Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Col Joye - 1967 - Gone Rockin

This Little Boy's Gone Rockin'/Stagger Lee/Pretty Girls Everywhere/Sixteen Candles

 Colin Frederick Jacobsen AM (born 13 April 1936 in Sydney), better known by his stage name Col Joye, is an Australian pioneer rock musician, popular entertainer and entrepreneur, (he has also recorded various other cross-over styles such as country music). Joye was the first Australian rock and roll singer to have a number one record Australia-wide and experienced a string of chart successes in the early Australian rock and roll scene.

Recording as a solo artist and with his backing band, The Joy Boys, which included his brothers Kevin and Keith, Joye enjoyed a string of hits on the local and national singles charts of Australia beginning in 1959. Joye's first single, "Stagger Lee" was a cover of the Lloyd Price US original. However, his third single "Bye Bye Baby" reached No.3 on the Australian Kent Music Report charts in 1959, followed by "Rockin Rollin Clementine" also peaking at No.3. His fifth single, "Oh Yeah Uh Huh", became his most successful, peaking at No.1. He also had other charting singles, including "Yes Sir That's My Baby" peaking at No.5 nationally. Joye was an original member of Brian Henderson's Bandstand television program, and appeared regularly on this show for fourteen years. Joye also toured Australia with fellow Bandstand acts, including Judy Stone, Sandy Scott, and Little Pattie. Joye's popularity leveled off with the changes to the music scene around the time of the rise of the British invasion, and especially The Beatles, and it was not until 1973 that he had another hit record, with "Heaven Is My Woman's Love" reaching No.1 on the Go-Set charts in 1973.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band - 1974 - Matchbox Madness FLAC

Wangaratta Wahine/My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes/Hernando's Hideaway

 The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band was an Australian band, active throughout the 1970s. It was based in Melbourne and centred on singer and multi-instrumentalist Mic Conway ("Captain Matchbox") and his brother Jim Conway, who is widely regarded as one of Australia's finest exponents of the blues harmonica.

Inspired by early jazz recordings and the jug band music they heard on reel-to-reel tapes as teenagers, they formed a band which grew within a couple of years from an underground art school band to a national icon, with film and television appearances and regular appearances in the charts. Their debut LP Smoke Dreams (1972) was released in the USA in the DynaQuad quadraphonic format. Their second LP Wangaratta Wahine featured a cover illustration by noted Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig.

The brothers continued the group through many lineup changes until a tragic truck crash while on tour in 1979 which ruined the band financially and emotionally, and after paying off their debts they disbanded.

 Mic Conway continues to record and perform regularly, both as a solo artist and with his National Junk Band. Jim Conway has also worked on many musical projects and remains a sought-after soloist, although in recent years his health (but not his playing) has been significantly affected by the onset of multiple sclerosis. He now uses a wheelchair and has formed his dream band Jim Conway's Big Wheel.

The band reformed in 1996 for the Port Fairy Folk Festival, and again in 2010 under the name "Captain Matchbox Re-Ignited" for the Woodford Folk Festival, with shows at Bluesfest and Sydney and Melbourne. Members: Mic Conway, Jim Conway, Jeremy Cook, Don Hopkins, Phil Donnison, Cazzbo Johns, Jess Green and George Washingmachine. In October 2010, Smoke Dreams (1973) was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.

Thanks to sunshine 


Barry Crocker & Dave Clark - Whole Lotta Shakin' Volume 2

Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen/I'm Gonna Walk And Talk With The Lord/Lonesome Road/Mean Woman Blues

 Crocker and Clark were quite popular in Melbourne on the club and cabaret circuit in the late Fifties early Sixties. The duo appeared regularly on Melbourne TV shows such as In Melbourne Tonight and The Late show which after their first appearance were given a contract to appear as regulars. They also appeared on two Tivoli shows which was quite prestigious at the time one was the Tommy Steele Show. Around this time the boys were offered a great chance to travel to America but Dave had made up his mind to go solo so that was that the end of the duo.

Barry Crocker of course went on to a very successful singing career here in Australia  along with T.V. shows movies and stage.  Thanks to Geoff G. for both EP's.

Barry Crocker & Dave Clark - Whole Lotta Shakin' Vol.1

Venus/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/It's Only Make Believe/Waltzing Matilda