Friday, 24 July 2020
Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands/So Far So Good/Jessica/There's A Shadow On The Moon Tonight/Playing The Game/Love Ain't Right/Lost Love/The Way Old Friends Do/Home Again/You've Got Yourself A Job Again/Roadside Dinah/They Called It Rock 'n Roll/Laying My Love On the Line/He's A Rodeo Man/The Spirit Of the Land
Born in Fitzroy Victoria on December 26th 1941. It was after leaving school at 14, he would become a motor-mechanic, and a brake specialist in his father’s garage. He soon became interested in Elvis Presley’s early career, which prompted the teenager in a career of his own.
It was in 1959, 17 year old Johnny Chester began his singing career with his band 'The Jay Woods - later called 'The Chess Men'. Johnny admitted (in a 1960’s interview) that he was useless at playing guitar, but when they heard him sing his voice was liked.
In 1961 he signed with W&G Records and released his first single 'Hokey Pokey' with the flipside ‘That’s How It’s Gonna Be’, he started to become a household name. Chester has also been called a second Johnny O’Keefe. The following year he released his first E.P. 'Johnny Chester's Hit Parade - it was the same year he toured with Roy Orbison and later the Everly Brothers. One of his biggest thrills, was performing in the Connie Frances show at Melbourne Stadium. The audience loved him, and yelled for him, even when the next artist popular Johnny Burnette appeared on stage. At the age of 21, Johnny started producing his own records and compering a teenage show for Gippsland TV.
Like many entertainers, in 1968 Johnny performed in Vietnam for the Australian and American troops. Later he released his first single in 3 years titled 'Heaven Help the Man' backing was from the Melbourne band 'The Strangers'.
In 1971 he released his first album for a new label 'Fable' 'Johnny Chester and Jigsaw' a single from the album 'Shame and Scandal in the Family skyrocketed to No.1 in several state of Australia. His cross-over to Country Music during the early 1970's, made him one of the greats of the Australian Country Music scene.
After the release of another hit 'I Love You So Rebecca' in 1979, he signed with W.E.A Records an affiliation of warner Brothers. His first release for the new label 'Johnny Chester and Hotspur' due to it great success of reaching gold status, Johnny continued recording and touring with Hotspur
In 1983 he was invited for Fort Worth, Texas to perform and receive an Award at the International Country Music Awards. He shared the stage with other greats, Bobby Bare, The Bellamy Brothers and Tom Jones. While back in Australia he was a support act for Roger Miller and Charlie Pride. Over the years he has toured with many greats including, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette and Freddy Fender.
In the Entertainment world, Johnny Chester had covered most things: - Radio Announcer, TV Compare, songwriter, recording artist, rock 'n' roller and a country star. He's respected by the Music Industry and his many fans.
In 1999, he continues touring with the Southerly Buskers. In 2005, he released an album 'Get A Little Dirt on Your Hands' for Shock Records which made a huge splash in the Music Industry. His current album was released through Warner Music titled 'The Nashville Sessions'. To date Johnny has released 28 albums and more than 50 singles.
Monday, 29 June 2020
Dark Surprise/Breaks My Heart/More Fun/Didn't Tell The Man
Although the best-known band of the early Australian punk scene of the late '70s was the Saints, the first band to wave the punk rock flag in the land down under was Radio Birdman. Formed by Australian émigré Deniz Tek (originally from Ann Arbor, MI) and Aussie surfer-turned-vocalist Rob Younger in 1974, Radio Birdman's approach to rock & roll was rooted in the high-energy, apocalyptic guitar rant of the Stooges and MC5, sprinkled liberally with a little East Coast underground hard rock courtesy of Blue Öyster Cult. Their first EP, Burn My Eye, released in 1976, was a great record and still remains a seminal chunk of Aussie punk. Loud and snotty, with Younger bellowing his guts out and Tek on a search-and-destroy mission with his guitar, this was a great debut that set the stage for the impending deluge of Aussie punk bands waiting in the wings.
After the band split, various members were busy forming other bands: Tek formed the New Race with Younger, ex-Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, and ex-MC5 drummer Dennis Thompson, released a handful of solo singles and EPs, and became a surgeon; Younger started his own band, the New Christs, and produced records by the second generation of Aussie punk bands influenced by Radio Birdman, most notably the Celibate Rifles; other Radio Birdman alumni ended up in assorted Aussie bands such as the Lime Spiders, Hoodoo Gurus, and Screaming Tribesmen. Now the grand old man of Aussie punk, Tek formed a part-time project with Celibate Rifles guitarist Kent Steedman that rocks with the same reckless abandon Radio Birdman did when they were changing the course of Australian rock forever. Tek also reunited with vocalist Rob Younger in 2001 on the second album by Deep Reduction, one of Tek's many side projects. Radio Birdman also staged occasional reunion shows, starting with an appearance at Australia's Big Day Out Festival in 1996.
