||40 years later, and the first pop star I ever saw in the
flesh - on MY show!! Ask any girl of the era and they get that little
sparkle in their eye because we all loved
His hit songs weren't the most deep and meaningful, but rather than complain
about it, he went with the flow using his good looks and easy charm in other
ways. He hosted 'Flashez', was a
regular singer on the many variety shows going round, and also a regular on
'Blankety Blanks'. Ray still works in radio and
community and is still a hunk.....
|How a funny little shy artistic boy ended up where he is now
is really a story of how, if you believe in yourself, you should grab every
opportunity as it presents itself. The teenage
Tony Barber paid his 10 pounds and hopped
on a boat bound for Australia, and almost straight into the arms of a
swaggering young Billy Thorpe and the
nightlife of Kings Cross. You wonder how Tony made it out alive!
But what I love about the guy is he pursues every idea to the nth degree and
I don't think he knows the word 'can't'. Herein, folks, lies a lesson
Featured clip Geoff Bridgford 'Ordinary Man'
||Another great Aussie band from the late 60's was
The Groove featuring
Rod Stone on guitar. Who can forget
'Simon Says', 'Soothe me' and
'Relax me'? 18 months after forming,
they won the Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds
and took off to England where they tried but unfortunately failed.
However Rod stayed on and managed to score many tours and sessions.
Coming back to Australia he hooked straight into the session scene, earning
a comfortable living playing on the soundtrack of films including
'The Man from Snowy River' 1 & 2. One
of our finest guitarists for hire, Rod was a pleasure to interview in our
brand new studio.
|In the 60's when the Australian music industry was
flourishing, it was an amazing time for both the artists and the public.
Snap to today and we are languishing in comparison.
Bob Valentine, producer
Anita Monk and
Wendy spent 40 minutes discussing everything from lack of venues,
record company and commercial radio support, liquor licensing laws,
Countdown versus Idol, and if that wasn't long enough I had to edit it down
to a half hour show! However it was just a general discussion and we
would like your input. A longer version can be found by
||Fondly named 'Mr Sparkle' by our very own PR girl Anita
Sulcs, Barry Smith has never lost his
boyish good looks and charm. Neither has he lost his wonderful voice,
which is why we book him for our shows. Starting his career with the 'Town
Criers', you would have seen him then with 'The
Fabs' and now with 'Mid Life Crisis'
with a few in between. He was and still is a loyal band member,
building up a following and I guess never having any enemies, unless you
happened to be the boyfriend of the girl he bestowed his smile on. We
all love him!!
|If you can't remember
Dye, you'd have to be from another planet. In the day
when versatility was the key, he had it all. From singing hit songs to
hosting the late night movie show, Issi was everywhere you looked. In
my opinion he would have been the perfect host for a variety show - flair,
personality, and communication - man, can he talk! When work in
Melbourne dried up, he packed up his family and moved to Queensland to work
in the clubs, and has recently moved back to Melbourne where things are
moving again, slowly but surely. An enterprising entrepreneur - look
out for his Jolson show - one of his
many great tributes.
||40 ish years ago, a jingle for a sewing machine transformed
into a hit song for Robin Jolley.
Marshall's Portable Music machine may
make you cringe these days, but you can't say you don't know it. In
fact the tune just popped into your head now! I was surprise to learn
that after his huge success with this Brian Cadd
song, Robin moved into television production roles, and his name would have
been on the credits of many very well known variety shows. Which
ones??? You'll just have to watch to find the answer.
|Back in the 60's, a young engineer followed his heart to
Australia and became one of the most important sound engineers in the
history of Australian music. From producing the
'Rolling Stone's' first single in England,
Roger Savage has come a long way and now
owns and runs
Soundfirm in both Australia and China,
a world renown sound post production company. A seemingly very shy
person, he is also very humble, so it was up to Wendy broach the subject of his
Oscar nomination because he certainly
wouldn't have! This interview was a privilege.
||Back in the day when you were nobody unless your song was
heard on the radio, Gary Mac was one of
those jocks - you know the ones with the smooth voices and well pronounced
vowels. Gary was around in the day when the best music played, and it
sure was an exciting time to be a dj. Every artist whether they were
national or international was interviewed, and not just the 2 minutes they
are afforded these days. And who can forget the bands around the
beaches in summer, or the beach girl quests? And I'm sure Gary has
many more stories than he told us.......
|Jeff Phillips was flown
over from Perth to appear on IMT in the
60's when in his early teens, and from there his career blossomed. No
only could he sing, but he had fantastic compering skills, and should have
been nurtured by TV in those early days. He hosted many music shows
including 'Sounds like us' before
packing his bags and spending fruitful years in the UK and US. Still
sporting good looks and much charm Jeff joined the cast of
'Cats' as the Rum
Tum Tugger. You would have seen him, but not recognised
him! Still in the biz.
||While David Johnston is
not one of our Aussie legends from the 60's and 70's, I vote for him as a
'special' legend, because not only did he self publish his book
'The Music goes Round my Head' but he is donating ALL profits
You could count on one hand people in this industry who put others first,
and David does this because of all the pleasure these early artists gave to
him in his life. He is also in a band
'The Dukes of Despair' who have
released their original cd 'Wood Wire and Skin'
and you can check out their youtube video
|As with most big international stars,
Steve Harley is MOST giving with his time and MOST
approachable. Like other OS legends he also knows that community media is
where it is at in Australia, and he was all over it! As usual Wendy
started with Steve's childhood which gave us a great insight into his love
of the word and therefore his entry into journalism before music. I
learned things I'd never known because of the communication gulf between
Australia and - well - anywhere! This is a gulf which will be bridged
in our next series mark my words. Oh and Steve has a brilliant new cd due to
be release soon. Stay tuned!