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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
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|
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)
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|
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
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|
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.
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!
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!
This post consists of FLACs 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).
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.
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)