Wednesday, 18 October 2017


Anita Spring was destined to become an entertainer and she has been performing internationally and nationally since the age of 9. By the age of 15, Spring was performing 8 shows a week in Elvis-The Musical at the Footbridge Theatre in Sydney, Australia. Many other roles in musicals followed including a lead in the Revolution Will Not Be Televised at the Seymour Theatre and Bad Boy Johnny at the Enmore Theatre, it was this show where she worked alongside Doc Neeson, Chris Bailey and Christine Anu. Spring starting writing music at the age of 18 and it was a one off performance with Powderfinger at the ARIA awards that lead to Spring being signed to Universal Music, a combination of good timing and good luck.

In 2003 Spring's first single, Blink - Stay A Little Longer, reached the top 40 on the ARIA Australian singles chart.Spring continues to write and record music, tour internationally and nationally at festivals and clubs and she has also performed on many Australia variety shows including: Molly's Melodrum/ Sunrise/ The Today Show/ Good Morning Australia/ Midday Show/ The Panel and Hey Hey It's Saturday, just to name a few. Spring is not shy of the camera and has also had small acting roles in a string of major films and telemovies including. A recent trip to Nashville, has reinvigorated Spring's passion for country music and she is currently in the studio recording a new album. 

Blink (Stay a Little Longer)
Anita Spring
28 JUL '03#36




Friday, 13 October 2017


The Provost Brothers (Barry and Bruce) came from Grafton NSW. Natural entertainers, the pair made their mark on the Australian music scene, as well as Australian television, starting with a regular live spot on radio 2GF in the 1950s, performing live with requests for listeners. And while many younger Australians may not immediately recognise them by name, The Provost Brothers will no doubt be remembered best for their now infamous jingle written and performed for The Leyland Brothers series, "Ask the Leyland Brothers". The brothers moved to Newcastle in 1958, where they raised their families and became regular faces on television, appearing alongside the legendary Johnny O'Keefe on 6 O'clock Rock, as well as performing regularly on Bandstand and many other TV shows in the 1960s. They were offered to tour America alongside the Bee Gees but decided not to. They still peform shows from time to time.

Monday, 9 October 2017


Born in 1945 not much is known about Al Styne. He was a regular artist at the 'Powerhouse' discotheque in the 60s. He appeared on many variety shows on television plus recorded on the W&G and Festival labels. In 1979 he wrote and recorded 'Do The Jog' which charted nationally.

Do the Jog
Al Styne
27 AUG '79#79

Tuesday, 3 October 2017


Tony Monopoly (1944 – 21 March 1995) was an Australian-born cabaret singer and actor who enjoyed success in the United Kingdom. Born Antonio Rosario Monopoli in Adelaide, he was a regular on the national radio show, Kangaroos on Parade at the age of nine as a boy soprano. At the age of sixteen he became a Carmelite monk and remained in the order for five years. During the 1960s he regularly performed with Edwin Duff and Norm Erskine, as a trio of singers, on In Melbourne Tonight and Tonight with Don Lane. In 1975 he was appearing at Caesar's Palace in Luton when he auditioned for Opportunity Knocks, a British television talent show, for a run of six appearances. In June 1976, his self-titled album peaked at No. 25 in the UK Albums Chart.

In a national pre-selection to choose the song that would go to the Eurovision Song Contest, held on 9 March 1977 at the New London Theatre, Monopoly earned 66 points and placed ninth with the tune "Leave a Little Love." By the early 1980s Monopoly performed aboard cruise liners, "I lived on one yacht for a year," he said. "I went to 56 countries. I had champagne for breakfast. But I hated it". When fulfilling his increasingly rare engagements on dry land, he divided his time between Australia and the UK. Monopoly was head-hunted for a musical while appearing in Cinderella at Hanley, near Stoke-on-Trent. He starred – in drag – in Moby Dick, the inaugural production at the newly refurbished Old Fire Station Theatre in Oxford. The show's success prompted Cameron Mackintosh to mount a 1992 West End production, which opened to scathing reviews and promptly closed, after which Monopoly portrayed Old Deuteronomy in a UK tour of Cats. Monopoly died in Brighton, England on 21 March 1995.



