Only a handful people can lay claim to having interviewed a former Beatle but Keith Matthews, a resident of Elston Lodge at the Aveo The Domain Country Club on the Gold Coast is proud to include this in his long list of career achievements.
Keith was a journalist to the stars in the 1960s and 1970s, and had the pleasure of interviewing people such as Sandy Shaw and Brenda Lee, as well as members of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Hollies. “I started working for the Record Mirror in the 1960s, interviewing lots of up and coming artists. Most artists I interviewed were significant because it was the start of their musical journeys and they were establishing themselves as world class artists,” Keith said.
“I first got into doing music interviews with the encouragement of my mate, Johnny Worth whom was arguably Britain’s best song writer at the time, having written for artists like the Shadows, Petula Clarke, Marty Wilde, The Dallas Boys and Adam Faith. “In my career, I met with Brian Epstein, who managed The Beatles. He considered offering me a position at his agency doing management but sadly he passed away before this went ahead,” Keith said.
When Keith moved to Elston Lodge, most of his news clippings from his journalism days were thrown out or mislaid. Diann Richards, Serviced Apartment Supervisor at Elston Lodge, endeavoured to help him retrieve a lot of his lost works. Although the paper Keith worked for, The Record Mirror, sadly closed down, Diann managed to track down a company in London that kept archives of those interviews. After many emails, Diann obtained four or five interviews from the original news clippings of Keith’s interviews. “As my full time career was in financial services, I had many famous people as my clients whom I admired and respected. Though I had opportunities to continue progressing in the entertainment business my full time career really took off in a big way and I left it after 35 years to take early retirement,” Keith said. “I still have great memories of the wonderful interviews I did at a time when music was changing with excitement and with new innovation and creativity.”