Member of the Australian band "Skyhooks" (1973-1980) along with Graham "Shirley" Strachan, Greg Macainish, Bob "Bongo" Starkey. Red played Guitar.
Red Symons (born July 19, 1949) is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, radio and television presenter. He is best known as a founding member of the rock band Skyhooks, and as the host of the long-running ABC TV program, Red Symons’ Breakfast.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Red Symons was raised in the suburb of Essendon. His father was a doctor and his mother was a nurse. He has two older sisters. Symons attended Essendon North Primary School and then went on to study at Wesley College. He later studied architecture at the University of Melbourne.
Symons began his musical career in the late 1960s as a member of the pop band The Valentines. The band had some success with their single “Every Day I Have to Cry”, which reached the top 10 on the Australian charts in 1967. The Valentines disbanded in 1968 and Symons went on to join the rock band Skyhooks in 1973. The band became one of the most successful acts in Australia, with their hits “Horror Movie”, “Women in Uniform” and “Ego Is Not a Dirty Word”. They were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2005.
Symons left Skyhooks in 1979 to pursue a solo career. He released his self-titled debut album in 1980, which included the single “Precious Love”. He has since released four more solo albums, the most recent being “Songs from the South” in 2009.
In addition to his work as a musician, Symons has also had a successful career as a radio and television presenter. He hosted the ABC TV music program Countdown from 1974 to 1987. He also hosted his own radio show on Triple M from 1992 to 1997.
Symons has been married three times. His first marriage was to actress Jane Clifton, with whom he has two daughters. His second marriage was to journalist Anne Fulwood, with whom he has a son. His third marriage is to television producer Meredith Baker, with whom he has two sons.
Symons has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Actor, Writer, Guitarist, Film Score Composer, Presenter
University of Melbourne
Samuel Symons, Raphael Symons, Joel Symons
The Bit Part, Run Chrissie Run!, The Empty Beach, The Clinic, Pure Shit, I Own the Racecourse, Wills & Burke