Life Is What You Experience & How You Cope And React To What It Throws At You…Good & Bad

And the music of your life is a pretty good reflection of your being –  ‘Life Is A Rock (And The Radio Rolled Me) –

Sometimes it gets kind of soupy – ‘Life Is A Minestrone’ –

It can be a wild ride – ‘Wild Side Of Life’ –

Make every day count – ‘Life’

Admire it’s beauty – ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’

Be inclusive – ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’

Enjoy it’s history – ‘Rock & Roll (You Gave Me The Best Years of My Life’)

Share your feelings – ‘You Decorated My Life’

Try and not get caught up in complexities – ‘A Simple Life’

And, again – ‘Give Me The Simple Life’ –

Exercise ! – ‘Walk Of Life’ –

It can be hectic – ‘Life In The Fast Lane’

But we all need to slow down, now and again – ‘Lazy Life’

Be grateful – ‘I’ve Had the Time Of My Life’

Appreciate the highs – ‘Back In The High Life Again’

Play it straight, tell it as it is – ‘The Straight Life’

Take in life’s beauty – ‘Beautiful Life’

Get into life’s rhythm – ‘The Rhythm Of Life’

Analyse your day – ‘A Day in The Life’ –

Accept – ‘Isn’t Life Strange’

Acknowledge – ‘For Once In My Life’

Try and keep positive – ‘Life Is Getting Better’

Enjoy the ride – ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life’)

Make the most of this 24 hours – ‘Everyday Of My Life’

Never stop questioning – ‘What Is Life ?’

And ALWAYS enjoy words and music – ‘That’s Life’








Bon, Johnny, Billy, Daryl, Doc, Jim & Stevie – Now Rockin’ In Peace.

With the passing of Stevie Wright ex Easybeats, it got me thinking of fellow Oz rockers who  had gone before him. This is only the tip of the rock block ! Ironically, all the guys were Australian musos through and through, but only two were born here, Daryl Cotton (Adelaide)  and Johnny O’Keefe (Sydney). The other members of ‘The Magnificent 7’ Bon Scott, Billy Thorpe, Doc Neeson, Jim Keays and Stevie Wright were all born in the UK, and proudly/gladly came to our shores in their youth.

With so much talent gifted to us (and them) and as the years roll on and we tend to forget time frames or simply don’t know what’s available on YouTube re our past, I decided to do some research, the result of which is this offering of tribute to some of the greats. It is not meant to be exhaustive or sexist, it’s just these are the names that immediately spring to my mind as contributing BIG TIME to our music appetites, over the decades in Australia.

When you have time, one by one, view the following and either relive or discover for the first time 7 Oz music greats of the past. I hope you enjoy.

Bon Scott – 1946 to 1980 (34)     

Johnny O’Keefe – 1935 to 1978 (43)

Billy Thorpe – 1946 to 2007 (61)

Daryl Cotton – 1949 to 2012 (63)

Doc Neeson – 1947 to 2014 (67)

Jim Keays – 1946 to 2014 (68)

Stevie Wright – 1947 to 2015 (68)



‘Give Peace A Chance’ – But Do They Really WANT To ?

We know the title of the song, we know the song and we know where John & Yoko were coming from when they recorded it in 1969…  But has anything really changed ?

It’s been 46 years , that’s right 4 decades+ since John Lennon felt compelled to write that song. He was obviously concerned at the state of world affairs, the Vietnam War and general violence in our global society. In 2015 are we now better off  ? It’s easy to say ‘NO’ based on the daily news, or could it be the Internet inspired 24 hour news cycle just keeps pounding negative stories and images into our heads, day by day ?

In any case, from domestic violence, school yard bullying, road rage, alcohol abuse/addiction, political bickering, drug related crime, greed, religious differences, social media ‘outing’ and ‘scams’, to out an out WAR, it seems some humans struggle to achieve ‘A Little Piece Of Peace’…

It seems  to me we were all put on this planet to achieve. Trouble is the decision to achieve ‘what’ comes back to the individual and to a large degree the environment that individual was born into and those who influence/influenced that person’s life path. There is no easy fix, except to say the majority of the world’s decent people, need to be strong, lead by example and support the efforts of our politicians, police and defence personnel to maintain and hopefully enhance future peace efforts. It’s so easy to be ‘anti-war’ as none of us (or at least most of us) don’t want to go down that route, however history tends to repeat itself, as the state of the world in 2015 reflects. Maybe, with Christmas almost here, give prayer a chance

The A to Z Of Australia Day Music 2015

A simple alphabetical tour of Oz Music format, that anyone can play or play with to create your own A to Z playlist(s). Maybe even record and broadcast/podcast (subject to applicable fees) ! So here’s my 26 surname ‘sample’ of Australian Music, that grabs my ear – WARNING – It is diverse !

