Saturday, 6 February 2016

Swanee - 1980 - Into The Night

Tough At The Top/Falling/Where Are You Now/Ol' Rosie/Mathew/Beware Of The Animal/We'll Find A Way/Linda/Darkness/The Old Rockers/Someday

John Swan was born John Archibold Dixon Swan in Glasgow, Scotland. He moved with his family to Australia when he was a child and settled in Elizabeth in South Australia. John left school at age 13 and joined a band as a drummer. He also sings, plays the The Harp, Banjo and Mandolin. John is a fan of Blue's music.

He joined the army where he gained the title of South Australian Amateur Boxing Champion. He is the older brother of rock singer Jimmy Barnes and the uncle of singer and stage performer David Campbell.

He has played in many bands including: Soul Union in 1965, Happiness in 1966, Pulse from1971-1972 with Steve Ball, Adrian Bills, Ben Bishop. Hard Time Killing Floor, Queen 1973, Don Walker, James Wright Band 1973, Cold Chisel 1974 and 1975, Mount Lofty Rangers 1974, Salvation Airforce 1975, Rick Morris, Steve Beleky, Fraternity 1974-1976, Jim Keays' Southern Cross 1975-1976, Feather 1976-1978, Swanee 1978-1985,1990, Roadworks 1986 and Party Boys 1987,1992,1998-1999.

In 1978 John released his first album Into The Night through WEA Records. His first chart success was a rendition of Tim Hardin's If I Were a Carpenter. Followed by the singles Lady What's Your Name and Temporary Heartache. Live in the Snow was recorded for Swanee fans.

John Swan has supported many nationals and international acts including: AC/DC, Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Deep Purple, Bad Company, 10CC, Robin Trower and Johnny Winter, INXS, Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, Renee Geyer, Midnight Oil, Marcia Hines, Tommy Emmanuel and many others.

                                                                                      Swanee with younger brother Jimmy Barnes

He was a guest artist with the Newcastle band: The Orphans: members included: Les Gully, Pam Gully, Jeff Dunn, Greg Dawson, Gordon and McLean. Other Members: Ray Arnott, Dennis Butler, Ian Crawford, Tony Heads, Peter Wholohan, Terry Lantrey, Jan Manning, Gil Mouat, Michael Punch, Phil Screen, Michael Stove, Steve Werren, Julie Wilson, Steve Wilson, Kevin Wyatt and Rob Coxon, Special Guests included: John Paul Young, Warren Morgan, John 'Swanee' Swan, Dennis Wilson, Jamie Redfern, Mick Tucker, Bob Spencer, Brett Johnson, Bruce Derkenne, Trevor Parkinson and John.
1986 John Swan featured in an ad for West End Draught, a South Australian beer. The brewer provided financial support to Swanee's tours and he in turn appeared in the company's TV commercials.

 John replaced Angry Anderson as the lead singer of The Party Boy's which was formed in 1983 by Paul Christie of Mondo Rock and they released a self titled album that went number one in 3 weeks. The single He's Gonna Step on You Again and two top 10 hits Hold Your Head Up and Gloria. Party Boys also had success with the Swan and Lancaster song Is This the Way to Say Goodbye.

John Swan in the Party Boys 4th from the left.

John Swan played at The Station Resort Jindabyne NSW Australia with Raiding Party. Members of Raiding Party included: James Davis-keyboard/piano, Brien McVernon-bass, Ian 'Candy' Sandercoe-vocal, Craig 'Rosie' Rosevear-drums and Paul Flaherty-guitar. Later Mark Tinson, Gary Wilson and Steve 'Mac' McLennan.

John has performed on Australia's East Coast as a guest on the Double Trouble Tour, featuring both Deep Purple and Status Quo. He was part of the Countdown Spectacular which toured Australia nationally in September and October of 2006.

He tours with his band Swanee, and has worked on a new album A Little Faith 2007 through Liberation Records. The project was recorded in Nashville and produced by guitarist Mark Moffatt. Musician credits players who have been session players for Garth Brooks, John Fogerty, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton and Shania Twain.

He has been a Session musician on the following releases: Ray Arnott LP Rude Dudes in 1979, Mickey Finn LP Mickey Finn in 1980, Kevin Borich MLP Shy Boys Shy Girls in 1981, Australia Too Single The Garden in 1985, Whispering Jox Single Santa Claus Is Back In Town in 1988, Oz Art For Ozone Single in 1989, The Kelly Gang cd Looking For The Sun in 2004 and Jimmy Barnes cd Double Happiness in 2005.


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