Tuesday, 12 January 2021



Billy Burton was born in London in 1932. His father spent many years with the famous Joe Loss Band touring overseas countries under the ENSA banner (Entertainment Of National Servicemen Abroad) entertaining mainly the troops on the continent. Whilst his father was touring his mother set to work at the Barrage Balloon Factory at Manchester leaving Billy with his sister in Staffordshire. On hearing of the bombing in Manchester at the height of WW2 Billy was naturally concerned about his mother's welfare and decided to move there with the help of friends and family. After two years living in Manchester Billy joined the RAF when he became of age. 

His return to London saw him as lead trumpeter with the Ambrose Orchestra. This led to greater experience in many other well known bands including those of Frank Weir, Oscar Rabin, Eric Delaney, Cyril Stapleton and Joe Loss. Burton played lead trumpet on the soundtrack to the movie The Key (1958) starring William Holden and Sophia Loren. During August 1958 after five years of non-stop touring he emigrated to Australia and joined the Bob Gibson Orchestra. In 1962 fellow countryman Eric Jupp hit the shores of Australia and began a radio and television program featuring Billy Burton. His other TV appearances included: Sing Sing Sing, Studio A, Bobby Limb's Sound Of Music and he was the featured soloist with Eric Cook and his orchestra on the ABC. Burton formed his own band called The Billy Burton Seven who appeared regularly on ABC's Jazz Club and Six O'Clock Rock. 

Burton was signed to the Festival label and his first album 'The Billy Burton Brass' (1966) earned him the coveted DIGMO Award for Best Australian Instrumental. A single was lifted off the album '' Lara's Theme From Doctor Zhivago" followed by an EP. His follow up release was 'Polished Brass'. In total Burton recorded nine albums.

In 1965 he signed a contract with Denis Wong as resident band leader at Chequers night club supporting international acts like Kay Stevens, Leslie Uggams, Bobby Rydell, Dusty Springfield, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Neil Sedaka to name a few. He also featured on the theme tune, ''My City of Sydney'', for The Tommy Leonetti Show in which he was the bandleader for the show. At the time of writing Billy is still playing trumpet at 87. 

Saturday, 26 December 2020



John Archer, Doug Falconer and Mark Seymour met as residential students of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne in the late 1970s. Seymour is the older brother of Nick Seymour, later the bass guitarist for Crowded House. In 1978 with Robert Miles (sound engineer) Archer, Falconer and Seymour formed a casual band, The Schnorts (named for a Belgian tennis racket). They played cover versions of 1960s songs, including "To Sir, with Love". Their lead singer, Margot O'Neill, was a journalist on radio 3RRR program, Talking Headlines. A more ambitious band, The Jetsonnes, followed in September 1979, with the addition of Ray Tosti-Gueira on guitar and backing vocals.

According to music journalist, Clinton Walker, The Jetsonnes had a "clever post-punk pop sound was lighter, bouncier (rather than funkier) and more infectious than other like-minded bands". Their only released track was "Newspaper" which was one side of a gig give away split single in June 1980 with "Miniskirts in Moscow" by fellow pop group, International Exiles, as the other. The band gigged around Melbourne most notably at the South Yarra Arms on the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street and Hearts in Carlton. By September that year The Jetsonnes had disbanded but Archer, Falconer, Miles, Seymour and Tosti-Gueira decided to continue with new members, Geoff Crosby on keyboards and Greg Perano (ex-True Wheels) on percussion to form a new band Hunters and Collectors.


Margot O'Neill (vocals), Mark Seymour (guitar), Ray Tosti-Gueira (guitar), John Archer (bass),
Doug Falconer (drums)



Sunday, 20 December 2020



Karma were formed in Kalgoorlie in the early 70s with the original lineup of Marie Klaassen on vocals, Brian Davidson on vocals and guitar, Peter Nelson vocals and guitar Tom Birch on bass and Wendell Parnell on drums. On occasions the band would travel into Perth and play at the Waldorf and Gobbles nightclubs. After a few lineup changes that would include Mark Verschuer (ex Bakery) the band ventured east and played in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

Whilst in Melbourne they cut their first single on the Sunshine label, ''Iron Fisted Woman/Jane'' in 1973. The record was produced by former Playboys drummer Graham Trottman. A second single was recorded in Brisbane, ''Over And Over/Jane''. The lineup for these recordings were original members Davidson, Nelson and Parnell plus Steve Ramm on bass and John Watson on keyboards. Both singles didn't make a dent in the charts. After months and months of touring the east coast the band decided to return west. With more lineup changes happening they soldiered on for a while longer finally calling it quits in 1978.


