Thursday, 13 December 2018
There Goes My Everything/You Know How I Feel/ I Couldn't Care Less/Long Long Time
Col Joye (Colin Frederick Jacobsen) is an Australian rock musician born on 13th April 1937 in Australia. He 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.
At the age of 14 he left school and began working as a jewellery salesman. In 1957 together with his brothers Kevin and Keith and others they started playing rock and roll at dances and cinemas in Sydney. They formed a band and named it KJ Quintet, they secured a regular gig at a hotel in Maroubra. Entrepreneur Bill McColl soon offered them a spot playing on his ‘Jazzorama’ concert in October 1957, and the band changed their name to Col Joye and the Joy Boys.
They signed a contract with Festival Records and produced their first hit single ‘Bye Bye Baby’ which hit the charts in March 1959.Col Joye and the Joy Boys’ third great success, ‘Oh Yeah Uh Huh’, released in October 1959, was the first rock song recorded and produced in Australia to become a national number one pop hit. The song is remembered for its unusual backing, the beat provided by the sound of a typewriter.
By 1963 Col Joye had released 20 singles, 24 EPs and 19 LPs and his popularity was such that two full time staff were required to cope with all the fan mail. The rise of the Beatles from 1963 meant that Joye waited until 1973 before another number one hit, his ballad ‘Heaven is my woman’s love’.
In 1966 Col Joye and his brother Kevin built up a strong business in artist management and publishing – the record label ATA. As managers they helped form the careers of Little Pattie and Judy Stone, discovered the Bee Gees, and encouraged Barry Gibb’s songwriting.
Thanks to Sunny
Sunday, 2 December 2018
Sick Of Being Sick/Graham/Fuck Off Cunt Features/ Fuck Off Cunt Features (Live)/Fuck Off Cunt Features (Paul Tonkin Session)
The Hard-Ons are an Australian punk rock band which formed in 1981. Founding members included Keish de Silva on guitar, vocals and Peter "Blackie" Black on guitar, Ray Ahn soon joined on bass guitar with de Silva switching to drums. The group issued eight studio albums before disbanding in 1994. They reformed in 1997 to release further material. In 2002 de Silva was replaced on drums by Peter Kostic, who was replaced in turn by Murray Ruse in 2011. De Silva returned as a guest vocalist in 2014 and permanently rejoined the band in 2016. During their first 12 years, the group issued 17 consecutive number-one hits on the Australian alternative charts. During that time they became Australia's most commercially successful independent band, with over 250,000 total record sales. Australian music historian, Ian McFarlane, described their music as "cheap and potent, their appeal selective. Yet never has so much been owed by so many to so few chords ... fused punk tempos, hardcore attitude, heavy metal riffs and surf-pop melodies into a seamless ball of energy".
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Blue Ribbon Baby/Money Money/Heebies Jeebies/Bopping The Blues
A popular Australian singer during the sixties.
Colin Cook was an original member of legendary Australian band the Thunderbirds playing saxophone. Before establishing himself as a successful soloist, Colin Cook worked as a back-up session vocalist. In fact he sang harmony backing on Frankie Davidson’s ‘Have You Ever Been To See King’s Cross?’.
Colin Cook was on the Melbourne charts seven times 1963-66, notably with It’s Up To You (#9 1963, the Ricky Nelson hit), the Mann-Weil song Heart (#8 1964), and Blue Ribbon Baby (#15 1965), all on W&G. He recorded with The Strangers at W&G, including on the LP Colin Cook and the Strangers (1964).
Colin Cook recorded “Hansome Guy” probably after hearing Dick Lory version.
From the late 60s until the early 80s Colin Cook worked variously in the UK, including time in the London casts of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar between 1974-77 and in The Jealous Guys, a band largely made up of Australian expats.