Monday, 25 May 2020
Let's Get Together/Never Enough/Private School Kid/Loveless/All But Gone/Back To Earth/Ava/Hit It Baby/Gutter Queen/Ashtray Sunrise/The Sinners And The Saints/He Doesn't Love You/Stand And Deliver
Sarah Yvette McLeod (born 1 February 1973) is an Australian singer-songwriter and frontwoman of rock band The Superjesus. The group won two ARIA Music Awards and they shipped over 300,000 units during their career. McLeod's debut solo album, Beauty Was a Tiger, was released in September 2005 and peaked in the top 40 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The album's first single, "Private School Kid", a duet with The Living End's Chris Cheney (July 2005) also reached the top 40, on the related ARIA Singles Chart. In October 2007 McLeod was described as an "iconic Aussie rock chick" by Alison Stieven-Taylor.
Sarah Yvette McLeod, was born on 1 February 1973, to parents Don and Rosemary. She grew up in Adelaide with her older sister Leah McLeod (born 1971), a former television presenter.
In 2005 Sarah McLeod launched her solo career, she signed with Festival Mushroom Records, releasing her first single, "Let's Get Together", in May. Her debut solo album, Beauty Was a Tiger, followed in September that year, it was co-produced by McLeod with Matt Lovell. All the tracks on the album were written either by McLeod or with Chris Peters, bass player from the Detroit band, Electric Six. It peaked at No. 31 on the ARIA Albums Chart. For touring her backing band, the Black Diamond Express, consisted of Patch Brown (guitar), Grant Fitzpatrick (bass guitar), Stu Hunter (keyboards) and Mick Skelton (drums).
Following the release of another single, "Private School Kid" (July 2005) – a duet with Chris Cheney from The Living End – McLeod parted ways with Mushroom Festival Records. It peaked at No. 33 on the ARIA Singles Chart. During 2006 she released two more singles, "All But Gone" as an independent EP, and "He Doesn't Love You"; both included remixes. During 2006 McLeod performed acoustic gigs with drummer Mick Skelton, which led to an Australian tour, playing tracks from Beauty Was a Tiger, some Superjesus material and several cover versions. This resulted in the release of the live album Live & Acoustic.
In 2009 Sarah McLeod posted further material including "Love to Last". In August 2010 she released a single, "Double R", with remixes by John Roman, Autoerotique and Grandtheft. It was followed by a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark". Her third album, Madness, appeared in November that year, which included both "Double R" and "Dancing in the Dark".
Thursday, 21 May 2020
Follow That Girl/The Hyding Of Dr. Jeckyl
The Aliens were an Australian new wave band which formed in April 1978. They were one of the first local bands of the late 1970s to adopt a "uniform" of "black clothes and skinny, white ties". Two of their singles, "Confrontation" AUS No. 36 and "Follow that Girl" AUS No. 48, appeared on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart top 50. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, noted their "sound embraced guitar-oriented pop rock with the emphasis on 1960s melodies".
Slow Down Sandy/Alone/I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself/Shirley Lee/ Lookin' For Love/All Time Loser/ Dancing In Your Eyes/Come Dance With Me/Change Your Mind/Fall To You
Billy -- whose real name was William Tregonning -- started his pop career as lead singer of Melbourne rock'n'roll band The Checkmates from 1961-63 At various times The Checkmates comprised Adams, Jeff Bedford (guitar), Tony Daly (guitar), Ian Allen (bass), Graham Bloomfield (sax), Roger Scott (sax), Ron Chapman (drums) and Eddie Chappell (drums). After Adams went solo, Ron Fletcher joined as lead singer.. He became popular on the local dance and disco scene in the mid-60s, and this led to regular appearances on The Go!! Show and a recording contract with the Go!! label. He recorded five pop singles for the Go!! label: `Slow Down Sally'/`Alone' (1965), `I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself'/`Shirley Lee' (1965), -`Lookin' for Love'/`All Time Loser' (1966), `Come Dance with Me'/`Dancing in Your Eyes' (1966) and `Change Your Mind'/`I Fall to You' (1966). Billy was perhaps not the greatest singer, but he was a competent and personable performer.
His trademark was his outlandish bouffant hairdo which, according to Noel McGrath, he was eventually obliged to trim back after hundreds of letters of complaint from Go!! Show viewers. Billy's only hit was a cover of Eddy Quinteros' 1960 hit "Slow Down Sandy". His four subsequent singles failed to chart and he eventually left the music scene and took a job in promotions with a major Melbourne department store.
Adams's version of Buddy Knox's I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself was a minor hit in Melbourne (1965, #49) and another single Dancing In Your Eyes (1966) charted in Brisbane (#24) and Perth (#37).
Wednesday, 6 May 2020
Big Iron/The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance/A Boy Named Sue/Don't Take Your Guns To Town/Wanted Man/Bonanza/The Hanging Tree/Rawhide/The Gambler/Ballad Of Ringo/High Noon/Ride Again Cowboy/Gunfight At OK Corral/Cool Water/Johnny Yuma/Streets Of Laredo
Country artist Lee Conway was born in Poland in 1940. The family emigrated to Australia and Lee was brought up in Fitzroy. Lee started playing guitar in his early teens and in the late 50s he joined local Melbourne band Bobby Cookson and The Premiers as their bass player. Around the mid sixties this came to an end when Lee entered into the trucking business which he was very successful. He would later move in to the management side of music. Lee was the manager of 'The Laurie Allen Revue' in the sixties giving the band major success especially in Adelaide, at the then popular Twenty Plus Club.
