Tuesday, July 9, 2019

LEANNE DOUGLAS




Leanne Douglas was born in Teralba on the east coast of New South Wales in 1955 into a musical family. Her father was a talented highland piper, but it was the electric guitar that captured Leanne’s young imagination, particularly the instrumental sounds of Duane Eddy, The Ventures and especially Hank Marvin of The Shadows. By the age of 15, Leanne was singing and playing professionally. She became the first female artist to win the coveted Star Maker award, later winning the prestigious Australian Country Music Golden Guitar Award for Best New Talent with "Don't It Make You Wanna Cry," one of her own compositions in 1981.

Relocating to Nashville, Tennessee (Music City USA), Leanne formed a band (Leanna and The Surf Broads) that featured her growing talent as a lead vocalist and lead guitarist, enjoying great success during her time there. After spending a number of years in the USA she returned to Australia and released her first solo CD, 'Blue Heeler' in 2003. The album included ten instrumentals penned by Leanne, along with her three favourite Hank Marvin tunes. Leanne has since released her first vocal album, 'Under The Covers, a collection of country classics and recorded in Nashville. 




Monday, June 24, 2019

JUNE SMITH


Born June Robinson in Edinburgh on June 9, 1930 to a pianist-singer mother and saxophonist father, she began her career as a trumpeter and vocalist with Blanch Coleman’s all-girl band at 16. Three years later, she was recruited by the Ivy Benson Orchestra, with whom she toured UK music halls and did several overseas tours to entertain the forces. She met sax and clarinet player Lew Smith during a Butlin’s holiday camp season in Yorkshire in the summer of 1951 and they were married the following year. In 1955, the couple joined the Denny Boyce Orchestra at Orchid Ballroom, Purley.

In 1961 they migrated to Melbourne where their music careers included the rock band Maximum Load, which had a local hit record ''Riding Through the Dandenong Ranges''.In 1974 they moved to Perth and June became active as a singer on stage, radio and prom performances with the WA Symphony Orchestra. She was invited to join Jazz Divas by Helen Matthews and later formed June Smith and the Apple Band with Lew, which performed regularly around Perth.

She helped to found Jazz Fremantle in 1992 and became a patron of the club. In 2005 she received a lifetime achievement award from Perth Jazz Society and continued to perform until 2013.She died peacefully on Friday with her husband of 63 years by her side.





Friday, June 7, 2019

CHRIS McNULTY


Chris McNulty (born 1953) is Australian-born jazz vocalist. She began her professional career singing in pop bands in hotels and clubs in and around Melbourne. She toured Australia and SE Asia as a member of all the girl band Daughters of Zeus and several pop, funk, & R&B bands. She arrived in the United States in 1988, having been awarded an international study grant from the Music Board of the Australia Council. Two years later, her first U.S. album, 'Waltz for Debbie', was released. McNulty's original vocalisations for Miles Davis's "Blue in Green" became the song's official, published lyric (Warner Chapell, 1990). She has worked with Paul Bollenback, Gary Bartz, Igor Butman, Tim Garland, Billy Hart, John Hicks, Ingrid Jensen, Peter Leitch, Mulgrew Miller, Ugonna Okegwo, Tony Reedus, Gary Thomas, Anita Wardell, and Matt Wilson.

She has performed at Smoke Jazz Club (2002), Jazz Standard (2006, 2007), Sweet Rhythm (2005, 2006, 2007), The Blue Note (2006), Jazz at Lincoln Centre, Dizzy's Coca Cola Club (2007), Kitano (February, 2008, June 9, 2010, August 2013), The Bar Next Door (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), and 54 Below (2015). In 2006, she co-produced the first Belize Jazz Festival. From 2003–2010, she performed at venues in Russia and Ukraine with Paul Bollenback and Andrei Kondokov's trio.