1 It’s Up To You/Just Another Rumour (W&G S 1550) 1962
2 Come On Back Baby/Crying Over You (W&G S 1619) 1963
3 Blues Over You/Come On Back Baby (W&G S 1701) 1963
4 Surfin’ Holiday/Heart (W&G S 1809) 1964
5 Sea Of Love/High School Romance (W&G S 1834) 1964
6 A Teenager Feels It Too/Put Me Down (W&G S 1939) 1964
7 My Gal/Handsome Guy (W&G S 2028) 1965
8 Blue Ribbon Baby/Heeby Jeebies (W&G S 2324) 1965
9 Funny/Stop Sneaking Around (W&G S 2406) 1965
10 Trying To Get To You/Well, Don’t You Know (W&G S 2466) 1965
11 Boppin’ The Blues/Hey Pretty Baby (W&G 2516) 1965
12 Foolish Little Boy/I Ain’t Got You (W&G S 2551) 1966
13 I’ll Always Be In Love With You/Wanted (W&G S 2699) 1966
14 So In Love/We’re Gonna Stand Up On The Mountain (In IN-S 8029) 1966
15 Pocketful Of Rainbows/Everybody’s Talking ‘Bout A Thing Called Love (Clarion MCK 1630) 1967
16 You Baby/Cry I Do (Clarion MCK 1914) 1967
17 Riot In Cell Block #9/I’ve Had My Moments (Clarion MCK 2261) 1968
18 Take Your Time Little Girl/Love 4 Living (Philips 6006 215) 1972
Saturday, 22 September 2018
Along The Road To Gundagai/Is'e An Aussie, Is'e Lizzie/True British Spunk
He’s been called the funniest man in the world. He describes himself as a “music-hall artist”. But to the thousands who have flocked to his one-man shows since the 1960s he has that rare quality that separates the great entertainer from the mere performer. He’s one of the few carrying on the tradition of Max Miller, Roy Rene, and the glorious Broadway era of Jolson, Cantor and the Marx Brothers. All were masters at bridging the gap to the crowd across the footlights.
Barry Humphries was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1934 and was a very intelligent boy who attended Melbourne University. There, he began in revues and doing some impersonations. He moved to London around 1960 and began his TV career. Humphries went on to present a succession of hugely successful one-man shows in Britain, the United States and Australia. In these the ubiquitous 'Dame Edna Everage' appeared with a motley range of other Humphries characters, most notably and consistently the nostalgic, rambling ‘senior’, Sandy Stone, and the appallingly crude Sir Les Patterson, ‘Australian Cultural Attaché to the Court of St James’. The longevity of Humphries’ career – and the characters he created – is unique. For more than fifty years, neither he nor they showed signs of flagging: Edna’s adoring ‘possums’ still crowded theatres, still waved their ‘gladdies’ in joyous unison, and still eagerly submitted to her barbed but good humoured humiliation.
By the early 1970s, censorship restrictions had been lifted on script for "The Wonderful World Of Barry McKenzie" and moreover the newly set-up Film Development Corporation (funded by a government grant) decided to turn it into a movie. With actor Barry Crocker in the title role and Barry Humphries playing Edna and two other characters, cameras started rolling in 1972. The all-star cast also featured Dennis Price, Dick Bentley and old mates Peter Cook and Spike Milligan.
It was at this time that Barry Humphries in colaboration with co-star Dick Bentley, had the idea of recording a traditional Aussie bush song entitled "Along The Road To Gundagai" along with some satirical ditties. Although not his first recording, the EP entitled 'A Track Winding Back' was certainly the first of many successful attempts at musical satire. Thanks to AussieRock
I Did/Little King/Going Up The Country/In The Undergrowth
Not Drowning, Waving (styled as not drowning, waving) were a musical group formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1983 by David Bridie and John Phillips. Their music combined elements of rock, ambient music and world music; their lyrics dealt with characteristically Australian topics: word-pictures of landscapes and people, the seasons, and some political issues – such as Indonesia's invasion of East Timor. The group released nine albums and soundtracks until disbanding in 1994, they briefly reformed in 2001, 2003 and 2005–2006. From 2005 to 2007, they issued two compilation albums and a live album. Not Drowning, Waving won the 'Best Independent Release' at the ARIA Music Awards of 1992 for Proof, their soundtrack for the 1991 film of the same name. In 1991, Bridie and fellow members of Not Drowning, Waving, formed a side-project, My Friend The Chocolate Cake to play more acoustic-based material.
Just Like Nancy/How Ya Feelin'/Rome/Oriana
Playing hot-rodded pop with potent hooks and a healthy supply of rock & roll energy, DM3 were founded by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Dom Mariani, who had already established himself as one of the movers and shakers on the Australian garage rock and power pop scene. Born in Fremantle in Western Australia in 1958, Mariani first achieved nationwide recognition with the band the Stems, whose fusion of garage rock and power pop made them cult heroes during their original run from 1983 to 1987. Shortly after the Stems ran their course, Mariani joined the alternative rock band the Someloves, whose relatively brief career lasted until 1990.