Thursday, 28 September 2017


Oxo Cubans, a brass, percussion and vocal group were formed in 1987. They toured much of Australia and released five albums before taking an extended break in 1996. They perform occasionally to this day.


Mal Webb (vocals trombone), Leo Dale (sax flute) Tony Floyd (drums) Tim Webb (percussion)
Tim Jones (tuba)

Saturday, 23 September 2017


Formed in the 80s out of the back blocks of outer western Melbourne, The Nubiles teamed up with B.A. Taylor who headed the Bandwagon Management team and together they plotted to take over the world one suburb at a time. For a while in the late 80s and early 90s The Nubiles could do no wrong, constantly touring with acts like: Hoodoo Gurus, The Choir Boys, Painters & Dockers, The Village People etc. For a while it seemed as if nothing could stop these four lads from achieving their true destiny, but fate, that cruel mistress, stepped in and changed everything. With all the capriciousness of the true rock bitch that she is, and on the eve of signing with a major label to record their second album, fate’s fickle and foul hand fell and suddenly the deal which was all theirs suddenly became all somebody else’s. In 1990 disheartened but not beaten the band decided to go out on a high, so they got drunk and told their management team that they were going to split. Six months of farewell tours was planned culminating in three sell out nights at the Corner Hotel in Richmond. They reformed in 2008 and played two shows in Melbourne and Torquay to promote their Retrospective ' Sex Riot ' CD. The band is open to playing live again depending on the circumstances.


David Bowers (vocals guitar) Des Mullan (vocals guitar) John R. Weldon (bass)
Johnny Bowers (drums)


The Nubiles Official Biography by Hunter K Davies

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


Honeymoon in Green formed in Melbourne Australia in the early 80s. The band released an album, an EP and a couple of singles.


John Danyi (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Mandy Fox (keyboards), David Elliot (bass), Rick Ferrara (drums), Andrew Crowder (lead guitar, keyboards), Shane Walsh (basss), Bruce Kane (drums)

Thursday, 14 September 2017


Ian McLean formed Scrap Musuem in 1982 while studying painting at Swinburne University. He named it because the Bakehouse Studio where the band rehearsed was full of old junk. The original lineup was Conway Savage, Andy Crowder, Rick Ferrara, Mulaim Vela and McLean. McLean knew Vela from school, while Savage was recruited after a chance encounter at the Tiger Lounge in Richmond. This five-piece line-up of Scrap Museum didn't last long (Crowder had been replaced by Simon Dory in mid-1982) and by 1983 the band had evolved into a trio: McLean on bass, Mulaim on guitar and Frank Borg on drums. Former Birthday Party drummer Phill Calvert sat in with the band in its last 6 months or so. Calvert officially decided to join when Scrap Museum morphed into Blue Ruin. Their only release was a single on Rampant titled 'Say Die'. Scrap Museum played alongside such iconic acts as Moodists, The Laughing Clowns and The Go-Betweens, as well as landing a series of notable supporting gigs for touring artists like Jonathon Richman and The Dead Kennedys.


Ian McLean (vocals bass) Mulaim Vela (guitar) Frank Borg (drums) Conway Savage (bass) Andy Crowder (guitar) Simon Dory (guitar) Phill Calvert (drums) Rick Ferrara (drums)

Friday, 8 September 2017


Adelaide country trio that formed in the early 60s and released three singles on the Leedon label. The Blue Streaks made numerous TV appearances in all capital cities and in regional Victoria and NSW. After leaving the group Carole Sturtzel pursued her love of country and western and is now known as the ‘Queen of Country Music’ in SA. Trevor Warner still records and and performs.


Ricky Adams, Trevor Warner (vocals, banjo, fiddle, mandolin,dobro), Carole Sturtzel (vocals)

Monday, 4 September 2017


Reg was born in Rushworth, Victoria, just after World War II and grew up on a dairy farm at Tatura on a block his great grandfather selected in 1871. He formed his first dance band in the 1960s, but it was 1972 when he recorded a custom release selling 1,000 copies over the counter of his local Shepparton radio station. On the strength of this, he gained a contract with W&G Records in 1973, recording his now classic “Australian Country Music Hall of Fame” song winning his first Golden Guitar in 1974.Reg joined Selection Records in 1977 issuing numerous highly successful recordings over the next almost 30 years including many successful concept albums such as his popular truck and rodeo theme releases. His second Golden Guitar was for “Warrumbungle Mare” in 1981, and his third in 1985 was for “When The Big Mobs Came To Bourke” in 1998, Reg won Album Of The Year at Bungendore Bush Ballad Awards, and in 1999, he was named Victorian Entertainer of the Year.“The Gentle Giant” of country music, as he is known, tours constantly and performs all over Australia.

