Almanac Music: Vale – Archie Roach


All at the Footy Almanac are saddened by the death of Australian music legend Archie Roach. Much has been said and written about his stellar career and we present this brief  musical tribute to the great man.



Archie Roach passed away at the age of 66 after a long illness.












A playlist of some of the many popular songs recorded by Archie Roach.



RIP Archie Roach




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About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.


  1. haiku bob says

    Saw Archie only a couple of times, including at the launch of his brilliant autobiography, ‘Tell Me Why’ a couple of years ago.

    The most memorable encounter I had with Archie was in 1999, when he was touring with Ruby and band on a Howard Government sponsored international tour. Yes, Howard Government. It was in Tokyo, in the basement of a city office block just after dark. Not your typical Archie Roach scene. I had recently moved there for a change of scenery after spending 8 years working as a social worker with homeless people in inner Melbourne. Truth is, I was burnt out, spending the latter part of those years drinking at the same pubs as some of my ‘clients’, sometimes with them, including Archie’s old mates from Collingwood and Fitzroy.

    After the gig, I had the chance to chat with Archie and Ruby and reeled off some of the names of people who were probably sleeping rough at that moment. People who we both knew. He was typically humble, quietly spoken and a bit perplexed as to how and why he had come to be sitting with this blonde-haired white fella in the basement of a Tokyo skyscraper, telling yarns about his old drinking buddies. I obviously went a bit too far with my swearing at one point and copped a scolding from Ruby, “Archie doesn’t talk like that anymore,” she said. So I toned it down.

    I’ll never forget it.

    Vale Archie.

  2. First saw Archie when he and Ruby supported My Friend The Chocolate Cake at the old Universal Theatre in Fitzroy. December, 1997. It was a memorable show.

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