Des Kelly, the pioneering Ceylonese musician and lyricist, is back in the spotlight, in his adopted home in Melbourne, Australia. Kelly, who was born in Colombo in 1936, reached the dizzy heights of fame when Radio Ceylon, the oldest and finest radio station in South Asia provided him with a platform for his songs.
Radio Ceylon made him into a household name – popular announcers Vernon Corea and Christopher (Chris) Greet played his compositions on their music programs –
millions of listeners tuned into Radio Ceylon. The radio station in Sri Lanka recently celebrated 80 years in broadcasting. He also received rave reviews in the newspapers in Colombo and was also featured in the EMCEE Column of the Ceylon Daily News in the 1960s. Kelly migrated to Australia in 1962 where he made a name for himself as a versatile entertainer in Melbourne.Desmond Kelly has appeared in many various acting roles in Australia, both as an actor, on shows such as “Homicide & Hunter” for Crawford Productions and as a solo entertainer on some of the top television shows in Australia, such as “In Melbourne Tonight“, the “Delo & Daly” show and Reg Lindsay’s “Country Hour” which was produced in Adelaide.
Kelly produced a string of hits in Ceylon and in Australia including ‘Dream World,’ ‘The Reason Being,’ ‘Cha Cha Baby’ and a road safety song in Australia titled, ‘It’s You.’ Kelly has also recorded traditional ‘baila’ and calypso music from Sri Lanka. He has recently collaborated on pop songs with Australian entertainer Robin Foenander in Melbourne.
His songs are heard in many countries around the world and his “signature tune” Dream World was a hit in both Ceylon and India where it reached the top of the Hit Parades in both countries.
Des Kelly has released three CDs including ‘Lets Reminisce,’ a CD containing his early hits and compositions.
To order the Desmond Kelly CDs, contact:
C/O – P.O.Box 2303, Fountain Gate 3805, Victoria, Australia or e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Desmond Kelly website: users.bigpond.com/kelly_baxter/desmondkelly.