As well as keeping a fast pace on the road, Reg makes time available for many charity shows and activities. Reg is the 33rd inductee to Australia’s highest country music honour. The Roll of Renown is presented annually to those artists who have made a lasting and significant contribution to Australian country music. He joins many Australian legends such as Tex Morton, Buddy Williams, Smoky Dawson, Slim Dusty, Shirley Thoms, Gordon Parsons, The McKean Sisters, Reg Lindsay, Rick & Thel Carey, Johnny Ashcroft, Chad Morgan, The Hawking Bros, Stan Coster, Barry Thornton, Shorty Ranger, Jimmy Little, Ted Egan, Dusty Rankin, Rocky Page, Brian Young, Rex Dallas and Frank Ifield on the Roll of Renown located in front of the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre. Reg was also presented with a Medal of the Order of Australia on Australia day 2006 for his contributions to Country Music and the Community.Reg Poole is one of the leading bush Balladeers in the country.



Wednesday, 30 August 2017


Trevor Gordon was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England in 1948 as Trevor Gordon Grunnill. He emigrated to Sydney, Australia with his family in the late 1950s. While still in high school, Gordon found work as a boy singer on the popular "Johnny O'Keefe" TV show leading to an exclusive contract with ABC, the Australian Television Network. This led to many live and TV appearances and Gordon was eventually made the host of his own Saturday afternoon kid's television program. During this time he met and befriended Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb who were finding their own success in Australia as the Bee Gees. Gordon played lead guitar on several early Bees Gees tracks that appeared on the Bee Gees first album, The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs. Gordon secured a record contract with Leedon Records and released the singles, "House Without Windows" and "And I'll Be Happy" (both songs written by Barry Gibb and credited to 'Trevor Gordon and the Bee Gees'), In 1965, Gordon recorded another Barry Gibb compositions: "Little Miss Rhythm and Blues" and "Here I Am".

Gordon returned to London in 1967, teaming up with his first cousin Graham Bonnet and eventually the pair became a musical duo called the Marbles. Not long after Gordon reconnected with his old mates, the Bee Gees, by now also in London and fast becoming international recording stars. The Gibbs helped Gordon and Bonnet secure a recording contract with the Australian record impresario, Robert Stigwood. Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb wrote six songs for the Marbles and also provided some background vocals on their recordings, the most successful being the hit, "Only One Woman". With Bonnet's powerful vocals taking over the Marbles sound, Gordon felt under utilized and the duo soon disbanded. Gordon secured a contract with Polydor Records in London and released one album called Alphabet. Gordon was also a cast member of the Billy Cotton TV program in the UK before giving up performing and becoming a music teacher. In 1970, Gordon released his first and only solo album Alphabet on Polydor Records. He later became a high school music teacher. On 9 January 2013, after not being heard from for several weeks, Gordon was found dead in his London flat.



Sunday, 27 August 2017


Pam Liversidge was an early 60s singer who regularly appeared on 'Bandtsand' and Johnny O'Keefe's 'Six O'Clock Rock'. She recorded on the Rex label

Friday, 25 August 2017


After leaving school at 15, Johnny Veen’s first booking as a singer was at the Paddington RSL in Sydney. By the mid-1960s he had burst on to the recording scene and released several records, including his hit You Know He Did which went to No 1 in Canberra – a feat that pleased his wife, Judy, although she confesses she has no idea why it was so popular in the nation’s capital. By the time he was 26 Veen had moved into entertainment management, having learned the ropes from his own manager, Wally Nash. Over the years Johnny Veen, who also compered shows at clubs across the Gold Coast and Tweed, booked acts such as Johnny Young and Young Talent Time, Col Joye, Little Pattie, The Deltones, Danny McMaster, Judy Stone, Barry Crocker, Allison Durban, Kamahl, Ian Turpie, and a young Paul Hogan when he was starting out at Sydney’s Harbord Diggers.Veen managed Greg Doolan of Wickety Wak fame, Ugly Dave Gray, Ronnie Burns, Tony Pantano, and Lucky Grills. Veen lost his battle with emphysema, and died in 2015.

