Friday, 30 October 2015
I Don't Wanna Know/Lookin' On/Turn On Your Love Light/Trans 43
The Screaming Tribesmen was a rock band formed in Brisbane by Mick Medew, John Hartley & Murray Shepherd. After their I Don't Wanna Know EP and a string of successful singles, including "A Stand Alone" and their first hit, "Igloo" which was penned by Medew and Died Pretty frontman Ron Peno, the band moved base to Sydney, home of their label Citadel Records.
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Come On, Let's Go/Lucky Old Sun/Ring A Rockin'/The Lone Ranger Gonna Get Married
Johnny Rebb, born Donald James Delbridge, (20 March 1939 (Family members say 1935) – 28 July 2014) was an Australian singer.
Rebb began as a country & western singer and was signed with Leedon Records and was dubbed the "Gentleman of Rock" by disc jockeys of the time.
He also replaced Johnny O'Keefe as the MC of Saturday Rock while O'Keefe was in the USA. In the 1960s, with the onslaught of rock'n'roll, Rebb began singing in the band The Atlantics and became their lead singer.
Sunday, 18 October 2015
Hoki Mai/Maringi Noa/Poatarau (Now Is The Hour)/Haere Haere Ra E Hinw
The Howard Morrison Quartet (originally named the Ohinemutu Quartet) was a New Zealand band during the 1950s and early 1960s. The band was formed by Sir Howard Morrison and included Gerry Merito, Wi Wharekura and Noel Kingi.
Howard Morrison was born in Rotorua in 1935, in a rugby-playing family. He died in Rotorua 24 September 2009. In 1955, while working as a surveyor's chainman, he started putting together vocal groups to entertain at rugby club socials in Rotorua. In 1956 he toured Australia as a member of the Aotearoa Concert Party.
On his return, he heard guitarist Gerry Merito and put together a group with Gerry and two others, Wi Wharekura and Noel Kingi, and named the group Howard Morrison Quartet. In 1958 they became part of Benny Levin's touring 'Pop Jamboree.' A recording they made of "Hoki Mai/ Po Karekare Ana" sold well, and in 1959 their parody of "The Battle Of New Orleans," recorded as The Battle Of The Waikato, became one of their biggest hits.
In 1960 they were so popular their managers released 13 singles, 3 EP's and 2 LP's. Another parody of Lonnie Donegan, "My Old Man's A Dustman" was rewritten by Gerry Merito as "My Old Man's An All Black." This was highly topical because of the huge controversy over Maoris not being allowed to tour South Africa with that year's All Blacks.
Moving into 1962, two of their singles were more parodies, with Ray Steven's "Ahab The Arab" becoming "Mori The Hori" and Pat Boone's "Speedy Gonzales" becoming "George The Wilder Colonial Boy", celebrating the exploits of escaped convict George Wilder.
Due to the constant touring and absence from families, the quartet disbanded in 1965 but have occasionally re-united in various incarnations over the subsequent years.
Thursday, 15 October 2015
5-4-3-2-1-Zero!/Jamaican Farewell/Fourty Miles Of Bad Road/Zanzibar
An Australian country, pop/rock musician, producer and record label owner.
Beginning in 1959 he performed under the stage name Rob E.G. and recorded lap steel guitar instrumentals or covers of country-style vocals. He provided four top ten hits including two #1 hits in Sydney with "Si Senor" and "55 Days at Peking". From 1970, Porter ran an independent record label called Sparmac and produced three LPs for Daddy Cool
Robert George Porter was born in 1942 and raised in Ashfield, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney. He reluctantly took steel guitar lessons from the age of eight - he wanted to play football instead. Sydney TV show Bandstand featured hits from the UK and US played by Australian artists. As Rob E.G., Porter made his TV debut in 1959 performing the lap steel guitar instrumental "Sleep Walk" (originally by Santo & Johnny); he was soon signed to Rex Records and became a Bandstand regular. His first single, "Your Cheatin' Heart", a cover of the Hank Williams hit, appeared in February 1960.
In 1961, Porter received severe spinal injuries in a car accident, he adapted his playing style and continued to record. Top ten hits in Sydney include, instrumentals "Si Senor (I Theenk)" which peaked at #1 in May 1962, "Jezabel" at #2 in May 1963, and "55 Days at Peking" at #1 in July; and the vocal single "When You're Not Near" at #7 in August 1964.Although not as popular in Melbourne, these four singles also peaked into the top ten.
On the advice of The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, Porter moved to the UK in 1964 where he wrote and recorded singles for Festival Records but had no chart success. During 1967 he moved to the USA and appeared in several television shows: Malibu U, Popendity, Daniel Boone, Mannix and The Immortal. In 1969 Porter co-starred in the movie Three.