Saturday, 25 August 2018
Cinderella Rockefella/We Can't Afford The In Crowd/My Happiness/Wiggle Your Toes
John Hawker was born in 1931 in Bristol, England. He is known for his work on Romper Stomper (1992), The Heartbreak Kid (1993) and Sounds Like Us (1969). Hawker recorded on the W&G and Astor labels with his own band (Johnny Hawker Band/Johnny Hawker Orchestra) during the sixties. He also worked on many Australian recordings, including Grantley Dee's Wild One. Hawker married Anne Hathaway in 1964 and they formed a duo in 1968 releasing a number of singles on Astor. Anne also recorded some singles on the same label as a solo artist. Johnny died on March 14, 2016 in Woodend, Victoria,
Cinderella Rockefella charted #7 Sydney, #2 Melbourne, #4 Brisbane and #4 Adelaide Co-charted with the original version by Esther & Abi Ofarim.
Friday, 24 August 2018
Wine And Women/Follow The Wind/Peace Of Mind/Don't Say Goodbye
"Wine and Women" is a song written by Barry Gibb, and released by the Bee Gees in September 1965 on Leedon Records in Australia. The song's B-side was Follow the Wind. The single reached #19 in Australia, marking the Bee Gees' international chart debut. They achieved this by getting as many of their fans as possible to buy enough copies to get the song into the charts at #35 and, thus, to the attention of disc-jockeys.
Both songs were later included on the group's debut album The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs, as well as the 1998 anthology of the group's Australian recordings Brilliant from Birth.
Wine and Women marked the first time Barry and Robin had traded lead vocals. Maurice plays the brief, lead guitar break, Barry's guitar strumming is mixed forward and he sings most of the lead vocals on this song. "Follow the Wind", despite being written by Barry, was sung by Robin.
Another important debut was that of Bill Shepherd in the producer's chair. Shepherd would travel with the group to England when they launched their international career and for many years arranged and conducted their orchestral backing on record and in concert.
Lazy Life/Good Things Come To Those Who Wait/Who Could Be Loving You/Shes Got The Time
Heart'n'Soul started out as a dinner-suited club/cabaret band in Sydney in 1967 but it soon evolved into Australia's first -jazz-rock 'big band' and the first local group to perform what has become known as jazz-rock fusion. Like several other larger outfits of the period, they were strongly influenced by 60s soul acts on Motown, Stax and Atlantic, and probably also by the soul-jazz-rock excursions of American band Blood Sweat & Tears, as well as more experimental outfits like the UK bands The Graham Bond Organisation and Colosseum.
They were a fixture on the vibrant inner-city club and disco circuit ca. 1969, and according to Ian McFarlane, they also "enthralled festival audiences with rock versions of the 1812 Overture, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto, Also Sprach Zarathrustra and MacArthur Park." Glenn A. Baker notes that they were also renowned for the concert piece The Music Will Screw, a free-form conga/flute sexual sound-effects suite, and they also began employing costumes and props -- this proved so startling for some that they were in fact thrown out of a dance at Hornsby by the police after making a dramatic entrance complete with chains and a coffin!
The original line-up consisted of the Willington brothers, Phil Prideaux, Percy Ohrling, Rory Thomas, Graham Lewis and Leith Corbett. Among the noted musicians who passed through the ranks were Keith Barr ( ex-Nutwood Rug Band), session stalwart Bobby Gebert (paino), Eric Cairns and Les Gough (ex Somebody's Image), jazz legends John Pochee and Bernie McGann, the late Larry Taylor (aka Larry Duryea) who later joined Tamam Shud and Arthur Eisenberg, ex-Dr Kandy's Third Eye and later of Company Caine. Keyboard player Peter Sheehan, who joined during 1970, had come from NZ band Freshwater, for whom he had co-written the A-side of their controversial single "Satan" / "Satan's Woman", which was about the Charles Manson murders.
Heart 'n' Soul issued three jazzy pop Singles on Festival; their second, " Lazy Life", initially broke in Brisbane and became a Top 20 hit in Sydney in May 1969. A rare clip of the band performing the song on TV has recently been posted on YouTube. The first two singles were combined on the rare Lazy Life EP and their third single "Let Me Sing in Your Band" / Lights of Cincinatti" came out during 1970.
Why Do Fools Fall In Love/That's All You Do/The End Of The World/Where Have You Been
Pat Carroll (born 1946 in Melbourne) is an Australian singer from the 1960s.
Carroll began her entertainment career at age eight when she started taking singing and dancing lessons. Appearances on children's TV shows followed by the time she was eleven years old. She continued by appearing in musical comedy shows such as Carnival and Bye Bye Birdie.
In the mid-1960s Carroll and her friend Olivia Newton-John formed a singing duo called Pat and Olivia (see YouTube). Having won a song contest in Melbourne, they travelled to the United Kingdom. They achieved some success there on TV and in the clubs. After a period of performing there, Carroll's visa expired, forcing her to return to Australia where she would eventually marry ex-Strangers member, John Farrar. Newton-John stayed on and launched her own international career.
