Monday, 11 November 2019


One of regional Victoria's most successful bands, the six-piece The Rhythm Rockets formed in Mildura in the 60s. The Rockets were very popular in the Sunraysia region, especially at the legendary Mildura venue called The Ballerina where they would pull huge crowds in excess of a thousand punters. In 1966 they competed in the local Hoadleys Battle of the Sounds competition hosted by radio station 3MA (Mildura). Winning their section they then went on to the Victorian Country Final and came third to overall winners, The Dynamoes from Shepparton. Rewarded with a recording contract with the Go!! label they ventured down to the big smoke to cut the singles ''Near Me/On Whom Her Favour Falls'' and ''Just You Wait And See/Summer Has Gone''  written by the band members. Both singles failed to make an impression on the Melbourne charts. 

The Go!! label eventually lost interest in the band because they were too busy working Mildura’s Ballerina Ballroom and other local dances and private gigs and did not commit to Victorian country or national touring. Today Geoff Evans and Col Avery still perform on a regular basis. Lead guitarist Bill Tyers has a recording studio in Queensland and still plays professionally, while Peter McWilliams (bass) and Geoff Waters (drums) lead a quieter musical life. Mildura’s locally owned radio station 1611AM still gives the Rockets airplay to this day.


Geoff Evans (vocals/guitar), Col Avery (vocals), Bill Tyers (guitar), Peter McWilliams (bass),
Geoff Waters (drums), Neil Warhurst (sax)

Thursday, 7 November 2019


Tinsley Waterhouse is an R&B and blues musician who started out as a drummer in the 1960s in Melbourne, first with blues groups, the Gravy Train and then the Horse before briefly joining a New Zealand-formed band, Chants R&B in mid-1967. He formed Tinsley Waterhouse's Old Tracks in 1979, which became the Tinsley-Townsend Band in April of the following year and then the Tinsley Waterhouse Band in July 1980. As a vocalist he has led numerous lineups of this band.

In February 1981 the group issued a four-track extended play, 'Full of Ink an' Talkin' Shorthand', via Project 9 Records. For the EP Waterhouse, on lead vocals, was joined by John Ballard on tenor sax and guitar (ex-Phil Manning Band, Broderick Smith's Big Combo), Steve Ewart on trombone, Noel Herridge on drums (ex-Sid Rumpo, Wild Beaver Band, One Armed Bandit), Neil Hodgson on bass guitar (ex-Fox), Gerry Joyce on guitar (ex-Gulliver's Travels), and Sean O'Sullivan on trumpet. Roadrunner's Donald Robertson observed, in April 1981, that it provided, "Enjoyable, undemanding soul/R&B the best track is the one original, 'I've Been Dreaming', which features triffic horns and Mr. Waterhouse's strong gravelly vocals, with feeling." 

Tinsley Waterhouse Band's debut album, 'After the Mudd You've Got ... The Tinsley Waterhouse Band', appeared in October 1982 via EMI Custom. Alongside Waterhouse and Ballard the group's line-up were the latter's ex-Broderick Smith's Big Combo band-mates, Peter Lee on drums, Mick "The Reverend" O'Connor on Hammond organ and Ron Robertson on bass guitar. In March of the following year his backing band were Joyce and Roberston joined by Paul Hitchins on drums (ex-the Sports, Nighthawks), Chris Stockley on guitar (ex-Cam-Pact, Axiom, Dingoes, Stockley See Mason Band, Rock Doctors), and Neil Wyatt on saxophone (ex-Dutch Tilders, Keith Lamb's Airport). By August 1984 Stockley and Robertson were joined by Barry Cram on drums (ex-Michael Turner in Session, Avalanche, Russell Morris Band, Contraband, Ideals) and Leigh Horton on saxophone (ex-Saxons, Pete Watson's Rockhouse).

Tinsley Waterhouse Band's second album, 'Hangin' Around' (1985), was recorded in three separate sessions using three different line-ups. According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, "As well as covers of a number of R&B; staples like Robert Johnson's 'Sweet Home Chicago' and Jimmy Witherspoon's 'What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?', the album included the single 'Don't Get Mad'." For his third album, 'I've Been Dreaming' (1988), Waterhouse was joined by Cram, Ron Anderson on saxophone, Tim Ayres on bass guitar (ex-Kevin Borich Express), Paul Gatcham on saxophone and Ron "Groper" Trinder on guitar. In 2010 Waterhouse combined with Driftwood Lounge to issue an album, 'Blues 'n' Western', via Ray Vonn Records.



Thursday, 31 October 2019


Vincent Hugh Jones was born on 24 March 1954 in Paisley, Scotland. He is the second eldest of four children to John Jones and Mary (née Docherty); the family moved to Australia in April 1964 and lived in Wollongong; and was educated at Corrimal High School. He attributes his love of jazz to hearing Miles Davis's album Sketches of Spain, when he was about 14 and taught himself to play the trumpet. Jones began his career in 1974 in New South Wales as a bebop trumpet player on the club and jazz circuit.

In November 1981 Jones recorded his debut album, 'Watch What Happens', with John Bye producing at Richmond Recorders in Melbourne. Adrian Jackson of Jazz magazine touted Jones as the "new Melbourne jazz star" in June 1982. The second album, 'Spell', came out in 1983, followed by a new album each year until 'It All Ends in Tears' in 1988. 

Five more albums were produced from 1992 until 1999’s 'Live' recorded at the Basement in Sydney. “The sonic quality here is remarkable for a live album . . . it’s a mystery that Jones isn’t a household name.” Rolling Stone “Vince Jones is living proof that independence is not about genres …. He’s a soulful survivor, with a voice as cool as a long G&T and a repertoire that balances jazz, rock and soul.” Beat Magazine ”

Through the 1990s Vince Jones and his band found success on the European circuit making an impression on reviewers, audiences and promoters. They played to packed houses in Germany, London, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands including the major festivals – the North Sea, Montreux, Aarhus – and a range of more intimate venues.

