Friday, November 5, 2010
I'll Be There/My Friend/Velvet Waters/With You By My Side/The Kind/Lonely City/I Don't Need Nobody/When You Go/Missing You/All Over You/Rock A Billy/Dimples
Tony was born Anthony Asheen Worsley in England in 1944 and emigrated with his family from his hometown of Hastings to the sunnier climes of Brisbane when he was 15. Tony had already set his sights on a show biz career by day he worked as an apprentice rigger in the Brisbane dockyards, but at night he patrolled the dance halls, waiting for his chance to get up on stage, Tony quickly developed into a consummate performer, gigging around Brisbane's dance circuit with a variety of pick-up bands. Tony was spotted by Ivan Dayman Sunshine Record boss who teamed him up with the Blue Jays and the rest is history either with Tony, or under their own name, The Blue Jays were crucial to Sunshine's early success, and Glenn Baker makes the very fair assertion that in many respects they were Sunshine -- Tony Worsely/Blue Jays releases accounted for seven of the label's first thirteen singles, and they also rank as one of the most prolific recording units of "the Scream Years", churning out three LPs, eight EPs and seven singles in less then two years. Their Sunshine tracks including many original tracks by Clarke and Nicholls, which was unusual for Australian pop bands at that time.
For a more comprehesive read
Modern Girl/The Television's Hungry/The Saviours/Enemy Lines/Butane Babies/Star To Star/19 Again/No More Telephone/Mean Modulator/Blue Moon
James Randall Freud (born Colin Joseph McGlinchey, 29 June 1959 – 4 November 2010) was an Australian rock musician-songwriter. He was a member of Models during the 1980s and wrote their two most popular singles, "Barbados" and "Out of Mind, Out of Sight".
His autobiographies I Am the Voice Left from Drinking (2002) and I Am the Voice Left from Rehab (2007) detail his career in music entertainment and addictions. On 27 October 2010, Models were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by former member Wendy Matthews, Freud's absence from the ceremony was explained as being due to "another bicycle accident". Freud committed suicide on 4 November and is survived by his wife, Sally, and two sons, Jackson and Harrison. It's bad enough that we have lost so many legends lately and every other day there is some news of another with some life threatening disease and now this tragic news RIP James.
Here's James's 1980 album "Breaking Silence" You might like to have a listen and remember James.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Kylie Minogue, the Australian pop-princess who went #1 in the US back in 1989 with "The Locomotion" recorded a track titled "Spinning Around"co-written by Paula Abdul.
The single "Spinning Around" was issued on June 19th, 2000 and appears as track one on "Light Years,"Kylie Minogue's 7th studio album.
The single instantly shot to #1 in the UK and Australia reviving Kylie's career... putting her back on the top of the charts.
Since "Spinning Around" in 2000, Kylie has released two albums in the US titled "Fever" (2002) and more recently "Body Language" (2004).
In an interview promoting "Light Years", Kylie explains how she found "Spinning Around."
Kylie: "When we started talking about making the album, I met with different writers, producers, and I spent a fare bit of time with my two A&R men Milesand Jamie.
I said to them initially I liked the writing process, I enjoyed the period of being in the studio starting the day with nothing, and going home with something that you made; it's a thrill. But I said my concern with this album is that it has to be song-driven, and if I don't write the songs, I don't mind. Let's just get the best songs we can.
The song "Spinning Around" was found as a demo by Jamie Nelson, one of my A&R guys in New York, so there's a New York story.
He went over there, arrived home waving his arms about saying "I've got this great song here, I think it'd be perfect for you." And we all listened to it, and loved it straightaway even in demo form, it had something.
The song went through a few processes before it ended up as you hear it as a single. And it always had the potential, so when it wasn't quite right, it was difficult for us because we knew it had promise, and it's a very fine line as I've learnt through that experience, of it being good, and of it being a hit song.
I have never met any of those people who wrote the song, but I'm sure they're very pleased. It sounds a lot more American than a lot of the other tracks, I think it's a song someone else could have sung, whereas there are other tracks on the album that... I just can't think of another artist today that would get away with singing these song
Rebecca "Bec" June Hewitt (née Cartwright) (born 23 July 1983 in Blacktown, Sydney) is an Australian actress and singer.Cartwright has guest-appeared on television series such as Police Rescue, Water Rats and Roar. She has been a dancer since the age of three. She specialises in ballet, jazz.
She won her breakout role and best known role to date in 1998 portraying Hayley Smith Lawson on Home and Away. Cartwright became a series fan favourite and earned herself numerous Logie Award nominations until 2005 she earned a Most Popular Actress win. She left the series to become a full-time mother and her pregnancy was incorporated into the storyline. For a short period of time Ella Scott Lynch replaced her as Hayley before shortly departing the series.
In 2002, Cartwright signed a recording contract with Warner Music Australia and East West Records. Her debut single "All Seats Taken" was released 18 November 2002 and peaked at 10 on the ARIA Music Charts and met with mixed reviews. Her follow-up singles "On the Borderline" and "A Matter of Time" both failed to match the same success, both charting only the Top 30. Her self-titled debut album was released on 16 June 2003, and despite high expectations charted only at 21 and was certified Gold. The album met with mixed reviews with Smash Hits giving the album two out of five stars. In 2004, Cartwright ended her partnership with Warner Music. No announcements of new recordings and an album have been announced as of November 2009.