Marie Klaassen (vocals), Brian Davidson (vocals/guitar), Peter Nelson (vocals/guitar),
Tom Birch (bass), Wendell Parnell (drums), Alan Guppy (bass), Mark Verschuer (vocals), 
Peter Kinch (guitar), Alan Wilkes (keyboards), Geoff Young (bass), Cheryl Hoogwerf (vocals), 
Rupert Hyde (keyboards), Rick Van Dam (bass)


Way Out West compiled by George Matzkov

Wednesday, 9 December 2020



The Daltons were an all family affair comprising brothers Michael, David and Eddie plus Michael's wife Christine (nee Martin). All members had played together since the 60s when they were in Sydney band The Mint. The Mint had recorded a number of singles on the Ramrod label but without chart success. In the early 70s they decided to call themselves The Daltons. Picked up by the newly formed Wizard label they recorded two singles, ''He/Sleepy Hollow'' (1973) and ''C'mon Little Dixie/Tennessee'' (1975). In between they recorded a self titled album produced by Robie Porter which was a mixture of covers and self written tunes. Their last single release was ''Babe'' recorded on the Astor label in 1976. The song was inspired by the MGM film Babe about Babe Didrickson, who won two gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Olympics and returned to become a world champion golfer and her battles to be accepted as a woman in a man's sports world. They disbanded not long after with Michael and David forming The Dalton Brothers whose single ''Arabian Nights'' made the lower end of the charts in 1980. David Dalton has since died.


Michael Dalton (vocals/guitar), Christine Dalton (organ), David Dalton (vocals/bass),
Eddie Dalton (drums)

Thursday, 26 November 2020



In 1968 twin brothers Don (vocals) and Ron Sellars (drums) along with Jeffrey Scott (keyboards) moved from Adelaide to Melbourne with intentions of forming a band. Recruiting guitarist Peter Gregory and bassist John Seears both from the Christopher Nickleby Action, the five piece became Expression. The band quickly gained gigs at all the top discos eg Thumpin' Tum, Catcher, Opus playing covers of The Doors, Small Faces, Traffic etc. In late 1969 Jeffrey Scott left the band and returned to Adelaide.

Now a four piece the band became more heavy rock orientated covering bands like Mountain, Led Zeppelin, Free etc. The band also travelled interstate to Sydney after gaining a residency at the famous Whiskey A Go Go performing on the same bill as Doug Parkinson In Focus and Leo De Castro. In 1970 saw the departure of John Seears who was replaced by Mick Bohl. Their manager at the time, a young Michael Gudinski negotiated for them to be the first band to record on the new Rebel label where they recorded ''Quicksand''. The song was penned by Jim Keays and Doug Ford from The Masters Apprentices. The band promoted the track on the TV music show Happening 70. This rare single has now become a real collectors item with some singles selling for hundreds of dollars. ''Quicksand'' was added to the track list of compilation album 'Upside Down Vol One' released in 2017. The band broke up in 1971 with Peter Gregory joining Ash. Mick Bohl and Don Sellars have since died.


Don Sellars (vocals), Ron Sellars (drums), Jeffrey Scott (keyboards), Peter Gregory (guitar),
John Seears (bass), Mick Bohl (bass)


Peter Gregory

Friday, 13 November 2020



The Razz was formed in the early 80s with Tony Romeril, Rick Graham and Con Westerberg who had all been with 70s band Autumn. The lineup was completed with keyboard players Tony Buggy and Ray Freeman. The band's musical direction was american jazz standards and swing. The Razz recorded two singles ''It Don't Mean A Thing'' (1981) and ''Orchestra Waltz'' (1982) both composed by the band and an album 'The Razz' (1981) on RCA's subsidiary label Luxury. They also released another two independent albums. The band became one of Australia’s busiest corporate / function bands and over the years accrued an unbelievable client list. They disbanded in the early 90s.