Monday, 21 August 2017


Wild West was a Post-Punk band from Sydney, playing and recording during the years 1980-81. They took a leading role in the thriving underground artistic and musical scene of the inner city suburbs, centred on M Squared studios. Their sound contains a mix of experimental and melodic elements with a wide range of influences including the varied strains of Post-Punk, disco and pop. They recorded on three separate occasions but only released one critically acclaimed EP ("Beat The Drought") and a track ("Pelican") on the seminal M2 compilation "A Selection".


Phil Turnbull (keyboards, vocals), Gordon Renouf (bass), Peter Nelson (guitar), Peter Macgregor (drums), Rae Byrom (synthesizer, vocals), Lindsay O'Meara (drums), Dave Weston (drums)



Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Rupert B, originally known as Rupert B Funkfield Filth Band, played funk music around Sydney from the late 70's. The band started gigging at the Mosman Hotel on Friday nights  They packed the place out every week. With a horn section, Rupert B covered Tower of Power, Funkadelic etc. They were signed to RCA and released one album in 1982 of original songs before disbanding.


Rohan Cannon (guitar, vocals), Steve Balbi (bass), Mick Thornton (trombone), Guillermo "Bill" Mayer (tenor saxophone), Mick Buckley (drums), Don Raffaele (saxophone), Paul Reed (bass)

Sunday, 13 August 2017


Company Blue was a country rock band formed in Adelaide in the late 70s. They released their self titled album on the Nationwide label. Drummer Joff Bateman had played with leading South Australian act, Headband whilst John Bosswell  had played on TV shows such as The Benny Hill Show, the Dick Emery Show and frequent recordings for the BBC before he came to Australia in 1973.


Rick Adams (bass, vocals), John Boswell (lead vocals, guitar), John Forrest (rhythm guitar, vocals), John Martin (lead guitar), Joff Bateman (drums, 1977-78), Bill Clarke (drums)

Thursday, 10 August 2017


Formed in the mid 60s out of Brisbane, The Feelgoods released three singles on the RCA label. Vocalist John Brownrigg sang at the Cavern Club in Liverpool UK circa 1962-5. After leaving this band he formed 'The Sect' in 1969.


Paul Hunt (guitar), Bob Park (bass), Dave Leary (guitar), Paul Riddett (drums) John Brownrigg (vocals) George Brownrigg (drums).

Sunday, 6 August 2017


SSARB (brass backwards) was formed out of a young instrumental band The Young Brass in 1965. Members were - Brendon Darby on trumpet aged 13, Clive Hodson on trumpet aged 13, Keith Robinson on trumpet aged 14 and Ric Whittle on drums aged 12. The Young Brass won many competitions run by the radio station 6IX in Perth and reach the semi-finals of National talent TV show “Showcase with Gordon Boyd” on two occasions (1966/1967). The band was joined by Greg Schultz on piano aged 14 in 1967. In 1968 the band changed their name to SSARB and recruited guitarist/singer Brenton Fosdike. They were in demand as a backing band and studio session work for national artists such as Johnny Farhnam due to their ability to read music.

In 1970, Brenton Fosdike left the band and John Worrall (Bakery), Roy Daniel and Phil Pruitti joined to make the band an eight piece (3 horns). They continued to be in demand at all the clubs in Perth and were chosen to support both national and international artists most notably Osabissa and Paul McCartney & Wings. Although the band started out playing covers of their obvious influences – Tower of Power, Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears, Sly & the Family Stone they quickly added more original material written by both John Worrall and Brendon Darby.

