Glenn Dawson Wheatley was an Australian musician and talent manager in the entertainment industry. Wheatley’s first significant foray into music was as a guitarist in the Brisbane blues band bay city union, which was fronted by singer matt Taylor, who later rose to prominence in Australia as the lead singer of pioneering Australian eccentric blues bands chain in early 1968. Wheatley was hired as the bass player in a new lineup of the Melbourne-based pop-rock band the masters’ apprentices, then one of Australia’s most popular groups.
Wheatley’s four-year stint with the band, which lasted until shortly before their demise in 1972, saw him record many of the group’s most popular songs, including the hit singles turn up your radio and because I love you, as well as the 1971 lp choice cuts, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Wheatley learned firsthand about the highly exploitative nature of the Australian pop industry during his time with the masters. The band suffered many rip-offs at the time, and later in their career they suffered greatly from poor management decisions and inadequate support from their record labels problems, which eventually led to the group’s demise in 1972, according to Wheatley’s memoir.
According to Wheatley’s memoir, a key incident occurred in late 1969 when the masters took part in a concert. Wheatley also managed Australian actress and singer Delta Gudrum, assisting her in achieving considerable success, however, Goodram and Wheatley split up in 2003 after a tumultuous relationship. Wheatley pleaded guilty to tax evasion in July 2007 and faced up to 16 years in prison. On the 19th of July 2007, he was sentenced in the county court to 30 months in prison, with a minimum of 15 months to serve in order to save his own skin, he informed his lawyer to save his own skin I’m ashamed of what I’ve done Wheatley said in court it was something that he had regretted for a long time.
Wheatley received character recommendations from a number of high-profile Australians, including John Farnham, chairman of the Sydney Swans, Richard Collis, and entertainer Burt Newton. Wheatley was regarded as a very honest and ethical individual in one reference from army general Peter Cosgrove, but Commonwealth prosecutor Richard Maydemont sc stated that the fraud was continuous and sophisticated tax fraud, and that it was not a victimless crime.
Wheatley was released from Beechworth Correctional Center on May 19, 2008, and was placed in home detention with electronic monitoring for the remainder of his sentence. Wheatley finished his detention on October 18, 2008, and immediately left for an overseas vacation. Wheatley shifted his base between Sydney and Melbourne over the years, and in June 2012, while walking his son’s dog Danko, he had part of his middle finger chewed off while attempting to intervene when another dog attacked.
He was married to actress Gainer Martin and had one son and two daughters. Wheatley died on February 1, 2022, at the age of 74, from hidden 19 complications.