Sunday, April 21, 2019

John St.Peeters - One Night Stand (1980)

(Australian 1969 - Present)
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John grew up in Milan, Italy where he studied music and the piano from the age of eight. He migrated to Australia with his family arid they settled in Melbourne.
In his early teens he began appearing in talent quests as Johnny Lo Piccolo, playing the piano accordion, but as he grew older his music preferences changed. He later joined forces with two girl singers and they performed as John St. Peeters and the Sharrells. Then in 1974, he toured Canada, the US and South East Asia and in Djakarta he even hosted his own TV show.
Back in Australia he recorded a single for Crystal Clear called "You Know That You're Sexy" which made the charts in November, 1976.

Then in April, 1977 he moved to EMI Records and three months later he released his first single for the label, "Shiny Side Up". The song had been written by Mick Flynne (ex-Mixtures), who was back in Australia as Pussyfoot's protege and had been impressed by one of John's performances. Later in the year John released a follow up, "Fadin' Away", and was voted Most Popular New Talent in the TV Week Pop Awards.


John rounded off 1977 with another single entitled "Love The Way You Move" and was voted ‘Most Popular New Talent’ at the TV Week King Of Pop Awards. [extract from Australian Encyclopedia of Rock: By Noel McGrath.  Outback Press, 1978 p275]

For John, 1978 was a formative year making a change of direction from a rock style to more sophisticated pop. Midway through the year, he switched from Crystal Clear to RCA. His debut single for the label was "Deep Inside Of Me" (which he wrote himself), backed by "Every Step Of The Way", and peaked at No. 22. on the Australian Charts. Spencer Lee, who has worked overseas with top acts including Neil Sedaka,  produced the record at his own studio (United Sound Studios) in Sydney. The single provided John with his biggest hit to date. According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, "By that stage, [the singer] had established himself as Australia's version of David Essex, with his good looks and sophisticated pop releases."

He  continued working with Spencer and, by November, they had completed an album scheduled for release early in 1979. (A follow-up single, "High Class Woman", issued before Christmas '78, was charting nationally by the end of December, reaching the Top 50
John formed his own band late in '78 and in November began touring, appearing mainly in clubs.

He followed with his debut album, 'So Many Ways' (1978), produced by Spencer Lee. In 1979 he formed the John St Peeters Band and toured the Australia club circuit. Its title track was issued as a single in April, which peaked at No. 13, and was also co-written by St.Peeters and Lennard. His second album, 'One Night Stand', and its associated singles unfortunately did not reach the top 40, which is a shame as I think it is a great album, and featured his biggest hit "Wonder World".
[extract from Australian Encyclopedia of Rock (1978-79 Yearbook): By Noel McGrath.  Outback Press, 1979 p335-336]


He appeared on teen pop music TV show, Countdown, from 1976, he co-hosted an episode in June 1978. He later reflected "The biggest thrill of all, though, was making it on the biggest television music show that existed during those years — Countdown, hosted by Molly Meldrum. What a fantastic experience that was." He premiered his single, "Wonder World", on the show in March 2nd 1980; and was the theme song for Simon Townsend's Wonder World, a children's variety TV series. Simon Townsend's Wonder World was a multi-award Australian children's television show that aired on Network Ten from 1979 to 1988.  John St.Peeter's Wonder World was heard 5 days a week during this period, amounting to over 2000 episodes and won 5 Logie Awards's.


An interview with Simon revealed that the song was commissioned (written) for the show after Simon discovered the original theme "Afternoon delight" was about sex.? He was also the guest host on another pop music show, Sounds.

In January 1981. St.Peeters was touted as the host of a pilot episode of a pop music series for the Willard King Organisation.  He told Clay Adams of The Australian Women's Weekly, "I should hear shortly whether or not it will go ahead and if I'll be in the hot seat. Personally I hope the show does receive the okay as Australian television needs another pop music show at the moment."  From March to May 1984 and from February to April 1985 he was the host of The John St Peeters Show on TV's Channel 0/28.

John St.Peeters for Pop Pilot - Womens Weekly, Jan 14, 1981
Post-1979 his singles included "You Were The One" (1979), "Wonderworld" (March 1980), "Love Is All You Need" (July 1980), "Dangerous Hearts" (April 1981), "Street Kids" (September 1983), "I Need That Someone To Love" (a duet with Jane Scali in 1985), and "Don’t Make Love To Strangers" (July 1986). St.Peeters also recorded an album with Jane Scali called 'Lovesongs'.

After the mid-1980s, St Peeters concentrated on club appearances and corporate events.
For a complete run down on his musical career, the following YouTube clip is well worth a look.
John St.Peeters 60th Birthday Tribute

Feature Article - John St.Peeters
(Countdown Annual 1980)
A true veteran of the music industry at the age of twenty-three, John St.Peeters has been through every change in modern rock 'n' roll and managed to stay abreast - sometimes ahead - of most of them.
The age of Twenty- three ? Well, most people don't believe him, and that's understandable. After all, he has been part of Australia's music scene for fifteen years.
"I started when I was seven and I made my first appearance when I was eight", he said after compering an edition of Countdown. "Now I usually have to produce my driver's license  to prove my age to people. I'm like all those kids who started on Young Talent Time. Everyone think's they must be thirty or thirty-five because they've been around so long, but most of them are only early twenties".
A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, John St.Peeters has maintained the enthusiasm to keep stretching his talent. And he has achieved results in overseas countries such as South Africa which would be the envy of many of his peers. His Countdown appearance in July (1980), in fact was squeezed in between two tours of South Africa.