Ssarb made only one commercial single “Bubalunga/Reach Out”, which was released on EMI's Columbia imprint during 1970 however several recordings were made at Martin Clarke Studios and played on Radio 6PM – 'Tell Me Where I Stand/Lorraine/Mothers & Fathers'. By 1970 SSARB were considered to be one of the most popular bands in Perth along with Bakery. In 1971 Clive Hodson left the band. That year SSARB went on to win the WA final of Hoadley’s Battle of the Bands (defeating Bakery). Their winning composition was a John Worrall composition “Hey People”. SSARB represented WA in the National Awards which Flying Circus eventually won. In 1972 Roy Daniel, Ric Whittle and Greg Schultz left the band and SSARB became a more hard edge rock/horn band with ex-Blackfeather players Bob Fortesque and Al Kash joining and Clive Hodson reuniting with John Worrell, Brendon Darby & Phil Pruiti. By the end of 1972, SSARB had disbanded.


Peter Cumuski (guitar, trumpet) Roy Daniels (bass) Bredan Darby (trumpet) Bob Fortesque (guitar, bass) Brenton Fosdyke (guitar) Al Kash (drums) Dave Little (drums) Roy Little (bass)
John Meyer (guitar) Phil Pruiti (guitar) Keith Robinson (trumpet) Greg Schultz (piano/organ)
Rick Whittle (drums) John Worrall (vocals, flute) Paul Blackbee (piano, guitar)



Tuesday, 1 August 2017


Sons of the Vegetal Mother (also known as The Vegetals to fans) were an Australian "esoteric special-occasion progressive band", formed in late 1969, with a floating line-up based around the nucleus of Ross Wilson and Ross Hannaford (both ex The Pink Finks, The Party Machine) and singer-drummer Gary Young and bassist Wayne Duncan, who had both been members of veteran Melbourne band The Rondells, who are best known as the backing group for pioneering beat duo Bobby & Laurie.The Vegetals performed intermittently at multimedia and art events, 'happenings' and concerts at Melbourne galleries and venues like the TF Much Ballroom. Band 'members' at these events included Wilson and Hannaford's former Party Machine cohort Mike Rudd (later in Spectrum) and bassist Tim Partidge (Company Caine) and it was planned that other performers would join in, such as Wilson's friends Keith Glass and Gulliver Smith.

The Vegetals made few recordings—their only known release is Garden Party, a custom-pressed EP played at and given away to audiences at an event/exhibition called 'The Garden Party'.Sons of the Vegetal Mother were part of the line-up at one of Australia's first outdoor rock festivals at Myponga in South Australia at the end of January 1971, and this proved to be a watershed in the group's short career. The enthusiastic reception given to Daddy Cool's set eclipsed the Vegetals' performance, making it clear that Daddy Cool was taking on a life of its own, and Sons of the Vegetal Mother was soon phased out altogether. It was during the Myponga performance that Lofven filmed the footage that was later used in his promotional film-clip for "Eagle Rock". A few months after Myponga, Daddy Cool was spotted by former teen guitar prodigy turned producer Robie Porter they signed to the Sparmac label, and in May 1971 they released their debut single "Eagle Rock". The single quickly reached No. 1 and stayed there for a (then) record ten weeks.


Ross Wilson (vocals, guitar), Ross Hannaford (guitar, vocals), Trevor Griffin (piano), Wayne Duncan (bass, vocals), Mike Rudd (bass), Tim Partridge (bass), Jeremy Kellock (Jeremy Noone) (tenor saxophone), Bruce Woodcock (tenor saxophone), Ian Wallace (alto saxophone), Simon Wettenhall (trumpet), Gary Young (drums)



Saturday, 29 July 2017


Sindrey was born in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne but grew up in Camberwell. He attended Camberwell Central school and then Camberwell High School. Sindrey began his career playing banjo in the dixieland jazz bands of Nevill Sherburn, Frank Traynor and others. After switching to guitar in 1954, he played in various night clubs and hotels in and around Melbourne. In 1956, Sindrey moved to Surfers Paradise, where he formed The Caribs together with Peter Stoddart (piano), Lowell Morris (drums) and Max Wildman (bandleader, saxophone). The Caribs also featured Haitian conga drummer, Albert LaGuerre.