In 1968 he was dared to get up and sing at the Twenty Plus Club and from then on he has never looked back. In the early 1970′s his single “Wanted Man” made the charts. Lee’s ability to craft songs was recognized by the Australian Federation of Broadcasters when his 1973 album 'Stories We Could Tell' won “Best Album, Single and song.”
Jerry Lee Lewis regarded Lee as his own personal discovery and recorded him. It wasn’t long before Lee headlined the prestigious “International Festival of Country Music” at Wembley together with Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lyn, Bobby Bare and Rick Nelson. The charismatic style and distinctive voice was applauded by British audiences and Lee was presented with the “Most Promising Performer of Great Britain” Award at the London Palladium.
Lee’s single “All I Want to Do in Life” went #3 on the US and Canadian music charts with the top places filled by the Johnny Cash classic “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and “California” by Glenn Campbell – No mean feat for a boy from Downunder! .
Headlining major country music festivals, touring nationally and working on his 42′ boat gave Lee more time to write, relax and record 'Cowboys & Engines' but the lovingly crafted album was never released after a major management blunder and problems saw thousands of copies warped and ruined! It wasn’t too long before Lee Conway was back in the limelight again hosting the nationally and Internationally popular “Conway Country” television show.
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Magic Eyes/And I Hear The Fire Sing
James Taylor Move formed in early 1967 when an Adelaide discotheque-owner wanted a house band. The original line-up was Kevin Peek on guitar (ex-Hurricanes, John E. Broome and the Handels), Trevor Spencer on drums, Alan Tarney on organ and bass guitar (John E. Broome and the Handels), and Robert John Taylor on lead vocals. John E Broome and the Handels was an R&B group from Adelaide that relocated to the United Kingdom, Peek and Tarney had returned to Australia. Not long after forming they won the South Australian finals of the Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds and in July they traveled to Melbourne to compete in the national final.
James Taylor Move supported fellow-Adelaide group, The Twilights, and followed them to relocate to Melbourne. In August 1967 James Taylor Move issued their debut single, "And I Heard the Fire Sing" / "Magic Eyes", which peaked at No. 33 on the Go-Set National Top 40 Singles Chart. According to Ian McFarlane, Australian rock music historian, the "Hendrix-derived 'And I Heard the Fire Sing' was too much for local radio of the day, but programmers flipped the single over to reveal the more radio-friendly psychedelic pop of 'Magic Eyes'". The group followed with a second single, "Baby Jane", in October that year.
After James Taylor Move broke up, Peek, Spencer and Tarney formed the Kevin Peek Trio (1968–69) and travelled to the UK. They joined with ex-The Twilights guitarist, Terry Britten, to form Quartet (1969–70). Subsequently Spencer and Tarney teamed up in Tarney/Spencer Band (1975–79). Peek was later a member of Sky (1978–91). Saddington joined Chain (1968–69), Copperwine (1970–71) and then had a solo career.
James Taylor Move's track "And I Heard the Fire Sing" was covered by Australian alternative metal group, Grinspoon, for their 2005 compilation album, Best in Show, on a limited edition bonus disc. Lancashire progressive group, Earthling Society, recorded it as the B-side of their 2011 single, "The Green Manalishi", which is a cover of an early Fleetwood Mac song.
Baby Jane/Still I Can Go On
James Taylor Move was a short-lived Australian/British psychedelic pop, progressive rock group from Adelaide. It was formed by Kevin Peek on guitar (ex-Hurricanes, The Twilights, John E. Broome and the Handels), Trevor Spencer on drums, Alan Tarney on organ (John E. Broome and the Handels), and Robert John Taylor on lead vocals and bass guitar.
Early in 1967, the group won the South Australian finals of the Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds and traveled to Melbourne to compete in the national final. During that year the group released two singles, "And I Hear the Fire Sing" / "Magic Eyes" and "Baby Jane". "Magic Eyes" peaked in the Go-Set National Top 40 Singles Chart. In June 1968 Wendy Saddington, a blues vocalist, replaced Taylor but the group disbanded by the end of the year.
Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Blazing Diesels/Mack's Cafe/One Of Those/Rigs And Roads/C.B. Radio/The Men Who Dare To Drive The Interstate/My Travelling Stereo/Make A Mile/Silverwater Holiday/A Tiger In My Strides/Heaven/Footballin' Truck Drivin' Man/ I Wish I Could Sing Like Johnny Cash/My Truckin' Life
Despite a cover that screams that it wants to be added to the worst album covers ever this is a good example of the Truck Driving genre that was at it's peak in the Seventies.
Nev Nicholls was born on the 16th of September 1930 at Millthorpe, central west NSW. Spent his early childhood on a farm at Tallwood. In 1941 he started playing the guitar, learning mainly songs of Buddy Williams, and started writing songs of his own. In 1942 the family moved to a larger property near Blaney, but his father died shortly after leaving the family battling to make a living. As the age of 12 Nev had to work on the family farm with schooling a secondary consideration. When conditions on the farm permitted Nev worked on other properties to earn extra money. Nev started singing at church concerts and on 2GZ, the local radio station.
In 1957 went on his his first country tour with Reg Lindsay. Nev with Chad Morgan, Rick & Thel and Kevin King formed "The All Star Western Show" which also included fiddle player Peter Mollerson. This show lasted about a year. 1958 rejoined with Reg Lindsay to do tours through NSW and QLD. 1961 was a disastrous year for travelling shows as television had been introduced to country areas and the radio stations were not playing much country music. Nev saw that the conditions for touring were deteriorating so started working the Sydney pub circuit.
