Thursday, 18 August 2011
Heigh Ho/Stupidity/Like I Love You/Speechless
Peter Doyle (28 July 1949 - 13 October 2001) was a naturally gifted performer who started out in music when he was a child. By the age of nine he was already appearing on the Melbourne television talent show Swallow's Juniors. At fourteen, he was performing in Sunday afternoon pop shows at Melbourne's Festival Hall and by sixteen he'd scored a solo record deal with Ivan Dayman's Sunshine label (which included Normie Rowe) and became a regular on Melbourne's The Go!! Show.
Between 1965 and 1967 Peter (backed by veteran Melbourne band The Phantoms) Peter released eight solo singles, six for the Sunshine label and two more for Astor. His first two singles were Top 20 hits: his debut single, a cover of Conway Twitty's "Speechless (The Pick Up)" peaked at #14 (May '65) and the follow-up, "Stupidity", peaked at #11 (July). His cover of the Small Faces' "What'cha Gonna Do About It" only got to #35 (Nov. ’65), but a version of The Platters' classic "The Great Pretender " fared better, reaching # 22 in Jan. 1966, although this proved to be his last charting solo single in Australia. His last two Sunshine singles were "Something You Got Baby" in May, and "Mr Good Time" in November 1966.
In 1967, following the collapse of the Sunshien label, Peter switched to the Astor label and issued two singles "You Can't Put That in a Bottle" (April) and Neil Sedaka's "Plastic Dreams and Toy Balloons" (June). His backing band during this time was Grandma's Tonic, a group formed by ex-members of Tony Worsley's backing band The Fabulous Blue Jays) and who also later backed Normie Rowe, Jahnny Farnham and others.
In May 1968, with his solo career waning, Peter peroxided his hair and joined the Walker Brothers-styled vocal trio The Virgil Brothers, taking over from original recruit Mick Hadley (ex Purple Hearts) who was uncomfortable with the commercial orientation of the new group and left after only a few rehearsals. The other members were both formerly part of the original incarnation of The Wild Cherries singer/guitarists Rob Lovett (The Loved Ones) and Malcolm McGee (Python Lee Jackson). The Virgil Brothers released two singles in Australia in 1968, "Temptation's 'Bout to Get Me", which was a Top 5 hit), "Here I Am" and "When You Walk Away". McGee left in 1969, just after the trio had relocated to the UK, and he was replaced by Danny Robinson, vocalist extraordinaire and ex-frontman of the highly regarded “Mark II” version of The Wild Cherries with Lobby Loyde. They cut their third single with David McKay before Peter also quit and the trio dissolved.
Shortly after the Virgil Bros split in 1970 Peter joined Lyn Paul and Paul Layton in the second lineup of The New Seekers, replacing founding members Sally Graham, Chris Barrington and Laurie Heath. The clean-cut pop harmony group had been put together by former Seeker Keith Potger who had retreated into the less public role of manager after initially performing with them.
At first ignored in the UK, the group broke through thanks to a string of American hits, beginning with Top 10 cover of Melanie Safka's "What Have They Done To My Song, Ma". More hits followed, including "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" (originally written as a soft-drink jingle), "Beg, Steal or Borrow" (the UK's 1972 Eurovision entry, on which Peter shared the lead vocal with Lyn Paul) and the New Seekers' valiant cover of Pete Townshend's "Pinball Wizard" / "See Me, Feel Me" which featured Peter and Marty Kristian on lead vocals.
Sunday, 31 July 2011
The Migrant Hostess/Sandy Stone
John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, satirist, artist, and author. Humphries is best known for writing and playing his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. He is also a film producer and script writer, a star of London's West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer and an accomplished landscape painter. For his delivery of dadaist and absurdist humour to millions, biographer Anne Pender described Humphries in 2010 as not only "the most significant theatrical figure of our time but the most significant comedian to emerge since Charlie Chaplin".
Humphries' characters have brought him international renown, and he has also appeared in numerous films, stage productions and television shows. Originally conceived as a dowdy Moonee Ponds housewife who caricatured Australian suburban complacency and insularity, Edna has evolved over four decades to become a satire of stardom, the gaudily dressed, acid-tongued, egomaniacal, internationally feted Housewife Gigastar, Dame Edna Everage. Humphries' other major satirical character creation was the archetypal Australian bloke Barry McKenzie, who originated as the hero of a comic strip about Australians in London (with drawings by Nicholas Garland) which was first published in Private Eye magazine. The stories about "Bazza" (Humphries' nickname, as well as an Australian term of endearment for the name Barry) gave wide circulation to Australian slang, particularly jokes about drinking and its consequences (much of which was invented by Humphries), and the character went on to feature in two Australian films, in which he was portrayed by Barry Crocker.