Carroll released a number of singles with W&G Records and Interfusion during the 1960s and early 1970s most of which failed to chart. Her most successful single in Australia was her cover of Dana's 1970 Eurovision winner "All Kinds of Everything". However Carroll's best known single is "To the Sun" on account of its featuring Cliff Richard on backing vocals.
Currently living in Malibu (USA) with husband John Farrar: her first son Sam Farrar (born 29 June 1978) is the bass player for American rock'n'roll band Phantom Planet. Her 2nd son Max Farrar is the keyboardist/guitarist for the rock 'n' roll band Azura.
Pat Carroll singles on vinyl – (7")
He’s my Guy//He loves me too; 1964
Where have you been//That's all you do 1965
Why do fools fall in love//the end of the world 1965
I Know (You don't want me no more)//Chained to a memory 1965
Here i am//Did he call Today Mama 1965
Don't come running back to me//You’re no good 1965
I Only Have Eyes for You//Eddie my love 1966
He’s a Rebel//Talk about love 1966
To the sun//Out of my mind 1972
Live love//To the Sun 1972
All Kinds of Everything//In your world 1970
Now I’m stuck on you//I'm not ready 1973
Curly headed rooster//To the sun 1974
Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Something Wonderful/We Got Love/And Things Unsaid/I Can't Hear You
The Questions had been formed as a Shadows-style instrumental band, which was typical for groups of the early-mid Sixties. They recorded one album for Festival (in the ‘Herb Albert' vein, described by one critic as 'unreservedly awful') and one single, Karelia / Wheels which came out in October 1966. Although the members were musically competent and already very experienced as live performers, The Questions was a relatively undistinguished group and might well have remained so. But Doug Parkinson's arrival at the end of 1966 precipitated a major change of musical direction. They went on to record a series of impressive Singles that showcased Doug's outstanding vocal talents and which Ian McFarlane describes as 'minor psychedelic pop classics'. Their new lineup and style quickly took The Questions into the first division of Australian bands. Their debut single "Sally Go Round the Roses" (backed by a cover of Donovan's "Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)" was a substantial hit in Sydney, reaching #14 in July 1967. It was followed by "And Things Unsaid" / "I Can't Hear You" (October) and a psych-pop interpretation of "Something Wonderful" (from Rogers & Hammerstein's The King And I) (February 1968), plus the an EP Sally Go Round the Roses.
During Doug's tenure with the band the lineup included guitarist Ray Burton (The Executives, Innersense, Friends, Ayers Rock, Crossfire), bassist, engineer and producer Duncan McGuire (The Phantoms, The Epics, King Harvest, Friends, Ayers Rock, Windchase) and guitarist Billy Green (King Harvest, Fanny Adams, Gerry and the Joy Band, Friends). Some members later linked up in various combinations in the aforementioned bands -- McGuire and Green returned to work with Doug at several later stages in his career, Ray Burton contributed to Doug's 1973 solo album No Regrets, and McGuire and Burton reunited in the 70s in Ayers Rock.
The Questions entered the 1967 Hoadley's Battle Of The Sounds and eventually came in second behind The Groop. They almost didn't make it into the competition, because they missed the deadline for entry into the Sydney heats, and had to qualify via the Queensland country heats. However this initial oversight had the beneficial side-effect of providing them with their first interstate gigs. Their profile increased with a residency at The Can disco in Sydney and they gained invaluable national exposure with a support spot on the controversial January 1968 Australian tour by The Who and The Small Faces. Just before the tour, Green and McGuire left, and they were replaced by Ray Burton and Les Young. The solid performances by this short-lived lineup impressed audiences around the country but The Questions disbanded the following month. Thanks to AussieRock
Smith and Wesson Blues/Snake/ I-94/Burned My Eye
Burn My Eye was the debut EP recorded by Sydney punk rock band Radio Birdman, in October 1976. It was a low-budget EP recorded at Trafalgar Studios, Sydney and released on the studio's own Trafalgar label after the band had been rejected by many other labels. Part of the reason that many labels were reluctant to sign the band was because of their unconventional sound, which was quite different from the music then popular in the Australian rock scene during the 1970s.
The members of Birdman were not impressed with the acoustics of Trafalgar, a typical 1970s studio which they described as "dead sounding and quiet", in contrast to the high tempo, hard-rock sound for which Birdman is known. To the sound engineers' horror, Birdman decided to alter the studio's sound more to their liking by hauling sheets of corrugated iron from nearby demolition sites up the stairs of the studio and covering the walls with them to 'lighten up the sound'.