Ariel – Jamaican Farewell

Barnes, Jimmy – Ride The Night Away

Cadd, Brian – Keep On Rockin’

Dynamic Hepnotics – Soul Kind Of Feeling

Easybeats – Good Times

Ferrets – Don’t Fall In Love

George, ‘Miss’ Linda – Mama’s Little Girl

Healing Force – Golden Miles

INXS – The One Thing

Jet – Cold Hard Bitch

King Fox – Unforgotten Dreams

Loved Ones – The Loved One

Madderlake – 12 Pound Toothbrush

Noiseworks – Hot Chilli Woman

O‘Keefe, Johnny – Move Baby Move

Parkinson, Doug – I’ll Be Around

QED – Everywhere I Go

Radiators – Comin’ Home

Sang, Samantha – Emotion

Thorpe, Billy & The Aztecs – Poison Ivy

Uncanny X Men – 50 Years

Vibrants – Something About You Baby

Wa Wa Nee – Stimulation

Xtra – Daddy Cool – Hi Honey Ho

Young, John Paul – The Love Game

Zoot – Eleanor Rigby



Into Train Music ?

I LOVE music ! And there have been some great TRAIN ‘tracks’ (sorry ) over the years, either about trains – real or fictitious –  and by TRAIN. They even came up with some dance moves in the 60’s, inspired by a train.

Now, ALL ABOARD !!! Here for your listening and visual pleasure is my Top 10 train inspired songs…

#10 – ‘Waiting For A Train’ – Flash And The Pan…

#9 – ‘Loco – Motion’ – Little Eva…

#8 – ‘Train’ – Leo Sayer…

#7 – ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’ – Gladys Knight & The Pips’…

#6 – ‘Downtown Train’ – Rod Stewart…

#5 – ‘Indian Pacific’ – Slim Dusty…

#4 – ‘Drops Of Jupiter’ – Train…

#3 – ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Train – AC/DC…

#2 – ‘Nighttime In The Switching Yard’ – Warren Zevon…

#1 – ‘The Midnight Special’ – John Fogerty…

#1 – “Orange Blossom Special” – Johnny Cash…

‘International Women’s Day’ – Music Tracks Featuring Womens Names – Eclectic !

A great reason to put the brain into gear, the YouTube search a happening and to present for you some fantastic tracks featuring ‘girls’ names, not necessarily sung by females.

We’ve got the big names from Oz and OS and in a few cases more than 1 version of the same song – it just adds to the texture of the feature ! The ladies songs are featured in random order (88 of them), but which ever you play ’em, you’ll love ’em.

