Friday, September 7, 2012
Diesel Dan/Sunday Morning Street/Truck Drivin' Son Of A Gun/Give Me Wheels/T.F. Much/Muleskinner Blues/ Looking At The World Through A Windscreen/King Of The Road/He'll Have To Go/Nashville Cadillac Dreams/Mama Hated Diesels/I've Been Everywhere
I picked this up last week and as I don't see to many Lucky Starr albums, I had a listen to it as soon as I got it home and found myself immediately liking it. It's basically as the title suggests an album of trucking songs which were popular in the early seventies and Lucky does a great job here. One of the reasons I like this album is that it is not just a bunch of American covers which I suppose would have been quite easy to record but there are some Australian Originals on the album 3 by Lucky himself "Sunday Morning Street" "T.F. Much" and "Nashville Cadillac Dreams" also a Digby Richards composition "Give Me Wheels" "Diesel Dan" written by M. Lawler and a reprise of Lucky's Biggest hit "I've Been Everywhere" .
Leslie "Lucky Starr" Morrison (born 29 December 1940), better known by his stage name Lucky Starr, is an Australian singer.
Morrison began his rock and roll career in 1957 as lead singer of The Hepparays. He was a regular on Bandstand and Six O'Clock Rock, and took over from Johnny O'Keefe as host of the latter for a season in 1960. He has a son and Grandson Jackson Morrison
Lucky Starr is one of the founding members of the Australian Pop Music Industry. A regular on television shows such as Bandstand and also hosted Six O'Clock Rock for one season. He also made regular appearances on Mavis Bramston, Revue 60-61
In Melbourne Tonight, Sing Sing Sing, plus many other entertainment shows.
In 1962 Lucky recorded a hit record "I've Been Everywhere", which to date still remains one of Australia's all time favourites. The record received the highest accolade in the music industry, the Platinum Award.
1963 saw Lucky performing in the United States on the Nevada Circuit, The Flamingo in Las Vegas, The Mapes in Reno and Harvey's in Lake Tahoe. Also in the same year Lucky signed a recording contract with Dot Records in Los Angeles, releasing five singles. His agency was Coast Artist, signing performers such as Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Rodgers and Billy Eckstein. As a result of his American trips, Lucky was invited to work the Hilton Hotel Chain world wide spending several years working these prestigious rooms.
Lucky was also the first Australian performer to entertain the troops in Vietnam; in fact paying his own way there and made five subsequent trips into the war zone.
2002 and 2003 saw Lucky touring with "Long Way To The Top", an Arena Spectacular which toured Australia's capitals and regional centres. The show featured the cream of Australia's entertainers from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Due to its popularity it become the subject of an ABC Television special.
Lucky's style ranges from Rock & Roll, to Country through to Jazz and is in fact similar to the late great Bobby Darin.
These days his polished performing style has him working full time in the business he loves.