Australian music journalist Ed Nimmervoll has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 67.
Ed was a giant of the Australian music industry and a passionate supporter of Australian talent.
Born in Austria, the Nimmervoll family relocated to Australia in 1956 when Ed was 10 and made Melbourne their home.
Ed is considered the father of Australian music journalism. He worked on Australia’s first music magazine Go-Set from 1966-1974 and then Juke Magazine from 1975-1992. He was also one of the creators of Australia’s most successful Top 40 countdown, Take 40 Australia.
Ed was a music historian and authored or co-authored biographies for Renee Geyer, Glenn Wheatley, Slim Dusty, Grinspoon and recently Normie Rowe.
Ed’s health scare started when he was attending the ARIA Music Awards in 2013. He passed out during the show and was taken to hospital. It was later revealed he was suffering from a brain tumour.
Ed also dabbled in songwriting. He co-wrote ‘Red Headed Wild Flower’ on Little River Band’s ‘Sleeper Catcher’ and recently he co-wrote ‘Eureka’ for Russell Morris’ current album ‘Van Diemen’s Land’.
You will not find one person in the music industry who has ever had a bad word to say about Ed. He was truly one of the industry good guys and a great friend to all who knew him.
On his Facebook page he wrote, “I’ve often described myself as the luckiest man in the world, a life spent doing what I love, surrounded by people I love”.