So, enough from me and now over to you to plug in and enjoy the female name game, as we commemorate ‘International Women’s Day’…… – Penny Lane / The Beatles – When Julie Comes Around / The Cuff Links – Valerie / Steve Winwood – Jennifer Eccles / The Hollies – Diana / Paul Anka – Linda Sue Dixon / Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels – Sherie Baby / Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Mary Mary / The Monkees – Evie  / Jim Capaldi – Maria / PJ Proby – Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) / Looking Glass – Helen Wheels / (Sir) Paul McCartney & Wings – My Cherie Amor / Stevie Wonder – The Jean Genie / David Bowie – Louise / Jona Lewie – Angel Of The Morning / Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts – Claudette / Roy Orbison – Gloria / Them (featuring Van Morrison) – Julie Anne / Kenny – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds / The Beatles – Annie’s Song /  John Denver – Melissa / The Allman Brothers Band – Betty Davis Eyes / Kim Carnes – Down At Lulu’s /  Ohio Express – Patricia / Perez Prado – Cathy Come Home / The Twilights – Michelle / The Overlanders – My Sharona / The Knack – Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town / Kenny Rogers & The First Edition – Lola / The Kinks – I Love You So Rebecca / Johnny Chester – Lovely Rita / The Beatles – Amazing Grace / Judy Collins – Carol / Tommy Roe – Jodie & The Kid / Lee Conway – First Of May / The Bee Gees – Come On Eileen / Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Help Me Rhonda / The Beach Boys – Elenore / The Turtles – Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) / John Fred & His Playboy Band – Penelope / Normie Rowe – A Daisy a Day / Jud Strunk – Mona (I Need You Baby)  / The Rolling Stones – Mandy / Barry Manilow – It’s Judy’s Turn to Cry / Leslie Gore – Jenny take A Ride / Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels – Sally Go Round The Roses – The Questions (featuring Doug Parkinson) – Donna / Ritchie Valens – I Did What I Did For Maria / Tony Christie – Susie Darlin’ / Barry Crocker – Black Betty / Ram Jam – Sandy Sandy / The Town & Country Brothers – Take A Letter Maria / R.B. Greaves – Mustang Sally / Wilson Pickett – Pamela Pamela / Wayne Fontana – Mary Mary / Shackles (Praise You) – April Love / Pat Boone – Alison / Elvis Costello – Oh Yoko / John Lennon – Walk Away Renee / The Four Tops – I’m Not Lisa / Jessi Colter – Judy Judy Judy / Johnny Tillotson – Cara Mia / Jay & The Americans – Evie, Pts. 1, 2 & 3 / Stevie Wright – A Message To  Martha / Adam Faith – Genie With The Light Brown Lamp / The Shadows – Help Me Rhonda / Johnny Rivers – Maxine / Sharon O’Neil – Jennifer Juniper / Donovan – Valleri / The Monkees – Goodnight Irene / Eric Clapton – Hey Hey Helen / Abba – Anna (Go To Him) / The Beatles – Rachel / Russell Morris – Gloria / Laura Branigan – Ruby Tuesday / The Rolling Stones – (Jenny Jenny) Dreams Are Ten A Penny / Kincade – Dawn (Go Away) / The Four Seasons – Lucille / Little Richard – Jessica / The Allman Brothers Band – Run Sally Run / The Cuff Links – Judy / Elvis Presley – Delta Dawn / Helen Reddy – Dizzy Miss Lizzy / The Beatles – Tell Laura I Love Her / Ray Peterson – Lucille / Kenny Rogers – Rosanna / Toto – Carol / Chuck Berry













Chicago – ‘The Windy City’, where the music scene of the 60’s blew a fresh, invigorating breeze of enthusiasm

Like the 60’s in general, music provided both the creative means and employment opportunity for young, talented, people to break out. The eager audience was also right into fresh, experimental ‘activities’, almost to spite ‘the olds’ and ‘the establishment’ in general.

The history of pop music in the 60’s citing the city of Chicago in particular is fascinating. Enjoy this 3 part mini-special, which looks at the people, their stories, the music and the 2 dominant radio stations battling it out, to secure a commanding share of the emerging pop music listenership. And ‘yes’, the band ‘Chicago’ does feature in this great doco, featuring many hits that charted in Australia. Enjoy ! – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3

That Summer Feeling In Song

This ‘young bloke’ has had a blast putting together this completely biased, non-scientific, certainly NOT researched list of songs/instrumentals, that to my mind reflect Summer ‘Down Under’. I’ve featured quite a few Aussie acts + US & UK talent from the late 50’s through the 80’s. I’m sure there are a stack of great, summer inspired songs from the 80’s forward, however they may surface at a later date.

As a radio person for a few decades or four, I’ve played all of these tracks many times over the years BUT they survive (at least in my audio head) as music cuts that create the mood, images and sound of an Aussie summer. In my role as a voice over actor and writer, music is both a relaxant (yes, it is addictive) and an everyday tool in both the broadcast and VO business.