"We were over there for four weeks and they wanted us to stay on, but the last album 'One Night Stand' was due out in Australia so we had to reshuffle everything to be home when it was released", he said. "I actually did the single 'Love Is All We Need' as far back as last September when I was touring in Australia with Tina Turner. Her backing band worked on it with me.

John also had a hit with the theme from another television show - the Ten Network's Simon Townsend's Wonder World. I was asked to write a theme, but I couldn't because we were too busy putting 'One Night Stand' together" he said. "A good friend of mine, Chris Pelcer, wrote it and I just went into the studio and I put it down. I was a bit worried about it first because I thought it would give me too young an image, but it turned out to be great".

John also was worried about "Love Is All We Need" being too late to catch the disco boom. "A few months ago it was the biggest thing in the world, but the music scene changes every six months. The song had a disco flavour, so I wasn't really sure about it. I suppose you have got to keep up with the times to be a successful songwriter - but I can't see myself doing New Wave !".

This post consists of FLACs and MP3's (320kps) ripped from my vinyl copy, sourced at a local flee market held every Sunday Morning at the Coburg Drive Inn (Melbourne).  There is a huge coincidence with this find, as the cover photography on this album depicts John St.Peeters at the very same Drive Inn where I found this album. The back cover shot (see right) with a building in the background matches the surrounding area at the Coburg Drive Inn, although the tree line has grown considerably over the past 39 years.    How eerie is that !
As usual, full album artwork along with label scans and associated photos are included. Hope you enjoy the show.
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Tracklist
01 Wonder World 3:30
02 Music Is Everywhere 5:10
03 Love Is All We Need 3:06
04 Such A Hold On Me 3:19
05 Born Survivors 3:06
06 You, You're The One 3:08
07 My Favourite Smile 4:09
08 Music Keeps Me Dancin' 3:08
09 Don't Want To Lose The Magic 3:57
10 This Time Around 3:48
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John St.Peeter's FLACs Link (236Mb)
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John St.Peeter's MP3 Link (97Mb)
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Bluestone - Selftitled (1974) + Bonus Track

(Australian 1972 -1984)
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Melbourne singer Terry Dean formed country rock band Bluestone in 1972. Terry had enjoyed an extremely successful solo career recording a number of hit records, performing regularly in Melbourne and interstate and appearing nationally on TV shows including The Go Show, and Happening 70.
The band's line-up included Terry Dean on lead vocals and guitar, John Creech (who had been a founding member of The Mixtures) on drums and vocals Ted Fry on bass and vocals plus Mike Burke on pedal steel.

Bluestone was heavily influenced by west coast American country rock including artists such as The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris and numerous other influential songwriters as well as performing and recording much of  its own material. It was renowned for its strong vocal harmonies and was also one of the first Australian country rock bands to feature pedal steel guitar on stage and in the recording studio.

Original Bluestone 1972
The band's first album, self-titled 'Bluestone', was released to excellent reviews in 1974 and helped to cement the band as a major force in Australian country music. The single from the album, "Wind and Rain", was a hit across Australia.

Gavan Andersson (lead guitar and vocals) and Nigel Thompson (bass and vocals) who had both been members of The New Dream, joined the band in 1975 and this line up remained together until Bluestone disbanded in 1984. The band toured and recorded in the US in 1979 and 1982 and released a number of singles on the Scotti Brothers label. They also released their second album, 'The Closer You Get' in 1982, on the Avenue Records label.
Avenue Records Promo - Bluestone 1975
During its twelve years together the band performed regularly on Australian television (Hey, Hey It's Saturday, The Daryl Somers Show, Shirl's Neighbourhood and Countdown) and was invited to support a number of international acts including Cat Stevens, Dolly Parton and America on their Australian tours.

Since the mid 1980's, the members of Bluestone have gone on to pursue successful careers in the music industry: Terry Dean formed the successful duo Dean & Carruthers with Garry Carruthers and they celebrated 25 years on the road in July, 2010. Terry recently established Terry Dean's Guitars selling some of the world's finest acoustic instruments.

Bluestone At Bobby Vee's in L.A.
John Creech has continued his career as drummer to the stars touring with Kylie Minogue in the early 1990's and with Cotton, Keays & Morris, Brian Cadd, Mike Brady and many others.

Gavan Andersson joined legendary video game software development company, Beam Software as their music composer  & producer. His best known work is the soundtrack on the Back to the Future game, although he did voices and sound effects for a wide variety of  games titles, from their space game Star Wars to the sports game Bo Jackson Baseball. During that time he continued to work with numerous artists and bands including an 8 year stint with the legendary  Spot the Aussie at the Esplanade Hotel, touring with Brian  Cadd, Max Merritt and, most recently, Andy Cowan. He has also released a number of his own solo EP's. and an album in 2006, called  'Youth In Asia' (see tarahall.com.au).

It is also worth noting that Gavin Andersson teamed up with Rob Harwood (brother of Warrick Harwood from Goanna) as his sound engineer on his 'Youth In Asia' album, who I grew up with in Geelong back in the 70's. Both Rob and Warrick were playing together in a Geelong band called 'Saratoga' and it was here that their respective careers in the music industry started.

Bluestone Reunion Photo
Nigel Thompson continues to work with various bands (including 60's Band, The Substitutes) and has continued his involvement in events management and promotion. [extract from tarahall.com.au]
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This post consists of FLACs and MP3's (320kps) ripped from my almost virgin vinyl copy, acquired many, many moons ago when I'd just started to collect 'Aussie Rock' albums. At that time, there was nothing more Aussie than the bands appearing on the Bootleg record label (ie. Brian Cadd, Mississippi, The Bootleg Band, Taste, Avalanche and of course Bluestone).

