Ian Moss Biography
Ian Moss (Ian Richard Moss)is an Australian rock musician born on 20th March 1955 in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. He is the founding mainstay guitarist and occasional singer of Cold Chisel. In that group’s initial eleven year phase from 1973 to 1984, Moss was recorded on all five studio albums, three of which reached number one on the national Kent Music Report Albums Chart.
Ian Moss Age
Ian Moss was born on 20th March 1955.
Ian Moss Family
Ian Moss parents are Geoffery Moss (18 April 1911 – 1989) and Lorna (née Robinson) (born ca. 1922).[A] During World War II Geoffery survived the 1942 bombing of Darwin, he enlisted in the army and later worked for the Allied Works Council in Alice Springs. Lorna was a fellow employee at Allied Works Council when they married in September 1945.
Ian Moss has three siblings an older brother, Peter Geoffrey Moss (born 8 October 1948), an older sister, Penny (born 30 July 1951), and a younger brother, Andrew (born Jul 13th 1961).
Ian Moss Music Career
In 1969 Ian Moss joined ‘The Scene’ a local band, which included drummer Rod Martin and two brothers, Robert and John Fortunaso. Moss played rhythm guitar by plugging an acoustic guitar into the bass player’s amplifier. The Scene played at local centres and organised their own dances. Moss sang a couple of songs with the group and a year later, he bought an electric guitar to replace his acoustic.
In 1970 Ian Moss formed Hot Ice with Roger Harris – guitar, David Michel – drums, Wayne Sanderson – Bass and Paul Wiles – keyboards. The group debuted in front of the whole school at the Alice Springs High School regular Friday assembly which took place in the Alice Springs Youth Centre with cover versions of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain”. There after they regularly played at the Youth Centre Saturday night dances.
In 1972, Ian Moss relocated to Adelaide – where his older siblings had already moved. Moss had failed a year of high school and decided to repeat at Marion High School. In 1973 he started an Electronics course at Kilkenny Technical College but “lasted one term there … totally daydreaming the whole time”, he left and worked in various factory jobs.
Ian Moss – Cold Chisel
In September Ian Moss, on guitar and lead vocals, Don Walker, a songwriter and organist, and Leszek Kaczmarek on bass guitar formed a rock group, Orange. Steve Prestwich and Jim Barnes on drums and lead vocals respectively joined the group and it was renamed to Cold Chisel.In 1975 Kaczmarek was replaced on bass guitar by Phil Small.
Moss’ main role was as lead guitarist, although he would frequently take over lead vocals when Barnes was out of the band. After periods spent in Adelaide, Armidale and Melbourne, Cold Chisel eventually settled in Sydney in mid-1977 and signed a recording contract with WEA late that year.
In April 1978 they released their self-titled debut album, ‘Cold Chisel’. Moss supplied lead vocals for two tracks, “One Long Day” and “Rosaline”. Moss wrote “Bow River” about a sheep station in the Northern Territory where his brother, Peter, had once worked; it has since become Moss’ signature tune.
Their fifth studio album, Twentieth Century, was issued in April 1984 with two tracks, “Saturday Night” and “Janelle”, featuring Moss on lead vocals. However the group had disbanded as Barnes was keen to begin his solo career.
In 1993 Cold Chisel, with Moss as a member, were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. From October 1997 to June 1998 Cold Chisel reunited to record a new studio album, The Last Wave of Summer (October 1998), and subsequently toured. In May 2003, another Cold Chisel tour, Ringside, resulted in a 2× CD live album of the same name in November.
In December 2009 Cold Chisel reconvened for a gig at Stadium Australia. In October 2010 Cold Chisel appeared at the Deni ute muster. Alongside their old work they premiered new material and announced they were working on another studio album. Recording of Cold Chisel’s album, No Plans, was disrupted when Steven Prestwich was diagnosed with a brain tumor and died on 16 January 2011, aged 56. In October the group replaced Prestwich with former Divinyls drummer, Charley Drayton, and the album was issued in April 2012.
Ian Moss Solo Career
In November 1988 Ian Moss released his debut single, “Tucker’s Daughter” which peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and number six on the New Zealand Singles Chart.
