Friday, 25 August 2017


After leaving school at 15, Johnny Veen’s first booking as a singer was at the Paddington RSL in Sydney. By the mid-1960s he had burst on to the recording scene and released several records, including his hit "You Know He Did" which went to No 1 in Canberra – a feat that pleased his wife, Judy, although she confesses she has no idea why it was so popular in the nation’s capital. By the time he was 26 Veen had moved into entertainment management, having learned the ropes from his own manager, Wally Nash. Over the years Johnny Veen, who also compered shows at clubs across the Gold Coast and Tweed, booked acts such as Johnny Young and Young Talent Time, Col Joye, Little Pattie, The Deltones, Danny McMaster, Judy Stone, Barry Crocker, Allison Durban, Kamahl, Ian Turpie, and a young Paul Hogan when he was starting out at Sydney’s Harbord Diggers.Veen managed Greg Doolan of Wickety Wak fame, Ugly Dave Gray, Ronnie Burns, Tony Pantano, and Lucky Grills. Veen lost his battle with emphysema, and died in 2015.

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