Full album artwork is provided (some of which I sourced from the defunct Midoztouch Website) along with labels scans and a range of band photos (sourced with thanks from Tara Hall website).
I've also included as a bonus track, the B-Side "Road To Nowhere" which was the flip side to their 1973 single "Wind & Rain" (produced by Brian Cadd), which did not appear on their debut album.
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Track Listing:       
01.  Ride On 
02.  Home Ain't Home 
03.  Hear The Bang 
04.  Country Fair 
05.  Flight 212 
06.  Stage Coach +
07.  The Only Girl 
08.  I Won't Be Here In The Morning 
09.  Wind & Rain 
10.  Knowing You 
11.  Road To Nowhere (Bonus B-Side Single)
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Bluestone were:
Mike Burke - Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro
John Creech - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Terry Dean - Guitar, Vocals
Ted Fry - Bass, Double Bass, Vocals

Special Guests:
Kerryn Tolhurst - Mandolin, Dobro
Trevor Warner - Fiddle
Ray Eames - Banjo
Jean Roussel - Piano
Peter Robinson - ARP Synthesiser
Nigel Thompson - Backing Vocal +
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Bluestone FLACs Link (284Mb)
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Bluestone MP3 Link (136Mb)
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Phil Collins - Unlicensed 'Live At The Perkins Palace' (1983) Bootleg


(U.K 1968 – 2011, 2015 – Present)
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Born in West London in 1951, Phil Collins started playing drums at the age of five. His musical career began in earnest when he joined Genesis as a drummer in 1970, later becoming the group's lead vocalist in 1975 when Peter Gabriel departed. In 1981, he launched his solo career, releasing a string of pop albums that catapulted him to the immense profile he enjoys today. Phil Collins has released eight studio albums over the course of his solo career, along with three compilations, two soundtracks and more than forty singles. Of Collins' many releases, his third studio album, No Jacket Required, secured his greatest acclaim. It features notable tracks like "Sussudio" and "One More Night," both of which have received countless pop-culture references throughout the years. Collins is one of the legends of the 1970s and 1980s, a member of the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Modern Drummer Hall Of Fame and a musical influence to later musicians like Mike Portnoy, Taylor Hawkins, Nick D'Virgilio and many others.

Former Genesis member Phil Collins has achieved a level of solo success few others can claim. Collins' tour dates, such as his 2017 'Not Dead Yet Tour', have seen him travel the United Kingdom. Other tours, like his 1997 'The Trip Into The Light Of The World Tour', his 1985 'No Jacket Required Tour', and 1983 'Hello, I Must Be Going Tour', have taken him throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania. As a solo act, Phil Collins is praised for his brilliant Pop songwriting, laced with elements from the other genres in which he's fluent like jazz, rock and fusion.

His strong vocals, intricate drum parts and generous use of 1980s-style keyboard synths add to the richness of his sound. In concert, audiences can marvel as Collins sits majestically, belting out hits while his large band provides ample accompaniment. Collins' son Nicholas is often present, dazzling crowds with drumming just as impressive as his father's. Phil Collins' music has garnered impressive numbers. His albums have sold more than 150 million units worldwide. He's been nominated for more than 20 Grammy Awards. He's won 7 Grammys, along with various American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Brit Awards (and more) as he continues to record and perform across the globe.

In 2015, Collins remastered his eight solo albums with previously unreleased material and came out of retirement. In 2017, he started 'The Not Dead Yet Tour', named after his autobiography released in 2016. After many tour legs around the world, Collins eventually made it 'Down Under' for 9 dates in January, 2019.
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Bootleg Review
Recorded live on 19 December 1982 during Phil's first ever solo tour 'Hello I Must Be Going'. Portions of this show were broadcast on U.S. FM radio stations in April of 1983.
Phil Collins delivers a well-crafted set during this show from his first solo tour in 1982. Recorded for The King Biscuit Flower Hour, this is one of three performances captured on the tour for the popular radio concert series. Exciting versions of Collins' biggest hits ("In The Air Tonight," "I Missed Again" and "Like China,") highlight this performance. Collins also delivers a memorable cover of the Supremes classic "You Can't Hurry Love" and closes the show with a very strong arrangement of the Impressions standard, "People Get Ready."




Collins had first built his career as the drummer for the popular British art rock band, Genesis. When lead vocalist Peter Gabriel departed for a solo career after 1975's Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour, however, Collins was propelled to the edge of the stage as the band's new front man. It was a role that would come easy to Collins. After a painful divorce led to the creation of several introspective demos in 1980, Collins decided it was time to pursue a solo career outside of Genesis.




There's a somewhat shaky mix of intelligent art-rock influenced by his work in Genesis and Brand X, with his newfound pop sensibility exercised in the surprise mega hit solo album, Face Value. By the time he embarked on his first solo U.S. tour in 1982, he had already amassed a number of hits, including "In The Air," "I Missed Again," "I Don't Care Anymore," "Like China," and "It Don't Matter To Me."



Collins was smart enough to wait until he'd released two very successful solo albums before going on his first solo tour. The audience, as a result, is not only familiar with these songs, but is also genuinely excited to hear them. Needless to say, there are no catcalls for Genesis to be heard. His solo revision of "Behind The Lines" is the only actual link to his work with Genesis.