In June 1989 Ian Moss released his second single “Telephone Booth” which reached number seven on the ARIA Singles Chart, and top 30 in New Zealand. In August he released his first album ‘Matchbook’, which reached number one on the ARIA Albums Chart, it remained at the peak spot for three weeks and sold more than 200,000 copies. In New Zealand it reached the top 20 on the albums chart. His touring band in support of Matchbook consisted of Ian Belton on bass guitar (ex-QED), Randy Bulpin on rhythm guitar (ex-Mondo Rock), Danny D’Costa on keyboards, Steve Fearnley on drums and Mark Williams on backing vocals.
In October 1991 Ian Moss released his second album, Worlds Away which reached top 50 on both the ARIA and New Zealand charts. The album provided three singles, “Slip Away” (May), “She’s a Star” (September) and “Never Give Up” (November); both “Slip Away” and “She’s a Star” reached the ARIA Top 100. In June 1994 he provided lead guitar on the title track of Don Walker’s solo album, We’re All Gunna Die (1995).
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In August 1996 he released his third album, ‘Petrolhead’, with Walker on keyboards, Paul DeMarco on drums (ex-Rose Tattoo), the late Ian Rilen on bass guitar (from Rose Tattoo & X), and Trent Williamson on harmonica. It was produced by Don Walker for TWA Records. It was re-released the following year as Ian Moss Box Set with an additional live CD, Ian Moss Live, the live disc was issued separately in 1998. Those live tracks had been recorded during 1996 to 1997 on his national tour supporting Petrolhead, with Rilen replaced by Paul Wheeler on bass guitar mid-tour.
In 2005 Ian Moss released his fourth studio album, Six Strings on Liberation Music. It was an acoustic album and included material from his time with Cold Chisel, his solo releases and cover versions of Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival tracks.
In July 2007 he released his fifth album, ‘Let’s all Get Together’, which contained acoustic cover versions of Cold Chisel tracks and material written by Moss and/or his former band mates Walker, Prestwich and Small. The album reached the top 50 on the ARIA Albums Chart in October.
From February to April 2008 Ian Moss appeared on the third series of Australian TV celebrity singing contest, ‘It Takes Two’, where he was partnered by actress, Virginia Gay – they finished in the top three.
In October 2009 Ian Moss released another album ‘Soul on West 53rd’ which is a collection of mainly soul songs from the 1960s and 1970s. It was produced by Danny Korthmar, and featured Steve Jordan, Neil Jason, Leon Pendarvis and Hugh McCracken. It picked the top 40 in Australia.
In March 2018, Ian Moss released Ian Moss, his first solo album of all original material in 22 years. The album peaked at number 11 on the ARIA Charts.
Ian Moss Songs
- Slip Away
- Angel Eyes
- Work to Do
- Poor Boy
- Never Before
- My Baby
- The Girl I Once Knew
- Catfish Blues
- Pretty Face
- Saturday Night
- Green River
- What Becomes of the Bro..
- No Amount of Crying
- The Part’s Over
- Tucker’s Daughter
- Bow River
- Wen the War Is Over
- Choir Girl
- Telephone Booth
- Georgia on My Mind
- Flame Trees
- Love Will Carry Us Along
- All Alone on a Rock
- Out of the Fire
- Message From Baghdad
- Two Seconds Too Long
- Let’s All Get Together
- Such a Beautiful Thing
- Mr Rain
- Red Sand
Ian Moss Awards
- 1990: Album of the Year, Matchbook, at the ARIA Music Awards.
- 1990: Best Male Artist, at the ARIA Music Awards.
- 1990: Breakthrough Artist – Album for Matchbook, at the ARIA Music Awards.
- 1990: Single of the Year, “Tucker’s Daughter”, at the ARIA Music Awards.
- 1900: Breakthrough Artist – Single for “Tucker’s Daughter”, at the ARIA Music Awards.
Ian Moss Wife
Ian Moss was in a relationship with Megan Williams, an Australian actress, for eleven years until they split up in the 1990s. She provided backing vocals on Cold Chisel’s “Flame Trees” (August 1984). Williams died on 17 April 2000 of breast cancer, aged 43. He is in a relationship with Margeaux Rolleston with whom they have a son Juliam Moss.