Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dig Richards and The R'Jays "Here to Stay".

I love to re-create or "re-master" the album covers from early Australian pop music. At a time when Elvis was finding his feet in the USA, Australia music stars were finding theirs, but their success was unknown worldwide. Their album covers are disappearing from view. to bring them back to life is my passion. 
The first of these is Digby Richards.
Details about this star are well documented in Wikipedia, so rather than go into his bio in detail, I'll use my talents to create a high resolution album cover (picture below).

The story is taken verbatim from the back of the original album, and is in itself full of nostalgia:

Tall, slim, good looking Dig Richards has had a phenomenal rise to success. Dig Rocketed to fame overnight with his smash selling version a tune written by his young brother Doug, “ I Wanna Love You” and quickly followed up with “I’m through”, also composed by Doug Richards and a big-selling revival ”You Are My Sunshine”.
Album Art: Russell Jones

At the peak of his popularity, fate almost brought an end to Dig’s brilliant career when he was involved in a spectacular car smash on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Newspapers headlined the story throughout the country and many experts forecast that the Dig Richards “Star” had set and that 

Dig would never regain the position he had held prior to the accident. In the midst of all this conjecture, Dig’s record company issued the first 12” LP of an Australian artist in this country, and the results were amazing. Letters poured in from countless fans throughout the country and Richards, even whilst he was in hospital, became more popular than ever.

Currently, Dig has a smash selling record throughout Australian his big beat revival of “Annie Laurie”,Dig’s first release for Rex Records. Further distinction has com his way with an invitation from the ABC to compere the nationally famous “Six O’Clock Rock” show on Channel 2 in the absence of Johnny O’Keefe. Johnny is on promtional tour of America plugging his first American release, She’s My Baby.

Rex Records now invite you to hear Dig in four great revivals, any of which could break out as a big hit in the singles market. Digs Present popularity and this record establishes once and for all that Dig is back and this time to stay.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Kevin Todd

Kevin Todd appeared on most pop music shows, including Johny O’Keefe’s Six O’Clock Rock, during his ’60’s career. He married much loved singer Laurel Lee and had a son, Mark. 

But, He and Laurel Lee divorced during the late sixties.

Kevin while at the top of his career became very popular with voice to match his good looks

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Emma Pask is an Australian jazz vocalist. She is best known for her work with big bands and her continuing collaboration with noted Australian virtuoso James Morrison.

She competed on the Second Season of The Voice Australia but was eliminated in the Showdown rounds. In April 2013, Emma auditioned for Season 2 of The Voice (Australia) and was placed on Joel Madden's team as he was the only coach to turn his chair. She was defeated by Lyric McFarland in the Battle Rounds but was given a second chance when Ricky Martin chose to use his only save on her, now making her a member of his team.

While she was unsuccessful during the Showdown rounds, Ricky requested that she join him in recording a Brazilian album he is currently working on after her performance of Brazilian hit song 'Mas que Nada'.

"I'm going to throw a bomb here... I am recording a Brazilian album and I want you to be part of it" says Grammy-award winner Ricky Martin after Emma Pask's rendition of a Brazilian Portugese anthem, Mas Que Nada.

 As proof of Emma's remarkable performance, coach Joel does not stop himself from shouting "Fuego! Fuego! Fuego!" which means fire.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul. While primarily recognised as an axeman of unusual tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s.

The Ride Back To Alice

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Olivia Newton John and John Farnham. Two Strong Hearts Tour Starts April 4

The Two Strong Hearts Tour is set to commence in Margaret River on Saturday 4th April, 2015 (Easter Saturday) at the stunning Sandalford Estate.
John Farnham, a master performer whose classic album “Whispering Jack” is owned by one in four Australians, has a long-held nickname that still says it all: The Voice.
Olivia Newton-John’s appeal is timeless. With a career spanning more than five decades she is still a vibrant, creative individual adored by fans around the globe.
John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John together with the Farnham band, singers and a 60 piece orchestra promises to be a unique, not-to-be-missed concert event.
Australia’s much-loved legends will perform a set together and solo sets on The Two Strong Hearts Tour to ensure all their hits spanning 5 decades are showcased for fans on this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience.
John Farnham has sold more tickets, more albums and notched up more achievements than any other Australian musician. A five times King of Pop winner,Farnham parlayed his teen idol fame into stage musicals, cabaret, and a stint with the Little River Band, fronting hits like “The Other Guy” and “Playing To Win.”
“Whispering Jack,” released in 1987, rebooted Farnham’s career as a headline act. Hits including “You’re The Voice”, “A Touch Of Paradise”,“Pressure Down” and “Chain Reaction” followed.
A 15-time ARIA Award winner, Farnham was named Australian of the Year in 1988, made an Officer of the Order of Australia, in 1996, awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001, and inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2003.
Farnham holds the box office record for most number of arena shows by an Australian performer. His 2002 juggernaut tour, which ran the length and breadth of the continent for six months, was one of the highest grossing tours in Australian history.
Olivia Newton-John, AO, OBE is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five No. 1 and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles and two No. 1 Billboard 200 solo albums. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA.
Her music has been successful in multiple genres including pop, country, and adult contemporary, and has sold an estimated 100 million records, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.
She co-starred with John Travolta in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease, which featured one of the most successful soundtracks in Hollywood history.
The Two Strong Hearts Tour presented by Telstra Thanks will be the tour for young, old and new fans, a unique event with two of Australia’s superstars showcasing their vast careers.

Source: Sandalford