His band, the Fab Jacuzzi's are just that—fabulous. The musicianship in this group is exceptional, and this show is living proof that Collins had assembled a brilliant lineup for this solo tour. [extract from wolfgangs.com]
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This post consists of FLACs ripped from my AMCOS 'Unlicensed' release of this Bootleg which offers excellent sound quality, as you would expect from a King Biscuit Flower Hour (KBFH)  radio broadcast. The only anomaly with this release is the single track format of this AMCOS release which reproduces the 11 song concert performance.  In some ways, the continuity of the concert is maintained by doing this, however, if one is looking for  a particular track then this quite annoying.
To this end, I have broken up the concert into 10 Tracks (You Can't Hurry Love & It Don't Matter To Me are still combined as there is no break between songs) and provided both formats for downloading.
A usual, I am also including artwork for this bootleg, along with artwork for alternative releases of this bootleg (see below), including the KBFH release on vinyl.
Note: that many bootleg releases credit the concert as being from 1983, whereas the concert was in fact recorded in 1982 and aired on FM Radio in 1983. Phil Collins and The Fabulous Jacuzzi’s - Concert Photographs taken by Sean Adams.
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Track Listing:
01. I Don't Care Anymore     (Collins)   06:03
02. I Cannot Believe It's True (Collins)  07:26
03. Thru These Walls (Collins)    05:10
04. I Missed Again (Collins)    03:40
05. Behind The Lines (Banks/Collins/Rutherford)  03:54
06. The Roof Is Leaking (Collins)    03:39
07. The West Side (Collins)    06:09
08. In The Air Tonight (Collins)    05:23
09. You Can't Hurry Love (Holland/Dozier/Holland)   03:26
10. It Don't Matter To Me (Collins)     04:28
11. People Get Ready (Mayfield)   04:04

Phil and the Fab Jacuzzi's:
Lead Vocals, Drums, Keyboards – Phil Collins
Bass – Mo Foster
Drums – Chester Thompson
Guitar – Daryl Stuermer
Keyboards – Peter Robinson
Saxophone – Don Myrick
Trombone – Louis Satterfield
Trumpet – Michael Harris, Rahmlee Michael Davis
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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Various Artists - 20 Australian Stars (1973)

(Various Australian 1967 - 1973)
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Released on the Festival Label, this rare compilation is a real mixed bag. The album title '20 Australian Stars' is somewhat questionable.  One could argue that the title is a bit of a stretch with one artist, namely Tim Connor who comes up a total blank in a Google Search and the 'Kevin Kitto Singers' who were nothing more than a front for a Baritone singing Conductor from Adelaide with a low charting single. And wasn't Don Lane an American and Dave Alleby a Pom?

The other anomaly with this album is that most of the tracks were not hits for these artists (ie. never released as Singles) and were songs simply lifted from their current or recent albums at the time.
One thing that makes this album interesting however, is that this is more than likely the first time it has been made available in digital format, so it should appeal to the hard core collectors of Australian Music.

 I've attempted to identify the source of each track and provide as much information around the release of them, but again it was hard for some tracks, as the releases were so obscure. The album was released for a Channel-9 Telethon Record Charity in 1973, judging by the advert on the back cover of the album.

I also came across  another album called 'Australian Show Time' that has a track & artist listing similar to this album - yet another cash cow for the Festival label.
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1. Col Joye - "Gentle On My Mind"
Colin Frederick Jacobsen born 13th of April 1936 in Sydney, better known as Col Joye, is an Australian popular entertainer. He was the first Australian rock and roll singer to have a # 1 record Australia-wide, and the first Australian to reach the American Billboard charts. Recording with his brothers Kevin and Keith who were part of Col's backing band The Joy Boys, and as a solo artist, enjoyed a series of number one hits in the early 1960s.

Col and his band signed a contract with Festival Records and produced their first hit single ‘Bye Bye Baby’ which hit the charts in March 1959. Col Joye and the Joy Boys’ third great success, ‘Oh Yeah Uh Huh’, released in October 1959, was the first rock song recorded and produced in Australia to become a national number one pop hit. The song is remembered for its unusual backing, the beat provided by the sound of a typewriter.

By 1963 Col Joye had released 20 singles, 24 EPs and 19 LPs and his popularity was such that two full time staff were required to cope with all the fan mail. The rise of the Beatles from 1963 meant that Joye waited until 1973 before another number one hit, his ballad ‘Heaven is my woman’s love’.

Col and Kevin eventually moved on to build an influential entertainment management, publishing, and recording business, including ATA Studios in Glebe, N.S.W. This business worked with developing and promoting artists including the Bee Gees, and their brother Andy Gibb. Their promotions company, Jacobsen Entertainment, continued into the 2000s, with Col and Kevin remaining as principal members.

The track featured on this compilation was never released as a single as far as I can tell, and was taken from his 1972 album "For The Good Times". I would have thought his single "That's Where I Went Wrong" from the same album would have been chosen instead. Still, "Gentle On My Mind" is a nice track highlighting Col's 'Glen Campbell' sound alike vocals and country style music, with backing orchestral strings.


2. Normie Rowe - "Glory Road"
Norman John Rowe (born 1 February 1947) is an Australian singer and songwriter of pop music and an actor of theatre and soap opera for which he remains best known as Douglas Fletcher in 1980s serial Sons and Daughters. As a singer he was credited for his bright and edgy tenor voice and dynamic stage presence. Many of Rowe's most successful recordings were produced by Nat Kipner and later by Pat Aulton, house producers for the Sunshine Records label. Backed by his band, The Playboys, Rowe released a string of Australian pop hits on the label that kept him at the top of the Australian charts and made him the most popular solo performer of the mid-1960s. Rowe's double-sided hit the A-side, a reworking of the Doris Day hit "Que Sera Sera" / with b-side "Shakin' All Over" was one of the most successful Australian singles of the 1960s.

