Ernie Sigley Biography – Ernie Sigley Wiki
Ernie Sigley (born Ernest William Sigley) was an Australian TV host, radio presenter, and singer. The Melbourne-born entertainer won 21 Logie Awards over his career for most popular performer and producer, including the 1975 Gold Logie for Australia’s most popular TV personality.
Born in the working-class suburb of Footscray, Melbourne and known for his larrikin laugh, Sigley was often referred to as the “little Aussie Battler”. His entertainment career began in radio in Melbourne in 1952, operating a turntable at 3DB. Five years later, at the age of 19, he made his television debut hosting Teenage Mailbag on HSV7 Melbourne. He then moved to London, working at the BBC before a three-year stint at Radio Luxembourg. He returned to Australia and interviewed The Beatles on the Adelaide leg of the band’s 1964 Australian tour, using his detailed knowledge of music to elicit an enthusiastic response from John Lennon. He went on to host the top-rating, prime-time Adelaide variety show, Adelaide Tonight, on NWS9 into the early 1970s.
From 1974-1976, he hosted The Ernie Sigley Show, beginning a long-term working partnership with fellow performer Denise Drysdale. It was to be the Nine Network’s highest-ever rating tonight show on Australian television. After The Ernie Sigley Show finished in 1976, Sigley went on to host a string of television shows including Saturday Night Live, Wheel of Fortune and the morning program In Melbourne Today.
Sigley was the original host of the Australian version of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune, from 1981 to 1984. Sigley returned to radio in 1996, hosting 3AW’s afternoon radio program until his retirement in 2008.
As a singer, Sigley had a string of number one hits. In 1957, his first single Love Is A Golden Ring became a gold record. In 1974, he recorded one of Australia’s most popular duets Hey Paula with Drysdale. The song was a number one best-selling hit in Australia. He performed in his one-man show -and with Drysdale – in clubs and concert halls around Australia.
Sigley received 21 Logie Awards for most popular performer and producer. In 1975, he won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality, presented to him by legendary movie star John Wayne.
Ernie Sigley and Denise Drysdale
Ernie Sigley hosted the Ernie Sigley Show from 1974 to 1976 alongside Denise Drysdale. The pair later co-hosted the variety TV show In Melbourne Today. The pair had a chart-topping pop hit with the song Hey Paula. He performed in his one-man show -and with Drysdale – in clubs and concert halls around Australia.
Ernie Sigley Age
Ernest William Sigley was born on 2 September 1938, in Footscray, Victoria, Australia. He died on 15 August 2021. He was 82.
Ernie Sigley Wife
Who is Ernie Sigley’s wife? Ernie Sigley was married to his wife Glenys O’Brien, a former TV personality, for 47 years.
Ernie Sigley Children
Ernie Sigley and his wife Glenys O’Brien have four children together – Matthew, Guy, David and Emma. One of his children is musician Matthew Sigley from ’90s indie band The Earthmen. Matthew shared the following birthday tribute to his father on 2 September 2020: “Happy Birthday Dad! Thank you for kickstarting my career in show business by bringing me on your tonight show when I was one. As you can see I was as thrilled about it then as I am now. Love you x #erniesigley.”
Ernie Sigley Family
Sigley was one of seven children of a boilermaker and a housewife. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Glenys O’Brien, and their children Matthew, Guy, David, and Emma.
Ernie Sigley Death
Television and radio star Ernie Sigley passed away peacefully on 15 August 2021 at the age of 82, following a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, according to a family statement. He had been in residential care in his final years.
Channel Seven entertainment reporter Peter Ford, who worked with Sigley, paid tribute to the Australian TV pioneer on Twitter. He tweeted: “Very sad to hear of Ernie Sigley’s death. His unique larrikin style made it look easier than it really is. TV, radio, recording success & live concerts – what a great career! But his greatest pride was his family. He was kind to me so I’ll be sad but honoured to pay tribute today.”
Family friend, Ron Egeberg, said Sigley would be remembered as one of Australia’s most prolific entertainers: “His career spanned not only radio and television, it was also the amount of entertainment he did, whether that be at clubs and the like, he was so well-liked as an entertainer but also he had an exceptional career,” he said. “He was just a natural and he was a great communicator and really that was probably the key to his success, particularly with his television program and the radio program.”
Ernie Sigley Cause of Death
He died after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, his family announced.
Ernie Sigley Health
Sigley, who won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television in 1975, had been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease in October 2016. Ernie Sigley’s family announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 after he was noticeably absent at the AFL grand final that year. He was a lifelong member of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.
“While he would love to have been at the MCG to watch his beloved Western Bulldogs make history, Ernie had to settle for the live television broadcast,” the family said in a statement at the time.
Ernie Sigley First Wife – Ernie Sigley Wives
Australian TV and radio personality Ernie Sigley was three times married and twice divorced. Little is known about Ernie Sigley’s first wife and second wife. He lived in Melbourne with his third wife, Glenys O’Brien, with whom he had four adult children.
Ernie Sigley Net Worth
Ernie Sigley’s net worth is unclear.