In 1994, he contributed "A Song for You" for Kate Ceberanos 1994 album, 'Kate Ceberano and Friends'. He has sold more than 200,000 albums worldwide and still tours and performs regularly. Currently he is living on the south coast of New South Wales, on the edge of the Royal National Park, and he teaches part-time at the Canberra School of Music, Australian National University. 



Wednesday, 23 October 2019


The Clefs formed in Adelaide during 1963 as an R&B group by Winston "Tweed" Harris on keyboards. The early line-up included: Garry Love (drums), Denis Marshall (sax), Howard Michael (guitar/bass), Michael Atkins (bass), Dick Richards (guitar). Briefly Pat Aulton joined on co-lead vocals, and he later became a record producer. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, observed, "they became an in-demand dance band on the city's thriving club circuit." Barrie McAskill (ex-Fabulous Drifters) replaced Aulton as co-lead vocalist in 1965. Further lineup changes included Brenton Haye (sax), Tony Shepp (sax), Bob Jeffery (sax), Les Tanner (guitar), Keith Drage (drums), Vinnie Jones (drums), Trevor Pridham (vocals), Glenys Shearman (vocals) and Bev Harrell (vocals). The Clefs played many venues around Adelaide including residencies at the Princeton Club, the Thornton Club and The Miami Club, they also became the resident backing band for a weekly pop T.V. show called “Seventeeners” (ADS Seven).

Harrell left the group and started her solo career, "she was one of the most popular solo singers on the mid-1960s pop scene." Signing to EMI they recorded their first single on the Columbia imprint in 1965, ''March Of The Siamese Children'' taken from the film The King And I, followed by, "I Can Only Give You Everything" and "A Boy Like Me" in 1966. In 1967 the band relocated and stamped their mark on Melbourne’s trendy Dance and Disco scene and appeared regularly on the top T.V. show of the time, Ken Spark’s Komotion, produced at Reg Ansett’s newly formed Channel 0. They also appeared on Bobby & Laurie's Dig We Must.

Some of the many venues the band played at were, The Thumpin Tum, Berties, Sebastian’s, Tenth Avenue, The Winston Charles, Opus, 431, Black & Blue, The Catcher, Show Go, Q Club, Ginza, Show Go, 5th Avenue and Pinocchio’s. Then another lineup change occurred when Vinnie Jones returned to Adelaide and was replaced by Gil Matthews (drums), Bruce Howe, Les Tanner and John Young returned to Adelaide and were replaced by Les Stacpool (guitar), Doug Stirling (bass) and Bob Jeffery (sax). In 1967 Harris quit the Clefs forming the supergroup The Groove, leaving Barrie McAskill to take over the reins and renaming them Levi Smith's Clefs (a reference to Four Tops' lead singer Levi Stubbs).. Tweed Harris (1941–2004) died of throat cancer, aged 63.


Winston “Tweed” Harris (keyboards), Garry Love (drums), Denis Marshall (sax),
Howard Michael (guitar/bass), Michael Atkins (bass), Dick Richards (guitar), 
Pat Aulton (vocals), Brenton Haye (sax), Tony Shepp (sax), Les Tanner (guitar), 
Keith Drage (drums), Vinnie Jones (drums), Trevor Pridham (vocals), Glenys Shearman (vocals), John Young (guitar), Bruce Howe (bass), Barrie McAskill (vocals). Bev Harrell (vocals),
Les Stacpool (guitar), Doug Stirling (bass)



Friday, 11 October 2019


The Premiers formed in 1958 with Stan Azzopardi (guitar), Bobby Cookson (vocals/guitar), Joe Gatt (drums) and Kenny Merandis on tea chest bass. Merandis was replaced by Lee Conway and the band added Colin Jones (sax) and Noel Tresider on piano. The band gradually developed to the stage where they became regulars at dances throughout Melbourne's southern suburbs most notably at the Mordialloc Life Saving Club and Springvale Town Hall. They also backed a lot of singers at gigs including Olivia Newton, Lana Cantrell and The Bee Gees to name a few. Around 1961 Bobby Cookson departed to start a solo career.

Their first experiences in the recording studios was providing accompaniment for Astor label artists like Betty McQuade and old friend Bobby Cookson. In 1963 they cut a single ''Mary Had A Little Lamb'' which was a minor hit on the Melbourne charts. Colin Jones left soon after and was replaced by Ken Semple. They soldiered on for another year before calling it a day. Lee Conway went on to become a very successful a country and western artist. Stan and Noel would later turn up in the Paul McKay Sound.


Mary Had a Little Lamb

2 MAR '63



Monday, 7 October 2019


Christopher James "Chris" Freeman (c. 1950–1992) was an Australian multi-instrumentalist and teacher who specialised in six-string and 12-string guitar for classical and flamenco music. Freeman was taught ukulele by his father when aged seven and learned guitar from the age of eight. He began working on multi-tracking from the age of 16.

Freeman attended Geelong Grammar School in 1966, starting at Timbertop and was in C Unit. He formed the Dementers a three member guitar vocal group with Dale Hollands and Jonathan Gibson. The trio sang occasionally in the Timbertop chapel. Prince Charles attended Timbertop in this year and heard the trio. He owned a placid blue Fender electric guitar at this time and displayed a solid rhythm in performing songs like the Trogg's hit "Wild Thing". He was a capable student, joining to the higher maths classes, and possessed a sharp (sometimes wicked) sense of humour. He was popular with fellow students and teachers. Despite his asthma, he was a determined cross country runner participating in the Marathon school run and compulsory long distance weekend hiking events.