As an educator, McNulty has been invited to present clinics and workshops at Monash University (Melb), Griffith University (Bris), West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA- Perth), Australian Institute of Music (AIM-Syd) and University of SA (Adelaide). McNulty's repertoire includes the great jazz standards, modern jazz classics and original compositions. In 2013 she won Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album, 'The Song That Sings You Here'.



Thursday, May 30, 2019

PATTI NEWTON


Patti Newton AM (born Patricia Anne McGrath on 4 February 1945) is an Australian singer, dancer, stage performer and radio and television presenter. Prior to her marriage, Newton worked under her birth name of "Patti McGrath", when she appeared on programs such as the Tarax Show and The Graham Kennedy Show. In 1967 she won the Logie Award for Most Popular Female in Victoria.

Patti worked in Europe at leading theatres and cabarets and supported many international stars including Lulu and Cilla Black. She worked as resident compere and entertainer on the luxury liner QE2 and has performed cabaret shows in most of Australia’s leading clubs and venues. A career highlight, and one which she was honoured for in 1997, was her work entertaining the troops in Vietnam. Patti has performed at many charity shows for Vietnam veterans and their families over the years and considers this contribution a very special part of her show business career. Naturally she considers her greatest achievements her children, Matthew and Lauren.

Patti’s theatre credits include ‘The Wizard of Oz’,’Sound of Music’ and ‘Bye Bye Birdie’. She continues to be in demand for various television and cabaret specials and is a regular on 3AW with Bruce Mansfield and Philip Brady each Monday evening in Melbourne. Patti Newton has been married to fellow Australian entertainer Bert Newton since 9 November 1974, and often appeared with him.



Wednesday, May 22, 2019

ADELE PICKVANCE


Moving from Bury in Greater Manchester to Brisbane in the early 80's, Adele Pickvance settled into the music life of Brisbane starting with playing bass in her father's band, gigging in clubs and RSLs during her studies. ​

After her studies, she embraced the indie-Brisbane music scene, playing in numerous bands. It was the mid 90's when Adele commenced her long musical comradery and journey with Robert Forster and Grant McLennan, recording demos and playing shows. It was around the year 2000 that Adele was asked to join the second incarnation of The Go-Betweens, recording on the last 3 albums and winning an ARIA Award for the final album, Oceans Apart.

Adele also played on Robert Forster's The Evangelist, sealing the end of a creative life and friendship in the passing of Grant McLennan. Apart from The Go-Betweens, Adele has toured and recorded 4 albums with The Dave Graney Show and toured and recorded with Clare Moore, Billy Miller from The Ferrets, The Far Out Corporation, Scott Spark, Ranger and The Mumps. In 2012, Adele and Glenn Thompson (Custard) who were the rhythm section of the The Go-Betweens, released the album Carrington Street under the name of Adele & Glenn. It was picked up by German Record Label Glitterhouse Records. All are further highlights from a dynamic creative life. The album was regarded as a pop classic by European press. She released the EP 'My White Rabbit' in 2016.




Wednesday, May 15, 2019

JOY MULLIGAN


Joy Mulligan originally lived in Perth where she worked in television, radio and nightclubs. She was a member of Swingshift that released a couple of singles on the Clarion label. After arriving in Sydney, she was contracted to do her own weekly series of radio shows on the ABC, as well as guesting on television programs, such as The Don Burrows Collection on the ABC, The Midday Show etc. Joy has also supported Georgie Fame several times along with Don Burrows and George Golla at the original Supper Club. Her long residency was at the Bourbon & Beefsteak Bar in Kings Cross. Joy has performed at all the major Australian jazz festivals. Kevin Hunt and George Golla are members of Joy’s trio Mulligan Stew.