In 1970, Porter was back in Australia where he purchased a controlling share of independent record label, Sparmac. He recorded three of his own singles for Sparmac before focusing on managing and promoting bands and producing records. Porter produced three of doo wop rock band Daddy Cool's LPs including their debut 1971 album, Daddy Who? Daddy Cool, which peaked at #1 and became the highest selling Australian album at the time. Other Sparmac artists included Rick Springfield and Healing Force.
In 1973 Porter started a new label, Wizard in partnership with Steve Binder, with Daddy Cool and Springfield the new label also signed Hush, Mighty Kong and Marcia Hines.Porter and Binder also managed Springfield and introduced him to the US market.
He co-wrote the song "Shining" with Jill Wagner-Porter, which was recorded by Marcia Hines on her 1976 LP album Shining, and also wrote "Empty" and "A Love Story" on the that album.
In the 1980s, Porter produced albums for Air Supply, Tommy Emmanuel and The Nauts. He returned to the US to live and worked in television production and as a horse breeder. During 2006 Porter formed another record label named, Musique, with flautist Jane Rutter.
Monday, 5 October 2015
Every Little Bit/Cool Jerk/As Long As I Got You/Not Born To Follow
Vocalist, guitarist and organist Laurie Allen's is best known for his chart-topping partnership with Bobby Bright in the mid-1960s, but Laurie was a veteran of the Australian rock and pop scene. His first outfit was The Roulettes (1958-59), followed by Malcom Arthur & The Knights (1959-61), The Blue Jays (1962) and then Bobby and Laurie (1965-66), whose story is included in our MILESAGO Bobby & Laurie article.
Laurie's first solo project after Bobby & Laurie's heyday was Dice formed in 1967 and soon renamed Laurie Allen and The Revue. It was modelled on the American soul revues of the early to mid-Sixties (e.g. the famous Stax Revues ca. that were backed by Booker T. & The M.G.s and the Memphis Horns) although Laurie's band evidently had no horn section.
The dates in Who's Who suggests that the group went through a couple of distinct rhythm-section changes. The earlier line up (ca. 1967) may have been Lawrie Byrnes (drums, ex-Little Gulliver & The Children, Ram Jam Big Band), Barry Rogers (ex-Rondells, bass) and Phil Manning (ex Blue Jays, Bay City Union, guitar). The later (1968?) backline may have been Gary Young (ex-Rondells, drums) and Wayne Duncan (ex-Rondells, bass); another notable player who passed through was guitarist John Adolphus (later of the Hot City Bump Band).
The band gigged mainly around Melbourne and recorded three Singles for Festival during 1967-68. The Revue included some notable members, not least the long-serving Young and Duncan (who had been in Bobby & Laurie's backing group, The Rondells) and it's also notable for being the first major professional outing for sister vocalists Glenys and Colleen Hewett.
LAURIE ALLEN - vocal/guitar/organ
COLLEEN HEWETT - vocals
GLENYS HEWETT - vocals
HARRY HERNI - guitar/vocals
LAURIE BYRNES - drums
WAYNE DUNCAN - drums
JOHN ADOLPHUS - guitar
MICHELLE KENNEDY - vocal
GARY YOUNG - drums
BARRY ROGERS - bass
MANFRED SHANE - guitar
PHIL MANNING - guitar
Sweet Boy/Why Can’t I Go Surfin’/Oh Boy/Mr Moonlight
Margie or Margy started singing at the age of 5, appearing on Swallow's juniors. In her teens she was a regular TV singer and dance circuit performer eventually releasing 4 singles and an EP. Probably best known for her first hit "Why Can't I Go Surfin'" she recorded for a few more years and then released the classic "I Wanna Wear My New Bikini" loved by so many in the later 60's.
Milord/My First Love And Last Love/It’s You That I Love/Unlock Those Chains/Is It All Over Now/I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
Born in Adelaide, South Australia.
Gaynor Bunning was one of the first of the Adelaide TV stars to travel interstate that included Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne sometimes twice a week singing at the leading hotels in Adelide and the other Ausralian states mentioned plus top TV programmes.
Gaynor appeared on Ernie Sigley's Teenage Mailbag, Sunnyside Up & Bandstand T.V. Shows. Bobby Limb placed Gaynor under contract as top vocalist. ADS7 featured her regularly in The Moores Show.
Gaynor is known for her spots at top line The Lido and Havana night clubs in Adelaide during her career. One of Adelaides best entertainers at the time.
1 Do The Swim/Stilettos And Lipstick/Dance That Cocktail Latin Way
"Little" Nell Campbell (born Laura Elizabeth Campbell; 24 May 1953) is an Australian actress, club owner and singer. She is best known for her role in The Rocky Horror Show and The Rocky Horror Picture Show and her song "Do the Swim".