In 1967, when aged 17, Freeman's left hand middle fingertip was severed in a car accident. He had it replaced with a silver one crafted in a playing position. Nicknamed "Silver Finger", he learned to work around the injury using his left hand "only to press down on the strings". At the age of 21 he travelled to Spain and was taught by flamenco guitar virtuoso Manitas de Plata. In 1970 he attended Taylor's Coaching College in Melbourne and during lunch time he and friends would go to Allen's Music to play guitars and sing current Beatle songs. He liked John Lennon's songs such as "Across the Universe". He was never shy when it came to performing music. He drove a white Volkswagen "V" dub and lived in Melbourne's eastern suburbs and started performing at the Green Man coffee shop.

In 1976 he self-financed his debut album, 'Thesilger', (named for the replacement finger) on T. S. F. Records. Mike Daly of The Age felt that Freeman "experimented with quaint effects involving digital harmoniser and distorted vocals – with mixed results". Two years later Freeman followed with 'Shifting Sands... Night & Day'. When performing solo, he used a backing tape with orchestral tracks previously recorded on a Fairlight CMI.

In May 1981, Freeman combined with keyboardist and orchestral arranger John Shaw to issue an album, 'Chris Freeman and John Shaw', independently on Chris Freeman Records and distributed by EMI Records. Aside from his own work he also covered ''Gymnopedie'' by Satie and ''Recuerdos de la Alhambra'' by Tárrega. Daly described this album as "a very different proposition" compared to Freeman's debut: here the "melodies are dominated by his lyrical adaptation of the rich flamenco style". The Sydney Morning Herald's Susan Molloy found it was "of precious quality and outstanding beauty" displaying a variety of styles "from classical to flamenco to rock and roll, from disco to calypso-reggae and soft country rock".

As well as recording and performing Freeman also taught flamenco and classical guitar techniques. In early 1982 he toured with the Peter Stuyvesant International Music Festival. He issued two further albums with Shaw, 'Synthesized Orchestration' (1983) and 'Synthesized Orchestration Vol. 2' (1984). In 1990 Freeman and Shaw compiled their collaborations on CD, 'The Best of Chris Freeman and John Shaw'. The following year he released a solo compilation album, 'Best of Chris Freeman'.

Freeman died in 1992 after an asthma attack. Australian musicologist Ian McFarlane described him as a "gifted multi-instrumentalist" who "garnered considerable praise for his work, but he never embraced the notion of mainstream acceptance".



Thursday, 26 September 2019


Blekbala Mujik were formed in 1986 in the rural community of Barunga (Gulin-Gulin) in central Arnhem Land. The founding member, Peter Miller on vocals and guitar, lives in Alice Springs, and was a member of the Northern Land Council. The band sings partly in English and partly in Kriol, which is a creole language based on English and Australian Aboriginal languages. Blekbala mujik means "blackfella music" in Kriol.

The group signed with Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) and, in 1990, they issued two albums, 'Nitmiluk' and 'Midnait Mujik'. In 1993 they issued a seven-track cassette, 'Come-N-Dance'. In May 1996 they followed with their eponymous full length album, 'Blekbala Mujik', via CAAMA and distributed by Shock Records, which Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described as "a mix of catchy Aboriginal pop, reggae, techno-tribal dance material and bright funky rock." At the ARIA Music Awards of 1996 in September, Blekbala Mujik was nominated for Best Indigenous Release. In June 1997 they issued "Walking Together" as a CD single. In February 2013 they issued a new album, 'We Are One', and followed with a compilation, live album, 'Greatest Hits Live', in September 2014.


Peter Miller (guitar, vocals),  Lazarus Murray (a.k.a. Gulindirriy) (didgeridoo, vocals),
Lachlan Lawrence (bass,vocals),  Johnny Blanasi (guitar),  Michael Havir (keyboards, accordion),
Dwayne Billy (clapsticks),  Jason Fuller (clapsticks, vocals, dancing),  Allen Murphy (drums),
Sammy Bush (vocals),  Ngarritj Ducky (clapsticks)



Monday, 9 September 2019


The Ray Price Quartet was formed in the early 60s in Sydney. Ray Price had been a member of The Port Jackson Jazz Band since 1947. Besides his work as a jazz musician he was also a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra during the 50s as a double bass player. Many famous names passed through the ranks of the band including Col Nolan, Dick Hughes and John Sangster. Signed to CBS their first release was the Sidney Bechet composed ''A Moi De Payer'' which made the top twenty on the charts in 1962. The quartet recorded three albums, 'One Day I Met An African', 'Puff And Others' and 'The History Of Jazz'. In 1965 they charted with the folk song ''Puff The Magic Dragon''. The quartet had a residency at the Adams Hotel's Tavern of the Seas on George Street Sydney for many years. Price died of pseudomonas pneumonia on 5 August 1990 at Redcliffe, Brisbane, and was cremated in Sydney.


Ray Price (banjo), Johnny MacCarthy (clarinet), Dick Hughes (piano), John Costelloe (trombone)
Wally Wickham (bass), Pat Rose (clarinet/sax), John Sangster (trumpet), Col Nolan (keyboards)

A Moi De Payer

28 JUL '62

Puff (The Magic Dragon)

27 FEB '65

Sunday, 1 September 2019


Adelaide band Young Modern was one of Australia’s pioneering power pop/new wave bands of the late 1970s.Vocalist John Dowler formed the band in 1977 (taking their name from a 1960s Adelaide teen magazine) when his previous band, Spare Change, broke up. Combining the musical stylings of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Byrds and The Who, the band decked themselves out in sharp suits, white shirts and black ties, while Dowler sported a superb Brian Jones haircut.

