a Talented Music and Songwriter
Archie died recently at the age of 66 … he had a tough life but learnt and wrote about every facet of it! His song with such powerful words and emotions will long outlive him.
One of the ‘stolen generation’ – when churches and government forcibly removed children from their families – raised by others. He was a heavy smoker who lived on the streets, met his soul mate and made music together. A much respected
“Archie started performing in 1988, releasing 9 studio albums, 2 live albums and the soundtrack for The Tracker (2002).
He was named as 2020 Victorian Australian of the Year, adding to his many accolades, including 5 ARIA Awards and a Human Rights Medal in 1990 for ‘Took The Children Away’.
Took the Children Away, one of his best known songs
“Told us what to do and say
Told us all the white man’s ways
Then they split us up again
And gave us gifts to ease the pain
Sent us off to foster homes
As we grew up we felt alone
Cause we were acting white
Yet feeling black”
RIP you are a true ‘survivor’ with such amazing talent, glad you’ve joined Ruby!