Birdman also experimented with some other unconventional sounds on the EP, such as the smashing of VB cans on their heads, as a percussion instrument throughout the recording.
The Burn My Eye EP was only produced once and has not been re-issued, so original copies of the EP are extremely rare. All tracks from the EP appear on the bonus disk of the 2015 CD reissue of the Trafalgar version of their first album, Radios Appear.
Wednesday, 1 August 2018
I Wanna Love You/(Real Gone) Annie Laurie/Comin' Down With Love/My Little Lover
Born Digby Douglas Richards on 12th September 1941 in the remote western New South Wales town of Dunedoo, he was the son of a mounted policeman. His father's work kept the family in remote areas and while he was still young they moved to Narooma, where he grew up. His interest in music began after he found an old guitar in the woodshed. He began singing folk songs at school concerts and then moved on to ballads. He moved to Sydney at the age of seventeen and found work as a Cadet Executive in Waltons city department store. Richards spent his lunch hour looking at the latest guitars in Stanley Johnston's Music Shop. A chance meeting with two other boys at the music shop led to the formation of a group called Dig Richards and the R'Jays.
They held their first dance on 8th August 1958 at the Castlecrag Community Hall and before long had regular dances all round Sydney. Their first break was winning radio station 2UE's Amateur Hour talent contest at the Lane Cove Town Hall. This led to appearances on 2UE's Rumpus Room program and the Coca-Cola Beach Shows. They became the first group ever to play live on the Bandstand, where artists normally mimed their performances. In early 1959 following an audition for Ken Taylor, they were signed by Festival Records. Their debut single, I Wanna Love You, was written by Richards' fifteen-year-old brother and it made the Sydney Top 10 in August.
The success catapulted Richards, with his James Dean-type good looks and natural charm, to overnight stardom and regular television appearances on Six O'Clock Rock and Teen Beat followed. After receiving a petition from his fans, which had a reputed twelve thousand plus signatures on it, Lee Gordon used them as a support act on his Battle of the Big Beat Show tour In July. The tour was also the launching pad for what was to become Richards' trademark - a woollen jumper with a lightning bolt woven in the front of it. Channel Seven's new television pop show Teen Time also made its debut in July with Dig Richards and the R'Jays as the resident group. Their second single, I'm Through, was also written by his brother and reached the Sydney Top 40 in September.
On 8th October, just before he was to appear on Lee Gordon's Fabian Show tour, Richards was involved in a car accident on the Sydney Harbour Bridge that put him in hospital. It took several months for Richards to recover from his injuries, which included a broken hip, broken shoulder and forty stitches to his face. In the meantime Warren Williams and the Squares had replaced them as the resident group on Teen Time. When Richards and the R'Jays eventually returned to the show, the two groups shared the residency, appearing on alternate shows. During this period the R'Jays soldiered on, bringing in Lonnie Lee as a temporary replacement for Richards. They also landed a job as Festival Record's 'house band', supporting a wide range of acts over the following years.
Between January 1960 and June 1961 Richards and the R'Jays released four singles on Festival's subsidiary label Rex Records. Two of them made the local Top 40, the most notable being their first ballad called My Little Lover. During this period they appeared on two more of Lee Gordon's Big Shows; they became the first top-line rock 'n' roll group to tour Western Australia; Dig recorded a number of singles, EP's and an album under his own name; headlined a show at Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl with support acts Johnny Devlin and Lucky Starr. By 1962 there was a shortage of work available for groups with lead singers so Richards and the R'Jays decided to part company. He continued on as a solo artist with Festival Records, releasing a couple of relatively unsuccessful singles.
Richards made a brief comeback in the charts in October 1962 before turning his attention to grooming himself to become an all-round entertainer. He learnt to play the guitar and took vocal lessons at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 1963 Dig made his debut as an adult entertainer when he launched his new act at a Sydney nightclub. He made his acting debut in the Christmas 1963 surfing musical Once Upon A Surfie and on 10th July 1964 he married his sweetheart of four years. During 1965 he compered his own television show called the Dig Richards' Ampol Show. In 1967 he switched to CBS Records for a one-off single and then headed off overseas to perform on the club circuits and develop his songwriting skills.
As part of his South-East Asian tour, he entertained Australian Troops in Vietnam. He returned to Australia in 1971, by which time his musical direction had changed to country music. He signed with the RCA Records label and released an album that produced his first hit single in over nine years. Richards then set off on the concert trail, performing all around Australia and in 1973 he recorded his next album in Los Angeles. It produced one Top 20 and one Top 40 hit. He continued to record until late 1982. Sadly he died from cancer on 18th February 1983.
