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Australian Musicians born in August 8th August 1928 – Don Burrows 8th August 1981 – Vanessa Amorosi, singer-songwriter 10th August 1961 – Jon Farriss – INXS -  Born Jonathon James Farriss in Perth, Western Australia 15th August 1969 — Bernard Fanning – Powderfinger, Solo 16th August 1957 – Tim Farriss – INXS – Born Timothy […]

Johnny O'Keefe

Johnny O’Keefe

by Greg Morris April 3, 2014

Do a search on the internet for Johnny O’Keefe (aka J.O.K. or The Wild One) and you will find plenty to keep you busy reading. But for the uninitiated here is a rundown on a man who released over 50 singles, over 40 EP’s and over 30 albums. He is also credited as being an […]

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Glenn Shorrock

Glenn Shorrock

by Mark Gibson January 19, 2014

Glenn Shorrock is a rare talent. Most people would consider being in one successful band enough. Glenn Shorrock has been in more than three very successful bands as well as enjoying a brilliant solo career. Add to this the number of hits written by Glenn and you get some sense of the musical quality of […]

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The Shanghaied Project

The Shanghaied Project

by Mark Gibson January 12, 2014

The Shanghaied Project is creating quite a bit of news recently. It was originally conceived as a one-off recording project to raise funds to aid Mi-Sex guitarist Kevin Stanton who requires specialised neck surgery in the U.K. The idea was to gather a bunch of Australia’s music industry greats to re-record a Mi Sex song […]

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Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014

by Mark Gibson December 18, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014 to all our readers and contributors. 2013 was a huge year for our sites which now include this one, the AustralianMusicDatabase our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AustralianMusicHistory and our twitter feed at twitter.com/AusMusicHistory These sites would not be what they are without the help of all the wonderful people that […]

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Blackfeather

by Mark Gibson December 10, 2013

Blackfeather was a band that went through a number of distinct phases, starting out as a progressive/heavy rock band and ending up as more of a boogie/rock band. As you can see by the list of musicians below, they also went through a very large amount of lineup changes which probably prevented them from having […]

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New Zealand Fantasy Band

by Mark Gibson November 27, 2013

New Zealand Fantasy Band 1970; Picture from left to right. John Carroll Vocals; Ron “Bert” Harris Lead Guitar; Michael Brown Bass; Mike Cassidy Drums (Editors note: This contribution was made possible by Mike Cassidy and John Carroll who both contributed information on this band. Massive thanks to them both.) A band out of nowhere. Won a Sydney […]

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Australian Singles Chart for 1991

by Mark Gibson August 20, 2013

These are the songs that Australians were listening to in 1991. Here is the end of year singles chart based on sales. Top Australian Singles “Tingles” (EP) – Ratcat “The Horses” – Daryl Braithwaite “Read My Lips” – Melissa “I Touch Myself” – Divinyls “Better” – The Screaming Jets Top selling singles in Australia for […]

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Bill Putt

Bill Putt has passed away

by Mark Gibson August 17, 2013

Legendary Australian bass player Bill Putt passed away from a heart attack on the 7th of August 2013. The response from the industry was incredible. He was a guy who was not only a renowned musician but also a renowned nice bloke. Bill was known for his bass playing with bands such as Spectrum, Ariel […]

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Sherbet

by Mark Gibson July 13, 2013

Sherbet was a band I didn’t rate very highly for a while until I saw them live. I suppose they were considered a little bit lightweight if you only went on the stuff the radio was playing but when you saw them live, they were the real deal. Great musicians, well written songs and a […]

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War & Peace Nightclub Parramatta

by Mark Gibson July 8, 2013

War & Peace Nightclub Parramatta was an iconic live music venue of the seventies and eighties and was probably the first real nightclub that I ever went to as a fresh faced 17 year old in 1979. I’d been to a pub or two & seen some bands but this was like, at least in my […]

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