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Awesome Aussie Songs
48 minutes | Aug 13, 2022
To Love Somebody by The Bee Gees
Without doubt, The Bee Gees are the most successful act to come from Australia. In this episode of Awesome Aussie Songs, we take a look at one of their early international smash hits To Love Somebody. Rather than just the Gibb Brothers performing as a trio, the 1967 to 69 incarnation of The Bee Gees was a 5 piece band capable of heart felt ballads, as well as equally being at home with some ‘four to the floor’ Rock n Roll. We speak with The Bee Gees original lead guitarist Vince Melouney and he shares some fascinating insights into the early years of group and how they came to take on the world and win! There are also historical interview excerpts from Barry, Robin and Maurice, as well as plenty of information and facts to keep even the most fanatical Bee Gees fan satisfied. This episode is a celebration of the band and their contribution to popular music.
37 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
I Honestly Love You by Olivia Newton-John
It's with a heavy heart we release this episode on the Queen of Australian music, Olivia Newton-John. Around 6 months ago we spoke to Olivia's friend and band leader Chong Lim about Olivia. I Honestly Love You won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year 1974. The song was co-written by Jeff Barry and fellow Australian icon Peter Allen.
57 minutes | Jul 8, 2022
Rock & Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life) by Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is one of the countries finest singer / songwriters. While he has had plenty of success in Australia, it is on international scene where his thought provoking music has been truly appreciated. Kevin has made the charts in the US, UK and across Europe and his songs have been covered by the likes of Tom Jones and Mac Davis. Rock & Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life) is one of the most covered songs ever written by an Australian, in this episode we speak with Kevin about his career and how he came to write a classic song.
41 minutes | May 17, 2022
Woman You’re Breaking Me by The Groop
The episode is on The Groop and their song Woman You’re Breaking Me. As a recording act, The Groop had two distinct periods featuring various different members. The Groop Mark 1 was a folk band and spanned 1964 to 66, while The Groop Mark 2 1966 to 69, had a pop rock sound. Our Special guest is former member of The Groop and one of Australia’s greatest songwriters, Brian Cadd.
40 minutes | Mar 27, 2022
Needle in a Haystack by The Twilights
When looking back at the biggest bands of the mid to late 1960’s in Australia, The Easybeats and The Masters Apprentices immediately spring to mind and rightly so, both these bands were absolutely massive, however, ranking right alongside them in the popularity stakes was Adelaide band, The Twilights. The Twilights had 9 singles make the charts over a 2 year period including a No.1 hit with Needle in a Haystack. As well as a No.1 hit record, they also had another 4 singles make it into the Top 5 on the National Charts. It wasn’t just on the charts that the Twilights excelled either, they quickly gained a reputation for being one of finest live bands in Australia. This is further highlighted by the fact they would go onto become the national winners of the prestigious Hoadley Battle of the Sounds competition in 1966. The winners prize included a trip to London for the band and a recording session at Abbey Road Studios - and as luck would have it, The Beatles just happened to be down the hallway recording Penny Lane. Our special guests are former Twilights, Australian music icon Glenn Shorrock and Grammy Award winner, Terry Britten.
50 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
You’re the Voice by John Farnham
Without doubt, John Farnham is an Australian music icon. In this episode we take a look at the highest selling Australian single of all time, You're the Voice. Our special guest is Farnsie's musical director, keyboardists and right-hand man, Chong Lim.
48 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
I’ll Be Gone by Spectrum
This episode is on Spectrum and their No.1 smash hit, I’ll Be Gone. Spectrum formed in Melbourne in 1969 with Mike Rudd providing vocals, guitar and harmonica, Bill Putt on Bass, Drummer Mark Kennedy & Lee Neal playing Keyboards. One of the highlights of the episode is the original demo for I’ll Be Gone, and it’s quite different to the song that we now know and love. We also take a look at Spectrum’s alter ego band, The Indelible Murtceps – and yes, cleverly Murtceps is Spectrum spelt backwards. Our special guest is Spectrum’s (and the Murtceps) Mike Rudd.
20 minutes | Jan 23, 2022
Love Junk by Johnny Diesel
This episode is on Diesel and his first solo single Love Junk. Love Junk was the first release from his hugely successful debut solo album Hepfidelity. Our special guest is the man himself, Diesel.