I've Been Dreamin'/Ain't Got You/If You Love Me Like You Say/Hard To Handle
Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, gravel-voiced R&B; veteran Tinsley Waterhouse led ever-changing line-ups of his Tinsley Waterhouse Band. The band boasted over 50 musicians through its ranks over the years. Among all the changes in personnel, Waterhouse managed to issue three albums of tough, roadhouse R&B; material.
Waterhouse played drums in late 1960s blues bands The Gravy Train and The Horse, plus a brief stint in the final version of New Zealand band Chants R&B; circa mid-1967. In 1979, he formed Tinsley Waterhouse's Old Tracks which had evolved into The Tinsley–Townsend Band (with Snowy `Cutmore' Townsend, ex-Wild Beaver Band) by April 1980, and The Tinsley Waterhouse Band by July. The line-up listed above recorded the 7-inch EP Full of Ink an' Talkin' Shorthand (`I've Been Dreamin', `Ain't Got You'/`If You Love Me Like You Say', `Hard to Handle'), which came out on Project 9 Records in February 1981. The Tinsley Waterhouse Band worked the Melbourne pub circuit, and issued its debut album, After the Mudd You've Got ... The Tinsley Waterhouse Band, in October 1982.
Thanks to Sunny.
Saturday, 21 July 2018
In A Persian Market/Memphis Blues/While We Danced At The Mardi Gras/Beale Street Blues
Graeme Emerson Bell, AO, MBE (7 September 1914 – 13 June 2012) was an Australian Dixieland and classical jazz pianist, composer and band leader. According to The Age, his "band's music was hailed for its distinctive Australian edge, which he describes as 'nice larrikinism' and 'a happy Aussie outdoor feel'".
Bell was one of the leading promoters of jazz in Australia, bringing American performers such as Rex Stewart to Australia. He was the first Australian jazz band leader who was still playing at 90 years of age and the first Westerner to lead a jazz band to China. The Australian Jazz Awards commenced in 2003. They are also known as The Bells in his honour.On 13 June 2012, at age 97, Bell died after a stroke.
Bell, who was born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond in 1914, and began playing in bands in 1935, gained fame as a Dixieland and classical jazz pianist, composer and band leader. He played music well into his 90s, producing more than 1,500 recordings and performing thousands of gigs in Australia and beyond. Bell became the first Westerner to lead a jazz band in China after the fall of the Bamboo Curtain, and as a successful live promoter will be remembered for staging American performers in Australia such as Rex Stewart.
Born into a musical family - his father John Alexander Bell was a musical comedian and his mother Mary Elvina a contralto recitalist - Bell was 12 when he started learning the piano. After several small time bands, he established the Graeme Bell Jazz Gang and entertained Australian troops during World War II after being declared unfit for service. When the war was over, he established Melbourne cabaret venue the Uptown Club and renamed his group the Australian Jazz Band.
After two short-lived marriages Bell met his third wife Dorothy in Brisbane in 1955 and the couple moved to Sydney, where Bell wrote commercial music and taught piano to supplement his income. A trad jazz boom in the '60s encouraged Bell to form the Graeme Bell All Stars and tour to the UK, an era the musician believed to be his greatest creative phase.
Bell was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1978 and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1990. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997 alongside The Bee Gees and Paul Kelly. Arguably Bell's most significant legacy, and a symbol of how influential he was on jazz, is that the Australian Jazz Awards are named after him and will forever be referred to as 'the Bells'.
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Barefoot Days/And They Called It Dixieland/Wedding Bells/Shanty In Old Shanty Town/Chesapeake Bay/Barrer Boy
Barry O'Dowd born Albert Park Melbourne 1934, first made a public performance in his late teens, He was tricked into entering a talent show. Though very nervous he came 2nd, missing the first prize of a 2 week engagement but the winner became ill, and amateur Barry nervously was hired for the 2 week engagement. He remained by popular demand for 9 months.
