I am an Aussie sheila – and the influential years were spent in Sydney listening to the greatest bands in the world – Aussie bands. Their words are my bones and their music is the blood that runs through my veins.
I want to share some of them with you – because you are poorer for not knowing they existed, for not hearing the magic that came from the stages they stood on.
It was really in the seventies that music began to become important to me. So it is the seventies – as I heard them in Sydney I will share with you here.
In 1970’s there were lots of songs that I want to share with you. I am going to stick to two for each year – which seems like a lot, but you are missing out if you don’t watch them. I’d love to share more but you might not hang around that long…
The top selling Australian singles for 1970 were:
- In The Summertime – The Mixtures
- Knock Knock Who’s There? – Liv Maessen
- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – Johnny Farnham
- Old Man Emu – John Williamson
- Smiley – Ronnie Burns
- Two Little Boys – Rolf Harris
- I Thank You – Lionel Rose
- Yellow River – Autumn/Jigsaw
- Boom Sha La La Lo – Hans Poulsen
- Turn Up Your Radio – Master’s Apprentices
My two favourites…
)n to the top Austrailian hits for 1971:
- Eagle Rock – Daddy Cool
- The Pushbike Song – The Mixtures
- Daddy Cool – Drummond
- I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Helen Reddy
- Banks Of The Ohio – Olivia Newton-John
- Eleanor Rigby – Zoot
- Love Is A Beautiful Song – Dave Mills
- I’ll Be Gone – Spectrum
- Falling In Love Again – Ted Mulry
- Bonnie Please Don’t Go – Kevin Johnson
My top two..
Are they not the coolest ???
I want a pair of Ted’s pants !!!!!!!!!!!!!
1972 – fourteen years old – so much drama at that age – it is of course reflected in my song choice.
The top 10 Aussie songs were:
- Boppin’ The Blues – Blackfeather
- Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy) – Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs
- Day By Day – Colleen Hewett
- Captain Zero – The Mixtures
- So Tough – Johnny O’Keefe
- Shame and Scandal – Johnny Chester
- Ginger Man – Brian Cadd
- Marshall’s Portable Music Machine – Robin Jolley
- How Do Yo Do? – Jigsaw
- Run To Me – The Bee Gees
And my two are…
So me…then and now !!
1973 was a a discovery year…
The top 10 Australian songs were:
- Heaven Is My Woman’s Love – Col Joye
- Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy
- I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
- You Don’t Own Me – Ormsby Brothers
- World’s Greatest Mum – Johnny Chester
- Your Mama Don’t Dance – Bootleg Family Band
- Suzie Darling – Barry Crocker
- Cassandra – Sherbet
- Neither One Of Us – Linda George
- Venus – Jamie Redfern
These were favourites…
Roll on 1974. the year I turned 16. I fell in love twice that year.
Top Australian hits for 1974 were:
- Evie (Part 1) – Stevie Wright
- Farewell Aunty Jack – Grahame Bond
- Can’t Stop Myself From Loving You – William Shakespeare
- Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) – Helen Reddy
- I Love You, I Honestly Love You – Olivia Newton-John
- The Lord’s Prayer – Sister Janet Mead
- I Am Pegasus – Ross Ryan
- He’s A Rebel – Debbie Byrne
- Hey Paula – Ernie Sigley & Denise Drysdale
- Would You Lay With Me – Judy Stone
The first love of that year was…
I cheated a little – it’s the whole thing…but worth it people – worth it.
I also fell for a flesh and blood fella…he was a Sagittarius – and he sure had wings…
Now this was not in the top ten – but I just couldn’t leave these guys out..
Well since you have stuck it out – the best is coming. 1975. For many reasons, love, leaving school, 1975 was a pivotal year for me. it is perhaps reflected in the music…
Top 10 Australian hits were:
- Summer Love – Sherbet
- Horror Movie/Carlton – Skyhooks
- Newcastle Song – Bob Hudson
- Bony Moronie – Hush
- My Little Angel – William Shakespeare
- You’re My World – Daryl Braithwaite
- Ego Is Not A Dirty Word – Skyhooks
- All My Friends Are Getting Married – Skyhooks
- Yesterday’s Hero – John Paul Young
- If You Love Me – Olivia Newton-John
The last two for the night…
Did you notice the really hot looking keyboard player – oh God I used to…
And now for the band I was obsessed with. Completely, totally, out of my mind, they could do no wrong obsessed…
Now this is just too much of a classic not to be included, so for all the Aussies out there: FAREWELL AUNTY JACK – just because…