45 minutes | Jan 8, 2022
Bombora by The Atlantics
This episode is on the legendary band The Atlantics and their instrumental classic, Bombora. We speak with The Atlantics lead guitarist Jim Skaithitis. When it comes to surfing, Australia has always been at the forefront of the sport and that’s no different when it comes to surf music, with Sydney band The Atlantics leading the charge. The instrumental rock craze was inspired by the UK band The Shadows – there was Shadow-wanna be bands spring up all over the globe. The Shadows inspired a generation of up and coming musicians. Rather than kids now wanting to be Elvis, suddenly every kid wanted to be Hank Marvin and become a guitar hero. While The Atlantics were unabashed fans of The Shadows, their own original and innovative sound saw the band stand out from the rest. Over the years The Atlantics have gone onto gain their own international acclaim and are now ranked among the finest bands of the surf rock genre.
59 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green) by Redgum
This is our 50th episode at Awesome Aussie Songs and we are proud to release an episode on one of the most important songs ever written in Australia, I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green) by Redgum. Our special guest is the writer of this iconic song John Schumann. Here is the link to songs updated film clip from the movie Danger Close https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNTb9_zTvcQ
57 minutes | Nov 14, 2021
Girls Like That (Don‘t Go For Guys Like Us) by Custard
Long before Bluey, the Emmy Award winning animated series and in a time prior to becoming an international cartoon-voicing mega star, Dave McCormack fronted one of the coolest bands in the land, Custard. In this episode, we take a look at Custards biggest hit Girls Like That (Don't Go For Guys Like Us). The video for the song won an ARIA Award and in the annual Triple J Hottest 100 for 1998 Girls Like That came in at No.3 You can check out the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoW_fqr86JU Our special guest is Dave McCormack.
13 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
Xavier Rudd is Not My Son by Spectrum
Spectrum are an iconic band from the 1970's, that has continued to make great music into the 2000's and beyond. The band is best known for their classic No.1 hit single, I'll Be Gone and it is a song that continues to be ranked amongst the "Best Aussie Songs of All Time" lists. Our special guest is Spectrum's Mike Rudd and this episode takes a look at his song Xavier Rudd is Not My Son. Its a great tune and it's sure to give you a laugh.
129 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
The Career of Lucky Starr
Lucky Starr has had an amazing 60 year career. He has had No,1 hit records and was the first Australian Rock n Roll star to gain any real sustained success in the USA. Together with songwriter Geoff Mack, Lucky is best know for his smash hit song I've Been Everywhere, however, Lucky Starr's career is far more than just one hugely successful song. Lucky Starr is still performing today and wowing crowds, just as he was when Rock n Roll first landed on Australian shores in the 1950's. Thanks for Listening - please like our Facebook page - Awesome Aussie Songs
97 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
The Career of Lonnie Lee & The Leemen
Lonnie Lee is a legend of Australian music. Together with his band The Leemen, they found chart topping success when the first wave of Rock n Roll hysteria was at its peak. With over 60 years of living the Rock n Roll lifestyle, Lonnie has carved out a career that commands enormous respect. Lonnie Lee and The Leemen were the first Australian act signed to Lee Gordon's record label, Leedon...... yes, a lot of Lee's mention in that previous sentence, but rest assured what it means is Lonnie Lee is one of the creators of the Rock n Roll industry in Australia. Thanks for Listening - please like our Facebook page - Awesome Aussie Songs
14 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Stay The F*** At Home by Chris Franklin & the Isolaters
Just like the success he had with his No.1 hit single Bloke, when Aussie comedian Chris Franklin wrote the Covid 19 lockdown anthem 'Stay The F*** At Home', he instantly hit the mark. Chris reached out to a host of Australian music icons and he formed the lockdown band The Isolaters. These legends included Angry Anderson, Russell Morris, Murray 'Red Wiggle' Cook, Ella Hooper, Bob Spencer, Dave Gleeson and Kevin Bloody Wilson to name just a few of the stars involved. Stay The F*** At Home even became a hit all around the world, with the creators of South Park even adding their own film clip to the song. The music video to Stay The Fuck At Home is also a classic and its sure to give you a laugh Here's the link to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnBtOPUMyqU&list=RDSnBtOPUMyqU&start_radio=1
91 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
The TMG Years - Ted Mulry Gang
The Ted Mulry Gang were one of Australia's most popular bands throughout the 1970's. Best known for their classic song Jump in my Car, the Ted Mulry Gang had 10 hit singles, as well as 4 albums making the charts. In terms of popularity as a band, TMG stood alongside contemporaries such as Sherbert, Skyhooks and they often had a young AC/DC along for the ride as their support band. I sat down with Ted's younger brother Steve and we had a great chat about Ted and his days as the leader of the Ted Mulry Gang. Sadly Ted passed away in 2001, aged just 53, however, the music of TMG still lives on!
