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Independent country music artist Clelia Adams of Mullumbimby has fond memories of her time working with Molly Meldrum on the music magazine Go Set.
Independent country music artist Clelia Adams of Mullumbimby has fond memories of her time working with Molly Meldrum on the music magazine Go Set. Jay Cronan

MESSAGES of support were continuing to pour in for critically-injured music industry legend Molly Meldrum last night as doctors monitored his recovery from life-saving surgery.

The 65-year-old "national treasure" fell 3m while putting up Christmas decorations at his Melbourne home on Thursday night, suffering serious head and chest injuries.

Mullumbimby country artist Clelia Adams, who worked as a music journalist with Meldrum on Australia's first pop music magazine Go Set in the 1960s and '70s, said she, like the rest of Australia, was holding her breath.

"Honestly, as soon as I heard the news on the radio this morning I thought 'Oh no' because it is very serious," she said.

"But the outpouring on Facebook is wonderful to see and I'll be adding my support as well."

After the influential publication folded in 1975, Molly went on to help establish Countdown, while other staff members founded popular Australian music magazines, Juke and Rolling Stone Australia.

"He really is a character of resilience though; I heard his brother talking on the radio and he said if Molly can survive all those years in rock and roll he's going to survive this - and he's right, it's the toughest industry you could work in," she said.

"Whenever Molly came to Sydney he would cause havoc; it was just crazy having him in the office, he was a lunatic.

"He was into everything and everyone and was outrageously camp even for those days. "

Nobody else behaved like that.

"But there was no question that behind that goofy facade he had it altogether.

"I mean, he produced Russell Morris's The Real Thing - he knew what the good stuff was way back then

"He'd come to Sydney to do his interviews and everything had to be bigger than Ben Hur - the parties, staying out late at night.

"They were amazing days.

"After Go Set, I went to England to work for WEA in London while (Go Set founding editor) Phillip Frazer started Rolling Stone, but Molly hung there longer and when Go Set closed in '75, Molly had already launched into Countdown by then.

"That was the way for him to go because he was a larger-than-life personality and television captured that."

After returning to Australia in the mid-1970s, Ms Adams moved to Tamworth to have a family and caught the country music bug.

She moved to Mullumbimby in 2000 and still sends Meldrum copies of her albums as they are released.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Julia Gillard joined legions of fans on Twitter yesterday wishing the entertainment icon well.

"Australia's thoughts are with you, Molly, keep fighting," Ms Gillard tweeted.

She used the LoveYouMolly hashtag that many fans were using on the social media site.

Kylie and Dannii Minogue both sent get-well tweets along with the likes of Boy George, Russell Crowe, Ruby Rose and Kim Wilde.

"Many younger stars credited Meldrum with their musical education.

The pop guru remained in a critical condition in intensive care last night.

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