In May 1978 Young Modern recorded an album worth of demo’s before recording a debut single in Melbourne.  ''She’s Got The Money b/w Automatic'' was released in October 1978, but sounded lightweight and lacked the punch of the band’s live shows. It nevertheless remains an Aussie cult classic. The band relocated to Sydney – with Mark Carroll replacing original guitarist Michael Jones – but failed to make an impact on a live music scene still besotted by Radio Birdman, in an environment where Cold Chisel, The Radiators and The Angels reigned supreme.

Young Modern called it a day in July 1979. Dowler moved to Melbourne and formed The Zimmermen in 1983, releasing the killer single ''Don’t Go To Sydney'', no doubt based on first hand experience. Vic Yates and Mark Kohler attempted to keep Young Modern together with new player Peter Laverick (vocals), Peter Hilton (guitar) and Mike Donovan (bass), but the line-up was short-lived. Andrew Richards joined Sydney band The Singles (who released ''That’s Just Someone That I Knew'' in February 1981), while Yates, Kohler and Donovan returned to Adelaide.

The 1978 Young Modern demos were combined with both sides of their single in December 1979 and released as an album entitled 'Play Faster'. In 2006, Dowler reunited Young Modern to cut a new album, 'How Insensitive', which was released the following year; the band went on tour after the album's release, and another reunion jaunt in 2010 resulted in a live album, 'Live at the Grace Emily'.


John Dowler (vocals), Vic Yates (guitar), Michael Jones (guitar), Andrew Richards (bass),
Mark Kohler (drums), Mark Carroll (guitar), Peter Laverick (vocals), Peter Hilton (guitar)
Mike Donovan (bass)



Sunday, 11 August 2019


The Indelible Murtceps were formed in Melbourne in October 1971 by Mike Rudd as a side project for his main group, Spectrum, using the same roster for both bands. The line-up was Ray Arnott on drums, Lee Neale on keyboards, Bill Putt on bass guitar and Rudd on lead guitar, lead vocals and harmonica. With the advent of pub rock Spectrum's lengthy and complex material was precluding bookings on the lucrative local dance and pub circuit. Spectrum were performing in a full concert setting, using a large PA system and light show, sometimes augmented by a dance, performance troupe, The Tribe. They commonly appeared at larger venues, like the T.F. Much Ballroom, and at rock festivals.

Rudd created a performance set of simpler, dance-pop tunes, with a reduced stage set-up, for use by Indelible Murtceps, allowing Spectrum to continue its progressive course while supplementing members' incomes with the more frequent Murtceps gigs. The name 'murtceps' is 'spectrum' written backwards. According to music journalist, Ed Nimmervoll, the Murtceps were "a stripped-back version that could play anywhere and often." Susan Moore of The Australian Women's Weekly recalled that Spectrum's "music was often regarded as 'progressive' and more for listening purposes, which didn't please dance audiences too much. So the band developed an alter ego which they called the Indelible Murtceps, who turned up when a dance band was required." 

In January 1972 they appeared at the inaugural Sunbury Pop Festival, with Spectrum providing a separate set. Three live tracks by the Indelible Murtceps, "We are Indelible", "Be My Honey" and "But that's Alright", were issued on a various artists live album of the concert, Sunbury. They were one of three bands featured on a short film, Australian Colour Diary, No.43: 3 Directions in Australian (1972), directed by Peter Weir, which provided "a sample of three trends in recent Australian pop music".

During that year Murtceps recorded their debut album, 'Warts Up Your Nose', at Armstrong's Studios with Howard Gable as producer; it was released on 20 January 1973. Most tracks have satirical, scatological and sexual themes. According to Duncan Kimball of Milesago website the centrepiece is Rudd's epic 13-minute ode to marijuana, "Some Good Advice". The album was packaged in a brown cardboard cover, intended to evoke the plain brown wrapper traditionally associated with pornographic publications. By May 1972 they had released their debut single, "Esmeralda", which (like the song "Rene" by The Small Faces) was a light hearted ode to a prostitute. The single version was different from the album version. It peaked at No. 36 on the Go-Set National Top 40.

In September 1972 Neale had a nervous breakdown and left, he was replaced by John Mills on keyboards. Neale left the music industry. The Indelible Murtceps released a second single, "Indelible Shuffle", from the album in June. Ahead of the single, in March, Arnott announced he was leaving both groups and Rudd decided they would play their final gig at the Dallas Brooks Hall on 15 April 1973. The performance appeared on the double live album, 'Terminal Buzz' (December 1973), which was credited to both Indelible Murtceps and Spectrum. Mills, Putt and Rudd co-founded a new group, Ariel; while Arnott joined Mighty Kong. Bill Putt died in 2013. Lee Neale died in 2019.


Mike Rudd (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Bill Putt (bass), Ray Arnott (drums), Lee Neale (keyboards)
John Mills (keyboards)


20 MAR '72




Monday, 22 July 2019


Fat Daddy were formed in the mid 70s in Melbourne. The band were big favourite on the Sharpie scene. They were known to wear face masks for live performances: ''We used to wear these grotesque masks. We were anti the whole pretty boy/satin/Sherbet thing. We wanted to be the ugliest band in the world..."(Max Vella). The band signed to the Bootleg label and released two singles in 1976. The first single ''Roll Daddy Roll'' was a no-nonsense-straight-ahead boogie piece followed by the rockin' ''Fat Funky Rock n Roll''.  The band later merged with Ken Murdoch (Ex Taste; also on the Bootleg label) and became Texas. Texas were pretty big on the live scene from 1976-79 and released a few singles and an album in a rockin’ bluesy ZZ Top style.


