Sunday, 22 November 2015

Johnny Young - 1968 - Every Christian Hearted Man

Every Christian Hearted Man Will Show You/Gino 1&2/Stay With Me Baby/Mr. Reagan 43

Johnny Young (born Johnny Benjamin de Jong, 12 March 1947) is a Dutch Australian singer, composer, record producer, disc jockey, television producer and host. Originally from the Netherlands, his family settled in Perth, Western Australia in the early 1950s. Young had a career in the 1960s as a pop singer and had a number one hit with the double-A-side, "Step Back" and "Cara-lyn" in 1966. As a composer, he penned number one hits, "The Real Thing" and "The Girl That I Love" for Russell Morris, "The Star" for Ross D. Wylie and "I Thank You" for Lionel Rose. He presented and produced the popular television show, Young Talent Time, which screened on Network Ten from 1971 to 1988 – it launched the careers of teen pop stars Jamie Redfern, Debra Byrne, Dannii Minogue and Tina Arena – typically each episode closed with a sing-along rendition of The Beatles song "All My Loving".

On 9 March 1990, Young was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards' Hall of Fame. On 27 October 2010, he was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame by Arena who performed his song, "The Star". He is the first person to be inducted in both halls.


Friday, 20 November 2015

Vince Malony & Vince Maloney Sect

She's A Yum Yum/No Good Without You/Sticks And Stones/Watch Your Step/I Need Your Loving Tonight/Mystery Train

This vocalist and guitarist was a veteran of many sixties groups. Often spelt Melouney, he was in The Vibratones, a Sydney instrumental band who evolved into The Aztecs. He spent 1964-65 in Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs before setting up the short-lived Vince and Tony's Two (with Tony Barber) and his own Vince Maloney's Sect later in 1966. This too was short-lived and followed by spells in The Bee Gees, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke (in the U.K.), Fanny Adams, The Cleves, Flute (a Melbourne band, which existed for only two months and included Leo De Castro before he formed Friends), McAskill, Levi Smith's Clefs and Hot Rocks.

Vince Maloney's Sect

Formed by Maloney in Melbourne in 1966, after Tony Barber had left Vince and Tony's Two, they had a residency on the 'Kommotion' T.V. show. Their cover of U.K. band The Birds' No Good Without You is considered a bit special and their EP included their 45 and two additional tracks; Sticks And Stones and Watch Your Step.

When Maloney was given the opportunity of joining The Bee Gees in England, the writing was on the wall for the 'Sect although Jim Thompson and John Shields formed The Little Bits, backing Peter Doyle and Billy Taylor joined Chirs Hall and The Torquays, Flake and Blackfeather.

Redgum - 1989 - Four Play

I Was Only Nineteen/I've Been To Bali Too/The Long Run/The Drover's Dog

Redgum was an Australian folk and political music group formed in Adelaide in 1975 by singer-songwriter John Schumann, Michael Atkinson on guitars/vocals and Verity Truman on flute/vocals; they were soon joined by Chris Timms on violin. All four had been students at Flinders University and together developed an intensely passionate and outspoken outlook. They are best known for their protest song exploring the impact of war in 1983's "I Was Only Nineteen (A Walk in the Light Green)", which peaked at #1 on the National singles charts. The song is in the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) list of Top 30 of All Time Best Australian Songs created in 2001.

Redgum also covered Australian consumer influences on surrounding nations in 1984's "I've Been To Bali Too", both hit singles were written by Schumann. "The Diamantina Drover", written by Timms' replacement, violinist/vocalist Hugh McDonald and "Poor Ned", written by Trevor Lucas of Fairport Convention, are examples of their bush songs. Lucas produced their best performed album, the June 1983 live LP Caught in the Act, which peaked at #3 on the National albums chart. Schumann left the band and pursued a solo career from 1986, Atkinson left in 1987 and Redgum finally disbanded in 1990

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Frank Traynor's Jazz Preachers - 1963 - Washinton Square

Washington Square/Sweet Patootie/The Longest Day/Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Frank Traynor (8 August 1927 – 22 February 1985) was an Australian jazz musician, trombonist and entrepreneur based in Melbourne. He led Australia’s longest continuously running jazz band, the Jazz Preachers from 1956 until his death in 1985. He founded the Victorian Jazz Club in 1956. He founded and ran Frank Traynor's Folk and Jazz Club (1963–75), which played a central role in the Australian folk revival. The club featured performers including Martyn Wyndham-Read, Danny Spooner, Brian Mooney, David Lumsden, Trevor Lucas and Margret RoadKnight.

Traynor formed his first band, the Black Bottom Stompers, in 1949. In 1951 he joined the Len Barnard Band and that same year was voted best trombonist in the "Make Way for the Bands" poll. He also made his first recordings with this band. He and his band were also a regular feature at Athol's Abbey, an underground bar and grill on the corner of St Kilda Road and Park Street (known now as the "Domain" beneath the late Domain Hotel, now a commercial complex during the 1970s. Frank and the Jazz Preachers were also a prominent feature of the Melbourne City Council's FEIP program – Free Entertainment in the Parks lunchtime activities during the '70s under the MC of Mr Robert King Crawford, with sound (amplification provided by H. C. McLean and Son Public Address.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Gene Pierson - 1970 - Reach Out

Reach Out/Oh Sweet Love/Leaving On A Jet Plane/I Ain't No Miracle Worker

Gene Pierson was actually Australian Giancarlo Salvestrin. He grew up in Sydney, and came to Auckland in 1966, where he grew his hair, adopted the stage name Gene Pierson and launched a pop singing career.

He performed on the club scene and became quite an attraction, but never made it to star status. He appeared regularly with a group out of Wellington called the Cheshire Katt. During his club performances he impressed enough people to get a recording contract with Zodiac.

His first two singles were released in both New Zealand and Australia, the latter being on Philips. They were "Love Love Love"/"Celeste" in 1966 and "You Got To Me"/"Rainy Day In June" in 1967. They sold reasonable and his name became better known, enough to get him bookings in other parts of the North Island.

His next two singles only appeared in New Zealand and were not as successful. They were "Toyland"/"Matchstick In A Whirlpool" in 1967 and "If You Only Loved Me"/"Just One Tender Look" in 1968. A switch to Festival in 1969 saw the release of "Leaving On A Jet Plane"/"I Ain't No Miracle Worker" and in 1970 "Oh Sweet Lord"/"Reach Out".

"Reach Out" was actually picked up in Australia and became a minor chart success over there, so Gene decided it was time to return home. He had another single in Australia in 1970 on Infinity called "See My Way"/"Teach Me How To Fly" and a final one in 1971 on Festival called "Come On In"/"The Only Living Boy In New York".

Still not being able to crack the big time, Gene moved into the business side of the music industry, where he had better success. He formed Laser Records in Sydney and then created Big Mouth Records. He signed quite a number of successful artists to this label, one of which was Hello Sailor.