Between 1965 and 1967 Rowe was Australia's most popular male star but his career was cut short when he was drafted for compulsory military service (called National Service in Australia) in late 1967. His subsequent tour of duty in Vietnam effectively ended his pop career and having never been able to recapture the success in music he enjoyed at his peak in the 1960s, instead carving out a career in theatre and television.

"Glory Road" was written by Neil Diamond and was first released by Neil Diamond in 1969. Normie Rowe released it on his 1970 album 'Hello' while still recording for Sunshine records, but it wasn't until 1972 when his newly signed record label Festival records released as a single.

3. Judy Stone - "Needle And Pins"
Judy Stone was born on the 1st of January 1942. She is an Australian pop singer from Sydney, who came to national prominence in the early 1960s through her regular TV appearances on the pop music show Brian Henderson's Bandstand and her many hit records. After travelling throughout the country with "The Reg Lindsay Show", Judy began touring with Col Joye and, before long, it was in the sixties that Judy's hit songs "I'll Step Down", "Born A Woman", "4003221 Tears From Now", established her as a recording artist as well as a T.V. star. The song that gained Judy the National Award in 1974, "Field of Stone", coupled with "Mare, Mare, Mare", earned Judy the distinction of being the first Australian Female entertainer with two records concurrently featuring in the top 40.

"Needles and Pins" was written by Sonny Bono and Jack Nitzsche and was first released by Jackie deShannon in 1963. Judy released it in Mono, on her Calendar LP back in 1964, but was never released as a single even though it became a favourite hit with her fans. Short sighted on the part of her record company I have to say.
A stereo version of  "Needles and Pins" (featured on this compilation) was later released on her 1973 album 'Got You On My Mind'' by Festival records, on their Summit label.

4. Dave Allenby - "Sweet Gingerbread Man"
London born cockney comedian and recording artist Dave Allenby came to Australia in 1970 after a highly successful career on the UK club circuit. During the 60s, he supported a host of major acts in the UK, including Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Cilla Black, Tommy Cooper, Edward Woodward and Olivia Newton John.  The list goes on.

Allenby also had a brief burst of pop success in 1971 when he released a single on the independent Chart label. Backed by popular Sydney band Autumn, he recorded the catchy single "She Works In A Woman's Way", backed by a raucous version of the Leadbelly standard "Midnight Special", arranged by Barrie McAskill, lead singer of Levi Smith's Clefs. The single was quite successful in Sydney, where Allenby and Autumn were both popular, and it also managed to chart on the national Top 40 in February 1971.

Dave had at least one other single release in 1971 “Sweet Gingerbread Man/Who Wrote That song”, produced by Pat Aulton and released on Chart records. There are suggestions of a further single called "Sail Away" in the 70s. After that, Dave  concentrated on TV appearances including Number 96 (where he played Dr Wilkinson), Homicide, Matlock Police and the Mike Walsh Show. He is still performing occasionally around the clubs in country NSW to this day.

5. Don Lane - "One More Mountain To Climb"
Don Lane, born 13 November 1933 as Morton Donald Isaacson, is an American-born Australian entertainer, talk show host and singer. Lane forged an enduring partnership with Bert Newton, an Australian comedian and entertainment identity. Both Lane and Newton maintain that the first time they met was on-air, during the first episode of the Don Lane Show. Each describes that there was instant 'chemistry', and that they never made any deliberate attempt to build the relationship; it just happened. Newton took much pleasure in sending up Lane's singing, sometimes by playing his records at half-speed while miming Lane's performance.

Lane sometimes responded in kind by sending up Newton's own record, the "Bert and Patti Album". The Don Lane Show ended on 13 November 1983. His final episode ran for two and a half hours and featured such stars as Sammy Davis, Jr., Phyllis Diller, and David Bowie. His catchphrase on the show was "I truly love your faces", which he would say in both words and sign language

Don Lane released the single "One More Mountain to Climb" in 1971. It was not only by covered by Don Lane, but also by Samantha Jones, and Vince Hill with The Nick Ingman. In 2003, Lane was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame. Sadly, he passed away on October 22, 2009 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

6. Greg Anderson - "Shame"
Greg Anderson was born in Melbourne in 1950 and by the age of 15 months was appearing with his parents on tour in England in their stage act at venues like the London Palladium. By the time he was ten years old, and back in Australia, Greg was performing on all the major television shows singing and gained his own stage show for Coca Cola which travelled throughout his home state of Victoria and then joined Channel Nine's “Tarax Show” with weekly performances. At 15, Greg gained national recognition by achieving Grand final status in Australia's prestigious television talent search "Showcase", this lead to him being represented by the number one management company, NLT in Australia's entertainment capital, Sydney.

Greg’s first record was released on the “Kommotion” label the A side “I Feel Good” and the B side “When It’s All Over” and when he finished school to become a full time professional entertainer, he was soon in big demand as a multi talented, country to pop performer, singing, dancing, playing guitar, piano and drums in a high powered act that thrilled audiences throughout the country. Greg represented Australia at Expo Japan which was televised throughout the world to millions of people and as songwriting became very important to Greg, his song "No Roses For Michael" that he wrote for the award winning film of the same name, shot to the top of the charts and further broadened his horizons.

In 1975, Greg established Gala Productions with renowned actress (from the T.V series Bellbird) and life partner Lynda Keane. From the very  beginning through to the new millennium Gala trained and represented some of Australia’s leading talent, launching them into their first major professional successes. From a modest single studio, the business grew to a 15,000 square feet, completely refurbished studio complex off Broadway in 1990, which included audio and video recording facilities, theatrettes and management offices. The training and management facilities became second to none in the industry and Greg and Lynda ventured into producing many successful televised and stage performances.