Max Vella (guitar/vocals/harp), Mick Stillo (bass), Carl Stanley (drums), Tony Catz (guitar/vocals)

Tuesday, 2 July 2019


One of the first ska bands formed in Australia, No Nonsense came out of Melbourne. No Nonsense emerged from an early ska band called Dicky Moron and the Rude Boys, which had a name change from Dicky Moron and the Four Skins. Both bands were fronted by lead singer Richard Bruce. It is debated whether other Melbourne ska band, Strange Tenants or No Nonsense was formed first, but either way it seems there was only a couple of months between both bands forming in 1981. After a year and a half as purely a live band, No Nonsense ventured into the studio, emerging with their first EP, 'Utter Nonsense'. The EP (although admittedly of poor quality) sold over six thousand copies on the Man Made label which then gained the attention of EMI records which then took over the contract and re released the EP to a wider audience then selling another seven thousand copies. Eventually giving up their day jobs and turning pro, the band released their first proper EP, 'A Round Tuit' which was produced by Little River Band guitarist David Briggs. The EP featured two of their own compositions and a version of the theme from the 1970s Hawaii Five-O TV series. 

No Nonsense played mainly at venues of the early 1980s Melbourne ska scene like the Aberdeen Hotel (an old hotel in Fitzroy later to be renamed the Loaded Dog). They toured Sydney playing at The Manzill Room, Mona Vale Hotel, Sydney Trade Union Club, The San Miguel (with The Allniters) plus other NSW venues. The band also featured at the 3XY Rocktober concert in 1984 playing on the same bill as Skyhooks, Uncanny X-Men, Australian Crawl and Richard Clapton. No Nonsense would eventually release a single "Simple Needs" in 1985 which would achieve little, and the band would then undergo further line up changes, culminating in their eventual demise in 1986.


Richard Bruce (vocals), Rod McQueen (guitar), Morris Argiro (bass), Peter Bonett (keyboards),
Tony Walton (sax), Graham Sullivan (sax), Tommy McEwan (drums), 
Laurence Maddy (keyboards, trombone)

Sunday, 23 June 2019


Rick and The Bad Boys formed in the mid 60s comprising of bass player Peter Snerling, drummer Barry ‘Butch’ McClause, guitarists Bob Gunn and Kim Humphreys plus singer Rick Suey. Initially the band was called The Loose Ends and played songs by the Stones, Easybeats, Missing Links, Kinks, The Who, Pretty Things and the odd obligatory Beatles tune. The band beat The Precious Few (later to gain fame as Heart & Soul) in a play off for a residency at the Turramurra Teen Tavern on Sydney’s upper North Shore.

After the Turramaurra Teen Tavern residency finished the band opened their own venue The Folk Nest, an empty store room above a Hornsby coffee shop. The Folk Nest opened Saturday nights from 7 through to 10 pm. About four months later the cafe’s lease was not renewed and the Folk Nest became just another forgotten by-line in the history pages of North Shore Rock & Roll. The band continued to run their own dances at The Chatswood Town Hall and occasionally played The Lindfield Laundromat and The Beach House, Surf City’s sister venue in Elizabeth Street in the Sydney CBD.

Nat Kipner in conjunction with Ossie Bryne (St Clair studio operator) signed them to their newly formed Down Under record label. They immediately insisted on a spruced up image, a cleaner pop sound and a name change to Rick & The Bad Boys, all their other signings receiving rebranding of a similar nature featuring their lead vocalist’s name out front.. Gino and The Affair, Kevin Bible & The Book, Steve & The Board, Derek’s, Accent, and the list went on.

The band recorded ''Bad Boy/Listen'' in 1966 and it went nowhere; however, the record is now much sought after collectable. In 2007 a copy sold on E Bay for $106.00! Rick & The Bad Boys managed one TV appearance, a pre recorded episode of the ABC’s national 6pm pop culture program Be Our Guess but the episode never went to air.


Peter Snerling (bass), Barry ‘Butch’ McClause (drums), Bob Gunn (guitar), Kim Humphreys (guitar), Rick Suey (vocals), Peter Jaeggle (drums)



Friday, 14 June 2019


Johnny Nicol is a jazz singer/guitarist born in Ayr, Queensland. He began his career in 1958 as a member of The Maori Troubadours and recorded an album, 'A Little This, A Little That', with them. He then went on to perform in on the Gold Coast then in Italy, Las Vegas and throughout England, then on a cruise ship between New York and the Bahamas. Later he proved very popular in South-east Asia. He returned to Australia in 1969, and in 1972 hosted an ABC Radio music show in which he introduced emerging talent Renee Geyer to a wider audience.

He featured in a band with Col Nolan called The Col Nolan Soul Syndicate, which released the 'Live at Jason's' LP in 1973. Following that he released a solo album, 'Touch of Blue' (Phonogram, 1975). Nicol has since released four more solo albums, two CDs and a DVD.

With Col Nolan he opened the Australian tours for such greats as Benny Goodman's last tour and also the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ). Johnny also performed on the American bases throughout Southeast Asia in the early-1970s. Jazz legends Don Burrows and Bob Barnard both name Nicol as their favourite Australian jazz singer. Johnny Nicol is still performing along the eastern seaboard of Australia. He is now based in the Cairns area. 

Saturday, 8 June 2019


June and Lew Smith migrated to Australia in 1961 making their home in Melbourne. Their decision to migrate was assisted by an English musician friend, Eric Jupp, who in the late 1960s hosted a popular music program on national ABC TV.  In Melbourne with Lew working as a musician and librarian, June had a full-time vocation looking after the four children. However she still found time to join a pop band of the day called Division Five with a three-night-per-week residency and a repertoire including tunes by Janis Joplin and Creedence Clearwater Revival. With Lew later joining the band it was renamed Maximum Load and enjoyed a three night-per-week residency at the Beaumaris Hotel that was to last three years.