Humphries' other satirical characters include the "priapic and inebriated cultural attaché" Sir Les Patterson, who has "continued to bring worldwide discredit upon Australian arts and culture, while contributing as much to the Australian vernacular as he has borrowed from it", gentle, grandfatherly "returned gentleman" Sandy Stone, iconoclastic 1960s underground film-maker Martin Agrippa, Paddington socialist academic Neil Singleton, sleazy trade union official Lance Boyle, high-pressure art salesman Morrie O'Connor and failed tycoon Owen Steele
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Silver City Birthday Celebration Day/Ginger Man/Show Me The Way/Every Mothers Son
Brian George Cadd (born 29 November 1946, Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian singer-songwriter, keyboardist and producer who has performed as a member of The Groop, Axiom, Flying Burrito Brothers and solo. Although he was briefly called Brian Caine in late 1966, when first joining The Groop, he is generally known as Brian Cadd.
Cadd produced fellow Australian acts, Robin Jolley, Ronnie Burns, Broderick Smith, Tina Arena and Glenn Shorrock; and established his own record label called Bootleg Records. He also composed or performed music for films, Alvin Purple, Alvin Purple Rides Again, Fatal Vision, The Return of the Living Dead, Vampires on Bikini Beach, Morning of the Earth and The Heartbreak Kid and for television Class of 74, The Midnight Special and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. His songwriting for other acts includes The Masters Apprentices, Bootleg Family Band, Ronnie Burns, The Pointer Sisters and Little River Band.
Cadd's iconic status was acknowledged when he was inducted into the 2007 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.
For a more detailed look at Brian's history visit his website. http://www.briancadd.com/history
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
The Susan Jones Rock Five - (voc Johnny Farnham)/The Susan Jones Rock Five - Susan Jones/The Susan Jones Brass - Susan Jones/The Susan Jones Baroque Quartet - Susan Jones
In 1967, the "Susan Jones" advertising and promotional campaign was a great success for Australia's Ansett-ANA Airlines.
The radio jingle sang about a hostess who 'cared for you all the way", and this was supported by a print campaign that put a face to Susan.
Nobody knew it at the time, but the young singer whose voice was heard on the jingle would, in time, become a superstar of Australian music...it was Johnny Farnham.
The "Susan Jones" EP was originally issued with an "Ansett-ANA" label, but, it was quickly picked up for release by Festival Records, cat. # FX11374.
There were four tracks on the EP...a basic instrumental bed, a Tijuana Brass style version, a Baroque/Classical rendition...and, the vocal by Johnny Farnham.
The vocal featured a re-write of the radio jingle...different words, so that it became a generic song rather than an airline ad.
The Festival EP actually charted in Perth, reaching # 47 in October 1967.
Both issues of the EP are now very hard to locate, especially the original with the Ansett- ANA label...however, in 1997, the vocal song became a lot easier to find, when it was included on John's "Anthology 3" CD.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Monday, 11 April 2011
Friday, 1 April 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Shores of Botany Bay/South Australia/The Cuckoos Nest
By the time of the British Pop Invasion of the 1960's the flame of Australia's bush music heritage was barely alive. It wasn't until the early 1970's that the massive resurgence in folk music overseas inspired such Australian bands as "The Larrikins", "The Cobbers", and "The Original Bushwhackers and Bullockies Bush Band". Their success in those years is evidenced in part by ten albums and many gold records; the biggest selling Australian songbook ever; soundtracks for feature films and television series'; numerous awards and an entire ABC documentary devoted to the band.
The Bushwackers' astounding popularity in concert peaked in the 1980's when their dances attracted crowds of 4,000 in capital cities. One memorable night more than 1,000 people were turned away from a sell-out show at the "Birkenhead Barn" in Sydney.
Even after ten years of solid touring the public just couldn't get enough of The Bushwackers - long after most other bands formed in the same era had burned out or faded away. However in 1984 The Bushwackers too decided to call it a day, due primarily, to the costs of keeping a band of their stature on the road but also, to the desires of long-standing members to establish a home and family of their own.
Within just a few months Dobe, Roger and newcomer Melanie were signed as "The Bushwackers Band" to publishing giant Warner Chappell and a new recording deal was struck with ABC/EMI. Their latest recordings are among their finest with the band as potent as it ever was, and perhaps more focused.
Saturday, 5 March 2011
Friday, 4 March 2011
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Saturday, 26 February 2011
Friday, 18 February 2011
Say That You're Mine/For My Woman/The Old Oak Tree/She's So Fine
To describe The Easybeats as "Australia's Beatles" is not to damn them with faint praise. They were without question the best and most important Australian rock band of the 1960s, and their string of classic hit singles set the benchmarks for Australian popular music. They established a unique musical identity, and they became our first homegrown rock superstars, and for quality, inventiveness and originality their work is arguably unmatched by any other Australian band of the period. The Easybeats scored fifteen Top 40 Singles in Australia between 1965 and 1970, including three No.1 hits. Chief among their many achievements, the Easybeats hold the unique honour of being our first bona-fide rock group to have an major overseas hit record the legendary "Friday On My Mind". They were also one of the few major Australian bands of their day to perform and record original material almost exclusively. Their influence both during and after their meteoric 5-year career cannot be understated and The Easybeats deserve to be ranked as one of the greatest bands of the last 40 years.
