famous visitors and interviews.
"The first time I ever met Kerri-Anne, I just thought yeah... she's fantastic," he said at the time.
Kennerley described him as one of the greatest music directors in Australia.
Harvey also worked on The Don Lane Show, Bob Roger's Tonight Show and Bandstand.
After leaving Nine, he worked with orchestras around the country and spent 19 years as the musical director of the Melbourne Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight.
Harvey was recently on a tour of Australia doing a show called Senior Moments.
"It just takes a laugh at old people and all the things that we do... It's good fun, nice and wholesome" Harvey told Studio 10 in January.
He was born and raised in the UK, and left for Australia after the end of World War II.