The Jukes formed in 1979 with Ray Vanderby on keyboards (ex Blackfeather, Band of Light), Mick Radatti on bass, drummer Bill Britton and New Zealand guitarist Colin Bailey. The band signed with record label Result Records and released an EP titled 'The Top of the Class' (1980) with another band The Motivaters adding two tracks. ''(Thought I'd) Let You Know'' and ''We All Know By Now''.
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Friday, 9 October 2020
German-born Uwe Stengel studied European classical and jazz traditions before coming to Australia on tour in the 1960s. He was profoundly influenced by meeting Dizzy Gillespie as a teenager, and took the band name from a Gillespie composition. He formed Manteca a jazz-fusion band in 1973 on the east coast. The band toured nationally.In the late 70s Stengel moved to Western Australia to form a second version of the band. Manteca became one of Perth's hottest tickets with its (up to) 11 musicians. The band sold out the Old Melbourne and Windsor hotels, took full-page ads in the daily press and featured on national TV. In 1980, Manteca won the Radio 6iX WA Masters of Music Award and the following year featured in a 10-part ABC television series: Manteca In Concert.
Thursday, 17 September 2020
Louis Tillett (piano/vocals), Damien Lovelock (guitar/vocals), Brett Myers (guitar/vocals)
Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Formed originally in Sydney as a three-piece by Keith Claringbold (guitar and vocals), Phil Robinson (bass and vocals) and Stuart Hooper (drums) in the early 80s, The Sets were the first for a time the only mod band in town, but the band really came into their own when they were joined by brothers Gary and Don Hosie. “The Sets were not 60s revivalists,” explained Gary. “We simply took the fashion and music of the mod era as a starting point; we weren’t trying to recreate anything”. “I thought the clothes were great because you could wear them to a gig and then go and have a drink at the Hilton – you looked sharp enough to go anywhere”.
When they disbanded, Keith Claringbold moved on to another Sydney mod band, The Introverts, and several members went on to other, more successful, bands: Gary Hosie with The Mustard Club, Donald Hosie with R&B band Stupidity, and Phil Robinson as bass player with The Cockroaches. The Sets reformed in 2010 and released an album 'Another Generation' in 2011.Tragically, Don Hosie was killed in a motor vehicle accident at Easter 2000 while driving to Sydney from Mudgee. He was only 42.
Gary Hosie (vocals), Don Hosie (vocals), Andy Vaughan (guitar), Phil Robinson (bass),
Stuart Hooper (drums), Mark Fitzgerald (drums), Rob Turner (guitar), Keith Pickering (bass),
Keith Claringbold (guitar), Chris Vaughan (guitar), John Voulgourakis (drums),
Hans Boss (drums), Phil Manzil (drums)
Sunday, 23 August 2020
Sunday, 9 August 2020
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Sidewinder toured widely in Australia, playing in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth and many regional centers. They attracted a loyal band of followers, especially in hometown Melbourne. Due to the heavy touring commitments and a failure to secure a recording contract, Lee left to form another band with the same name. New members were Chris Barker, Rick Rankin, Tony Thornton and Steve Walsh. Lee disbanded this group soon after, following an offer to join Dragon (minus Marc Hunter). Although no Sidewinder album was released, recordings were made at EMI in Sydney and four track recordings of a number of live performances. Another unrelated Australian band called Sidewinder was formed in Canberra in 1991 by brothers Nick and Martin Craft.
Friday, 3 July 2020
Brian Mooney was born in Peak Hill, NSW in 1930. As the youngest boy of an Irish family living in Hay NSW and later in Sydney he was deeply influenced by the stories and songs by his Dublin born mother. During the years he worked in QLD and sang for his work mates in the pubs, his experiences as a cane cutter and fruit packer gave added meaning to his songs of the working man while his continued involvement in and increasing knowledge of Irish history and folk stories gave a depth of his understanding of the Irish songs he loves.
Mooney taught himself the guitar in his late 20s and his full time singing started in the late 50s. He cut his first album 'Moreton Bay (And Other Songs, Mainly Of Convict Origin)' in 1960 with other folkies, Martyn Wyndham-Read and David Lumsden. In 1965 a second album followed, 'Will Ye Go Lassie Go?' with Glen Tomasetti and Martyn Wyndham-Read. His third album, this being a solo effort was titled 'Brian Mooney Sings Irish Songs' and was released soon after.
