Amazed at the photo’s that my old mate from Grog ‘n Grumble days, Bob Montgomery was posting to facebook, I asked him to put a few of them together with a (far too brief) summary of his career. I’m extremely grateful for what he sent me.
I have put together a brief (as poss ) Story from Jeff St John & the Kim Humphreys Band ( 1978 ) till now. I started in 1963, ..Too much stuff to tell. I didn’t know where to start or finish. I have thousands of photos and dates, but I could be here forever. I have posted some Pics as things progressed along the way. There is a Doco of Jeff St John & the Kim Humphreys Band on You Tube. The Australians – Rock & Roll Man. By Peter Luck.
Here Goes. :-
1978 saw myself and Kim Humphreys hook up with Jeff St John. We went out as Jeff St John & The Kim Humphreys Band. The band consisted of Kim Myself & Jeff Cripps, who was replaced, not long after by Kevin Tonycliffe. We ceased work with Jeff St John and continued on as Kim Humphreys Band this name was Changed to GREAT DANE in 1981. Rob Grosser joined, we had seen Rob in Melbourne in a band called The Aliens, and we asked him to come on board. Great Dane worked flat out right up and down the east coast of Aus. The band saw a mountain of line up changes, and in 1987 I was offered a job in Bandanna, by manager Steve Rondo, so I finished up Great Dane and went on the road with Bandanna with Larry McMillan, Rick Doolan, and Steve Edmonds.
After a disastrous time in Darwin,in 1988, Larry and I came home, left Bandanna and started up The Grog ‘n Grumble Band, with Shane Carter and Scott Hewison.
Line up changes saw the most stable and most successful Grog ‘n Grumble outfit, – Larry – Laurie Camilleri – Johnny Selems & myself. This combination was the hardest band around, with the help of Agents, Maurie Cameron, Steve Rondo, John Christensen, Peter Evans ( Butterfly Promotions ) and Peter Wells, who took over as manager. Larry got itchy feet, Laurie retired, so I enlisted Guitarist Johnny Snitch & drummer Sam Buka. This line up would continue on till now, in a sort of a fashion.
A name change was necessary in 1993. We then became THE HAWKS, as it is today. Sam Buka, Johnny Selems & myself have been together now for 22 years. We have recently taken on guitarist, Marc Saunders.
Music wise, nothing has changed since way back in 1978. – Full on Hard Rock & Boogie.
The next name change might read :- STILL ALIVE AND WELL.
PS :- I have way too many dates, maybe another day. But, here is one for your info. In a press release for Grog ‘n Grumble in a Campletown news paper, I noticed an ad, – Ingleburn RSL Sunday June 13 1993 – Brian Cadd & Glen Shorrock, As BLAZING SALADS.
Thats it, Cheers Bobby.