Sunday, 12 June 2011
In the 1960's Issi appeared on Television programs like Bandstand, Kommotion, The GO! Show and Uptight.
In late 1969 Issi had his first hit song with "Incense" and moved into the 1970's as a regular presenter and performer on the "Happening 70s" TV Show. This continued for three years.
During the 1970s, Issi toured with the great stars of music, including: Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, The Everly brothers, The Platters, Ray Charles, The Supremes, Chuck Berry and The Drifters.
He also shared the Australian stage with John Farnham, Molly Meldrum, Lonnie lee, Johnny O'Keefe, The Deltones, Russell Morris, Brian Cadd, Doug Parkinson, Ronnie Burns, The Masters Apprentices and many more...!
From the mid-70s until the end of the 90's, Issi had his own Television Programs on the Nine Network in Melbourne, Sydney and the Ten Network in Brisbane. Issi is still active today touring with anyone of his tribute shows at the moment he can be seen performing around the country with his Legends of Las Vegas revue.
This single released by Issi in 1974 on the Image label has 2 songs that are poles apart the A side "Personality" is an old chestnut recorded by Lloyd Price but the B side Hitch Hiker really rocks out it was co written and produced by Peter Robinson guitarist for the Strangers the other co writer i'm presuming is Buddy England.
A World Of Our Own/Sinner Man/Open Up Them Pearly Gates/Myra/With My Swag On My Shoulder/Waltzing Matilda/Dese Bones Gonna Rise Again/When The Stars Begins To Fall/Run Come See/This Train/All My Trials/Just A Closer Walk With Thee/Chilly Winds/Kumbaya/The Hammer Song/Wild Rover/Katy Cline/Lonesome Traveller/Another You/The Light From The Lighthouse/Bound For South Australia/Lemon Tree/The Wreck Of The Old ' 97/Morning Town Ride
If every other track on this 1967 24 track Double LP was terrible you would still have to Download this Post just so you could have a listen to the beautiful voice of Judth Durham singing "All My Trials" but of course all the other tracks are not terrible great album great introduction to the Seekers who of course need no introduction.
The Seekers were a group of Australian folk-influenced popular musicians that was formed in Melbourne in 1962. They were the first Australian popular music group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States. They were a highly popular band during the 1960s.
Their Seeker are Judith Durham: vocals, piano, tambourine Athol Guy: double bass, vocals Keith Potger: twelve-string guitar, banjo, vocals Bruce Woodley: guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals
They had nine hits in Britain and Australia in the 1960s: "I'll Never Find Another You", "A World of Our Own", "The Carnival Is Over" (which The Seekers have sung at various closing ceremonies in Australia, including Expo '88 and the Paralympics and still stands as the 30th Best Selling Song in the United Kingdom), "Someday One Day", "Walk With Me", "Morningtown Ride", "Georgy Girl" (the title song of the film of the same name), "When Will the Good Apples Fall" and "Emerald City".
Thursday, 9 June 2011
I'm Back/Let Love Take Over/ The Morning After/I'm Gonna Try/I Could Cry/ Love And Peace/Heartbreak Melody/Chance Of A Lifetime/ I'm Still Not Through Missing You/Wait And See/One More Mountain/ Out Of This World In Love With You
Jay Justin McCarthy was born on 4th May 1940 in Sydney. After he left school he took a job as a shoe salesman at the Reynolds Shoe Store in Castlereagh and began studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Rather than pursue a classical career he became a professional pop singer. In 1960 he signed a recording contract with EMI's subsidiary label HMV Records. His debut single was released in August but it failed to make the charts. His second single Why Don't You Try became his breakthrough record in July 1961, spending eight weeks in the charts and reaching the Sydney Top 40.
By this stage he was appearing regularly on both Bandstand and The Johnny O'Keefe Show. He released two relatively unsuccessful singles before he hit it big with Proud of You in April 1963. It made the number one spot right around the country and spent a total of seventeen weeks in the charts. It was also released in the US on the Veejay Records label. Two more singles were released that year but neither emulated his previous success. Jay was also a talented songwriter and in collaboration with Joe Halford, the Artist and Repertoire man for EMI Records, wrote a number of songs for other local artists like Bryan Davies and Patsy Ann Noble.
Jay was also responsible for discovering young singing sensation Little Pattie. He spotted her performing at a dance at the Bronte Surf Club and arranged an audition for her with HMV Records. Jay and Joe also co-wrote her debut double-hit single called He's My Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy and Stompin' At Maroubra. Jay continued recording and issuing singles on a number of labels until the mid-Eighties. During this period he spent some time in the UK where he recorded one single with top British composer, producer and conductor Norrie Paramour. He also represented Australia at the World Songwriting Festival in Rio de Janeiro and even started his own record label called Jamboree Records.