Geoff Mack penned his hit song “I’ve Been Everywhere” after he travelled the world on a motorbike with his fiancé
The song has since been recorded by Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Rihanna
Geoff visited APRA to have morning tea with CEO Brett Cottle
What do Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and pop princess Rihanna have in common? They all recorded versions of ‘I’ve Been Everywhere,’ the classic country song written by 90 year old APRA member Geoff Mack in 1959.
To say Geoff has had a life less ordinary is an understatement. He served in Borneo in World War Two and became a radio broadcaster in Japan as “the voice of the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces.”
After the war, he traveled the world on a motorbike with his wife-to-be, who managed to knit him a vest whilst sitting sidesaddle on the backseat. Together they motorbiked everywhere from Europe to Afghanistan and Iran, finally returning to Australia where Geoff penned his hit song ‘I’ve Been Everywhere.’
Geoff recently visited the APRA HQ in Sydney to have morning tea with our CEO Brett Cottle, who spoke to Geoff about the story behind his song that continues to take the world by storm.