Signed to the W&G label the band released its first single in 1971 ''Riding Through the Dandenong Ranges'' which surprisingly charted locally. The follow up singles didn't fare so well. In 1973 they released their self titled album 'Maximum Load'. The LP highlighted June Smith's powerhouse vocals and the band's versatility in jazz and other genre's, which was a far cry from the two novelty singles that they released previously. In 1973 Maximum Load disbanded when June and Lew moved to Perth. June Smith died in 2016 a much loved artist of the Western Australian jazz scene.


June Smith (vocals/trumpet) Lew Smith (flute/sax/clarinet/vocals) John Grunden (bass)
David Evans (keyboards) Ken Vatcher (drums) Peter McKay (keyboards)

Riding Through the Dandenong Ranges

6 MAR '72

Sunday, 2 June 2019


Wil Greenstreet (Billy Green) was born in Leidschendam, Netherlands and was named Wilhelmus Arnoldus Maria Groenewegen. In 1943 The Netherlands was under German occupation and the family was hiding from the Nazis in their attic. His father died shortly after the war in 1949 and in 1952 when he was 9-years-old, the family moved to Australia. Initially, they lived in Orange, NSW until 1955 when his mother remarried which resulted in a move to Harbord (renamed Freshwater in 2008) Sydney. Wil started playing guitar when he was around 13. By the time he turned 14, he had his own acoustic guitar. It was called a Nightingale Jackaroo; painted on it was a Cowboy sitting by a campfire boiling his billy on an open fire. It cost him £18.

In the late 50s, Wil joined his first band called Bix Bryant and the Raiders. They played at a weekly Friday night dance at the Brookvale Theatre in Sydney. He was 15-16 years of age and at that point was already calling himself  Billy Green. The band released some singles which were recorded at Festival Records in Pyrmont. ''Nature Boy'' by Eden Ahbez was also recorded for Festival Records. That track and a few others got a fair amount of airplay on Sydney radio. Bix Bryant left the band and they became known just as The Raiders. The band ended up playing at the Bondi Royal Hotel six nights a week and Saturday afternoons. By that time they had gone through several singers.

One Sunday afternoon at home in Bondi, Sydney, Billy heard a band playing on the beach. It was Roland Storm and the Statesmen and that’s where he met Duncan McGuire. Duncan was playing bass with them and they were looking for a replacement guitar player. Billy and Duncan hit it off really well and eventually started their own band called The Epics. From 1960 - 64 The Epics played many Sydney venues mainly Surf City in Kings Cross. The band was signed to the EMI label and released two singles, ''Caravan/Around And About'' and '' Too Late/Please Tell'' (''Around And About'' and ''Too Late'' both written by Green).

In the mid 60s, Rory Thomas joined the band, playing Hammond B3, trumpet, and sax as did drummer Bill Flemming. Renaming themselves The Questions they landed a regular gig at the Canopus Room, a Miller’s Hotel on Manly Beach. They played The Canopus six nights and Saturday afternoons for about two and a half years. They had already released an album, 'What Is a Question?' (November 1966) when a young singer named Doug Parkinson came and sang in one of their Wednesday night talent quests. After hearing him sing they hired Doug to join the band. The Questions recorded their first single with Parkinson out front, ''Sally Go Round The Roses'' which went top 40 nationally.

Right before the 1969 Battle of the Sounds, Rory Thomas quit the band to further his music studies at Berkelee School of Music in Boston, USA, rendering the band a four-piece group. Also by that time Johnny Dick had joined on drums. During that year the band moved to Melbourne and renamed itself Doug Parkinson In Focus. The recording output was quite prolific and the band produced some very fine 45s. Green wrote many of those songs including ''Then I Run'', ''Baby Blue Eyes'', ''Pour Out All You Got'', ''Without You'', ''Caroline'', ''This Must Be The End'' and Purple Curtains''. The band had two top ten hit singles in 1969, ''Dear Prudence'', (a Beatles cover) and the double sided hit ''Without You/Then I Run''. They disbanded in 1970 when Johnny Dick and Doug Parkinson took off to the UK with Vince Maloney (guitar) and Teddy Toi (bass). They started a band there called Fanny Adams and came back to Australia to go on tour and record an LP.

McGuire and Green formed the short lived group Rush with Mal McGee (Python Lee Jackson) on vocals, Kevin Murphy on drums, and Steve Yates on keyboards. After two failed gigs Rush disbanded. Michael Browning and Peter Andrews managed Rush. Peter Andrews was really into Green's compositions. Peter decided that Green should go solo and record a single. He went to EMI studios in Sydney and recorded his version of ''This Must Be the End'' playing all the instruments and singing. Moving to Melbourne, he recorded ''My Name Is Earl'', a pseudo-country tune at Armstrong Studios. It got a fair amount of promo from EMI but never took off! Sometime later Gerry and the Joyband recorded ''My Name Is Earl'', and it did reasonably well. Green produced that session for Gerry.

In 1974 Green wrote the soundtrack for the Ozploitation Biker-Psych Cult Classic, 'Stone'. Previously he had worked on the scores for several small movie sound-tracks including a segment for a movie called Libido (directed by Tim Burstall) and a few tracks on the surfing movie Getting Back To Nothing, a film dealing with the 1970 World Surfing Championships held in May at Bell's Beach, Victoria.