Greg released the Festival single "It's Over" in 1971, but it is the B-side "Shame" that is presented here on this compilation.
Greg eventually recorded three singles for Festival, this one in 1971 and two in 1972, but evidently none of these made  any impression on the charts. A curious feature of all three is that the A-side of his Dec. 1971 single, "It's  Over", was evidently recycled as the B-side of both subsequent singles. This might explain why "Shame" was chosen for this compilation instead of the A-Side "It's Over". Greg later released a self-titled album on Festival records in 1973, featuring all of his hits, including "Shame"

7. Bee Gees - "Spicks And Specks"
In the Spring of 1967, the Bee Gees were on the cusp of a major breakthrough. Their first single for Polydor - New York Mining Disaster'' - was due to be released. The hits that would follow - To Love Somebody,' Massachusetts,' I Started A Joke,' Words,' I Gotta Get A Message To You' - would catapult the group to international stardom. The spark that would ignite the flame that still burns to this day was the group's 1966 Australian hit Spicks and Specks' and the album of the same name. Released in September 1966, the Barry Gibb penned hit reached #4 in the Bee Gees' adopted home of Australia, as well as #1 in New Zealand, #28 in Germany and #3 in The Netherlands. The success of Spicks and Specks' led to the Bee Gees signing with Polydor and their subsequent career changing move from Australia to the UK where they began their recording career in earnest.

The LP of the same name was one of the bands 2 Australian albums recorded in a tiny studio on a one track tape machine - to be honest the sound was pretty amateurish. But you can hear their love of the Hollies and the Beatles throughout but Barry Gibbs songs were nothing special at the time, although the vocals and harmonies were pretty decent. The group were on their way to England to try their luck there when this came out, with the title track (and best song) being the hit single in Australia. As they say, the rest was history.

8. Tim Connor - "If I Were A Carpenter"
Song was originally written and sung by Tim Hardin.
I couldn't find much information about Tim Connor but thanks to blog follower Bruce, apparently his real name was Noel Flannery, a UK Pop artist and actor in the 1960's.
The featured track comes from his self-titled album, released on Festival (FL34678) in 1972 (Thanks to Gunner01 for the heads up).  Tim also released a single from the same album, entitled "Johnny, I Hardly Know You" but failed to make the Top 40 charts.

He sang in the Showboat, The Blue Angel and The Country Club etc. and recorded a number of folk and country albums in Australia in the 1970's & 1980's (so Discogs indicates). Yet he gets 'Star' status on this LP.  Go figure !

9. Little Pattie - "Nobody's Fool"
Patricia Thelma Amphlett was born 17th March 1949 in Paddington, Sydney. Her first single for EMI, was influenced by the surf music craze titled "He's My Blonde Headed, Stompie Wompie, Real Gone Surfer Boy". The song was released in November 1963 when Pattie was aged 14, it went to number two on the Australian music charts with The Beatles holding the #1 slot at the time with "I Want To Hold Your Hand". She regularly toured supporting Col Joye and the Joy Boys, with Judy Stone. In 1966, at the age of 17 and the height of 4' 10", she became both the youngest and the shortest person to entertain troops during the Vietnam War.

She subsequently appeared on several TV shows in America, the most notable being the Ed Sullivan show. She continues to perform on television and in clubs, and became a vocal teacher, notably coaching Nikki Webster. In 1973 she married Joy Boys bassist and record producer/manager, Keith Jacobsen, but they parted ways in 1984.She subsequently married Laurie Thompson, and they have been together for 20 years. She is the cousin of Divinyls lead singer Chrissy Amphlett.

The track "Nobody's Fool" was taken from her 'I Will Bring You Flowers' LP which was released in 1972 by ATA REcords. As far as I can tell, it was not released as a single.

10. Johnny Young - "Smiley"
Johnny Young was a Dutch Australian singer, composer, record producer, disc jockey, television producer and host. Originally from Rotterdam, Netherlands, his family settled in Perth, Western Australia in the early 1950s. Young had a career in the 1960s as a pop singer and had a number one hit with the double-A-side, "Step Back" and "Cara-lyn" in 1966, and his profile was enhanced by a concurrent stint as host of the TV pop program The Go!! Show. As a composer, he penned number one hits, "The Real Thing" and "The Girl That I Love" for Russell Morris, "The Star" for Ross D. Wyllie and "I Thank You" for Lionel Rose and the hit single "Smiley" for Ronnie Burns.

After his pop career ended he returned to TV where he presented and produced the popular television show, Young Talent Time, which screened on Network Ten from 1971 to 1988 – it launched the careers of numerous teen pop stars especially Jamie Redfern, Debra Byrne (then known as Debbie Byrne), Dannii Minogue and Tina Arena, as well as Jane Scali, Sally Boyden and Karen Knowles – typically each episode closed with a sing-along rendition of The Beatles song "All My Loving".

Johnny sings the song "Smiley" which he originally wrote for Ronnie Burns, a song about Normie Rowe being conscripted into the army; but of course it was no where near as big a hit as Ronnie Burn's version from 1969.  From what I can tell, the track was lifted from his 1973 album 'The Young Man & His Music', another Summit release.

11. Jimmy Little - "All I Ever Need Is You"
Jimmy Little (1937 - 2012) was the first Aboriginal person to have a top 10 single in Australia.

