Pat “The Bop Girl” Wilson has been on the periphery, in the centre, and on the outskirts of the Melbourne music scene since a teenager venturing to Queensberry Street’s Chicago Blues Club in the late 60’s meeting the future of Melbourne’s burgeoning music scene, luminaries such as Keith Glass musician (US based head of Raven Records), David Pepperill poet and songwriter, Ross Hannaford guitarist extraordinaire, Chris Stockley master musician (The Dingoes), and Ross Wilson musician songwriter and future husband and musical collaborator, plus many others.
Thanks to having Ross produce a number of great early 70’s albums by a slew of new Melbourne talent, Pat already playing with Rock Granite and The Profiles (a band of erratic eccentric Art students) got to assist and sing backing vocals on records by Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons, Skyhooks and later on an 80’s album by Mondo Rock.
In the early 80’s Ross wrote and produced a number one national hit for Pat, the hugely popular Bop Girl. The film clip was uniquely Australian in flavour and directed by the award winning film maker Gillian Armstrong (My Brilliant Career). Stints on television co-hosting Countdown with Molly Meldrum, led to frequent guest appearances on Hey Hey It’s Saturday among other shows. Bop Girl hit the top ten in Los Angeles on KROC the biggest rock radio station in L.A. and local early L.A. punk group Gun Club did a version as an encore piece, you can’t ignore a great riff. Some stellar musicians played on that super catchy record including Ross Hannaford guitar and vocals, Mark Moffat Nashville based producer, the late Simon Gillies on bass (ex-Mondo Rock) and Ricky Fataar (drummer with Bonnie Raitt).
Family life intervened for a number of years but now Pat is back doing what she loves best, playing live music with live musicians to appreciative audiences. Her style and song list could almost be called Alt Country. She’s assisted ably by guitarist Ross Helmot (White Man Can’t Reggae) and Chris Paraha (Ross Wilson & the Peaceniks) on bass.