Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Barry Crocker - Please Don't Go

Please Don't Go/What The World Needs Now Is Love/Could It Be Love/The Look Of Love/I'll Catch The Sun/Everyday Of My Life/You And I/My Cherie Amour/Let It Be/Make It Easy On Yourself/The Shadow Of Your Smile/Sing A Rainbow

Barry Hugh Crocker OAM (born 4 November 1935, in Geelong, Victoria, Australia) is a popular Australian singer, with a crooning vocal style.

After doing National Service with the RAAF in 1955, Crocker toured the club circuit in Melbourne, formed a partnership with David Clarke then performed in the England and the United States. He returned to Australia to star in The Barry Crocker Show (1966–67) on Network Ten. He made his acting debut on a 1969 episode of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.

In May 1973 he released the album "Music Makes My Day", featuring an updated version of Robin Luke'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". Appointed Melbourne's King of Moomba in 1976.

He had a lead role in short-lived prison drama Punishment (1981). In 1994 he appeared as himself in the film Muriel's Wedding. He featured in the role of The Lecturer in the 2008 Australian premiere of the stage musical Reefer Madness.
Crocker also features prominently in the 2010 Australian feature film Ricky! the movie.
He has also guest starred on two episodes of the Australian satrical black comedy series Review with Myles Barlow.
In 2005, Crocker was featured on the Nine Network program This Is Your Life.
During the 1990s, the rhyming slang expression, "Barry Crocker" emerged in Australian English, to mean a "shocker", as in "very poor".


  1. Thanks for this. To be pedantic, "Susie Darlin" was initially by Robin Luke (1958), with a later version by Tommy Roe. JohnG

  2. All fixed JohnG had a bit of Partrige Family happening there.

  3. What a great bio Deutros - a terrific run down of Barry's career. His music isn't really my cup of tea, but my 'late' Aunty Jean was totally besotted by him, being a Geelong girl herself.
    So thanks for the memories mate.

  4. Not a great fan either AussieRock but it isn't that bad a listen.

  5. Worth it for the cover alone. Thats a Marcos, which was a rare car anywhere let alone in Australia.