As part of the Purple Haze Archive Classic Series we present a tribute to the late Gulliver Smith, leader of the Australian cult band Company Caine who sadly died on November 12, 2014. This tribute was first aired in the year 2000 & features special co-host Ian McFarlane, author of the essential Australian rock reference book The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock & Pop (Allen & Unwin). Gulliver Smith is also best known for co-writing, with Ross Wilson, the John Farnham smash hit single “A Touch of Paradise” from Farnham’s multi-platinum Whispering Jack album.


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  • I met gully as neighbour and found him agracious man.we rarely spoke of music as i didnt want to pry but knew very well the greatness in him.sadness overwhelms me for his you both.x

  • Knew Gully also as a neighbor at Curtain St, North Carlton where he lived with his parents in a two-storey terrace house facing Curtain Square – his father sold carpets at the Victoria market and was a marked contrast to his son physically and his personality (Gully was small, dark and self-effacing as in Little Gulliver- his father was tall, fair and a salesman). Gully befriended Stephen Buntrock and Mary Anne Whitlock who lived in my house in the late 1960s, early 1970s along with Jeremy Noone who was playing sax for Daddy Cool and frequent visitor Simon Wettenhall who was playing jazz with various bands.. played with Gully and Stephen in an impromptu blues jam from time to time- I played in garage blues/psychedelic bands as singer, harmonica player for a time with Ephraim Bergner as drummer, he played with the Wild Cherries for a time. Gully formed or reformed Company Caine at that time playing prog or jazz rock similar to Spectrum, playing sets at Melbourne University- always warned not to refer to the band as Cocaine for obvious reasons.

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