Sunday, 30 May 2010

David McKay - Bless This House

Young David McKay made a big impression when he appeared on Opportunity Knocks a 1 hour national talent show. I can vaugely remember this, he must have made an impression to have been able to go on and be allowed to record an album.

The album features David's soprano and accompanied by either organ or piano and he covers some dreary old standards it reminded me of a day in church. I wonder what ever became of David tried a search but came up with nothing.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Barry Crocker - Susie Darlin'

Susie Darlin'/Put Your Hand In The Hand

Barry Hugh Crocker OAM (born 4 November 1935, in Geelong, Victoria, Australia) is a popular Australian singer, with a crooning vocal style. In May 1973 he released the album "Music Makes My Day", featuring an updated version of Robin Day's "Susie Darlin" on the Festival label. The recording featured Olivia Newton-John and Pat Carroll on backup vocals and enjoyed chart success, reaching Number 25 in Sydney, Number 7 in Melbourne, Number 3 in Brisbane and Adelaide.
He sang the original recording of the theme song for the Australian soap opera Neighbours.Crocker also has had a semi-successful career as an actor, most notably starring alongside Barry Humphries in the title role of The Adventures of Barry McKenzie and its sequel, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own. The character of Barry McKenzie gave rise to Crocker recording ribald songs such as: "My One Eyed Trouser Snake".

Monday, 17 May 2010

Andy Gibb - Flowing Rivers

I Just Want to Be Your Everything/Words and Music/Dance to the Light of the Morning/Too Many Looks in Your Eyes/Starlight/
(Love Is) Thicker Than Water/
Flowing Rivers/Come Home for the Winter/Let It Be Me/ In the End

Flowing Rivers is the first album by Bee Gees youngest sibling Andy Gibb. It was released in 1977
Born Andrew Roy Gibb in Manchester, England, Andy emigrated with his family to Australia six months after his birth. They settled in Cribb Island, adjacent to Redcliffe, north of Brisbane. After moving around Brisbane and then Sydney many times Gibb just eight years old returned to the UK in January 1967 with his family when The Bee Gees sought international fame. Andy began playing at tourist clubs around Spain's coastal Island of Ibiza, and later on the Isle of Man. At the urging of his brother Barry, Andy returned to Australia in 1974. Barry's prompting was based on his belief Australia had been a great training ground for The Bee Gees and would also help his youngest brother.
Andy Gibb's first single was "Words and Music" on the ATA label, owned by Joye. The single backed by another Andy Gibb composition "Westfield Mansions" would eventually reach Top Twenty on the Sydney music charts in 1976. Then Gibb joined the band Zenta and supported international artists Sweet and the Bay City Rollers on the Sydney leg of their Australian tours. Andy soon moved to Miami Beach, Florida to begin working on songs with his brother Barry, and co-producers Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson.In the United States, Andy became the first male solo artist to chart three consecutive Number One singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In July 1977, he had his first major hit, "I Just Want to Be Your Everything", a song written by his brother Barry, just as his first album Flowing Rivers broke into the US Top 20, on its way to selling over a million copies. The album's second single "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" broke in early 1978.