A man of many interests, Barry Ralph parlayed his love of music into a successful career as an
author. A communications broker by trade,
Ralph produces and presents a weekly radio show entitled “All That Jazz” and
writes a music column for two major Australian newspapers. The evolution of his
first book came through his interest in 1940s music. His devotion to that
musical genre grew to include World War II history. While researching his first
book, he stumbled onto the Little Eva story and wanted to tell it from
the Australian perspective.
Born in Peterborough, England, Ralph's family immigrated to Australia when he was seven
years old. He has resided in Brisbane, Queensland, ever since. Leaving formal
education at the age of fifteen, he held a variety of jobs before entering the
sales field in his early twenties. He enjoyed a successful senior management
career in manufacturing before branching out into advertising and promotion.
With his strong appreciation and knowledge in music and general history, Ralph began his radio
career in 1990 with a community radio station. Acknowledged as an expert in jazz
and the history of popular music, he worked full time in commercial radio for
four years, hosting a question and answer program on featured musical artists.
Ralph still dabbles in the medium with his weekly jazz show.
Ralph considers himself an interpreter of history. He's an avid nonfiction reader and has gained
appreciation for music while studying the clarinet and saxophone.
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