She was born in Sydney, to Ruth and Ross Campbell, a writer, who called her "Little Nell" (after a character in Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop) in his family life column in the Sydney Daily Telegraph. Campbell has three siblings: Sally, Patrick and Cressida. Her older sister, Sally, was a property master, set designer and subsequently a fashion designer. Her younger sister, Cressida Campbell, an artist, and her older brother, Patrick, a Solar Engineer for the University of New South Wales. She was called Laura E. Campbell until around 17, when she went by the nickname "Sonny" (pronounced to rhyme with "Donny"), short for "Sonata". She began dancing at the age of 10, after being diagnosed with Hepatitis A, to keep healthy. She attended high school at the Abbotsleigh School for Girls in Sydney, supporting herself as a waitress.
Campbell decided to use the name "Little Nell" as a stage name after her arrival in Britain in the early 1970s with her family. She sold clothes at Kensington Market; her stall was next to Freddie Mercury's. She also worked as a busker and her tap dancing is often noted as the reason why she was cast as Columbia in the original production of The Rocky Horror Show. She reprised the role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, released in 1975, and starred as Nurse Ansalong in the 1981 sequel, Shock Treatment.
After The Rocky Horror Picture Show, she signed a recording contract with A&M Records. Her debut single was "Stilettos and Lipstick" backed with "Do the Swim", released in 1975. She also created a disco version of the song "Fever" in 1976 which was again released backed with "Do the Swim". The b-side of both of these releases became better known, perhaps helped by a performance on British television in which she accidentally (and repeatedly) exposed her breasts. While edited out of the original broadcast in 1975, the unedited version was shown worldwide on bloopers shows (beginning with the British show It'll be Alright on the Night in 1977). Following this notoriety, another effort was made to promote the recordings made in 1975 and 1976. In 1978, a "triple B-side" titled The Musical World of Little Nell (Aquatic Teenage Sex & Squalor) was released which featured both "Do the Swim" and "Stillettos and Lipstick" along with the track "Dance that Cocktail Latin Way" (also known as "Tropical Isle") which originally appeared as the B-side of her second single from 1976. Following some success with the EP, the other two tracks, singles "Fever" and "See You Round like a Record", were released as a single but that was to be her last release on A&M. A final single, "Beauty Queen" from the film The Alternative Miss World, was released on PRE Records in 1980.
Campbell has also appeared in several stage productions, including the Off-Broadway play You Should Be So Lucky and the Broadway musical NINE. She appeared as Sandra LeMon in the British TV series Rock Follies of '77.
From the mid-1980s to 1998, Campbell owned two nightclubs in New York: Kiosk, E&O, and most famously lent her name to Nell's. Nell's was sold in 1998 to Noel Ashman and his business partner actor Chris Noth, right before she gave birth to daughter Matilda Violet in June 1998 to ex-boyfriend and business partner Eamonn Roche.
Campbell has written several magazine articles, including regular segments called "MamaTalks" and "FirstLook" in the now defunct Talk magazine, starting in the December 1999 issue. She returned to Australia after selling her Boerum Hill house in Brooklyn in December 2005, and is now retired and living with her daughter.
The song 'Laura' by Bat for Lashes, is dedicated to Nell Campbell, who is friends with Natasha Khan.
Friday, 2 October 2015
If I Had A Ticket/Comin' Home Baby/Sit Down Servant/300lb Of Joy
Chris Brown and Dave Rowlands had attended Heathcote High School in southern Sydney. They formed The Unknown Blues Band in 1965. Phil Jones joined in 1966, whereupon they billed themselves as Phil Jones and The Unknown Blues. They developed a sound initially influenced by Delta Blues, but quickly found that an electric, Chicago blues sound was more popular. In 1966-7, they obtained a Friday and Saturday night residency at Beethoven's.
In early 1967, the band signed to the Festival Records subsidiary Sunshine and scored a strong local hit with a bluesy cover of the traditional song "If I Had a Ticket". At Beethoven's in 1967 they were checked out by the visiting Yardbirds, with the band meeting Jimmy Page.
With the success of their single, the band toured in Brisbane and Melbourne.
After disbanding in 1968, Phil Jones issued 2 solo singles before moving to England and becoming involved in the progressive/underground rock scene in the Notting Hill/Ladbroke Grove area of London. Jones adopted the name Shiva Shankar Jones and joined Quintessence. After leaving them in 1971, Jones joined Kala, along with Chris Brown and David Bentley of Python Lee Jackson.
Brown returned to Australia to become the leader of jazz-rock fusionists Ayers Rock.
Mal Capewell played with many prominent Australian bands throughout the 1970s.
The band reformed briefly in 2011 to play at the Byron Bay Blues Festival and several other gigs. Jones' son Krishna played guitar in this line-up.