In 1968 he joined with Kevin King for a 10 year stint at the Texas Tavern in Kings Cross (Sydney). Members of Nev's band, "The Country Playboys" included: Guitar Players: Phil Emmanual, Dave Longmore, Gary Brown, Farmer John Hayton, Mick Hamilton, Kenny Kitching, Laurie Allen, Peter Bazley. Bass Players: Allan Tomkins, Les Young, John Dunn, Mike Fahy, Johnny Heap. Drummers: Steve Hopes, Laurie Webb, Paul Kniepp, Tony Stan and many more. Guests who dropped in and did a spot here and there included: Diana Trask, Charlie Pride, Tom T Halls Band "The Storytellers", Buddy Emmons the world’s best steel player who was touring with Roger Miller. Not forgetting the local guest artists who appeared on a weekly basis including: Jade Hurley, Roland Storm, Johnny Devlin, Laurel Lee, Carter Edwards, Terry Kaff and many others far too many to enumerate. Female singers were: Jan Kelly, Nikki Bradley and Lorraine Delaney.
1978 – 1988 - The “Nev Nicholls National Roadshow” went to air throughout Australia on more than 90 radio stations- a weekly 2 hour show. He also launched a travelling show under the same name and he toured that show all around Australia starring at various times, Gary Brown, Phil Emmanuel, Lisa White, Debbie Lee Rae (now known as Kaye Payne) and Cowboy Bob Purtell.
During the Nineties The “Nev Nicholls Roadshow” continued as a travelling show after the radio program ceased and was extensively backed by "The Silver Wings Band", he did tours with the Brisbane group "Buckskin" and "Fusion" out of Wollongong. In Northern Queensland the band to supply the music was "Paper Train", In Melbourne "Freight Train", Tasmania "The Good Old Boys" and in Western Australia "Hazzard County". In Queensland for shows Nev became friends with the President of the Townsville Country Music Club, Dick Nettlefield and together they hatched a plan for the "Champion of Champions" event that has now been running very successfully.
As a further string to his bow Nev launched his own record label "Nicholls'N’Dimes" where two winners from Townsville's big festival scored a record deal with the label, "Saddle Tramps" band and also the "Gottani Sisters". The sisters have since moved to America and have been working consistently touring as backup singers with some of the big names of country such as George Jones and Janie Frickie. Other people to cut records on the label were: Reg Lindsay, Cowboy Bob Purtell, D'Arcy Le Year, (now part of the Wolverines) Lisa White & Desree Crawford and many more. Including "Our Buddy" the Buddy Williams tribute album which had the biggest names in Australian Country dueting with Buddy. People like: Slim Dusty, Gordon Parsons, Smoky Dawson, Shirley Thoms, Alan Hawking, Kevin King, Reg Lindsay, Tex Morton with Sister Dorrie, Johnny Ashcroft & Gaye Kayler.
1992 saw him inducted into the "Australasian Country Music Roll Of Renown" at Tamworth, Fast forward to the late 90's and "Massive Records" have released a lot of Nev's LP's on CD that are enjoying a new lease on life.
Nev had always been a prolific writer and besides recording vast numbers of his own songs he had also had many covered by other artists among these are: Reg Lindsay, Chad Morgan, Frankie Davidson, Johnny Garfield, Terry Gordon, The Wayfarers, Truckin Stevens and by no means least his long time friend Lucky Grills. Lucky and Nev shared an album in 1998, a truckies album of course, titled "Ya Wanna Screw Driver".
Nev Officially retired from country music entertaining in 2002. He was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame that same year at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Tamworth.
Thanks to Mustang for this one.
Heart Like A Radio/She Got You
Marcia Elaine Hines, AM (born 20 July 1953), is an American-Australian vocalist, actress and TV personality. Hines made her debut, at the age of 16, in the Australian production of the stage musical Hair and followed with the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. She achieved her greatest commercial successes as a recording artist during the late 1970s with several hit singles, including cover versions of "Fire and Rain", "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself", "You" and "Something's Missing (In My Life)"; and her Top Ten albums Marcia Shines, Shining and Ladies and Gentlemen. Hines was voted "Queen of Pop" by TV Week's readers for three consecutive years from 1976.
Hines stopped recording in the early 1980s until she returned with Right Here and Now in 1994, the same year she became an Australian citizen. She was the subject of the 2001 biography Diva: the life of Marcia Hines which coincided with the release of the compilation album Diva. Since 2003 she has been a judge on Australian Idol, and her elevated profile led to a renewed interest in her as a performer. Her 2006 album, Discotheque, peaked at number 6 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) albums chart. Hines was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on 18 July 2007.
Hines is the mother of singer Deni Hines, with whom she performed on the duet single "Stomp!"
