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Australian Music I grew up with: 1976 – 1979

In 1976 Sherbet dominated the Australian charts – they had three songs in the top Australian hits from that years with the single HOWZAT reaching number 4. Howzat is a commonly used to “appeal” in cricket. The album Howzat spent two weeks at number 1 in the Australian charts in 1976.

Top 10 Australian Hits that year were:

  1. Howzat – Sherbet
  2. Jump In My Car – Ted Mulry Gang
  3. Slipping Away – Max Merritt & The Meteors
  4. Darktown Strutters Ball – Ted Mulry Gang
  5. I Hate The Music – John Paul Young
  6. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Marcia Hines
  7. Happy Days – Silver Studs
  8. Every Little Bit Hurts – Shirley
  9. Child’s Play – Sherbet
  10. Matter Of Time – Sherbet

So here is Howzat…

Marcia Hines came to Australia in the late sixties from America. She became Australia’s Queen of Pop various times. In 1973-1974 Marcia played Mary Magdalene in Australia’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar with Trevor White, Jon English, Doug Parkinson, Stevie Wright and John Paul Young.

Jon English who played Judas in the Australian version of Jesus Christ Superstar was another favourite of mine. His album and single, both titled ‘Hollywood Seven’ were released  in 1976. The single reached 13 in the Australian charts.

There were a couple of bands around that were shaking the dirt in Aussie land – they sure came top of my list.

The Angels formed in Adelaide in 1970 and in April 1976 released the following song…

In 1973 Angus and Malcolm Young formed the band AC/DC, and 1976 was a pretty good year for music if you were a fan – I was !!!!! They released four singles:

1. T.N.T.

2. It’s a Long Way to the Top

3. Jailbreak

4. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

In 1977 these were the top selling Australian singles:

  1. I just want to be your everything – Andy Gibb
  2. I Go to Rio – Peter Allen
  3. Don’t fall in love – Ferrets
  4. Help is on its way – Little River Band

I was lucky enough to see both Marcia Hines and The Little River Band in concert at the Sydney Opera House – where the acoustics make it almost unnecessary to have microphones.

Sadly, Andy Gibb was to die early.

Two New Zealand bands also went into the charts that year.

At number six was SPlIT ENZ  with My Mistake, and DRAGON held the number 18 spot with April Sun in Cuba.

So in honour of the tradition of claiming all things New Zealand as Australian I shall include both bands here…well they did spend a LOT of time living/working in Oz guys…hehehe

I spent many a weekend watching Split Enz performing, when they first arrived in Australia, at hotels on Coogee Beach, mainly at the Oceanic.

Dragon performed there quite a bit as well – so I can’t help myself…

And on we go to 1978…the year I turned 20…went to Bali, and fell in love with a surfer named Peter…

  • Only the big boy was mine…So what were the top Aussie songs for that year ?
  1. You’re the One that I Want – Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
  2. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
  3. Emotion – Samantha Sang
  4. Are You Old Enough – Dragon
  5. How Deep is Your Love – Bee Gees
  6. Love is in the Air – John Paul Young

And no Aussie music post of the 70’s could not have this guy in it…

Cold Chisel also released their first album in 1978. The first single from this album was Khe Sanh. It was remixed and then included on the US version of the album East in 1981. “Khe Sanh” was named the greatest Australian song of all time in a mid-2007 countdown on the Max channel.

Khe Sanh lyrics

I left my heart to the sappers round Khe Sanh
And my soul was sold with my cigarettes to the blackmarket man
I’ve had the Vietnam cold turkey
From the ocean to the Silver City
And it’s only other vets could understand

About the long forgotten dockside guarantees
How there were no V-dayheroes in 1973
How we sailed into Sydney Harbour
Saw an old friend but couldn’t kiss her
She was lined, and I was home to the lucky land

And she was like so many more from that time on
Their lives were all so empty, till they found their chosen one
And their legs were often open
But their minds were always closed
And their hearts were held in fast suburban chains
And the legal pads were yellow, hours long, paypacket lean
And the telex writers clattered where the gunships once had been
But the car parks made me jumpy
And I never stopped the dreams
Or the growing need for speed and novacaine