Thursday, 18 June 2020
Short-lived Melbourne band Quinn, was formed in 1969 by Mike Edwards and Ross Hannaford after Party Machine broke up when Ross Wilson went to on join Procession in the UK. Recruiting Barry Windley (ex Chessman and Cherokees) on drums and Steve Edwards on bass they were managed by David Flint of Thumping Tum fame. Together for about 18 months they gigged around Melbourne and appeared on all the usual pop TV shows. Their only release was a cover of Bob Dylan's “Mighty Quinn” on the Festival label which was also an Australian hit for British band Manfred Mann ((#8 on the national chart). They disbanded when Wilson returned to Australia and recruited Hannaford to form Daddy Cool. Ross Hannaford died on 8 March 2016 aged 65 from cancer; he had been diagnosed with the condition a year earlier.
Mike Edwards (guitar/trumpet/sax/flute/vocals), Steve Edwards (bass),
Ross Hannaford (guitar/vocals), Barry Windley (drums)
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
The band went to Prague in 1947 to the World Youth Festival, sponsored by the Eureka Youth League, whose hall in North Melbourne they used as a weekly night club, The Uptown Club. By their return in 1948 they were widely known in Europe and had sparked a jazz-for-dancing movement in the UK. Roger’s infectious playing and singing were very much part of the success of the tour. A three-month ABC tour of all states consolidated the band’s reputation. They again visited Europe and the UK in October 1950.
Monday, 18 May 2020
After one more single for Festival he decided to return to Toowoomba where he opened a recording studio. In the 70s he formed The Peter Wright Revival which toured Australia extensively and became the opening act for Johnny O'Keefe on many of his shows. Later in the 70s he became a solo performer recording albums and singles on the M7, Cam and Sundown labels. Peter Wright died in 2014.
Thursday, 7 May 2020
Declan James Affley (8 September 1939 – 27 June 1985) was an Australian folk singer and musician.
Affley was born in Cardiff, Wales, to working-class Catholic parents of Irish descent. As a child, he learned to play the clarinet and picked up some Irish songs from his father. At age 16, he joined the British Merchant Navy and travelled to Japan and Australia, where he jumped ship in 1959 to find work on coastal ships based in Sydney. At a harbourside pub, the Royal George, he discovered the Sydney Push and joined its folksinging scene, which had links with other establishments in Melbourne.
Affley became a regular performer at the Troubadour Coffee Lounge in Sydney and later at Frank Traynor's Folk Club, Melbourne, leading to appearances at many other venues and folk festivals. Affley participated as a singer in an award-winning ABC television documentary, `The Restless Years’ (1966), which presented Australian history through songs, stories and poetry. In 1972 he accompanied Peter O’Shaughnessy and Marian Henderson to Ireland to perform a dramatised stage version at the Dublin Theatre Festival. He also played small parts in several films including Peter Weir's The Last Wave, and Richard Lowenstein's Strikebound, of which he was musical director. He recorded two albums, 'The Rake And Rambling Man' with Mike Ball in 1967 and 'The Day The Pub Burned Down' in 1970.
Friday, 24 April 2020
Tuesday, 21 April 2020
Born in the small town of Taralga near Goulburn in 1942, the Terry Gordon story began at age five when his dad took him to see the Tex Morton Wild West Show which passed through the town. It was enough to set the wild-eyed youngster on a determined, unswerving ambition to become a country music star. By age 16, he was already playing guitar in a band and in his early 20s, he was a solo performer on the Sydney club circuit. Since beginning his recording career, he has released more than 25 CDs.
Terry learned his stage craft touring with the Seekers, Tom T Hall, Slim Dusty, Col Elliott, Normie Rowe, Jade Hurley and Wally the Worker to name just some. His TV experience extends from Bandstand, Six O’clock Rock through to morning/midday shows, late night variety programs and his own nightly television show out of Tamworth “Must Be Country”. In 1995 Terry was invited to appear at the Hodag Country Music Festival in Wisconsin, USA along with Willie Nelson, Clint Black, George Jones, Bobby Bare and a host of American country music legends.
