Albert Geoffrey McElhinney OAM
Born on December 20th 1922 at Surry Hills, Victoria, Geoff “ Tangletongue” Mack’s greatest claim to fame is that he wrote the 1959 hit song "I've Been Everywhere" recorded so successfully by Lucky Starr.
Geoff also had success with the American, German and Japanese versions that he wrote; in fact, in 1963 the CM
fraternity in the US presented him with a citation for composing Hank Snow’s chart topping version of the song.
Geoff had begun performing professionally in 1944 while still in the RAAF. He was in Borneo at the time, just singing around the camps and messes when he was asked to support Gracie Fields with 18,000 troops in the audience.