The band chose its name after passing a road sign leading to the Victorian township of Little River, near Geelong, on the way to a performance. The band enjoyed sustained commercial success, not only in Australia but also in the United States. They have sold more than 25 million records, achieved 13 U.S. Top 40 hits and received many music awards in Australia.
The band’s original members were Glenn Shorrock (born in England, 1944), Graeham Goble (born in Australia, 1947), Beeb Birtles (born in The Netherlands, 1948), Ric Formosa (born in Italy, 1953), Roger McLachlan (born in New Zealand, 1954) and Derek Pellicci (born in England, 1953). The music and lyrics for most of the group’s songs were mainly written by Goble and Shorrock, with contributions from Birtles, David Briggs (who replaced Formosa) and Pellicci.
In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, named “Cool Change”, written by Shorrock, as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time. The classic line-up of Birtles, Goble, Pellicci, Shorrock, Briggs and bass guitarist George McArdle (who replaced McLachlan) were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual ARIA Music Awards of 2004.
The Little River Band has undergone numerous personnel changes since its formation in 1975, with over 30 members performing with the band. None of the musicians now performing as the Little River Band are original members. – Wikipedia