So I worked across the country end to end
Tried to find a place to settle down, where my mixed up life could mend
Held a job on an oil-rig
Flying choppers when I could
But the nightlife nearly drove me round the bend

And I’ve travelled round the world from year to year
And each one found me aimless, one more year the worse for wear
And I’ve been back to South East Asia
But the answer sure ain’t there
But I’m drifting north, to check things out again

You know the last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone
Only seven flying hours, and I’ll be landing in Hong Kong
There ain’t nothing like the kisses
From a jaded Chinese princess
I’m gonna hit some Hong Kong mattress all night long

Well the last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone
Yeah the last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone
And it’s really got me worried
I’m goin’ nowhere and I’m in a hurry
And the last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone

In 1979 two of the top three Australian chart hits were – believe it or not sports anthems. And the number two Australian song was another Kiwi band Mi-Sex. I know – but it makes sense to Australians…hehe

  1. Up There Cazaly – The Two-Man Band
  2. Computer Games – Mi-Sex
  3. C’mon Aussie C’mon – The Mojo Singers

Up There Cazaly was the anthem for Australian Rules football.

Of course as we started with a ‘cricket’ song it seems only right to end with one…

And Cold Chisel (fast becoming my favourite Aussie band) released this classic

That’ll do people…that’ll do.

Australian Music I grew up with: 1970 – 1975.


Australian music I grew up with: 1970 – 1975

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:

  1. In The Summertime – The Mixtures
  2. Knock Knock Who’s There? – Liv Maessen
  3. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – Johnny Farnham
  4. Old Man Emu – John Williamson
  5. Smiley – Ronnie Burns
  6. Two Little Boys – Rolf Harris
  7. I Thank You – Lionel Rose
  8. Yellow River – Autumn/Jigsaw
  9. Boom Sha La La Lo – Hans Poulsen
  10. Turn Up Your Radio – Master’s Apprentices

My two favourites…

)n to the top Austrailian hits for 1971:

  1. Eagle Rock – Daddy Cool
  2. The Pushbike Song – The Mixtures
  3. Daddy Cool – Drummond
  4. I Don’t Know How To Love Him – Helen Reddy
  5. Banks Of The Ohio – Olivia Newton-John
  6. Eleanor Rigby – Zoot
  7. Love Is A Beautiful Song – Dave Mills
  8. I’ll Be Gone – Spectrum
  9. Falling In Love Again – Ted Mulry
  10. 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:

  1. Boppin’ The Blues – Blackfeather
  2. Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy) – Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs
  3. Day By Day – Colleen Hewett
  4. Captain Zero – The Mixtures
  5. So Tough – Johnny O’Keefe
  6. Shame and Scandal – Johnny Chester
  7. Ginger Man – Brian Cadd
  8. Marshall’s Portable Music Machine – Robin Jolley
  9. How Do Yo Do? – Jigsaw
  10. 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:

  1. Heaven Is My Woman’s Love – Col Joye
  2. Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy
  3. I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
  4. You Don’t Own Me – Ormsby Brothers
  5. World’s Greatest Mum – Johnny Chester
  6. Your Mama Don’t Dance – Bootleg Family Band
  7. Suzie Darling – Barry Crocker
  8. Cassandra – Sherbet
  9. Neither One Of Us – Linda George
  10. 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:

  1. Evie (Part 1) – Stevie Wright
  2. Farewell Aunty Jack – Grahame Bond
  3. Can’t Stop Myself From Loving You – William Shakespeare
  4. Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) – Helen Reddy
  5. I Love You, I Honestly Love You – Olivia Newton-John
  6. The Lord’s Prayer – Sister Janet Mead
  7. I Am Pegasus – Ross Ryan
  8. He’s A Rebel – Debbie Byrne
  9. Hey Paula – Ernie Sigley & Denise Drysdale
  10. 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:

  1. Summer Love – Sherbet
  2. Horror Movie/Carlton – Skyhooks
  3. Newcastle Song – Bob Hudson
  4. Bony Moronie – Hush
  5. My Little Angel – William Shakespeare
  6. You’re My World – Daryl Braithwaite
  7. Ego Is Not A Dirty Word – Skyhooks
  8. All My Friends Are Getting Married – Skyhooks
  9. Yesterday’s Hero – John Paul Young
  10. 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…

Australian Music I grew up with: 1976 – 1979