Sunday, May 5, 2019

JO STANLEY


Jo Stanley from Brisbane started singing at the age of eight and was seen weekly on an Australian children’s television programme at the age of nine. In 1979 at the age of 14 she released ''No More Sad Songs'' on the Image label written by Moscos and Stone. She appeared on the ABCs 'Countdown' show to promote the song. Since that time she has appeared on Hey, Hey It’s Saturday, The Don Lane Show, Shirl’s Neighbourhood, Simon Townsend's Wonder World and Good Morning Australia. She performed in New Zealand, playing the lead role of Sandy in the hit musical “Grease”. for two 2 years. Now called Jo-Anne, she is currently is one of Australia’s top female impersonators winning the 2008 best tribute act in Queensland for impersonating “Stevie Nicks”.



Sunday, April 28, 2019

FRANCI CHAMINGS


Franci Chamings was from Dernancourt in South Australia. In the early 70s she performed on the children’s program The Super Duper Flying Fun Show and The Tonight Show hosted by radio identity and former footballer Barry Ion. After gaining a following on a children’s television show, the singer/songwriter also performed live on stage such as at her Family with Franci Chamings concert in 1975. Franci did go on to make recordings. She recorded the 45rpm single ''For You/Why'' with Pussycat Records, Australia. In 1976 she made the vinyl LP album for young children entitled 'Favourite Nursery Rhymes and Actions Songs' at Slater Sound in Adelaide. The album featured a collection of traditional children’s rhymes. 



Sunday, April 21, 2019

CLAIRE MORRISON



Claire Morrison was a vocalist/keyboard player with Xanadu, which was made up of her two brothers, Don and Barrie Morrison, Wayne Anderson and Chris Button. Moving from Bundaberg 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. In May 1971 the band signed on for a seven-month tour of Allied bases 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. In Europe the group enjoyed massive success in Germany, Holland and Belgium. Claire wrote a number of songs that were released as singles.

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 - The Seekers, The Osmonds and Leo Sayer. By 1982 the band had gone their separate ways and all had returned to Australia. In 2003 Claire was awarded the Vietnam Logistical and Support Medal by the Australian Government for her valued worked in Vietnam. 



Sunday, April 14, 2019

MOPSIE (ELIZABETH WARD)



Mopsie (Elizabeth Ward) trained as a musician at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before beginning a long term career in the theatre. She was also known for her rollicking busking efforts around Western Sydney in the late 70s and early 80s. She was also a cabaret performer entering a long term association with The Q Theatre and Three Stage and being the right hand to artistic director Richard Brooks. Her EP, 'One Out' was top English DJ John Peel's favourite record for over a year in the late seventies/early eighties. Her LP 'Appearances' was a solo contribution in which she wrote the music, recorded and produced it and played all the instruments. She also distributed the record herself. This album was a feature album in the Triple J Studio Box of 50 LP's for around a year in 1981. She was quirky, intelligent, and a great pianist. Mopsie sadly passed on 23 August 2007 making a journey to what she referred to as "a new beginning".




Friday, March 29, 2019

JENNIFER RYALL


There is hardly any information about Jennifer Ryall other than that she released two singles on the Warner Brothers label in the early 70s. Her first single ''Everything's Alright'' from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar went top 40 in Sydney in 1972. Her second single ''Summer Song'' sank without trace. Ryall disappeared from the music industry. A real mystery.






Tuesday, March 19, 2019

GERALDINE DOYLE


Irish singer and performer of comic songs and comedian. She grew up in Dublin with her brother, the highly successful singer and performer Danny Doyle. He has performed and recorded with her in Australia and has made the choice to live abroad too, although in his case, he chose the USA. Doyle has won 7 MO Awards. She was voted "Best stand up comic in Australia" in the first year that both male and female comics vied for this prestigious award. Previously she had won MO's for "Best Female Comic" and for "Best Versatile Performer". She recorded on the Larrikin label.


Monday, March 11, 2019

CASSI JAMES


Not much is known about Cassi James. She was born in Melbourne in 1948 as Carol Richards. Released one single on the Fable label, ''Which Way You Goin' Billy'' and appeared on the ABC TV show 'Hit Scene'.