Then came radio and more success. Booked into the Theater Royal Brisbane for an intended 1 week, he broke all known records for an impressionist and ran at one show change a week for 7 months. Then Sydney and again broke records in nightclubs, theaters etc. finally back to Melbourne the audition with Planet Records where they found that "The King Of Impressionists" had his own voice and so impressed were they in hearing this voice that they prophesied that he was the greatest find since Bing Crosby. Thanks to Sunny
Baby It's You/I Want To Meet Her/What A Wonderful World/By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Jeffrey Travis Andrew Phillips was born in November 1948 and grew up on the Canning River, Western Australia. His father was a hairdresser. From the age of ten he learned the guitar. For secondary education he started at St. Francis Xavier High School with his final two years at Trinity College, where he played football and also performed at annual concerts. At the age of 12 years he appeared on TVW–7's Thursday Party and the following year on Play a Simple Melody. In 1964 he was spotted by a TVW–7 representative at a Trinity College concert and invited to appear on nightly variety show, In Perth Tonight. In 1966 he took over as compere of Perth TV pop music show, Club 17. At University of Western Australia he commenced an Economics course and formed a band, The Jeff Phillips Scene.
From September 1969 Phillips was the host of his own ABC-TV pop variety show, Sounds Like Us. The Australian Women's Weekly's Sally White described Phillips as having "charm" and "set for a long and highly tuneful career" with his "elfin chin and clean cut appeal". In 1970 he released a video recording of Sound Like Us with tracks by himself and by his guests, fellow pop singers, Ronnie Burns and Bev Harrell. At the Logie Awards of 1970, sponsored by TV Week, he won the George Wallace Memorial Logie for Best New Talent. In April 1971 he hosted a Saturday morning teen pop music show, Happening '71, for ATV-0 and followed with Happening '72 the next year. In July 1972 Phillips won a song prize at the Fifth Olympiad of Song, held in Athens, performing his self-written work, "Gloria"; the prize was 100,000 drachmae (AUD $2,797). At the TV Week King of Pop Awards of 1972 he won Best Dressed Male. In December that year he was placed fourth on Go-Set's Pop Poll for most popular Male Vocalists.
Thanks again to Ozzie Music Man
Incence/One Last Kiss/Love It Is/A Simple Song
Issi Dye has been a household name in entertainment in Australia for over 35 years!
He's performed thousands of concerts and cabaret shows, appeared on countless Television programs in front of millions of people all over the world.
In the 1960's Issi appeared on Television programs like Bandstand, Kommotion, The GO! Show and Uptight.
In late 1969 Issi had his first hit song with "Incense" and moved into the 1970's as a regular presenter and performer on the "Happening 70s" TV Show. This continued for three years.
During the 1970s, Issi toured with the great stars of music, including: Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, The Everly brothers, The Platters, Ray Charles, The Supremes, Chuck Berry and The Drifters.
From the mid-70s until the end of the 90's, Issi had his own Television Programs on the Nine Network in Melbourne, Sydney and the Ten Network in Brisbane, establishing him as a TV presenter as performer of concerts.
In late 1999 Issi put together the Al Jolson Story, a tribute to the "World's Greatest Entertainer of the Twentieth Century"! Now over 600 performances later, Issi Dye has established this wonderful show and performs all over Australia at clubs, art centres, corporate functions and Casinos. Thanks to Ozzie Music Man for the Upgrade.
Forgive Me/Surfer Boy/Between Two Trees/My Cathedral
During the early 1960s, pop singer Noeleen Batley (born in 1944 and dubbed `Australia's Little Miss Sweetheart') was a regular on television pop shows like Six O'Clock Rock and Bandstand. She scored a hit single for Festival's Rex label with `Barefoot Boy'/`When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again', which reached the Top 5 in most states during November 1960. Her debut single was actually `Starry Eyes'/`Soldier Soldier Won't You Marry Me' in February 1960.
She recorded two more moderately successful singles for the Rex label, `Rendezvous'/`Fickle Fingers' (February 1961) and `Tammy'/`Little Sir Echo' (August 1961), and then signed direct to Festival for `Ice Cream Man'/`Over in that Happy Land' (September 1961). Throughout that time, Batley toured with artists like Johnny O'Keefe, Col Joye and the Joy Boys, Johnny Chester, Lucky Starr and The Allen Brothers. She was named Australia's Top Female Vocalist of 1961.
Batley began to move into cabaret, and recorded seven more singles for Festival in Australia before travelling to the UK in 1969. She recorded one single in England (`Seabird'/`Let It Stay this Way'), toured throughout Europe and represented Australia at the Brazil Popular Song Festival held in Rio de Janeiro. Batley later settled in the USA and retired from regular performing.
Friday, 8 June 2018
Death By The Gun/Didn't Tell The Man/Dark Surprise/If I Wanted To
Deniz Tek and Rob Younger formed Radio Birdman in mid-1974 in Sydney, having recently left their bands TV Jones and the Rats respectively. The pair sought to begin a band that would challenge the commercial mainstream and be completely uncompromising. They recruited classical keyboard player Philip "Pip" Hoyle, drummer Ron Keeley and bassist Carl Rorke. The band took their name from a misheard lyric from the Stooges' song "1970" (the actual lyric is "radio burnin'").