Tony Romeril (vocals/guitar), Tony Buggy (keyboards), Ray Freeman (keyboards), Rick Graham (bass), Con Westerberg (drums)

Thursday, 5 November 2020



Experimental rock, avant-prog band Quasar was formed in Brisbane in the mid 70s with brothers Trevor Tiplady on drums and Barry Tiplady on bass, Len Henderson on guitar, Colin Timms on trumpet and Garry Smith on keyboards. This lineup played two gigs at Sydney's renowned jazz club The Basement in 1976 and also supported Frank Zappa at his Brisbane concert. The band decided to move to Melbourne for an extended period leaving behind Timms who was still studying at the Queensland Conservatory of Music. Whilst in Melbourne they ventured west to Adelaide playing at various campuses plus the Tivoli Hotel and the Creole Room.

Moving back to Brisbane they reunited with Colin Timms who produced and arranged their first album 'Nebular Trajectory' in 1979 along with Howard Davidson. Garry Smith at this time had left the band but contributed one track on the album, ''Force Funk''. Business student Terry Humphries remembers ''I heard this amazing band called Quasar who were 5 piece at the time, including trumpet and keyboards. I was impressed not only with their experimental jazz rock style but the “rock band” Quasar that did covers of greats like Stevie Wonder to make a living. I must say still the best version of Superstition I have ever heard. I invited the guys to play for us at NRCAE (Southern Cross University) a couple of times and had used them too at Bruce Windows studio in Brisbane to do a demo tape for a young singer/songwriter. After that the boys told me of their desire to put out an album of their music. I applied for an Australia Council Grant to fund an album and was successful in getting the grant thus seeing the album 'Nebular Trajectory' being produced. ACR was my record label and I was very proud to be associated with such a talented and brave group of musicians''

The debut album by Quasar, now a three-piece, was limited to a very small pressing of only 500 copies. The album was very experimental with leanings to King Crimson, Stanley Clarke, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Their second 'Man Coda' was released in 1981 with only a limited number of copies pressed. Again produced Colin Timms and Howard Davidson it was recorded direct to digital tape at the Conservatorium studios in Brisbane. After they disbanded, Barry Tiplady went to on to play with Tim Gaze in The Aussie Rebels and country band Ruckus, Len Henderson founded Binary Music in 1990 winning five Redland retail awards located in Cleveland QLD. Garry Smith became a respected music and advertising industry identity in Brisbane as a composer, producer, arranger and writer. Colin Timms became a composer and producer. 


Len Henderson (guitar), Barry Tiplady (bass), Trevor Tiplady (drums), Garry Smith (keyboards),
Colin Timms (trumpet)

Wednesday, 21 October 2020



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''. 

Following the EP which was aired on Double J, the band released another EP called 'The Jukes' which featured the song ''Man and Machine'' recorded at Albert Studios (Albert Productions) engineered by Colin Freeman. A single and music video was then released in 1981 called ''Don't Put Me Away''. The band changed their name to Silent Movies that released two singles, ''Any Other Day'' (1981) and ''Can't So No'' (1982) and and recorded an album 'Moving In Circles' at The Music Farm near Byron Bay and also Paradise Studio Sydney. Vanderby left the band shortly after completion due to health problems as he was battling addiction. Mick Radatti died in 2013. 


Ray Vanderby (keyboards), Mick Radatti (bass/vocals), Bill Britton (drums), 
Colin Bailey (vocals/guitar)

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.  

Their self titled debut album by was recorded in 1979 by the Perth Radio Station 720 6WF. The group fused a mix of jazz, funk and rock together to form their sound. Half the album's style is funky rock featuring Alan Lyford’s vocals, which is "kind of sound like mid 70′s average white band, Tower of Power etc." Their second album 'Fusion' was released in 1981 on ABC Records. Its a mixed bag with some instrumental fusion style tracks and some with vocal cuts. ''The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter'' is the best track with a mellow, laid back, Brazilian flavored groove. 

