Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Darryl Stewart - The Stars Will Remember

I Found A Million Dollar Baby/All The Things You Are/Autumn Leaves/San Antonio Rose/A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square/Love Walked In/But Not For Me/Girl Of My Dreams/The Stars Will Remember/When I Grow Old To Dream/Lovely Lady/Memory Lane

Darryl Stewart was an Australian singer from Sydney.

Stewart Charted in the mid fifties with "A Man Called Peter" which was also featured in the film of the same name. Stewart had a very clear voice and was popular during the fifties and in the sixties.

He apparently spent some time in England appearing on several television shows and also working with Winifred Atwell's BBC TV show.

Stewart was known for singing Irish songs with organ accompaniment.The distinctive and dominant organ sound comes from none other than Australia's King of the Theatre Organ, Wilbur Kentwell.

The song "A Man Called Peter" became one of Australia's biggest hits of 1955.

The song was released in Australia on one of Festival Records earliest 45s, cat # SP45-684.
The flipside was "My Cathedral". The song reached # 2 in Sydney in the winter of 1955, a position it held for 3 weeks.It never made #1 as Festival released the 45 of "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets.

Also on some of his recordings backing was provided by Australia's foremost pre-rock & roll band leader, Les Welch.

Darryl Stewart's good looks once led to British sex bomb, Diana Dors, having an affair with him.


Thursday, 19 February 2015

Collette - Raze The Roof

That's What I Like About You/Ring My Bell/You Ain't Gonna Hold Me Back/Victim Of The Groove/Push/All I Wanna Do Is Dance/Ordinary Man/Party Time/Only You Can Do It/Hothouse

Sydney-based singer Collette Roberts first came to the nation's attention when she signed to CBS and issued a cover of Anita Ward's 1979 disco hit `Ring My Bell'/`Save Yourself' as her debut single. `Ring My Bell' reached #3 on the national charts in May 1989. Collette followed this up with two further hits, `All I Wanna Do Is Dance'/`Push' (#12 in August) and `That's what I Like About You'/`Hothouse' (#35 in December).

DJ Stephen `Pee Wee' Ferris (ex-Flotsam Jetsam) produced Collette's debut album Raze the Roof. In 1990, Collette returned to the studio with producer Mark S. Berry for her second album, Attitude, which produced the singles `Who do You Think You Are?' (#71 in October), `Upside Down' and a cover of Natalie Cole's `This Will Be' (1991). `Who do You Think You Are?' featured New Jack Swing beat stylings (a mix of funk, soul and hip hop) and its lyrics were aimed at Collette's critics.

Early in her career, Collette performed in bright fluorescent lycra clothing, especially bike shorts, bras, and braces. In 1990 she appeared with a new image of short hair and black clothing in an attempt to cast aside the bike shorts image and for her music to be taken more seriously. Collette appeared briefly as 'Ysabel' on Home and Away in early 1991. After her second album, Attitude (1991) and its singles yielded little commercial success, she retired from the music industry and pursued a career as a stylist and make-up artist. She appeared on Channel 7's Where Are They Now? in 2006, revealing that she does some volunteer work at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

From MySpace:
Model-turned-pop-singer Collette became an Australian icon when she unleashed the gold-selling Top 5 single Ring My Bell, an Anita Ward cover, in 1989.

The infectious track caught on quickly and Collette became just as well known for her bright, fluorescent lycra clothing as her music, starting a trend of bike shorts, bras, and braces nation-wide!

Though sometimes touted as a one-hit-wonder, Collette in actuality had a handful of successful follow-ups. Ring My Bell was followed by the dancefloor hit All I Wanna Do Is Dance which reached No 12 on the Australian singles chart and further cemented Collette into Australian pop-culture with it's cheeky video. This video depicts three distinct segments in which Collette dances in fluoro vinyl against a cartoon backdrop, dances in leopard print against a space-age backdrop and finally, in her trademark lycra, dancing in a fountain and teaching the moves to random bystanders at Harbourside in Sydney.

That's What I Like About You followed on, as did Collette's debut album Raze The Roof of which she co-wrote most of the tracks.

Fans flocked to join the Collette fan-club and receive regular newsletter updates from the beautiful singer and to learn what she was like outside of the spotlight.

In 1990, Collette ditched her colourful, disposable-pop image and returned with a new look (short hair, black leather) and the first single from her second album, Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? provided a more "grown-up" sound and was followed by the singles Upside Down and This Will Be (Everlasting Love) and the album Attitude - showing a more serious side to the young singer.

In 1991, Collette appeared briefly as a character on Australian soap Home and Away named Ysabel - police constable Nick's girlfriend.

After the release of her second album, Collette eventually retired from the music industry and, after a hiatus overseas, pursued a successful career as a stylist and make-up artist. Collette also made a return to the world of modelling and continues to model in successful campaigns.

These days, Collette can also be found showing her love of animals as a volunteer at Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo.

Collette has recently made appearances on Where Are They Now? and What A Year! specials in addition to performing for hundreds of screaming fans at ARQ's Retrosexual night in June 2005 and at Mardi Gras Party 2007 - proving that Collette's fans are just as passionate about her as ever and that her music still makes people want to dance!