Musician and TV personality Geoff Harvey dies, aged 83

Nine CEO Hugh Marks paid tribute to the performer and his enormous talent.

«He was funny and generous, entertaining Australians as the musical director of choice on so many of our programs across the decades alongside the likes of Kerrie-Anne Kennerley, Don Lane, Ray Martin and Mike Walsh,» Mr Marks said in a statement.

«Our condolences go out to his family and close friends at this sad time.»

Ray Martin described the maestro as a «barrel of laughs».

«If there was a face of television, it probably isn’t Bert [Newton] or Graham [Kennedy], it’s Geoff Harvey,» he told the Nine Network.

«Every time you needed someone to rescue a program, Geoff would come in … he was always there, he was the maestro.»

Ray Martin and Geoff Harvey on the in 1986.

Ray Martin and Geoff Harvey on the in 1986.

Others have honoured the musician on Twitter, with singer David Campbell saying  Harvey was both patient and funny when they worked together on the Midday show.

Journalist and radio host Mike Carlton remembered the good times when he played in a rival media rugby league competition: «What fun we had trying to stomp on his fingers so he couldn’t play piano the next week.»

After leaving Nine, Harvey worked with orchestras around the country, and he was recently on a tour of Australia doing a show called Senior Moments.

He was born and raised in the UK, and left for Australia after the end of World War II.

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