In 1974 after the Stone music soundtrack was all recorded and the movie was released, the musicians that Green had hired for the project announced that they wanted to form a band. They wanted him to keep writing material like that and add a few other players. So, in addition to Graham Morgan on drums, Barry Sullivan (Big Goose) on bass, and Peter Jones on keyboards, they got Mal Logan on keyboards and Keith Sterling on trumpet. This was a true “super group” – no doubt about it and he named it Sanctuary. The band rehearsed for about a month. They gigged at Bertie’s, and the crowd loved it. The band's management suggested that they add a singer for more commercial appeal. Renee Geyer was recruited on vocals. The band didn't last very long because half of the members wanted to go on tour, and the other half wanted to stay put!

In 1975 Billy Green booked his trip to the USA and he has lived there ever since. Green changed his name to Wil Greenstreet and since his arrival in the USA he has formed many versions of his Greenstreet band. The first incarnation was in Houston, Texas, in 1977 playing all his original tunes. He also had a jazz trio in New York under the same name. In 1981 Greenstreet moved to Los Angeles and did a quick trip back to Australia to see family and do a recording with Doug Parkinson, ''You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling''. On his flight back to the USA, he decided that he would take up the sax. Being a huge fan of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter etc he decided that's he wanted to do. Practising for hours every day he was playing professional gigs within two years. Over the last 20 years Green has released a number of albums.

Greenstreet states: I have played in so many situations and with so many great players along the way. I’ve had many versions of the Greenstreet band – duos, trios, quartets, and larger. Lots of times, though, I played solo gigs, and that is actually my favourite way of playing. I love the freedom of it. We lived in Austin, Texas, for ten years (1991 - 2001), and for a long time while there I played solo sax in the street as a busker. From that playing in the street, I was hired to play in a very classy outdoor restaurant, called Mozart, right on the edge of Town Lake. It was during my stint there that I really refined my solo style. At the same time I played a sax and drums duo called Acquaviva, and we played very free jazz. In addition, I had a great funk band called Talk Is Cheap, playing all original sax-lead tunes; we played all the jazz clubs in Austin. It was a great band to dance to.


Wil Greenstreet

Thursday, 23 May 2019


Paul Marks sailed from the UK to Perth in 1956 with a head full of blues and spirituals he’d heard on radio and in the jazz clubs of London. A few months later he moved to Melbourne, began teaching himself guitar and quickly became friends with local jazz musicians like Frank Traynor, Len Barnard and Mookie Herman, bass player with The Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band (MNOJB).

He soon formed a skiffle group with the rhythm section of the MNOJB and the Paul Marks Folk Singing Group, as it would become known, began performing in between sets by the larger MNOJB group. Skiffle never really took off in Australia like it did in the UK and soon Marks was introducing more traditional blues and spirituals into the repertoire. A successful Saturday residency at the Esquire Club in Glen Iris in 1958 established the groups popularity and a handful of recordings on the Swaggie record label followed.

In 1960 he began performing solo shows at the Reata restaurant and these quickly became popular with the crowds from the emerging folk music scene. Marks accompanied the MNOJB on a hectic tour to the UK and Europe in 1961-62 and ended up returning before the rest of the group and resuming his solo shows. His 1963 album 'Sings Blues and Spirituals' was recorded at the Little Reata restaurant and captures Marks in full voice and playing his own distinctive brand of Piedmont blues. Not long afterwards the frantic lifestyle of continuous gigging began to catch up with him and he moved to Sydney hoping things would be better. He performed at many Sydney folk clubs and made appearances on music shows like Dave’s Place before quitting music altogether in the mid 1960s.

Paul Marks gave many people their first taste of the blues in a live setting. He influenced a wave of artists like Margret Roadknight, Judith Durham, Dutch Tilders and Donald Hirst (of R&B group The Spinning Wheels) who within a few years would all be performing their own brands of blues as the form exploded in popularity into the 1960s.



Tuesday, 14 May 2019


Cole Paterson born in 1949 has been in the music industry since the early 60s. He started out as a bass player/vocalist with The Main Theme. He left that band and become a vocalist for The Nimrods around 1964. In 1966 he became a member of The Four a five piece rock band that played at all the famous Melbourne clubs including The Thumping Tum, Opus and The Pink Elephant. In 1968 the group disbanded and he joined Molten Hue. Soon after Cole formed Cole Paterson's People. He constantly toured Australia with the Ivan Dayman/ Sunshine Records Stable of Stars interspersed with TV shows ,cruise ships and USA, Europe and Asia tours with minor recording success.

In 1978 he released 'Beautiful Alternative' on the Laser/RCA label. The album was produced by Mario Milo. His video clip ''Marmaduke'' shown on Sounds Unlimited and Countdown was directed by Russell Mulcahy (best known for his work with The Saints, Dragon, Duran Duran, Elton John etc) and helped him to gain MTV exposure for the USA 84 Thunder From Down Under tour and went top 20 in several locations/countries. In 1982 after much harassment due to his triple gold single/anthem ''Bong On Aussie'', he moved to the USA and hosted and co-produced a cable TV show ''People Places and Paterson'' and Variety I/L the Reel Spice of Life. That show ran for seven years on prime time across 28 states and 80 million audience.

Cole's recorded works and two books (Thoughts as Thought 1 and 2) were placed in Australia's National Sound Archives in Canberra and have been augmented with several works since. Cole still performs with Sydney's Manik Rok and, as a solo act on ships and in clubs and resorts in Australia and Asia and currently hosts and produces a Youtube/cable nostalgic Variety show into aged care facilities called the HAPPY HOUR whilst also producing TV commercials for the group.