 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

CLAG


Formed in Brisbane around high school friends Bek Moore (vocals), Rachael Cooke (guitar) and Alison Bolger (bass) in the very early 90s, demented mostly girl group Clag seemed cute and innocent at first. Their disarming exterior, however, was merely a front, disguising examinations of the human psyche that grew darker and more twisted as the band progressed.

Live, the band would face away from the audience and play with masks taped to the backs of their heads, or dress in hospital gowns and bedeck the stage with fluffy Mr Men toys. Musically they were equally confusing, staking out a bizarre middle ground between the Shaggs, Bikini Kill and the Banana Splits, In short, Clag were one of the most head-scratchingly strange bands in the world, and those who came across them either recoiled immediately or developed a lifelong obsession. Other members of the band included: Nicole Thibault (trombone), Bre O'Neil (keyboards), Mick Adams (keyboards), Greg Brady (drums), Jason Cassidy, Greg Wadley (drums), Meaghan Block, Laura MacFarlane (drums) and Chris Gorman.

The band released three vinyl singles and were beginning to make an international mark, with releases on US and Canadian labels, before they disintegrated in the mid 90s. Clag members went on to play in bands such as Beaches, Panel Of Judges and Minimum Chips, but in the intervening years a considerable legend has grown up around their first musical venture. Copies of their original singles are now treasured artefacts. They reformed for a few shows in the 2010’s after the release of the retrospective CD, ‘Pasted Youth’. Bek Moore died in 2016.



Thursday, February 21, 2019

THE BLUE BEATS


Brisbane band formed in the mid 60s. One of the first all female rock bands to come out of Australia. Members were Lorraine Thorn on guitar, Ailsa O'Malley on drums, Joan Purdy on bass and Lyn Wilson on guitar.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

CAROLYN YOUNG


Carolyn Young was an early 60s singer that appeared on Bandstand and The Johnny O'Keefe Show. Her first single ''You're Running Out Of Kisses'' was released on the Pye label in 1962. She later recorded for Festival but with no chart success. 




Wednesday, February 13, 2019

PAM TAMBLYN


Pam Tamblyn grew up in Adelaide and fronted The Viscounts. The group were mainstays of the Adelaide music scene, including appearances on the television program Adelaide Tonight hosted by Ernie Sigley. At the same time Pam was forging a career in television first as a weather presenter and children's show host. An impressive five Logies for "South Australia's most popular television personality" was just the beginning of a long and successful career in the entertainment industry. In 1987 in Brisbane, she founded and established Tamblyn Management; a leader in Model Management, International Model Placement and Mother Agency, Fashion Productions and Personal and Model Development.


Monday, February 4, 2019

GEORGINA EMERY


Georgina Emery has been the vocalist and keyboard player for Brisbane synth pop band Tycho Brahe since 1993. The band has played with The Human League, John Foxx, VNV Nation, Real Life, Psyche, Pseudo Echo etc. They have released four albums and appear on a number of compilations.




Saturday, January 26, 2019

LIZ CRAGO


Liz Crago began her career in Adelaide in the 60s before moving to the Snowy Mountains. Later in Brisbane she formed Windfall as a vocalist and bass player. In 1988 she embarked on a solo career releasing her first single ''Mama Didn't Smile'' on the MAC label. The song went top ten on the country charts. She also recorded singles on the Beat 'n' Track and Selection labels. In 1993 she recorded her debut album 'Homeward'. She toured and played many country and western music events. 


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

KAY-LOUISE PATTERSON


Kay-Louise Patterson played keyboards and sung with Acuff's Rose, a country rock group formed in 1991. They released two albums on Torn & Frayed Records, 'Never Comin' Down' (1993) and 'Son of the North Wind' (1995) before disbanding by 1997. Patterson released her solo album, 'International Travel' in 2006. She then hooked up with Clare Moore (The Moodists, Dave Graney and The Coral Snakes) to form The Dames.