After being rejected many times from various venues, and having resorted to putting on its own concerts in rented garages and tiny community halls, by mid 1975 Radio Birdman found an upstairs room at the Oxford Tavern in Taylor Square, Sydney. They eventually took over its management, renaming it The Funhouse. Under their management the Funhouse became a home to other outsider groups. Prior to the opening of this venue, Carl Rorke had left the band and was replaced by longtime friend of Rob Younger, Warwick Gilbert (also a former Rats member). Also to leave the band would be Philip Hoyle, and though his departure was short-lived. Guitarist Chris Masuak, initially hired to replace Hoyle.
Soon, a small but growing subculture grew around Radio Birdman. This coincided with the beginnings of the Sydney punk scene.
After unsuccessfully trying several studios, Radio Birdman found a supportive recording milieu with the help of Rock Australia Magazine editor, Anthony O'Grady. They recorded an EP, Burn My Eye. and their first album Radios Appear, produced by John L Sayers and Charles Fisher at Trafalgar Studios in Annandale. Trafalgar Studios, under the management of Michael McMartin, signed the band and financed the recordings. Radios Appear was critically acclaimed, getting 5 stars in the Australian Rolling Stone edition. The album owed much of its style to Detroit bands of the late 1960s, such as the MC5 and the Stooges, as well as influences ranging from the Doors to the Velvet Underground and instrumental surf music. The title of the album comes from a Blue Öyster Cult song "Dominance and Submission" from their 1974 Secret Treaties album, influences from which can also be seen in Birdman's creative output. Though Radios Appear was totally ignored by commercial radio, it was championed by Sydney station 2JJ (Double Jay). Released on the newly created, purpose-built independent label Trafalgar Records, the album was made available through mail-order and was self distributed by band members and friends to a few sympathetic record stores, never achieving widespread sales or commercial success. Several years after initial release, and following the breakup of the band, Trafalgar Records licensed the recordings to WEA who took on the album and gave it a wider release. However, sales remained limited. Despite critical acclaim, some fans felt the recordings lacked the ferocity and immediacy of the live shows and did not represent their own intense experience of the band.
When Sire Records president Seymour Stein came to Australia to sign Brisbane punk band the Saints, he saw Radio Birdman and immediately invited them to join his label. Under Sire, licensed by Trafalgar, Radio Birdman released a new version of Radios Appear featuring a mixture of re-mixed, re-recorded and some new material. Comparisons between the two versions of the album are disputed with some feeling that the second version is a more accurate reflection of the band's sound. Most fans however own both versions and simply treat them as two separate and different recordings.
The underground scene at the Funhouse, now incorporating the nascent punk movement, began to attract some groups with negative agendas, including the Sydney chapter of the Hells Angels. With this new, more violent, and rowdy crowd, and over capacity every night, the Funhouse was at the point of exploding. The band was blamed for violent incidents occurring at the Funhouse, and were concerned that a disaster was in the making. Following a concert at Paddington Town Hall with the Saints and the Hot Spurs, in April 1977, attended by a few hundred people, they left the Sydney scene altogether, playing sporadically in other cities and working on new material.
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Yo Yo Heart/I Wanna Bop/She's Got Soul/ I'm Counting Up My Love
William Victor Simms, known as Vic Simms and Vicki Simms, is an Australian singer and songwriter. He is from La Perouse, New South Wales, and is a Bidjigal man.
Simms began his singing career at age 12 at the Manly Jazzorama Music Festival in 1957,soon after Col Joye heard him as an 11-year-old singing at a football social. He released his first single (as "Vicki Simms"), "Yo-Yo Heart" (Festival Records), at age 15. He performed with Johnny O'Keefe, Shirley Bassey and Robie Porter among other prominent singers.
After his release from prison, he reentered the entertainment industry. He has toured Australian prisons and, in 1990, he toured Canada with Roger Knox and Bobby McLeod where they played in prisons and on reservations. In 1996, he released a covers album, "From The Heart".
In 2009, The Loner was added to the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia registry. In 2013, it was re-released by Sandman records.
"Selections From the Loner" was released by Painted Ladies 6 June 2014. Songs from the original album were re-recorded by artists including Luke Peacock, Paul Kelly and Vic Simms himself.
Simms sang "Stranger in My Country" in both the SBS documentary and accompanying cd, Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music.