What were you up to in 1975? It was the year that saw Sir John Kerr sack Gough Whitlam as Prime Minister of Australia. The Tasman Bridge in Tasmania is hit by a passing ship and collapses killing 12 people. Joh Bjelke-Peterson was confusing us all with his mastery of the English language and Don Dunstan was putting his own unique stamp on South Australian politics.
Think Big wins its second Melbourne Cup and Easts beat St George 38-nil to make it 2 premierships in a row.
On TV Graham Kennedy utters his fateful “Crow call” which sees him banned from our sets for some time. In Film “Picnic At Hanging Rock” is released and goes on to become an Aussie classic.
Some of the folks born in 1975 include Anthony Mundine, Andrew Symonds, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Mark Viduka and future terrorist wannabe David Hicks.
1975 also saw the last of the fabled Sunbury Concerts which featured bands such as AC/DC, Ariel, Ayers Rock, Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, Buster Brown, The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Chain, Daddy Cool, Deep Purple, Kush, La De Das, Linda George, Matt Taylor, Skyhooks, Renée Geyer and Sanctuary, The Keystone Angels, Madder Lake, Ross Ryan and Sherbet
So, what were we listening to in 1975? Try some of these on for size.
Skyhooks – Horror Movie
John Paul Young – Yesterday’s Hero
Richard Clapton – Girls On The Avenue
Ted Mulry Gang – Jump In My Car
Sherbet – Summer Love
Hush – Boney Maroney
Billy Thorpe – It’s Almost Summer
Some of the Gigs Australians were going to in 1975
|19/11/75||Deep Purple||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|07/11/75||Wings||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|02/10/75||Status Quo||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|28/08/75||The Sweet||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|18/08/75||The Sweet||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|31/05/75||Focus||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|Support Band: Sebastian Hardie|
|21/05/75||Leo Sayer||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|10/05/75||AC/DC||Manly Vale||Manly Vale Hotel|
|09/05/75||AC/DC||Manly Vale||Manly Vale Hotel|
|23/04/75||Roxy Music||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|Support Band: Split Enz|
|15/04/75||Roxy Music||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|Support Band: Split Enz|
|19/03/75||Bad Company||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|17/03/75||Bad Company||Moore Park, NSW||Hordern Pavilion|
|04/03/75||AC/DC||Bondi Junction||Bondi Lifesaver|
|03/03/75||AC/DC||Bondi Junction||Bondi Lifesaver|
|27/01/75||Skyhooks||Dawes Point||Sydney Harbour|
Like always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and memories of 1975 in the comments below. See you there!