Calling it quits in 1983, the band went through many lineup changes in its ten year existence and some of its members came from Perth's well known rock bands - Paul Pooley (Matt Taylor Band), Ric Whittle (Fatty Lumpkin), Brendon Darby (SSARB) and Mick Glendinning (Fatty Lumpkin). In 2010 Stengel officially re-formed the band with a new 'All-Star' line-up, which was launched at the Perth Jazz Society Headquarters but that's another story.


Uwe Stengel (sax/flute), Alan Lyford (vocals), Lennie Parker (guitar), Alan Pithers (piano),
Bruce Johnson (keyboards), Paul Pooley (bass), Ric Whittle (drums), Gary Ridge (percussion),
Paul Millard (sax), Brendon Darby (trumpet), Nigel Crocker (trombone), Sue Bluck (vocals),
Joanne Vine (vocals), Dee Baude (vocals), Mick Glendenning (bass), Clive Lendich (guitar), 
Glen Walsh (drums), Tony Borthwick (sax), Robbie Corveia (drums), Rolly Santos (vocals/trumpet),
Peter Lothian (trombone), Greg Shultz (keyboards), Cliff Lynton (guitar), Ross Gunther (sax/flute),
Andy Ross (trombone), Jenny Wrenn (vocals), Kerry Byron (vocals)

Thursday, 17 September 2020



In late 1983, Louis Tillett (Wet Taxis) worked with Damien Lovelock (The Celibate Rifles) and Brett Myers (Died Pretty) in a side project, No Dance. The trio issued a three-track EP, on the Hot Record label in March 1984 titled 'Carnival Of Souls' which featured lead vocals by each member: Tillett's "Swimming in the Mirror", Lovelock's "You Say", and Myers' "Just Skin". Ian McFarlane described No Dance's style, "they eschewed the electric rock framework of the musicians' respective bands for a more acoustic and melodic approach". Lovelock died of cancer in 2019.


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”.

Famed for their sharp suits and impeccable stylings in all things mod, The Sets were totally immersed in the movement. They organised mod events, scooter runs and interstate touring excursions, established and ran mod clubs and music venues, and generally galvanised and nurtured the entire Australian mod scene.The Sets released one single, ''Love Ain’t What It Used To Be/Life On An Li''. The band played at the famed Crystal Ballroom in Melbourne amongst other venues

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


The Motivaters was formed out of the ashes of The Ferrets in 1980 when three of its members: drummer Rick Brewer, guitarist Dave Springfield and bass guitarist Ric Petropolis departed to form The Motivaters. Adding Bill Miller's brother; Kenny Miller on vocals and guitar they began recording soon after.  The band released one album an EP and a couple of singles on the Result label in their short time together. They also appeared on Countdown singing ''After The Fall''. 


Kenny Miller (vocals/guitar), Dave Springfield (guitar), Ric Petropolis (bass), Rick Brewer (drums)

Sunday, 9 August 2020



Phyl Vinnicombe was a primary school teacher, a country girl from Ballarat, first exposed to the local folk scene through house-sitting for Peter and Ruth Mann and then meeting folk singer Glen Tomasetti, the mother of two of her young students. She recalls Emerald Hill, Pete Seeger’s workshop there, an early visit to the Reata (where Martyn Wyndham-Read played ‘'Widdecombe Fair'’) and guitar classes with Tomasetti upstairs at Frank Traynors Jazz and Folk Club, as decisive influences on her own musical quest. 

Vinnicombe impressed listeners early on with her self-composed protest songs, notably ''Dark-eyed Daughter'', written in response to Charles Perkins’ Freedom Rides. She made a guest appearance singing ''Andy’s Gone with Cattle'' and ''O’Meally’s Shanty'' on the Martin Wyndham-Read and Bush Band album 'Bullockies, Bushwackers and Booze' (1967) and recorded a W&G EP for the Aboriginal Advancement League in 1968. Vinnicombe married musician Geri Lobl and moved to Sydney where she remained active in the NSW folk scene.

