Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Johnny Chester - 1973 - Johnny Chester

Midnight Bus/Gwen Congratulations/Shame and Scandal In The Family/Highway 31

 John Howard "Johnny" Chester (born 26 December 1941) is an Australian singer-songwriter, who started his career in October 1959 singing rock'n'roll and in 1969 changed to country music. He has toured nationally with The Beatles, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette and Charley Pride. During his career he has led various groups including Johnny Chester and The Chessmen, Johnny Chester and Jigsaw, Johnny Chester and Hotspur. With Jigsaw he had five top 30 hit singles, "Gwen (Congratulations)" (1971), "Shame and Scandal", "Midnight Bus" (both 1972), "World's Greatest Mum" (No. 9, 1973) and "She's My Kind of Woman" (1974).

Chester has hosted various TV series: Teen Time on Ten (GLV-10, Gippsland, 1963–64), Teen Scene (ABC TV, 1964–65) and Country Road (ABC TV, 1977–78). He has worked as a radio announcer on Melbourne radio station 3UZ and Radio Australia. He wrote a musical comedy, Rebound, that opened in Wagga Wagga. Chester has won Golden Guitars at the Country Music Awards of Australia for best selling track in 1975 and for Male Vocalist of the Year in 1981, 1982 and 1983. In 1994 he was awarded the Songmaker of the Year Award from the Tamworth Songwriters Association. According to Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, he is "one of Melbourne's first and best rock'n'roll singers of the early 1960s". Music journalist, Ed Nimmervoll, acknowledges Chester's "essential inclusion on any major national rock package coming into Melbourne" and later he "helped bring Australian country music to pop respectability".

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Tornadoes - Tossing And Turning FLAC

Tossing And Turning/Buckeye/Walkin' With My Angel/Boom Boom Baby

When I bought this EP I was a little disappointed that it wasn't as old as thought it was, late sixties. I would say it is more late seventies early eighties but that disappointment aside it still a great little EP. This is a custom job and judging by the clips on Youtube these are songs they were performing at the time. Of interest to Executive fans the record was produced by Brian King.

Below is some information taken from the bands webpage .

Reputed to be the longest running working band in the world, the fabulous Tornadoes. Lead vocal Brian Goodger, Lead guitar, David Goodger, Rhythm guitar ,John Goodger, Drums, Peter Goodger. Bass guitar, Harry Mitchel. Formed 1960 and still performing in the Wollongong area Illawarra coast Australia although only one original member remains playing those wonderful days of the 60's and the many years following should never be forgotten.

Fans have always regarded the Tornadoes as "their own". Known throughout the region for over four decades, the fabulous Tornadoes have provided top class entertainment to countless audiences.

 The band’s modernised version of that long time classic Ghost Riders (in the Sky) gained huge success at dance and country venues throughout Australia, Britain and the United States and reached Number 6 on the national dance charts across America.

With that success behind them, the Tornadoes negotiated a recording contract with Arcade and Sony / BMG records for release of Ghost Riders in Europe and Australia.

In 2006, the Tornadoes were selected to be a part of the Best of the Best tour of New Zealand. As well as the Tornadoes, the tour featured some of the biggest stars of the Australasian music scene of the past 40 years including Sharon O’Neill, Ray Columbus ( Invaders fame ), and Australasia’s King of Rock and Roll Johnny Devlin. Having played in 11 major cities across New Zealand, the Tornadoes captivated audiences and earned a new legion of fans from across the Tasman. The tour, organized by Pacific Entertainment of Auckland, proved to be one of the most successful tours of New Zealand that year.
 More recently, the Tornadoes had another huge hit on their hands that went balistic around the world. "Crocodile Roll", penned by the band, was a sensational hit with fans.  Members of the fabulous Tornadoes are Fred Marsh, David Goodger, Harry Mitchell, Peter O'Reilley, Wayne Rogers and Evan Kerr.

The Tornadoes strong point is their ability to deliver a repertoire consisting of over 50 years of great music. Lead vocals by Fred,Wayne, Peter and Evan and harmonies by David and Harry, together with the raunchiness of the rhythm section, form the nucleus of the Tornadoes captivating sound.

The Tornadoes sound is a unique blend of rock and roll to boot scootin’ rock and country to classic ballads which always leave the fans wanting more.

Music fans are always left satisfied after a Tornadoes gig because the fabulous TORNADOES put dance in your pants!