Friday, 10 April 2020
Peter Maxworthy (guitar), Bill Flemming (drums)
Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Dean "Rocky" Page was born at Kadina South Australia on May 10, 1928. Rocky's parents had a mixed farm and in 1932 his father passed away and the family moved to a dairy farm at Wallaroo. Rocky helped with the milking before and after school. Rocky volunteered for all the circuses and travelling concert shows in the hope of getting a ticket to the show. In 1939 his mother moved to Crafers in the Adelaide Hills where Rocky completed his education. Rocky's step father, George Westly, was a talented musician on the accordion and mouth organ and taught Rocky to play these instruments. Rocky was greatly influenced by Wilf Carter, Tex Morton and the Carter Family when he listened to them on the radio. Rocky's first job was delivering meat and mail around the Adelaide Hills on horseback - rain, hail or shine.
It was in the early 1940's that Rocky met radio personality, Uncle Bert Wooley, who gave him a guitar that he brought back from France and taught Rocky to play. Bert was a fine entertainer. Rocky and Bert performed in many shows around Adelaide.In the late 1940's Rocky appeared on many radio stations, Mel Cameron's Radio Canteen 5DN, Bob Fricker's Mountain Music 5AD, The Tivoli Shows and Good Friday Appeals. Rocky made his first custom record in 1947 at 5AD. He also taught music at the Adelaide College of Music.
In 1951 he moved to Berri and continued to teach for the Adelaide College of Music. Every Riverland town and charity organisation benefited by the "Rocky Page School of Music Shows". In 1956 Rocky toured with Stan and Kitty Gill around Australia in their rodeo and circus. At the close of this tour in Melbourne, Rocky met Les Partel and as partners had many joint ventures in show business and recorded as the Whitman Brothers. Rocky appeared on television in Melbourne many times on Channels 9 and 7 and on Radio 3DB. The Rocky Page Show was playing to packed houses everywhere, with top artists, Tex Barnes, Ian Castles, Les Partel, Isobel Denmead and Ken Warne.
In 1957 Rocky had a weekly radio programme that played on 5RM (Berri), 3TR (Sale), 3CV (Maryborough) and 7HT (Hobart).
In 1961 Rocky undertook a two month tour in Tasmania with the Slim Dusty Show and Rocky recorded for Hadley Records in Launceston with Slim, Joy and Barry Thornton backing. The next six years Rocky spent working with Frank Foster on most capital city show grounds with great artists such as Lonnie Lee, Slim Dusty, Chad Morgan, Lionel Long, Johnny Chester, Johnny Devlin, Johnny O'Keefe and Normie Rowe. In early 1967 Rocky performed a lightning tour with the Johnny Young Spectacular. Later that year Rocky joined the Slim Dusty Show for a complete tour of Australia which in Rocky's own words were very happy and exciting times. In 1968 Rocky again toured with Slim and Joy with regular appearances on Reg Lindsay's Country and Western Hour television show in Adelaide.
Monday, 23 March 2020
After the demise of Ariel in 1977, Mike Rudd moved into promotion and production for a time. He produced the debut album for Newcastle bands Daniel and Jab and demos for Jane Clifton (ex-Melbourne band Stiletto). In 1979 Rudd and ex Ariel band members Bill Putt and Tony Slavich formed Mike Rudd & The Heaters. The band signed to Mushroom Records and issued its debut single, ''Australian Girl'' in early 1980. In May 1980 the band became a four piece with Tony Fossey and Robert Dillon joining. The Heaters played a mix of pub rock and pop and were popular on the Melbourne and Adelaide scene. They toured the country and appeared on Countdown and Hey Hey Its Saturday and played in front of 40,000 people at the Myer Music Bowl for the Mushroom Evolution Concert. The band's debut album, 'The Unrealist , produced three singles, ''I'm an Animal'', ''Laser Love'' and ''Love Comes and Goes''. The records were not successful and The Heaters broke up in June 1982.
Mike Rudd (vocals/harmonica/guitar), Bill Putt (bass), Tony Slavich (keyboards),
Tony Fossey (keyboards), Robert Dillon (drums)
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
The Hergs had a constant stream of gigs both in Melbourne and regional Victoria. During their time in Melbourne they recorded two tracks at Armstrong Studios that never saw the light of day because manager Geoff Edelston didn't pay the studio costs. One of those songs ''Three Jolly Dwarfs'' ended up being recorded by Zoot. Another lineup changed occurred when drummer Barry Sincock was drafted to go to Vietnam and was replaced by David Potter. Vocalist Adrian Russell replaced Eddy McPherson by the time of their last live appearance, at the Royal Melbourne Show in September, 1968. Laurie Lehman died in 2008.