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Christmas Photo/Camel Train To Yamba/Teach Me To Drive, Dad/ Just A Dog/ Flight Of The Blowfly/Goodbye Blinky Bill/ Crocodile Roll/ On My Ukelele/Big Bad Banksia Man/Old Man Emu/Koala Koala/My Dad Snores/ Old Sow/When We Were Kids/ A Proud Man (Allan Border)/Home Among The Gum Trees
John Robert Williamson AM (born 1 November 1945) is an Australian country music and folk music singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist, television host and conservationist. Williamson usually writes and performs songs that relate to the history and culture of Australia, particularly the outback, in a similar vein to Slim Dusty and Buddy Williams before him. Williamson has released over fifty albums, ten videos, five DVDs, and two lyric books and has sold more than 4,000,000 albums in Australia. His best known hit is "True Blue". On Australia Day (26 January) in 1992 Williamson was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) with the citation: "for service to Australian country music and in stimulating awareness of conservation issues". He has received twenty-six Golden Guitar trophies at the Country Music Awards of Australia, he has won three ARIA Music Awards for Best Country Album and, in 2010, was inducted into the related Hall of Fame.
JW's Family Album is the ninth studio album by Australian country music artist John Williamson. The album was released in October 1990 and peaked at number 21 on the ARIA Charts and was certified platinum. It included a re-recording of Williamson's debut single "Old Man Emu" with a new "Dingo Verse". At the ARIA Music Awards of 1991, the album was nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Children's Album. At the Country Music Awards of Australia of 1992, the album won Top Selling Album .
Saturday, 1 February 2020
Fisher's Ghost/When You're Not Near/Wine And Women/We May Meet Again/The Three Trees/Don't Try To Pretend/Skippy/Saturday Girl/True/Proud Of You/In My Book/Granada
Anthony Frederick Bonner AM (born 23 November 1943) is an Australian television, film and stage actor and singer. Bonner became famous in the 1960s children's television series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, later moving on to lead roles in the dramas Cop Shop and Skyways.
Bonner was born in Manly, a northern beach suburb of Sydney. His grandfather, James Bonner, was a former Mayor of Manly and founding President of the Manly Life Saving Club. His father, Frederick Bonner, was a musical comedy actor at Her Majesty's Theatre, Sydney.
After leaving school he started work for a company supplying mannequins and other equipment for window dressing. He also worked part-time in his father's theatre as a wardrobe attendant, fostering his interest in acting.
Bonner's first professional stage acting job was in 1961, aged 18. His first major role was as helicopter pilot Jerry King on the television series Skippy.
Bonner went on to appear in many Crawford Productions television series including The Box, Matlock Police, Division 4, Cop Shop, Skyways and Carson's Law.
In 1970/71 he had a guest role in one episode of the UK-based ITC television series The Persuaders! starring Tony Curtis and Roger Moore. He featured in an advertising campaign for the Ballajura real estate development in Western Australia around the late 70's.
Notable film roles include Eyewitness (1970), You Can't Win 'Em All (1970), Creatures the World Forgot (1971), Inn of the Damned (1975), The Mango Tree (1977), Money Movers (1978), The Man from Snowy River (1982), The Highest Honor (1983), Quigley Down Under (1990), Dead Sleep (1990), Hurricane Smith (1992) and Liquid Bridge (2003). He also twice portrayed Australian World War I soldier Murray Bourchier, to whom he bears a remarkable likeness, in the 1987 film The Lighthorsemen and a 1993 episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (where footage from The Lighthorsemen was inserted into the episode).
Bonner also starred in the 1985 TV mini-series Anzacs alongside Paul Hogan, Jon Blake, Andrew Clarke and Megan Williams. Bonner played Lieutenant (later Captain) Harold Armstrong, commanding officer of the 8th Battalion (Australia) of the First Australian Imperial Force in 1914 and their journey in World War I through Gallipoli in 1915, and then on the Western Front in Belgium and France. The series was a huge rating success when it aired on the Nine Network.
Bonner also does advertising work, such as the part of veteran burger naming expert Ken Thomas in a 2007 McDonald's ad campaign. In September 2008 he sued Fauna Productions Pty Ltd, the production company for Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, seeking residuals from merchandising and DVD sales.
Bonner recorded a cover version of the Bee Gees song "Wine and Women" in 1968. He later appeared with Barry Gibb on an episode of Bandstand. Later in his career Bonner appeared in several stage musicals including Annie Get Your Gun and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Bonner is patron of several charities including The Smith Family and the Wesley Mission suicide prevention program. He has also served on the board of the Variety Club and is Publicity Officer and past President of the Manly Life Saving Club. Bonner was married to Australian actress and model Nola Clark from 1972 to 1992. They had three daughters. One daughter Chelsea Bonner is the owner and director of the Plus-size model agency BELLA model management.
In 2017 Bonner was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts as an actor, to surf lifesaving, and to the community through charitable organisations.
Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes/Shotgun Boogie/King Of The Road/That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine/Gonna Find Me A Bluebird/Four Walls/Bouquet Of Roses/Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/I Love You Because/Tears On My Pillow/Lonely River/Detroit City
It was sad that Reg Lindsay, one of Australia's most talented and successful country music stars, should have virtually disappeared from the country scene after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage in Tamworth in 1995.
Although he made a welcome guest appearance on the Golden Guitar Awards in 1996, and appeared at a handful of other events during the late '90s, his health deteriorated and he never really regained his ability to perform. He finally died on August 5th, 2008 at the age of 79.
But it wasn't just Reg's fine talents as a singer, songwriter and entertainer that set him apart. He had another key interest, one that was to benefit not only Reg but many other country entertainers. That was his interest and flair for broadcast media. But for the entry in Tim's Talent Quest he could have ended up as an ABC Rural Broadcaster. Instead, fortunately for us, he chose country music rather than just country, though his love for the bush continued for the rest of his life particularly through his enduring involvement with rodeo and horses.