Thursday, 17 February 2011
The Girls Go Crazy/Whispering/See See Rider/Cake Walking Babies
The Red Onion Jazz Band, formed by high school friends around 1960 as the Gin Bottle Jazz Band and concluded at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues in 1996, was a Melbourne traditional jazz band, which is to say that it featured the instrumentation of the early small groups—clarinet, trumpet and trombone in the front line, and a rhythm section which included a banjo or guitar, tuba or string bass, possibly a piano, and drums—and built its repertoire initially on the classic recordings of Louis Armstrong, Clarence Williams, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke and Johnny Dodds. Its career, which was unusually long for a band of its type, saw it move from a kind of cult status in the casual dances of the early 1960s, through periods in which the popularity of traditional jazz (or jazz of any kind) waned considerably, to a position of seniority and enormous respect at the time of its dissolution. The band released eight LP and four EP recordings during the 1960s and early 1970s, and during the 1990s recorded two CDs, one of which was released only after the band had ceased performing. The Onions created their persona as a band early and were a distinctive presence for as long as they existed as a group.
The first period of the Onions’ career lasted until clarinetist Gerry Humphrys, who had been in the band for three years, tubist Lynch, and pianist Ian Clyne, a more recent addition, broke away to form the pop group the Loved Ones. This followed the dramatic change in musical taste among teenagers which occurred around the time of the Beatles’ Australian tour in 1964.
Friday, 4 February 2011
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Sunday, 30 January 2011
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo (known commonly as Skippy) is an Australian television series created by Australian actor John McCallum, produced from 1967–1969 (airing from 1968–1970) about the adventures of a young boy and his intelligent pet kangaroo, and the various visitors to the fictional Waratah National Park in Duffys Forest, near Sydney.
Ninety-one 30-minute episodes were produced. The show was filmed in colour and after airing in its home country, it was shown in the United Kingdom and Canada, where it was first screened between 1969 and 1972. The Nine Network readily repeated the series several times after Australian television switched to colour transmission in 1975.
The Story Of Skippy/Skippy The Bush Kangaroo/Along The Road To Gundagai/Waltzing Matilda
Ed Devereaux (27 August 1925 – 17 December 2003) was an Australian actor, director and scriptwriter who lived in the United Kingdom for many years. He was best known for playing the part of Matt Hammond the head ranger in the Australian television series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. He was also involved in the series behind the scenes, Devereaux writing the script and directing the episode The Veteran (1969), for which he received much critical acclaim.
Monday, 17 January 2011
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Mothers And Fathers/Isn't It A Lovely Day/It's Your Life/ I'll Never Dance Again
Jonne Sands was just short of his 16th birthday when he was groomed to take Normie Rowe's throne following the latter's controversial conscription. He certainly had the talent as well as the looks to make young girls swoon which brought immediate, albeit minor success in hometown Brisbane with his debut single "It's Your Life" in May 1968. His 2nd, "Mothers & Fathers" did even better, charting well Nationally, including a much needed breakthrough in Sydney & things looked promising for him. It remains perhaps the song he's best known for now
Throughout his career, he was also a popular performer on TV shows in the southern states ie Uptight, Bandstand etc. However the hoped for ascendencence to the upper heights of pop stardom never quite happened for Jonne, despite further hits in Brisbane & a total of 6 excellent singles on the Sunshine label over the next 2 years.
A one-off single for EMI/Columbia at the tail end of 1970 failed to reverse the trend & his last solo single, I Can Promise You Sunshine/Rikky Rikky, a picture disc on Nuclear Productions, was issued in 1973. In all of Jonne released 8 solo singles.
Not that his career ended in 1973. On the contrary, he then joined popular 60's harmony/rock band Executives following their reformation the following year, replacing Gino Cunnico as co-lead vocalist with Carole King. With the rejuvenated group, he issued 3 further singles & the band again enjoyed much success on the Sydney Club & Cabaret circuit. They also made regular TV performances on the popular night-time variety shows of Ernie Sigley, Don Lane etc as well as appearing on the also revived Bandstand. Jonne stayed with the Executives for the next 4 years, the band finally dissolving in 1978.
Friday, 14 January 2011
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Flip/Lollipop/Jerry's Jump/Long After School days Are Through/Three O'lock Thrill
Daddy Cool is an Australian rock band formed in Melbourne in 1970 with the original line-up of Wayne Duncan (bass, Vocals), Ross Hannaford (lead guitar, bass, vocals), Ross Wilson (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica) and Gary Young (drums, vocals) . Their debut single "Eagle Rock" was released in May 1971 and stayed at number 1 on the Australian singles chart for ten weeks. Their debut July 1971 LP Daddy Who? Daddy Cool also reached number 1 and became the first Australian album to sell more than 100,000 copies. Their name comes from the 1957 song "Daddy Cool" by US rock group The Rays. Daddy Cool included their version on Daddy Who? Daddy Cool.
In November 1971, Daddy Cool aka D.C.E.P., a five-track EP was released and reached number 12. Each group member sang a track, the most widely played was "Lollipop" with vocals by Wilson.