Greg Champion's rise to prominence has come largely from his work on the radio, singing about cricket and football (AFL). He has been a member of the long- running Melbourne-based radio humorists The Coodabeen Champions for twenty- four years.
Greg Champion's rise to prominence has come largely from his work on the radio, singing about cricket and football (AFL). He has been a member of the long-running Melbourne-based radio humorists The Coodabeen Champions for twenty-four years.
Greg came to the nation’s attention in 1986 with the release of a single, 'I Made a 100 In The Backyard At Mum's'. It was the leading track on an Australia All Over album, with ABC’s ‘Macca’, that sold over 150,000 copies. In 1994, Channel 7 took up his anthem 'That's The Thing About Football' as a theme for their AFL broadcasts over several years.
This penchant for sport songs led to Greg and the Coodabeens singing on the ground at three AFL Grand Finals, and at two Adelaide Grand Finals. There have been several appearances on the MCG and SCG during international cricket matches.
Meanwhile Champs has pursued a career in the Aussie Country Music and Folk scenes. He's attended the last sixteen Tamworth Festivals and has been awarded a Golden Guitar and two comedy songwriting titles. Since 1990 Champs has released about seventeen albums about Australiana, footy, cricket, Country, comedy and Christmas. His wacky Aussie Christmas CD with Colin Buchanan achieved platinum sales and the pleasure of having their bent Chrissy songs sung at school carol nights across the nation.
Greg's song titles reveal you something about him: Roll Over Rolf Harris, May Your Fridge Be Full Of Coldies, Dermott Brereton Is A Hood, The Devil Went down To Dubbo and Don't Call Wagga Wagga Wagga, which was recorded with Ted Egan and Jim Haynes.
Greg Champion has provided the current summer theme on ABC radio sport, 'Cricket's On The Radio'. He attends the key Folk and Country Festivals around Australia, and excels as a comedy guest speaker/entertainer. Champs forges his own unique path through the Australian musical landscape, and has been called a valued contributor to Australian culture.