In 1951 he talked his way onto 2CH in Sydney, shortly after switching to 2SM where he entertained big audiences for over 12 years.
In 1968 in the midst of his TV work, Reg started the Reg Lindsay Country Store in Parramatta which he ran for many years.
He also travelled and worked in America enjoying significant success in the late 60s and 70s and receiving many plaudits as well as appearing several times on the Grand Ole Opry. In 1977, John Minson and I watched Reg Lindsay performing at FanFair in Nashville and remember being highly impressed at how this outstanding Australian easily outsang and outshone so many of the much more famous American stars around him.
Reg Lindsay was a highly successful country music entertainer who through combining his flair for the media with his own huge singing talent was able to bring country music to many Australian over some five decades.
Reg was truly a trailblazer for today's country music. Thanks to Mustang.
Sunday, 26 January 2020
Onward Christian Soldiers/All People That On Earth Dwell/He's Got The Whole World In His Hands/Fight The Good Fight/Nearer My God To Thee/One Road/I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say/Stand Up For Jesus/Lead Kindly Light/Hold The Fort/Holy, Holy, Holy/Lifeline
James Oswald Little was born on 1 March 1937, a member of the Yorta Yorta people with his mother, Frances, a Yorta Yorta woman and his father, James Little Sr, from the Yuin people. Little's totem is the long-necked turtle. Jimmy Little Sr. was a tap dancer, comedian, musician and singer who led his own vaudeville troupe along the Murray River during the 1930s and 1940s. His mother was a singer and yodeller who had joined Jimmy Sr.'s troupe.
Little grew up, the eldest of seven children, on the Cummeragunja Mission on the Murray River in New South Wales about 30-km from Echuca in Victoria. Little later recalled his upbringing, "[my parents] taught me well about the value of life, freedom, love, respect, all those basic things that we need. As Vaudevillians, I loved them. It was part of my dream to follow in the footsteps of Mum and Dad. And I'm so proud that I was able to do that". He became a devout non-denominational Christian. He is an uncle of writer, soprano, and composer Deborah Cheetham and older brother of the late Aboriginal author and singer-songwriter Betty Little. In February 1939, about 200 to 300 members of the mission participated in the Cummeragunja walk-off – in protest at the low standard living conditions. The Little family moved to his father's tribal land (near Wallaga Lake) and lived for some years on the New South Wales south coast at Nowra and Moruya.
Not long after moving, Frances died from a tetanus infection after cutting her finger on an oyster shell. At the age of 13 Little was given a guitar and within a year he was playing at local concerts. When 16 years old he travelled to Sydney to perform on a radio programme, Australia's Amateur Hour. In 1955 Little left home to live in Sydney and pursue a career in country music, he was influenced by Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis and Jim Reeves. His mellow style earned him the nicknames of "the Balladeer", "Gentleman Jim" and "the Honey Voice".
Intro/Someday/No More Moanin'/If You Want My Old Clothes, It's Too Late I've Got 'em On/You Can't Lie To A Liar/Nobody/Someday Soon/Wait By The Water/Talkin'/Untrue/Tea For One/Fever/I Want Her Too/Is It Raining
Anthony Arthur Barber, known as Tony Barber (born 3 December 1942, Norwich, Norfolk)
Tony Barber, former guitarist & songwriter with the original Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, debuted as a solo singer in 1966 with one of the best beat/pop singles of the era, and scoring a major Top 5 National Aussie hit straight off the bat with "Someday"..sounding not unlike his old band He released six singles three extended plays and an LP in Australia in the mid-'60s.
Guitarist, singer, songwriter and author Tony Barber is one of the unsung heroes of the Beat Boom in Australia. Rock historian Dean Mittelhauser considered him "one of our most underrated performers from the Sixties" and felt that Tony had "played a bigger part in the success of Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs that has been generally credited".
Saturday, 25 January 2020
I Am On The Battlefield/Royal Telephone/Just A Closer Walk/The Church In The Wildwood/By And By/Somebody's Knocking At The Door/When The Saints Go Marching In/Hornets/Life's Railway To Heaven/Old Time Religion/Each Step Of The Way/Answer The Call Of Jesus
James Oswald Little, AO (1 March 1937 – 2 April 2012) was an Australian Aboriginal musician, actor and teacher from the Yorta Yorta people and was raised on the Cummeragunja Mission, New South Wales.
From 1951 he had a career as a singer-songwriter and guitarist, which spanned six decades. For many years he was the main Aboriginal star on the Australian music scene. His music was influenced by Nat King Cole and American country music artist Jim Reeves. His gospel song "Royal Telephone" (1963) sold over 75,000 copies and his most popular album, Messenger, peaked at No. 26 in 1999 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
At the ARIA Music Awards of 1999 Little was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and won an ARIA Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album. On Australia Day (26 January) 2004, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia with the citation, "For service to the entertainment industry as a singer, recording artist and songwriter and to the community through reconciliation and as an ambassador for Indigenous culture".