In 1958, The Caribs (sans LaGuerre) accepted an offer brokered by Max Wildman to travel to Jamaica to become the house band at the resurrected Glass Bucket Club in Kingston. Added to The Caribs lineup was bass player Lloyd Brevett (later of The Skatalites). Whilst playing at The Glass Bucket Club and (later) the Myrtle Bank Hotel, The Caribs met many important figures of the then nascent Jamaican music industry. In 1959, The Caribs became the first studio band for Island Records (and its offshoot, R&B), then jointly-owned by Chris Blackwell, Graeme Goodall and Ken Khoury. In that capacity, Sindrey played guitar on hit recordings for Laurel Aitken, Owen Gray, Wilfred Edwards and Keith and Enid amongst others. The Caribs also had their own release on Island, "Taboo". Most of these recordings were made after hours at the studios of radio station RJR engineered by Graeme Goodall.

Also in 1959, Ken Khoury employed The Caribs to be the studio band at his new studio, Federal Records (now known as Tuff Gong). Sindrey also appeared on early Coxsone Dodd productions both uncredited and as a member of the aggregations The City Slickers and The Coxsonairs Orchestra together with Roland Alphonso, Rico Rodriguez and Don Drummond. Dennis Sindrey also had credited releases by Coxsone Dodd including "Hoppin' Guitar" and "Jamaican Song". Sindrey played guitar on Jamaican shuffle and ska recordings for Prince Buster, Leslie Kong and other independent record producers. In the early 1960s, Sindrey arranged, played and recorded with Byron Lee & The Dragonaires and Kes Chin & The Souvenirs, two of the leading uptown dance bands on the island.

After Lowell Morris returned to Australia in 1962, Sindrey and Stoddart formed a new lineup of The Caribs to be the house band at the Junkanoo Lounge of the Sheraton Hotel Kingston. The Caribs remained at the Junkanoo Lounge into the early 1970s with Sindrey on guitar until he left Jamaica in 1968. Sindrey also had three LPs of calypsos released in his own name in Jamaica. His single release "Take Ya Meat Out Me Rice" was a local hit.Whilst in Jamaica, Sindrey also ran a "jingle shop business", making TV and radio commercials for Caribbean and international advertising agencies.

Sindrey emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1968 where he worked as a solo musician using computerized backgrounds in country clubs around South Florida and on charter yachts. In 2002, Sindrey was invited to play guitar in the backing band at the two-night "The Legends of Ska" at the Palaise Royale Ballroom in Toronto, Canada from which the documentary film, The Legends of Ska was produced. Sindrey returned to Melbourne in 2008 for a reunion of The Caribs at The Corner Hotel. In 2012, Sindrey, Stoddart, Morris and Goodall were honoured for their contribution to pre-reggae Jamaican music at the annual Tribute To The Greats event in Kingston, Jamaica. Dennis Sindrey is now retired and resides in Boca Raton, Florida.



Wednesday, 26 July 2017


First Light were a concoction of mid-70's jazz-rock, jazz-fusion and progressive rock with prominent and proficient interplay between the sax, electric piano and the electric guitar with the occasional moog lead similar to other Aussie bands Mackenzie Theory and Crossfire. Their music was predominantly instrumental. Their one and only album was privately released on the M.F.S. label, which had been based out of the Music Farm Studios in Coorabell, Northern NSW. First Light consisted of most notably, Ron Carpenter on drums and mellotron, who was the main composer for Australian prog-rock band Aleph, and drummed for AC/DC at one point in time. John Gray and Harry Freeman were also in the progressive rock band Aeon.


John Gray (guitar) Harry Freeman (keyboards) Graham Jesse (sax, flute) Allan Freeman (bass)
Ron Carpenter (drums, mellotron)

Saturday, 22 July 2017


Lobby Loyde (born John Baslington Lyde, 18 May 1941 – 21 April 2007), also known as John Barrie Lyde or Barry Lyde, was an Australian rock music guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was a member of two 1960s groups: Purple Hearts, which had a Top 40 hit with "Early in the Morning" in 1966, and Wild Cherries with their hit "That's Life" in 1967. He became a leading figure in the 1970s Australian pub rock scene, particularly as a member of Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs on their No. 8 album, The Hoax Is Over (1971) and Coloured Balls for a Top 20 album Ball Power (1973). He was briefly a member of Rose Tattoo during 1979 to 1980. His solo work includes the psychedelic album, Plays with George Guitar (1971) and the space opera, Beyond Morgia: The Labyrinths of Klimster (2007).