Larrikin Records used Phyl’s talents on several LPs before releasing her debut album 'On My Selection' in 1977 followed by 'Broadmeadow Thistle' in 1980 consisting almost entirely of Phyl’s compositions. Phyl was the first artist to take part in the Folk Touring Circuit initiated by the National Folk Trust. An appointment to the Music Board of the Australia Council resulted in improved funding for folk music and recognition and funding that led to the National Folk Festival moving to Canberra. Phyl’s work has continued over the years and she is still active in championing folk music and encouraging and nurturing young musicians

Tuesday, 14 July 2020


Sidewinder was a rock band formed in Melbourne in 1976 by David Castles and Richard Lee.The two had previously played together in a band called Isaac Aaron in the early 70s. Originally intended to be a blues revival band, Lee's classic violin training allowed an eclectic mix of blues, hard rock and classical influences. Members came and went, but soon  after Ashley Buckle joined and the nucleus of the musical form was set. Lee and Buckle co-operated on writing songs. Castles stopped playing guitar and became the frontman/singer. With Greg Pope on bass and Michael Buckingham on drums, gigs consisted mostly of small inner Melbourne pubs using bluesy riffs as the core. In 1978 Wayne Young replaced Buckingham on drums and the form became closer to the heavy-driving "pub rock" sound that marked the rock genre of the late 70s.

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.


Richard Lee (violin), David Castles (vocals), Ashley Buckle (guitar), Greg Pope (bass), 
Michael Buckingham (drums), Wayne Young (drums), Chris Barker (bass), Rick Rankin (guitar),
Tony Thornton (drums), Steve Walsh


Who's Who of Australian Rock and Roll by Chris Spencer

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.

In 1965, he travelled to Ireland and stayed twenty-one years in Galway, where he married and raised a family of four sons. During this time, he had a number of successful exhibitions as an artist in Galway, and toured Europe and England on eleven occasions singing and playing folk and traditional songs. Since returning to Australia in 1986 , he has had shows in Melbourne and Tasmania and has recently been invited by the Galway Arts Centre, to exhibit his Irish and Australian paintings during the prestigious Galway Arts Festival. 

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)


Steve Edwards

Wednesday, 3 June 2020


Roger Bell 1919 - 2008  the younger of the two Bell brothers spearheaded the post-war resurgence of improvised jazz in Australia. A gifted and virtually self-taught player and inimitable vocalist, his bright driving but melodic and lyrical trumpet lead was much of the striking sound that characterised the Graeme Bell Band from the forties onwards playing at major dance venues such as the Heidelberg Town Hall and the Palais Royale at the Exhibition Buildings. All this was consolidated by the first commercial recordings of the band by EMI in 1947.

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.

After the core band broke up in 1952 Roger played lead trumpet in popular jazz groups such as Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers, Max Collie, The Melbourne Jazz Club house band and with his own group The Pagan Pipers. He continued to make recordings, particularly with the latter, and played at many festivals. He recorded and released albums on the W&G and Swaggie labels during the 60s. He again visited Europe in 1971 and 1981, playing with old friends such as Humphrey Lyttelton and Claude Luter in Paris. He died in Melbourne in 2008 aged 89.



Monday, 18 May 2020


Peter Wright hailed from Toowoomba and his musical talent was first noticed when Col Joye recorded one of his songs written with Ian Jamieson, ''Please Give It A Chance'' in 1962. A year later Brisbane TV producer Nat Kipner heard a demo tape of Peter Wright's songs and following an audition Wright was engaged as a regular on Brisbane TV.

His first recording was made in 1964. The disc made some regional charts but more importantly he came to the attention of label EMI who signed him to a recording contract. From 1964 to 1967 he based himself in Sydney working hotels and clubs. It was during this time he recorded ''The Rose And A Thorn'' which received enthusiastic airplay in the capital cities. As a consequence there were many TV appearances including Saturday Date, 10 On The Town and Be Our Guest. ''The Rose Has A Thorn'' was released again in 2005 on the EMI Compilation, 'Memories Are Made Of This - 60 Solid Gold Hits'.  