As an actor, he appeared in the films Shadow of the Boomerang (1960) and Until the end of the World (1991), in the theatre production Black Cockatoos and in the opera Black River. As a teacher, from 1985, he worked at the Eora Centre in Redfern and from 2000 was a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney's Koori Centre.
In 1958 Little married Marjorie Rose Peters and they had a daughter, Frances Claire Peters-Little. Little was a diabetic with a heart condition and, in 2004, had a kidney transplant. After his transplant he established the Jimmy Little Foundation to promote indigenous health and diet. Marjorie died in July 2011. On 2 April 2012, Little died at his home in Dubbo, aged 75 years.
Sunday, 19 January 2020
A1 Weoh, Weoh, Weoh
A2 Same Game
A3 Spend My Time
A4 When You're Lonely
A5 First Time
A6 Waiting (All Night Long)
B1 Leave It All Behind
B2 Memory Lingers On
B3 Hurt Me Babe
B4 Why'd Ya Do That
B5 On My Own
Boys originally formed by guitar playing siblings, Lino and Camillo Del Roio, whilst still at high school as the Rockhouse Corporation in 1977 and started out as a cover band playing mostly top 40 rock but then progressed into playing original songs. "When You’re Lonely" was the first single released in August 1980, with the single going to No. 1 on the local charts and reaching No. 52 on the national singles charts. In September 1980 the band appeared on Countdown. The Boys released two further singles, "Hurt Me Babe" in March 1981 and "Weoh Weoh Weoh" in September 1981, which reached No. 57 and No. 76 on the national charts. The band released their self-titled debut in November 1981. In September 1982 they released, "Don't Say No", which was followed by their second album, Inside the Cage, in December 1982,. The band's original singer for the first album, Brent Lucanus, was replaced by Wayne Green (Wayne Green and the Phantoms) on their second album. A further single, "Lonely Dreamers", was released in March 1983, The original band went through several line-up changes but brothers Camillo Del Roio and Lino Del Roio were constant members throughout. The band split in 1983 but reformed in 1987 with Camillo and Lino on guitar, Eddie Parise on bass, drummer Frank Celenza, Tony Celiberti as keyboardist, and singer, Troy Newman (Extremists). A year later the band changed their name to Boyschool but split soon after.
Lino Del Roio was appointed sales manager for Kosmic Sound (a music equipment supply company), in the late 1980s, which the two brothers subsequently bought, acquiring a number of other dealerships of leading brands of the time including exclusive dealerships for Steinberger and Ken Smith basses. They both played guitar for Western Australian hard rock outfit The Jets in the early 1990s. Tony Celeberti is an arranger for sheet music transcriptions who has worked on material by Guy Sebastian and Powderfinger, amongst others, for Australian publisher Music Sales. Brent Lucanus went on to play in a few bands around Perth, notably Change Alley with Gary Dunn.
and the DeMarchi sisters Suze and Denise. The band's drummer and bassist, Celenza and Parise, went on to form Bamboo Curtain, before joining Baby Animals. Troy Newman moved to Sydney following the band's break up and found moderate success as a solo performer, scoring a Billboard hit with the single "Love Gets Rough" and the album Gypsy Moon in 1991, released through Atlantic imprint East West Records and by Warner Music in Australia. He released a second album, It's Like This, in 1996. Newman died in March 1997.
Rio De Camero/Michael/Easy To Lie/Because I Love You/Catty/Our Friend Owsley Stanley III/Death Of A King/Song For A Lost Gypsy/I'm Your Satisfier/Song For Joey - Part II
If you are not yet familiar with The Masters Apprentices, I should direct you to the fabulous anthology "Hands Of Time-1966-1972" on the Raven label. This faultless collection was compiled by Australian rock historian Glenn A. Baker, and provides and excellent introduction to this great Australian group, who along with The Easybeats were the two top acts down under in the late 60's early 70's.
The Masters started life in 1966 as a primal R&B garage outfit that specialized in ultra primitive rock and roll in the style of The Pretty Things and Van Morrison's early group Them. Their early sides were penned by the group's guitarist, a gifted writer named Mick Bower, but their obvious focal point was lead singer Jim Keays. Keays had both style and talent, and possessed a wailing vocal range that would rival Pretty Things lead singer Phil May.
Early Masters recordings such as "Undecided", "Buried And Dead" & "Hot Gully Wind" are top drawer, freakbeat ravers that take a back seat to no-one. As time went on Mick Bower's songwriting became more sophisticated and reflective, tracks such as "Wars Or Hands Of Time", "Theme For A Social Climber" & "Tired Of Just Wandering" showed tremendous maturity. Sadly Bower suffered something of a nervous breakdown and was advised by his doctor to leave the pop business, which he eventually did.
This could have spelled the end for the Masters, but Jim Keays picked up the pieces and weathered the group through the flower-power era. This era of the group was resonsible for the classic "Elevator Driver" 45 and also "But One Day" (which was a Mick Bower holdover.) The Masters entered their next phase leaning towards a harder, more progressive sound which was first introduced with the 1969 album "Masterpiece." All the while the Masters were incredibly popular in Australia regardless of their several lineup shifts. Jim Keays was the one constant that kept the group's head above water. However as 1969 turned into 1970 the group felt they were stagnating in Australia and decided to take a shot at global acceptance and relocated to England.
