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Barry Humphries: Barry's Forgotten Musical Masterpieces

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Trawling one’s childhood memories can be a bit of a mixed bag of emotions. Happily for Barry Humphries, aka Dame Edna Everage, Australia’s housewife superstar, growing up in Melbourne during the 1930s and 40s was a captivating time — literally and figuratively.

Beset by childhood illnesses, Humphries was enthralled by the music emerging from his parents’ radio set, even more so when his mother placed the radio in his bedroom. So entranced was he by the music from artists like Fred Astaire, Flanagan and Allen, Judy Garland and Harry Roy that Humphries tried to make his illnesses last as long as possible.

“Music was such an important part of my childhood… these artists were once star names, but are nowadays rarely, if ever, heard on the radio,” he recalls of the vintage recordings.


Australian comedian Barry Humphries presents a selection of his musical memories, playing vintage recordings by artists that made their names during the age of the wireless, including Fred Astaire, Flanagan and Allen, The Comedian Harmonists, Joseph Schmidt, Harry Roy and Judy Garland.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Barry Humphries
Producer Clair Wordsworth


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