Signing to the Festival label Peter’s first release was a self-penned track called ''House Of Bamboo'' once again a success in Sydney, making both the 2UE chart and Ward ‘Pally’ Austin’s Top 30 on 2UW, where it reached # 3. Top-flight band The Questions, hit-makers in their own right (and later to become Doug Parkinson In Focus), backed Peter on these recordings. ''House Of Bamboo'' was released again on the 2004 compilation 'Peculiar Hole In The Sky'.

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.

He married Colleen Zeita Burke in Melbourne on 11 December 1967. A son and a daughter were born from the marriage. Affley was well known as a singer of traditional songs such as "Carrickfergus" as well as performing the work of contemporary songwriters including John Dengate, Don Henderson and Harry Robertson. He died suddenly at the age of 45 from a dissecting aneurysm of the aorta.



Friday, 24 April 2020


The Jackson Kings morphed out of a band called The Castaways in 1965 playing R&B covers. Signed to CBS they recorded two singles "Watch Your Step" and Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" in 1966. The band gigged around Melbourne appearing at top venues like The Thumpin' Tum and Garrison. Later that year they disbanded with Brian Cadd and Ronnie Charles joining The Groop.


Carl Bennett (vocals), Chas Brown (guitar), Brian Cadd (keyboards, vocals), 
Ronnie Charles (vocals), Neville Ray (bass), Bill Turgeon (drums)

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.

Terry was awarded Country Music Entertainer Of The Year in 1995 and in 2002 given Australia’s Living Legend Award. In 2005 he received an OAM for services to the entertainment industry and in 2012 he was awarded the Entertainers Roll of Renown. 

Friday, 10 April 2020


The Epics rose out of The Statesmen who recorded two of their own singles for HMV, "Beach Comber" (1963) and "Slow Stompin'" (1964). The Statesman also recorded with Roland Storm. In 1964, drummer Mark Rigney left and Billy Green (aka Wil Greenstreet) joined on guitar as the group became Roland Storm and The Epics and recorded a single, "Zip a Dee Doo Dah" (1964). When Storm left they became simply known as The Epics and released their own singles, "Caravan" (September 1964) and "Too Late" (June 1965). The Epics played many Sydney venues mainly Surf City in Kings Cross. The band also backed QLD singer Peter Wright on his 1965 release ''I Couldn’t Keep Your Heart / Once I Had Love'' on the HMV label. The Epics morphed into The Questions at the end of 1965. Duncan McGuire died in 1989 from lung cancer. Rory Thomas died from cancer in 2010.


Mike Allen (drums), Billy Green (guitar), Duncan McGuire (bass), Rory Thomas (keyboards),
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.

In 1971 Rocky organised and started the very successful Berri Rodeo. In 1978 Rocky rode a horse to Darwin putting on numerous shows to raise funds for Apex Help A Kid Make It Appeal and raised in excess of $10,000. The rides and shows took some four months to complete. Also in 1978 the first South Australian Country Music Awards were conducted following the Berri Rodeo. Over the next 20 years, Rocky continued to organise and promote the South Australian Country Music Awards and was instrumental in establishing the Festival which is now part of a ten days of Country Music in the Riverland. Rocky's health was not always the best and he died in 1997 after a long battle with Motor Neuron Disease. Rocky won numerous awards over his lifetime culminating with his induction into Tamworth's Roll of Renown in 1998.



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 formed in the mid 60s in Adelaide with the lineup of: Eddy McPherson on vocals, Mike Williams on guitar, Laurie Lehman guitar, Peter Luckins on bass, and Barry Sincock on drums. Landing a deal with EMI they recorded ''Style Of Love/Cadillac'' in 1967.The A side ''Style of Love'' is a great early punk-meets-psychedelia track, written by vocalist Eddy McPherson. The explosive version of ''Cadillac'' on the flip is a cover of Vince Taylor’s ''Brand New Cadillac'' and not written by Chuck Berry as notated on the label. Interestingly though it was the B side that was picked up by Adelaide radio and went Top 10. Mike Williams was replaced by John Thornton before the band ventured east to Melbourne under the management of Darryl Sambell. Unfortunately Sambell was so busy with John Farnham he hand-balled them to Geoff Edelsten.

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