The Masters arrived in England in the spring of 1970 and signed with the EMI progressive label Regal Zonophone (home to The Move, The Tickle, Procol Harum & others.) This lineup featured Jim Keays on lead vocals, guitarist Doug Ford (previously with The Missing Links & Running, Jumping, Standing Still), Glenn Wheatley-bass and Colin Burgess on drums. This lineup would prove to be group's finest since the Mick Bower days.
"Rio De Camero" is a vibrant opener which combines a latin, shuffle beat with Glenn Wheatley's fluid, upfront bass lines and funky minor chords played by Doug Ford. Keays interjects with his shrieking, double-tracked vocals, the whole thing ends with a rush of guitar muscle (this track was included on the "Hands Of Time" collection.) "Michael" begins as a plaintive acoustic ballad that quickly evolves into an all out heavy guitar blitz that simply never lets up.
"Catty" returns to the blistering hard rock of "Easy To Lie", the spare, punishing guitar chords remind one of Free's late, great guitarist Paul Kossoff. While the overall feel of the number is that of a funky Black Sabbath. "Our Friend Owsley Stanley III" is also in Black Sabbath territory with an equal measure of "Stand Up" era Jethro Tull. Obviously the song is an ode to the US acid kingpin, perhaps acid got to Australia a bit late, as most groups were more into singing about granola and ecology flags in 1970.
The Masters Apprentices were one of the great groups of the late 60's early 70's and it's about time their name starts getting mentioned next to the MC5, Pretty Things, Stooges, Groundhogs etc. because they no doubt belong in that company. (Reviewed by Dave Furgess)
Sunday, 29 December 2019
Big Bully/Piston/The Cake/16 And Counting/Bakelite/Keep Me Guessing/Electric Cardigan Rock/Lemonsuck/Potomac/Squeeze/T-Shirt Tan/Railride/Kickboard
Pollyanna were an Australian alternative rock band, which formed in 1993 as Blue Trike by Matt Handley on lead vocals and lead guitar (ex-Catherine Wheel) and Maryke "Rayke" Stapleton on bass guitar and vocals. Their brand of noisy indie guitar pop appears on four studio albums, Long Player (1996), Hello Halo (1997), Delta City Skies (1999) and Didn't Feel a Thing (2001). Long Player, their highest charting release, peaked at No. 31 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Two of their tracks, "Pale Grey Eyes" and "Lemonsuck", were both listed on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1995. The group were nominated for Breakthrough Artist – Album and Best Alternative Release for Long Player at the ARIA Music Awards of 1996. The band broke up in 2002.
Tuesday, 5 November 2019
Make Yourself At Home-Lovely Way To Spend An Evening/Clementine/Blue Berry Hill-Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody-He's Got The Whole World In His Hands/The World I Used To Know/I've Been Everywhere/Someday You'll Want Me To Want You/The Three Trees/Some Of These Days/Bye Bye Blackbird-Cotton Fields-Lazy River/Mule Skinner Blues/You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You/What'd I Say
Lucky Starr was born as Leslie Morrison in 1940. His father was a motor mechanic and his mother was a housewife, and he had a younger sister. He attended Canterbury High School before starting an apprenticeship as an electrician.
Two-and-a-half years later he began his rock and roll career in 1957 as Les Starr, lead singer and rhythm guitarist, of the Hepparays in Sydney. Other members were Tony Caperero on lead guitar, Bruce Gurr on piano, Dave Taylor played bass guitar and Owen Smith provided drums and percussion. Starr recalled how, "the guitarist in his band taught him how to play in five months." After winning several talent quests, "someone idly punned that he was 'a lucky Starr'."
In May 1960 Morrison, aged 19, was involved in a romance with touring Mouseketeer, Cheryl Holdridge, who was under 16. In May 1963 he recalled, "We corresponded when she went back to the States, and I decided then to follow her, somehow. Once, in 1961, I waited up all night to phone her when she was recovering from a tonsils operation. But we are not 'in love' any more, I guess."
Starr released his cover version of the novelty, tongue-twisting single, "I've Been Everywhere", in early 1962, it was written by Geoff Mack, which name-drops numerous Australian towns. It peaked at number one in Sydney in April. "Spinner" from The Biz described the track, "It's a hard hitting novelty number with a slight C and W flavour. Full of gimmicks it features high velocity lyrics in which Lucky recites 120 towns in the Commonwealth... He sings each verse in one breath and you'll wonder how he does it when you hear it." Adapted to American towns, it became a United States country music hit for Hank Snow after being released in September of that year.
During 1963 he travelled to the US where "he played the Nevada circuit, opening in mid-1963 at the Mapes Hotel Casino Room, Las Vegas." According to The Australian Women's Weekly's Robin Adair the tour was organised by US entertainer, Norman Kaye (of the Mary Kaye Trio). Starr signed with local label, Dot Records, which released a lone single, "Poor Little Jimmy Brown", however "proposed American movie roles and major record deals never happened." He returned late that year to Australia and appeared in Once Upon a Surfie, a Christmas-themed surfing musical alongside "Dig Richards, Jackie Weaver, Bryan Davies, Jay Justin, Rob EG, Jan Green and The Delltones."
In September 2015 Starr released a re-working of "I've Been Everywhere" titled, "We're Going Everywhere... On the Old Hume Highway". He has two children and a grandchild. As of July 2015 he was still performing regularly. Thanks to Mustang