Known for his plectrum guitar technique, Loyde inspired a legion of Australian musicians, and was also cited as an influence by international musicians such as Kurt Cobain and Henry Rollins. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006 where his Rose Tattoo band mate, Angry Anderson acknowledged his prowess, "More than anyone else, Lobby helped create the Australian guitar sound, long before Angus Young or Billy Thorpe or The Angels or Rose Tattoo. Lobby inspired Australian bands to step forward and play as loud and aggressively as they could. People are still trying to copy it today". Loyde died of lung cancer in April 2007.



Sunday, 16 July 2017


The Labradogs formed from a band (Scant Regard), which won the Vulcan band competition in 1983. Their music was categorized as power pop. They gigged mostly around Sydney's north shore eg Dee Why and Mosman pubs. The band released an EP 'Get Lonely' in 1986 and a single 'Suddenly Last Summer' in 1987 on the Vi-Nil label, and subsequently broke up playing their last gig at the Annandale Hotel.


Allan Meadows (vocals guitar) Andrew McGlynn (guitar) Darren Jones (bass) John Tozer (drums)

Monday, 10 July 2017


Leslie John Partell was born July 1930 in Sydney. Les received early guitar lessons from Clive Beeton before joining the Victorian Banjo Club. He worked a lot on the ABC, 3XY and 3UZ and other stations around the state. In 1947 Les entered Australia’s Amateur Hour and ran third. After this Les commenced writing his own material. He made dozens of custom recordings on “Elrae Records” which were distributed to radio stations. With Allan Hawking, Bill Earle and Jack Johnson he formed the “Trailblazers” which could have been the first fully professional country music show in Australia.

In 1954 Les travelled to Sydney to try for a recording contract. He recorded his first single on Regal Zonophone- “Hitting the Hobo” and “Homeward Bound”. He then became involved in the Sydney country music scene, which included taking over the 2SM radio breakfast show. Shortly after he moved his family to Sydney from Melbourne and started recording on the “Round-Up” Label (a subsidiary of the Spotlight label). During his career he recorded on many labels and scored a gold record with "Song and Dance Man" for the Bullet label. He toured the country with many shows including Chad Morgan and Rick & Thel etc. He appeared on many live radio shows including the well known “Bonnington Bunkhouse Show”, Ted Quigg and “Harmony Trail”.

In 1979 Les received the prestigious "Living Legends" Award and inducted into the "Hands of Fame". Hat maker Akubra, honoured Les by naming a hat "The Mate" after his Akubra Hat song. In 1994 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the South Australian Country Music Festival Awards. In 2014 he was elevated to the Roll Of Renown in Tamworth. He co-founded the Australian Country Music guild and instigated the ‘Living Legends’ Awards and has been a guest broadcaster of country music for the ABC for more than 30 years.



Sunday, 2 July 2017


Trevor White was born in Essex and nearly became a plumber's mate when he left school because an uncle had a plumbing business. His school teachers wanted better things for him and he entered a law office. He had just completed his intermediate law exams when he auditioned for Sounds Incorporated, it ended his brief legal career. The English Rock'n'Roll group was top rated and visited Australia three times in three years. During the final visit in 1971 the group disbanded whilst in Perth. Trevor was planning on returning to Britain when he auditioned for the Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He took the role of Jesus and was recorded for the Original Australian Cast Recording. Jesus Christ Superstar was designed by Brian Thomson and directed by Jim Sharman. White purchased a house on the North Shore of Sydney and decided to stay permanently.

The soundtrack for the Motion Picture of the Rocky Horror Picture Show was recorded without the involvement of Peter Hinwood, who played the part of Rocky in the film, basically because he couldn't sing. When Jim Sharman heard the studio singer with the film he decided to bring in Trevor White, who was performing Jesus in JCS Australia at the time to supply the onscreen vocals for Rocky. Apparently during the 80's a video version was sold in America with the stereo songs from the LP tapes spliced into the mono soundtrack. In this version Rocky's voice is supplied by the unknown voice on the record. However this was short-lived, as a new mix was made in 5.1 using the original film's vocals, and so on DVD, Blu-Ray, and film, it is Trevor White's voice that is heard as Rocky. These days Trevor White gigs with his band Route 66 on the Gold Coast appearing each month at the Surfers Paradise RSL.