Monday, 16 June 2014

Emma Hannah - Things We Do For Love

Babe/Hold Tight/Sometimes When We Touch/Sometimes When We Touch/Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone/The Rose/Love Don't Live Here Anymore/Do That To Me One More Time/Living Thing-Telephone Line/Don't Give Up On Us Baby/I Don't Wanna Talk About It/Slipping Away From Me/We Don't Talk Anymore/Stay With Me Till Dawn-If You Leave Me Now/Can We Still Be Friends/The Things We Do For Love/Close To You/All in Good Time

Emma Hannah was born on December 14th 1944 in Young, NSW.

Emma’s busy career in the music industry began in her teenage years. After early classical training, she became very involved in the flourishing Folk movement, and has been a professional singer and musician from that time on. In the mid 1960’s she appeared on the television show - Gary Shearston's 'Just Folk', along with concert performances across a wide area of the Eastern states of Australia

In the early 1970’s she became a regular on John Williamson's popular 'Travlin' Out West' TV series. Later on she made many more appearances on television, including 'Reg Lindsay's Country Homestead'.

In 1975 she signed a recording contract with Wizard Records. Her first single was “Give a Hand, Take a Hand”. In 1976 a Second single “Waiting For The Rain” released. This single charted well in most states which lead to appearances on the television shows “Don Lane” and “Ernie Sigley”. The same year an Album “Be a Lady in the Daytime” was released.

She was inducted into the Hands of Fame in 1979. Her single “Angel of the Morning” won her a national award for Best Country Record of the Year. Then in 1980 she released "Things We Do For Love" an album of 20 great love songs. Emma is still active today. 

The Complete Downunder Tracks

Downunder was one a shortlived Australian Sixties labels -- it lasted only five months, from June to October 1966, and released just thirteen singles. It was set up by producer-engineer Ossie Byrne and producer-songwriter-entrepreneur Nat Kipner to release recordings they made at Ossie's St Clair Studios in Hurstville. All thirteen singles were manufactured and distributed by Festival Records.
The label was owned by LKB Productions; it is probably safe to assume that Nat Kipner was the "K" and Ossie Byrne the "B" in this partnership. According to historian Bill Casey, Derek Lee, a Wollongong singer-songwriter who was a friend of Ossie Byrne, recorded demos at St Clair studio. Derek won a talent contest on Johnny O’Keefe’s TV show Sing Sing Sing, the prize being a trip to England and when Byrne and The Bee Gees left Australia on the Fairsky in January 1967, Derek Lee was with them. These associations makes it probable that Derek Lee was the "L" in LKB. In addition, the B-side of the Derek's Accent single was a song written by Lee.
The Downunder singles were either produced solely by Nat Kipner or co-produced by Kipner and Byrne. Both sides of the Barrington Davis single were written by Nat and Ossie, and several other songs --including those on the Bip Addison single -- were written collaboratively by Maurice Gibb and Nat Kipner. Downunder is of considerable interest to Bee Gees aficionados, since it operated during the extraordinarily fertile period when the Bee Gees were working almost round the clock at the St Clair studio and collaborating freely with almost all the other performers who came through the studio.
"June and July (1966) witnessed the Bee Gees virtually living at the St Clair studio, with all night recording sessions involving themselves and other artists for whom they provided songs and musical backing. Production duties were shared around between Nat Kipner, Ossie Byrne and the Bee Gees themselves."
Luckily, virtually all of the Bee Gees' St Clair recordings have survived and were collected on Festival's Brilliant From Birth CD compilation, including their own versions of "Coalman" and "Exit Stage Right" (later covered by Ronnie Burns) as well as The Bee Gees' own breakthrough hit "Spicks and Specks". Many of the recordings made at St Clair during 1966 were released on other labels like Leedon, Kommotion, Spin, Go!! and HMV, including albums and singles by Marty Rhone, Steve & The Board, Tony Barber, Ronnie Burns, Dinah Lee, Jeff St John & The Id, Toni McCann and even an album track by The Twilights.
The most obscure release on Downunder is the only known single by "Wee Liz", a teenage singer from Wollongong, whose real name was Elizabeth Reed. Liz performed around the Wollongong area, backed by local groups such as The Fyrebyrds, Four Sale and The Sons of Adam, and amassed a loyal following at teenage dances in the Illawarra region in 1965-66. How she came to record for Downunder is not known, although it's possible that she had come to attention of Derek Lee, who was also from Wollongong. According to a Sydney collector on the Phoenix Rising web forum, it was reported at the time that only four copies were sold, and that the collector himself owns the only known survivng copy.