46 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Solo Career - Ted Mulry
Ted Mulry's solo career is often overshadowed by the enormous success of his time as leader of the the Ted Mulry Gang. The singer / songwriter first found fame working with Harry Vanda and George Young at the famed Albert Studios in 1970. A creative pop balladeer, Ted found chart success with 5 singles prior to meeting up with the Gang. I sat down with Ted's younger brother Steve and we had a great chat about about Ted and his music. Sadly Ted passed away in 2001, aged just 53, however, his music still lives on!
32 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
The Mighty Guys - Leon’s Story Part 4
The Mighty Guys - Leon's Story Part 4 At a time when The Fonz was king, The Mighty Guys and their brand of authentic Rock 'n' Roll proved to be a winner. In 1981, they released their debut album, Rockin' All Thru The Night and it went Gold on the ARIA Album charts. The Mighty Guys also had a mighty reputation as a live band. The line up of The Mighty Guys were Mick Hamilton (formerly of The Moods & The Vibrants) vocals and guitar, Phil Eizenberg (formerly of The Ferrets) vocals and bass, with Leon Isackson (formerly Dig Richards & the R'Jays and The Rajahs) vocals and drums. In this episode I continue my chat with Leon Isackson, the three previous episodes (Dig Richards & the R'Jays, Digby Richards, and The Rajahs) all feature Leon and his amazing Rock 'n' Roll journey, with this episode focusing on the career with The Mighty Guys.
61 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
The Beatles to Bee Gees - Leon’s Story Part 3
The Beatles to Bee Gees - Leon's Story Part 3 Long before social media, The Rajahs fame blew up literally overnight. If there was a Twitter in the 1960's #THERAJAHS would have been sure to be trending in the 'twitter-verse'. The Rajahs had already achieved plenty of success as Dig Richards and the R'Jays, however, when Dig went solo, they changed their name from to The Rajahs and it was the start of an amazing musical journey. Via a 'throw-away' recording session, The Rajahs became known as the "Australian Beatles" and "filled in" for the Fab Four, giving Aussie teenagers their fix of Beatlemania before the real thing arrived on our shores. As the resident recording band with the famed Festival Records, The Rajahs have probably appeared on more singles and albums than just about any other Australian band, such was their recording output. They also had the prestigious job as Johnny O'Keefes backing band for several years. The Rajahs were the first Australian band to headed to the Vietnam War and perform for the troops. For New Years Eve in 1966, The Rajahs even replaced Bob Hope to perform for 5000 troops aboard the American battleship, the US Kittyhawk. I speak with The Rajahs drummer Leon Isackson about his 60 year career in the world of Rock 'n' Roll.
86 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
Digby Richards - Leon’s Story Part 2
Digby Richards - Leon's Story Part 2 As Australia's very first teenage idol, Dig Richards was the pretty boy of Rock n Roll, often compared in looks to actor James Dean, he was a serious musician who realised there wasn't much of a future in being a 'teenager pop star pin up'. Going by his full name Digby Richards he went on to carve out his own place in Australian music history. As a singer / songwriter he released 30 singles and 7 full length albums. His music was released in America, UK, Germany. Digby had chart success that spanned three decades and he's as diverse a musician as you'll find and I hope this episode does his music justice. I speak with R'Jays drummer Leon Isackson about Digby and I also spoke with Digby's brother, Doug and gained some insight into Digby's solo career. Sadly, Digby died aged just 42-years-old in 1983 , however, his musical legacy lives on.
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