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|Birth name||Paul Maurice Kelly|
|Born||January 13, 1955|
|Genres||Acoustic, Folk rock, Australian rock|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, harmonica|
|Associated acts||Paul Kelly and the Dots
Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls
Paul Kelly and the Messengers
Paul Kelly and the Stormwater Boys
Paul Maurice Kelly was born on 13 January 1955 in Adelaide, South Australia. Kelly is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player. Kelly has led many groups including Paul Kelly and the Dots, Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls and Paul Kelly and the Messengers. Kelly is one of Australia's most well-known singer-songwriters. His importance was recognised in 1997 when he was added to the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.
Kelly writes and plays in many music styles, from bluegrass to reggae. His main styles are folk, rock, and country. Kelly's Top 40 singles on the National charts were his 1980s songs "Billy Baxter", "Before Too Long", "Darling it Hurts", "To Her Door", "Dumb Things", and his 2000 single "Roll on Summer". "To Her Door", written by Kelly, was his best local hit. It got to Number 14 on the Australian singles charts in 1987. "Dumb Things" got to Number 16 on the US Billboard Modern Rock chart in 1988. He has also had success with his albums with Top 20 hits on the National charts for Gossip, Under The Sun and So Much Water So Close To Home from the 1980s; Comedy, Wanted Man, Songs from the South: Paul Kelly's Greatest Hits and Words and Music from the 1990s; and Nothing But A Dream, Ways & Means and Stolen Apples from the 2000s. The compilation album Songs from the South got to Number 2 in 1997. His highest charting studio album was Nothing But A Dream which got to Number 7 in 2001.
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Salamanca Place, Hobart (2007). In mid-1974 Kelly made his first public performance in a folk club along this street, "[It] was a row of warehouses gradually being converted into galleries, shops and cafés. The club was upstairs above a jewellery and craft store. Tables and chairs on a wooden floor with a small stage ... By the time I got onstage I was shaking. I sang Bob Dylan's 'Girl from the North Country', the Nashville Skyline version, and 'The Streets of Forbes', a folk song about the bushranger Ben Hall. Somehow I got through my two-song gig, headed straight for the bar for more beer..." – Kelly (2010), How to Make Gravy, pages 16–18.
Hotel Esplanade, St Kilda. In May 1995, Kelly recorded tracks for Live at the Continental and the Esplanade (1996) in the Hotel's Gershwin Room.Photo taken in December 2009.
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