Cartwright began a relationship with tennis player Lleyton Hewitt. After six weeks of dating, Hewitt proposed following the Australian Open Final. On 5 May 2005, the couple announced they were expecting their first child. The pair married on 21 July 2005. The wedding was at the Sydney Opera House and their reception took place at Taronga Zoo, and was given much media attention. Fellow actors and friends Ada Nicodemou and Kate Ritchie were bridesmaids.
On 29 November 2005, she gave birth to daughter, Mia Rebecca Hewitt, at Sydney's North Shore Private Hospital. Mother and daughter now travel with Hewitt as he plays tennis all over the world. In June 2008, after much speculation, it was announced that the couple were expecting their second child in January 2009. On 11 December 2008, Hewitt gave birth to a baby boy whom the couple named Cruz Lleyton Hewitt. Their third child, a daughter named Ava Sydney Hewitt, was born on the 19th October 2010.
Karen Knowles' extensive and successful career as a performer, producer and director of her own entertainment company now spans over twenty-five years.Her performance career began with the award winning television program Young Talent Time where she quickly achieved national recognition and acclaim for her weekly appearances and regular request segments. She soon caught the eye and ear of Ron Tudor, a great pioneer in the Australian record industry, who signed her to his Fable label in 1980.
Success was swift - Karen soon made history by becoming the first Australian schoolgirl to receive a Gold record with her first Top Ten hit single Why Won’t You Explain. The following album You Are The Reason reached Platinum status, making her the highest selling female artist in Australia for two consecutive years. She then released her second record Loves Us All which achieved gold status, the Top 30 single You Don’t Know Love and The Third Time album.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
They're Playing Our Song is a musical with a book by Neil Simon, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, and music by Marvin Hamlisch.
In a story based on the real-life relationship of Hamlisch and Sager, a wisecracking composer finds a new, offbeat lyricist, but initially the match is not one made in heaven. The two undergo a series of trials and overcome a number of hurdles before finding true love by the final curtain.
They're Playing Our Song is essentially a two-character show. Vernon and Sonia are the sole characters on stage; each character has a three-person Greek chorus acting as their inner voices, and there are no big production numbers.
The original Australian production opened on August 23, 1980 at the Theatre Royal in Sydney. It starred John Waters and Jacki Weaver, with Rhonda Burchmore as one of the "Inner Voices." An Australian Cast Recording was released by Festival Records.
Top pop music composer Vernon Gersch, hoping to find a new collaborator, meets offbeat Sonia Walsk, who has already had some success writing lyrics and is in awe of his accomplishments, at his luxury Manhattan apartment. She is surprised that his Oscar is so light, and Vernon quips, "They're chocolate inside." He is aloof and focused, while she is disorganized and distracted, but Vernon has already written music to one of Sonia's lyrics, and they decide to forge ahead. Sonia, frazzled by her break up with lover Leon, arrives a day late for their first work session. When they begin, she tells Vernon they should get to know each other on a personal level in order for their work to gel, and they decide to have dinner at "Le Club."
Sonia, who has been trying to ease Leon's anguish, is late yet again, and the evening begins badly. She and Vernon argue, then dance in an effort to calm down. The two settle down to enjoy the evening, and they hear their own songs being played over the sound system. Another work session, in which the two really don't listen to each other, follows, but Vernon convinces Sonia to join him for a romantic weekend at a Long Island beach house. The trip to the island in Vernon's small sports car is fraught with engine trouble, calls to Leon, and arguments. They finally arrive at the house, but a phone call from Leon threatens the romantic mood. Determined to concentrate on Vernon, Sonia tells Leon that she can't help him and hangs up.
It's a week later and Vernon is suffering from insomnia. Sonia manipulates her way into his apartment by telling him she has no place to stay since Leon is back living at her place. Sonia and Vernon's romance and collaboration seems successful for a while, but the relationship begins to crumble because of her inability to send her ex-boyfriend away. Also, away from his piano, Vernon is a bundle of neuroses and unable to express his deepest feelings. After some psychologizing about the difficulties of living and working together, the pair split up at a recording session.
A few months later, while Vernon is in a Los Angeles hospital, Sonia arrives unexpectedly with a tiny red child's piano as a get-well gift. Months later, both have separately come to the realization that, despite their differences, they are better together. Vernon arrives at Sonia's apartment in New York to tell her that he wants to try again. She agrees, and they reconcile with a kiss.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Rock 'n' Roll Man/Dream Merchants
Jeff St John (born Jeffrey Newton in Sydney, 1946) fronted a number bands during the 60s and 70s, including The Id ,Copperwine and Yama. The Id and Copperwine achieved national success, both live and with Top Ten hit singles. (Big Time Operator - The Id), (Teach Me How To Fly - Copperwine).
Jeff was the first Oz artist to sign with US imprint Asylum (whose listing included The Eagles, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt) and he released a clutch of impressive singles for the label, capped by his welcome return to the national Top 10 during early 1977 with his scorching version of the Frankie Miller-Andy Fraser track "Fool In Love", and this post "Rock 'n' Roll Man" which didn't chart and taken from the album "So Far So Good" backed by the non album track Dream Merchants.
Read more about Jeff here