Jimmy recorded his first single in 1956 and rose to prominence as an Aboriginal entertainer throughout the 1960s, some years before the 1967 referendum. He topped the charts and became a household name with 'Royal Telephone' in 1963, which sold over 75,000 copies and went gold.

Throughout his illustrious career Jimmy received every major Australian music industry award, plus several honorary doctorates. Jimmy was the recipient of the National Aboriginal Day of Observance Committee’s 'Aboriginal of the Year' award in 1989, was named NSW Senior Australian of the Year in 2002, and received the Australia Council’s Red Ochre Award in 2004.

He was awarded an AO (Order of Australia) for his continued work with Indigenous Health and Education programs, and in 2004, a public vote named him 'a living Australian treasure'. sadly, Jimmy passed away in 2012, aged 75.
Taken from his 1972 LP 'Winterwood', "All I Ever Neeed Is You" was never released as a single as far as I can ascertain.





12. Kevin Kitto Singers - "Lights Of Adelaide"

Released as a single by Festival Records in 1968, reaching #88 in the Australian charts. Kevin Kitto was a Conductor, Baritone, Actor and Singer, who worked with singer/ songwriters Cliff Johns & Wally Carr.




13. Reg Lindsay - "I Get A Happy Feeling"
Released as a B-Side single in 1974 by Festival Records, this track was taken from Lindsay's self-titled album from the same year.
Born in 1929 in Parkes, NSW, he will always be associated with his now legendary motorcycle ride from Adelaide to Sydney in 1951 for his winning tilt at Tim McNamara's famous talent quest.
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 one of the first to be inducted into the Hands of Fame in 1977 and he collected a pile of other Awards and recognitions including three Golden Guitars for Best Male Vocal in 1974, 1978 and 1980, the Roll of Renown in 1984 and an OAM in 1989. He recorded some 64 Albums, composed and recorded over 500 songs. His big hits like "Armstrong" carried his voice and reputation as a singer to listeners all over the nation. It was country music with a universal appeal.

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.

14. Barry Crocker - "What Are You Doing The Rest Of My Life"
Barry grew up in the Victorian city of Geelong where his interest in music began at an early age. He started out in a small way in the mid-fifties working at local venues. At the age of nineteen, he recorded an EP for the Spotlight label entitled Whole Lotta Shakin'.
From there Barry concentrated on scoring as many roles as he could in any stage productions that were going. Over the next ten years, Barry's talent as an actor and singer developed to the point where he scored a recording contract with Festival. He soon became one of Australia's top club acts. He was also a much sought after TV performer.
In fact, for five years, he hosted his own variety show, Sound of Music for which he was awarded a gold Logic.

Barry 'Bazza McKenzie' Crocker
Soon Barry had set his sights on the overseas market. His big break came when he was chosen for the starring role in the movie The Adventures of Barry McKenzie. The film opened a lot of doors for him, although it did tend to land him with an ocker image which was difficult to shake. In London, Barry quickly gained popularity with the English via his TV and club appearances.

Meanwhile, he had also cracked the local pop chart in 1971 with 'Love Is A Beautiful Song', and again in 1973 with a revival of Robin Luke's rock'n'roll classic, 'Susie Darlin' '. As Barry began to look toward the USA as his next challenge, he changed labels to Astor Records. His biggest selling albums for Festival included Barry Crocker's Sound of Music, Barry Crocker In London, This Is My Song, I've Gotta Be Me, The Bawdy Barry McKenzie's Party Songs, Music Makes My Day and Barry Crocker's Favourite Songs.
It is from the last album, released in 1972 which this song was taken, and as far as I can tell, was not released in single format.

15. Chris Kirby - "Green Green Grass Of Home"
Originally recorded in 1972, this track appeared on Kirby's novelty album 'Chris Kirby & Many Others' released on Festival in 1974. Chris was an internationally renowned Ventriloquist, Comedian, and Australian singer.
He was born in Adelaide and started his showbiz career on local TV as teenage host on a daily kid show. He later moved to Sydney from where he built a solid reputation on stage and television all around the country.

Chris Kirby & Terry
In the late 60s, Chris was asked to perform on the famed ED SULLIVAN SHOW in New York. Then on to England where he appeared on 'Sunday Night At The Palladium', 'A Blackpool
Summer Season with Tommy Copper and touring with Ken Dodd. In the early 70s he continued his success in Australia touring as opening act for big names such as Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Johnny Mathis.
He returned to Australia in the 80s where he pursued his writing and acting career. Sadly Chris died in Turramurra, NSW on March 29th, 2016 Aged (74)

16. Johnny Mac - "Turn Right Or Left At Oak Street"
Johnny Mac has worked professionally in the music world since the early days of rock, starting out as lead singer of "The Downunders" in Canada. Returning to Australia in the early 60's he was in demand at rock venues which led to appearances on TV shows such as "Stairway to the Stars", "Teen Time". "Adelaide Tonight", and "Six O'clock Rock".

In 1962 Johnny teamed with songwriter Peter Hiscock to form a successful recording combination. "Pink Champagne and a Room of Roses" probably being the most popular single was released in America in 1962 making Johnny the first South Australian to hit the American charts. Four LP's and numerous singles followed.

Johnny Entertains The Troops In Vietnam
For six years he was contracted exclusively to Channel Seven in Adelaide working daily on the children's show "Wonderland" then weekly on "Country Style". During this time he also performed at interstate live shows, toured Australia with Lorne Green of "Bonanza" plus two tours of Vietnam entertaining the troops. Johnny's extensive tours of this state over the years with his Country Band makes him one of the most recognisable personalities.

