Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Max Merritt - Black Plastic Max

Rocks in My Head/Red Pig/A Lover's Question/I Could Have Told You So/Someone Touched Me/Rock and Roll Mole/Tryin' Too Hard/Touch and Go/More to Life Than This/Last Train to Clarksville

Max Merritt (born Maxwell James Merritt in Christchurch, New Zealand on 30 April 1941) is a New Zealand-born singer-songwriter and guitarist who is renowned as an interpreter of soul music and R&B. As leader of Max Merritt & The Meteors his best known hits are "Slippin' Away", which reached #2 on the 1976 Australian singles charts, and "Hey, Western Union Man" which reached #13. Merritt rose to prominence in New Zealand from 1958 and relocated to Sydney Australia in December 1964. Merritt was acknowledged as one of the best local performers of the 1960s and 1970s and his influence did much to popularise soul music / R&B and rock in New Zealand and Australia.

Merritt is a venerable pioneer of rock in Australasia who produced crowd pleasing shows for over 50 years. He has engendered respect and affection over generations of performers which was evident at the 2007 Concert for Max to provide financial support after it was announced he had Goodpasture's syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) recognised Merritt's iconic status on 1 July 2008 when he was inducted into their Hall of Fame.

For more info on Max check out his Bio here

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Anne & Johnny Hawker - Dear World

Dear World/Emmaline

Anne & Johnny Hawker are a Melbourne husband and wife duo. Orchestra leader and arranger Johnny Hawker worked on many Australian recordings. During 1968/69 Anne & Johnny had 5 hits together as well as 2 further solo hits by Anne. they released 10 singles, the biggest was the duos debut smash "Cinderalla Rockefella", which outsold the original by Esther & Abi Ofarim Australia wide. Their hit follow up's were: "Lovin' Season", "I Got You", "Dear World", & "Real True Lovin'". Anne also did particularly well with her own singles. "Boom-Bang-A-Bang", again matching the Top 10 placing of Lulu's original version & "Timothy" which followed it into the Top 20. Dear world was released in 1969 and made #30 in Melbourne.

Singles Discography

A-7096 1968 Anne and Johnny Hawker "Cinderella Rockefella"/"Wiggle Your Toes

A-7109 1968 Anne and Johnny Hawker "Lovin' Season "/"Morning Song

A-7113 1968 Anne and Johnny Hawker "I Got You"/"We Can't Afford The "In" Crowd

A-7125 1968 Anne Hawker "Timothy "/"Albert

A-7130 1969 Anne and Johnny Hawker "You're Out Of Your Mind "/"Take A Breath

A-7133 1969 Anne Hawker "Boom Bang-A-Bang "/"All Day Long

A-7134 1969 Anne and Johnny Hawker "I Love Your Chin "/"My Lover And I

A-7136 1969 Anne and Johnny Hawker Dear World "/"Emmaline

A-7144 1969 Johnny Hawker "My Papa Has Got One (Les Moustaches) "/"Runaround

A-7149 1969 Anne and Johnny Hawker "Real True Lovin' "/"Long Gone

A-7168 1970 Anne and Johnny Hawker "Kelly Country / Chief of Police"

A-7170 1970 Johnny Hawker Banking Business / It's The Irish In Me

A-7194 1971 Anne and Johnny Hawker "How Are We Gonna Live to Be 100 Years Old / Jerilderie"

A-7197 1971 Johnny Hawker Band Ob-Li-Di Ob-La-Da / Big Momma Cass

A-7205 1971 Anne Hawker "This Is Melbourne" "/"Watching Raindrops

A-7208 1971 Anne and Johnny Hawker "With a Little Bit of This / A Man of Destiny"