My selection is not presented in any particular numerical/favourite order. It’s not a countdown as such, but rather 30 odd tracks that I happen to enjoy and believe me the list IS eclectic. I hope you enjoy them ! – ‘It’s Almost Summer’ – Billy Thorpe – ‘Summer Breeze’ – Seals & Crofts – ‘The Heat Is On’ – Glenn Frey – ‘Summer In The City’ – The Lovin’ Spoonful – ‘The Summer Wind’ – Frank Sinatra – ‘Surfer Bird’ – The Trashmen – ‘One Summer’ – Daryl Braithwaite – ”Ride The Wild Surf’ – Jan & Dean – ‘Summer (The First Time)’ – Bobby Goldsboro – ‘Summertime Blues’ – Eddie Cochrane – ‘A Summer Song’ – Chad & Jeremy – ‘Bombora’ – The Atlantics – ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ – Beach Boys – ‘Summer Of 69’ – Bryan Adams – ‘Summer Wine’ – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – ‘Summer Of ’81’ – Mondo Rock – ‘Heat Wave’ – Martha & the Vandellas – ‘In The Summertime’ – Mungo Jerry – ‘Beach Baby’ – First Class – ‘I Live For The Sun’ – The Sunrays – ‘Lake Side’ – Australian Crawl – ‘Summer Rain’ – Belinda Carlisle – ‘Wipeout’ – Surfaris – ‘Do It Again’ – Beach Boys – ‘On The Beach’ – Chris Rea – ‘Mississippi’ – John Phillips – ‘He’s My Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy’ – Little Pattie – ‘Summertime’ (long version) – Billy Stewart – ‘Summer Samba’ – Astrid Gilberto – ‘Summer Love’ – Sherbet – ‘Little Honda’ – Hondels – ‘Summer Rain’ (2013 LIVE version) – Johnny Rivers – (Theme From) ‘A Summer Place’ – Percy Faith & Orchestra – ‘Summer Breeze’ – Stylus (LIVE) – ‘Albatross’ – Fleetwood Mac



Radio News Man Mystery Solved After 46 Years !

Back in 1967, Sydneysider Ray Brown of Ray Brown & The Whispers fame (’20 Miles’, ‘Pride’, ‘Devoted To You’, ‘In  The Midnight Hour’, ‘It’s The Same Old Song’ and many other radio friendly hits) released a really unusual and out of character song. It was called ‘Ivor The Engine Driver’ written by Pete Townsend of ‘The Who’. The song had previously been recorded and released in the UK and Ray Brown, along with his recording company Festival Records, decided to do an Oz version.

The song didn’t chart nationally, however it did receive turntable action, primarily on New South Wales radio (city & regional). I have the song on a double CD compilation, however what you’ll hear now from the CD differs from the original 7″ single, vinyl, version…

What’s missing from this version is the news flash ! Y’see, in the original version there was a very apt and colourfully presented news flash re the train accident, delivered by a radio newsman. For 46 years on and off I have wondered ‘who’ is the radio news guy ? I raised the subject recently amongst radio friends from the era and collectively we nominated, eliminated, listened again and finally cracked the mystery voice.

For those who remember the days of Katrina Lee presenting TEN Eyewitness News on the box, you may also remember her husband or maybe not ? He was an out and about reporter for Channel 10, often covering police, accident and court cases. In the 60’s he also did some news moonlighting on Sydney radio station 2SM. Thanks to my good friend Phil Hunter, a former radio personality of the era on 2KO Newcastle and 2UW Sydney the mystery voice has been identified. Ladies & gentleman, now have a listen to the original news flash excerpt from ‘Ivor The Engine Driver’ featuring ‘Harry Potter’, veteran TV and Radio news man……








As far as radio personalities and news greats go, John Laws & Jim Angel were ‘The A Team’

John (“Hello world”) Laws has been an Australian radio great for six decades. He’s worked his on-air craft since starting at 3BO Bendigo, Victoria in 1953. As at August 2013, ‘Lawsie’ is on-air doing Mornings across The Super Radio Network out of 2SM in Sydney.

Along the way, John teamed up for a time with a Sydney radio news ‘legend’ in the form of Jim Angel. Jim worked much of his career for 2SM (60’s through the 70’s) and later with John Laws at Sydney’s 2UE. Jim’s presentation and voice made him sound BIG. In fact he was a short man, with a great radio news voice and presence. In addition, Jim was a wonderful guy (passed away on December 24th 2007) with a fun personality. He became infamous for his rendition of the 60’s hit ‘Winchester Cathedral’ by The New Vaudeville Band.

One morning on 2UE, during a Jim Angel bulletin, ‘Lawsie’ decided it was time for Jim (completely sober) to have a crack, once again, at ‘Winchester Cathedral’. Here’s the result, with audio credits, thanks to 2UE…