Molly Meldrum: 'Don't Call Me An Icon'
Despite his legendary work as a music journalist, producer and of course host of the highly influential music program Countdown, Ian 'Molly' Meldrum has spoken how he cringes whenever he is referred to as an 'icon'
Meldrum, 74, has told Stellar that: "I just feel I don't deserve that title. Others do, but I don't,"
The TV personality who hosted Countdown from 1974–87 said that adulation he now receives wasn't something he worked for.
Instead, he said he loved working with the team that put Countdown together with live performances and artist interviews.
Meldrum listed names such as Barry Humphries, Michael Hutchence, Kylie Minogue, Paul Hogan and Olivia Newton-John, as more candidates for the 'icon' title.
"These are all people I really admire for what they've achieved. Words like 'icon', 'superstar' and 'legend' are overused these days."
However, he believes Countdown deserves iconic status.
"We didn't realise how big Countdown was becoming when we started making it - 30 years after it finished, I'm still getting people stopping me almost every day to tell me how much they loved the show."
And with the news last week that the ABC will be screening a new 'best of' series of Countdown next month, we can re-live all the magic of this, dare we say 'iconic' show all over again!