Cole Paterson

Thursday, 2 May 2019


Husband and wife team Lyn and Graham McCarthy were among the earliest players on the Adelaide folk scene; they took their neo-Nina & Frederik-style act to England in 1963. So successful did it prove during a two month tour of Scotland that the couple opted to turn professional and they became fixtures on the London folk club circuit (making more than three hundred radio and TV appearances, and four LPs). Their first album, 'Way Up from Down Under' (1966), teamed Australian songs like ''The Wild Colonial Boy'' and ''The Overlanders'' with such perennials as ''Fare Thee Well'' and ''The Times They Are A-Changin''. The McCarthys’ subsequent releases contained increasingly middle-of-the-road material, much of it written by Lyn, but Graham did record an album of 'Best-Loved Folk Songs 'in Adelaide – backed by Rob McCarthy and Phil Cunneen – when the pair returned home in the 1970s.


Thursday, 25 April 2019


Xanadu was formed in the 60s in Queensland town Bundaberg. The band was made up of three family members, Claire, Don and Barrie Morrison, from a sugarcane farm at Moore Park Beach, Wayne Anderson, also from a sugar cane farm at North Gooburrum, and Chris Button, whose parents lived in Bundaberg. Jeff Askew, secretary of the Official Xanadu Fan Club, said that in 1967, after performing at the Federal Hotel in Bundaberg, as well as around the Bundaberg district for a number of years, the group left on an extensive tour of Australia's eastern seaboard. "They finally ended up in Sydney where they quickly made a name for themselves, appearing on many Sydney TV stations as well as on the national entertainment show at that time, Brian Henderson's Bandstand," Mr Askew said. "On this show the group performed their second single titled Isabella''. They recorded initially on the Polydor label.

In May 1971 the band signed on for a seven-month tour of Allied bases in Vietnam. Australian bands sponsored by the Australian government spent no more than 14 days in Vietnam, and then performed only to Anzacs based in and around Nui Dat and Vung Tau. Xanadu, however, travelled the length and breadth of the country, from the DMZ out to the Cambodian border, and down into the Mekong Delta. Their bass player, Barrie Morrison, was just 16, while the oldest member of the group, Wayne Anderson, had his 21st birthday in Vietnam. "After Vietnam, Xanadu travelled to Thailand where they soon had a massive following, and even enjoyed their own television show on Bangkok TV3," Mr Askew said. "While in Thailand the group were asked by Bee Gee Maurice Gibb to go to the UK. This they did via a few weeks in Singapore."

In Europe the group enjoyed massive success in Germany, Holland and Belgium. For the next decade Xanadu toured, recorded or rubbed shoulders with many of the greats of that era - The Bee Gees, The Sex Pistols, Marc Bolan of T.Rex - who recorded his last hit record ''I Love to Boogie'' in the Xanadu-owned London studio, Decibel. Guitarist and vocalist Chris Button was killed in a beach buggy accident in the late 1970s. By 1982 the band had gone their separate ways and all had returned to Australia. In 2003 Group members were awarded the Vietnam Logistical and Support Medal by the Australian Government for their valued work in Vietnam. Drummer Don Morrison died in 2019.


Claire Morrison (vocals/keyboards), Don Morrison (drums), Barrie Morrison (bass),
Wayne Anderson (vocals/guitar), Chris Button (guitar), Dave Atkins (keyboards)



Thursday, 18 April 2019


Electronic rock band Gulf Klub formed in Cairns, Nth Queensland in the early 80s. Moving to Sydney they recorded a single ''What's Cooking'' on the Vi-Nil label. Geoffrey Stapleton (The Aliens, GANGgajang) produced it. I have no other information about this band


Barry McDowall (vocals, guitar), Vic Da Mowa (bass, vocals), Andre Leu (keyboards, vocals), 
Greg Anderson (drums, drum programming) 

Tuesday, 9 April 2019


Affections were formed in Sydney in the late 70’s by Rob Smith and Rob Risio on guitars and bass player George Ellis. The trio soon recruited drummer Greg Tolhurst and vocalist Wayne Hammonds to complete the line-up. Their early gigs were mainly school dances and parties playing covers of classic 60’s tunes. The band soon realised they needed to play their own songs if people were going to take notice. Impressed by the raw power and energy of bands like The Ramones and Generation X, The Affections were excited about the idea of playing a more powerful guitar based brand of pop. With the emergence of bands such as Cheap Trick, The Motors and The Romantics, the local scene was ready for a home-grown power pop outfit to match.

After entering and the state final of a “Battle of the Bands”(a competition held by rock & roll radio station 2SM) and finishing a respectable third, the band began to stir interest amongst local record companies and promoters who could sense they had something special. After hearing some early home demos, producer Jim Manzie (ex Ol’ 55) offered to pay for some demos at Sydney’s Trafalgar Studios.The sessions produced four tracks: ''Little by Little'' (later released as a B side), ''Heartbreaker Girl'', ''16’s My Lucky Number'' and ''This is Love''.

The band signed with fledgling Sydney label Deluxe Records. With artists such as INXS and The Dugites on its roster Deluxe boss Michael Browning (ex AC/DC) saw the band as Australia’s next Easybeats. With the departure of original drummer Greg Tolhurst, the band recruited drummer Brad Robinson (Just Die Young). In between touring and supporting bands such as The Angels, Dragon, Cold Chisel, and Mental As Anything, they soon found themselves back in the studio, recording their first single ''This is Love''. Released in mid 1982, the single gained modest airplay up and down the east coast of Australia as the band kept touring and building its growing fan base. Unfortunately their record label failed to deliver what was earlier promised and eventually folded. The individual band members, disillusioned with the endless grind of touring, decided to break up and go their separate ways. The band reformed around 2001 and in 2013 released their long awaited album, 'Prolonged Adolescence'. It included new recordings of 'This is love'' and ''Little by Little'' plus 11 other tracks. 


Wayne Hammonds (vocals), Rob Smith (guitar), Rob Risio (guitar), George Ellis (bass),
Greg Tolhurst (drums), Brad Robinson (drums)