Eddy McPherson (vocals), Mike Williams (guitar), Laurie Lehman (guitar),
Peter Luckins (bass), Barry Sincock (drums), David Potter (drums), Adrian Russell (vocals)
18 NOV '67
Friday, 13 March 2020
8 MAR '04
Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Jenny Watson (vocals), Phil Rigger (vocals/trumpet), John Marks (drums), Harry Ladomatos (bass), Mark Madden (percussion),John Sammers (guitar), Alex Lakajev (keyboards),
Mick Mead (trombone), Mark Azzopardi (drums), Jeff Barrett (bass), Doug Coster (keyboards),
Scott Johnson (drums), Dale Ryan (drums)
18 AUG '80
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Rob Greaves Toorak Times
Thursday, 13 February 2020
In 1967 Brian Godden took a job in Noumea playing to the holiday crowds with other members of Sydney band The Grape Escape, though not using that name. ''We played pasadoble and tangos because being a French country they love those sort of tunes. Then we’d play some jazz tunes and then we’d do some rock and roll. We had a good time over there.''
With batteries recharged Brian decided to come back to Australia in 1968 and he quickly found work with folk musician Alex Hood. The two performed as The Prodigal Sons for about a year. In that time they recorded a single, ''The Didgeridoo/The Girl On The Five Dollar Note'', released by Parlophone Australia in 1969 and also did a series of broadcasts for schools.
Monday, 10 February 2020
With over 10 studio albums under her belt, Robyn has recorded with Juju Eyeballs, The Everys, July 14th, The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Jeff Lang, and has supported acts such as Stevie Wonder, Toni Childs, Crowded House and Midnight Oil to name a few. She has been associated with labels such as Polygram, Warner Chappell, Festival, Mushroom, Albert, Larrikin, Round and Greasy Pop. As an electric and double bass player, Robyn has backed artists such as Judith Durham of the Seekers, Matt Monroe, Don Burrows, George Golla, James Morrison, Normie Rowe & Kamahl.
Monday, 3 February 2020
In December 1971 singer Leo de Castro formed Leo de Castro and Friends, also billed as Friends, as a progressive rock group in Melbourne. He was joined by former band mates Mark Kennedy, Rob MacKenzie and Duncan McGuire; and new associates Tim Martin on saxophone and flute, and Charlie Tumahai on vocals and percussion (Healing Force, Chain). MacKenzie left early in the following year with Phil Manning of Chain filling-in until April when both Billy Green and Ray Oliver joined on guitar. Friends had appeared at the inaugural Sunbury Pop Festival in January 1972.
In August 1972 Friends released a single, "B-B-Boogie", which Duncan Kimball of Milesago website felt was a "solid boogie-rock number highlighted by Green and Oliver's dexterous dual guitar work." McFarlane described it as "exceptional hard rock". The track was co-written by de Castro, Kennedy, McGuire and Tumahai. Kimball preferred the B-side, "Freedom Train", which he opined was a "driving, prog-jazz" track that "became their signature tune", it was "one of the best Australian progressive recordings of the '70s." McFarlane noticed that it was a "jubilant jazz-tinged" work.
Tumahai returned to Healing Force in January 1973 and, late that month, Friends appeared at the Sunbury Pop Festival as a six-piece – de Castro, Green, Kennedy, Martin, McGuire and Oliver. Three of their performances "Lucille", "Bird on a Wire" and "La La Song", were recorded for a live 3× LP album, 'Sunbury 1973 – The Great Australian Rock Festival' (April) by various artists on Mushroom Records. A six-track extended play was also issued with one track by Friends. On stage at Sunbury de Castro joined Lobby Loyde and the Coloured Balls, and Billy Thorpe for an early morning session. Their track, "Help Me" / "Rock Me Baby", was issued on a live album, 'Summer Jam' (November 1973), by the Coloured Balls on the Havoc label.
Monday, 27 January 2020
Chet Clark was born Peter Clark in England. In the late 40s, he moved with his family to Australia, where, at age 10, he began six years of study in classical piano. At age 16, he moved to Sydney to begin a career as a commercial artist. However, a successful appearance on Australia's Amateur Hour at age 17 proved to be the turning point, and he became a professional musician, using the name Chet Clark.