In 1978, Johnny Mac was inducted into the Australasian Country Music Hands Of Fame.
"Turn Right or Left At Oak Street" was lifted off his 1971 album 'Johnny Mac's Country Style' but never appeared in 7" format

17. Webb Brothers - "Rheuben James"
The Webb Brothers have been performing, writing and recording country music for almost 50 years.
The unique trio, featuring brothers Fabian, Marius and Berard, have won 2 Golden Guitar Awards, featured twice on the ABC documentary "A Big Country", toured Australia and New Zealand multiple times, and were inducted into the Tamworth "Hands Of Fame" in 1978 and "Roll Of Renown" in 2004.

The year 1982 was especially memorable for the Webb Brothers, when they opened the gates of their cattle property, "Thornside", to 6,000 country music fans. It was an event to celebrate 25 years in country music and the 100 year anniversary of their family property. Now known as "The Gympie Muster", the event has been running annually for 29 years and is one of Australia's best known and loved country music festivals. Since its inception, the Muster has raised more than $12 million for charities Australia-wide.

Webb Brothers Today
It is interesting to note that they appeared in an episode of ABC TV ‘Big Country’ Call of the Bellbird in 1972, when they released their album of the same name, which features the posted song "Rheuben James".

18. Sandy Scott - "Why"
Released as a single in 1971 - Recorded at A.T.A. Sound Studios, Sydney.
Sandy Scott was the only son of English parents. In his teens, he took a day job at a bank in Sydney and at night he was singing with local bands. He was making studio recordings in the early 1960s. His big break came with national exposure on Brian Henderson's television show, Bandstand. Sandy was very popular and signed a 10-year contract to appear exclusively on the program. His biggest selling hit song came with Wallpaper Roses in 1966 and at that time he was rated the country's #1 vocal star.

A popular singer at the smooth and easy end of the pop market, Sandy Scott was a regular on the Australian Bandstand. He also appeared in stage musicals and as compere of Family Feud and Sound of Music. His album Great Scott - It's Sandy (1971) was a best-seller.

In 1971, his album Great Scott - It's Sandy went gold, and featured the single "Why". His big hit single in 1972 was “Now” a sweeping waltz ideal for weddings. “Now” reached #38 and was his last major hit on the top 40 before he concentrated more on stage work. He played lead roles in stage shows such as Hello Dolly, Mame and The Desert Song. His career highlights include performances in front of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles in 1988, a Command Performance for The Queen Mother in Adelaide and touring America as a representative of the Australia Music Industry. He also worked as a television compare, hosting shows such as Family Feud, Sound of Music and $10,000 Winner Circle. Sandy Scott is married to Col Joye's sister Carol.

19. Johnny O'Keefe - "Keep On Smiling"
Possibly the rarest song in this collection is "Keep On Smiling" by Johnny O'Keefe. It starts with him going "Brrrrrrrrr" just like the new advertisements for Coca-Cola.

"Keep On Smiling" was released in 1971 by Festival Records as a double A-Side Single, with the flip side being "(You've Got Me) Dancing On A String".  The song also appeared a year later on his compilation LP "20th Anniversary (32 of JOK's Greatest Hits)".
This single was a big ask for Johnny to cover a General Johnson vocal ... he is a bit buried under the band and the backing vocals and wavering a bit to keep up!

20. Ronnie Burns - "If You Could Read My Mind"
Ronnie Burns has always been an honest, likeable, no-frills, boy-next-door Aussie pop star and entertainer – nothing more, nothing less. He began his musical career as a folk singer in Melbourne before catching the ‘Beatle Bug’ in 1964, whereupon he became a founding member of The Flies.

Taken from his 1972 LP, 'We've Only Just Begun', the song "If You Could Read My Mind" was not released as a single as far as I can ascertain. The song was originally sung by Gordon Lightfoot.
Ronnie's enduring popularity with audiences demonstrates the affection and esteem that he still commands, as an example of those simpler, more innocent times, when a guy with a hip haircut, dimpled cheeks, an appealing voice and a swag of great tunes could reduce teenage girls (and in some cases, boys alike), to delirium. Long live Ronnie Burns, one of our true pop heroes!
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This post consists of FLACs and MP3's (320kps) ripped from vinyl copy found at my local flee market, and judging by the pen annotations and stickers plastered over the covers, it was probably used on a radio station at some stage.   I have however, touched up the covers in Photoshop to hide these eye soars, and as usual include all artwork in the post, along with the photos displayed above.
The one thing I did forgot to include were the label scans, however they available below if you want them (in full size).
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SIDE 1: 
1. Gentle on my mind / Cole Joy
2. Glory Road  / Normie Rowe
3. Needles and pins  / Judy Stone
4. Sweet gingerbread man  / Dave Allenby
5. One more mountain to climb / Don Lane
6. Shame  / Greg Anderson
7. Spicks and Specks  / Bee Gees
8. If I were a Carpenter  / Tim Connor
9. Nobody's fool  / Little Pattie
10. Smiley  / Johnny Young. 

SIDE 2: 
1. All I ever need is you / Jimmy Little
2. Lights of Adelaide  / Kevin Kitto Singers
3. I get a happy feeling  / Reg Lindsay
4. What are you doing the rest of your life / Barry Crocker
5. Green green grass of home / Chris Kirby
6. Right or left at Oak Street  / Johnny Mac
7. Rheuben James  / Webb Brothers
8. Why  / Sandy Scott
9. Keep on smiling  / Johnny O'Keefe
10. If you could read my mind  / Ronnie Burns.

20 Australian Stars FLAC Link (326Mb)

20 Australian Stars MP3 Link (66 Mb)