Awesome Aussie Songs Podcast
Ep25 Oh Boy - Diana Trask

Ep25 Oh Boy - Diana Trask

September 17, 2020

Diana Trask is an entertainment trail blazer – she was the first female Australian to star on prime-time television in America, she was nominated for a Grammy and is one of the few artists to cross over from Jazz and pop, to go onto have a successful career in country music.

Very few ‘outsiders’ break into Nashville, however, Diana has had 18 singles make the Billboard Country Charts. As a songwriter, she wrote a US top 10 hit for the Osmond Brothers and throughout her career Diana’s friends and tour mates have included Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell.

Diana showed the way, and fellow Oz music legends Olivia Newtown John and Helen Reddy would soon follow in her footsteps.

This episode takes a look at Diana’s hit song Oh Boy

Our special guest is Diana Trask

Diana's music and her autobiography 'Whatever Happened to Diana Trask?' is available at www.dianatrask.com

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Awesome Aussie Songs is presented by Josh Ursem and written and produced by Sheldon Kidd. Intro / outro music is called Australia, So Nice by Holly Kirsten.

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Ep24 Little Miss Heartbreak - The Delltones with Hal Blaine & Scotty Turner

Ep24 Little Miss Heartbreak - The Delltones with Hal Blaine & Scotty Turner

September 17, 2020

This episode is on The Delltones and their time with legendary American musicians Hal Blaine and Scotty Turner.

Drummer Hal Blaine has played on 40 No.1 hits in America and guitarist Scotty Turner (also known as Scotty Turnbull) was a song writing partner of Buddy Holly.

When Blaine and Turner were on tour in Australia in 1959, they entered the studio with The Delltones. The song they recorded together was Little Miss Heartbreak. We felt this historic recording deserved its own episode and simply because this long-forgotten song simply rocks.

This song was included as part of The Delltones episode and our tribute to their late singer Noel Widerberg. If you want to hear more about the Dellies story take a listen to episode 11

Our special guest is The Delltones Ian ‘Pee Wee’ Wilson

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Awesome Aussie Songs is presented by Josh Ursem and written and produced by Sheldon Kidd. Intro / outro music is called Australia, So Nice by Holly Kirsten.

Hail, Hail, Australian Rock n Roll.

Ep23 Little Ray of Sunshine - Axiom

Ep23 Little Ray of Sunshine - Axiom

September 17, 2020

Owing to the fact that Axiom was made up of already established recording artists, the media immediately dubbed the new band Australia’s first ‘Supergroup’, not that the band agreed with the tag.

 

Axiom was formed when The Groops Brian Cadd and Don Mudie, joined forces with The Twighlights lead singer Glenn Shorrock. Drummer Doug Lavery was recruited from The Valentines and lead guitarist Chris Stockley came from another hit band Campact.

 

This episode takes a look at Axioms classic song, A Little Ray of Sunshine.

 

Our special guest is Brain Cadd

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Awesome Aussie Songs is presented by Josh Ursem and written and produced by Sheldon Kidd. Intro / outro music is called Australia, So Nice by Holly Kirsten.

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Ep22 Livin’ Lovin’ Wreck - Dig Richards & The R’Jays

Ep22 Livin’ Lovin’ Wreck - Dig Richards & The R’Jays

September 17, 2020

In the early days of Rock 'n' Roll, Dig Richards & the R'Jays were one of the biggest bands in the land.

With his movie-star good looks, Dig was Australia's very first teenage idol, and with his band the R'Jays, they were at the forefront of the Rock 'n' Roll revolution in in Australia.

They were the first Aussie band to release a full-length album through Festival Records and as a live act, they were as popular as any local band. They even had their own television show on Channel 7 twice a week called Teen Time.

Sadly, Dig died in 1983, he was just 42-years-old. however, his musical legacy lives on and we hope this episode pays tribute to his contribution to Australian music. He went onto have a successful solo career recording as Digby Richards and we will release an episode on his solo career in the near future.

Our special guests are the R’Jays drummer Leon Issackson and Digs brother, Doug Richards.

Leon has written a fantastic book with fellow R’Jay Jon Hayton, it’s called Behind The Rock and is the most authentic history of the pioneering days of the music business in Australia.

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Awesome Aussie Songs is presented by Josh Ursem and written and produced by Sheldon Kidd. Intro / outro music is called Australia, So Nice by Holly Kirsten.

Hail, Hail, Australian Rock n Roll.

Ep21 Howzat - Sherbet

Ep21 Howzat - Sherbet

July 30, 2020

Formed in 1969, Sherbet would go onto become one of the most successful Australian acts of all time. Led by vocalist Daryl Braithwaite, Sherbet had 20 consecutive singles make the ARIA charts. With 12 of these singles going top 10, including two No.1 hits in Howzat and Summer Love.

In this episode we take a look at Sherbets amazing career and we also focus on the band’s classic song Howzat.

Our special guest is Sherbets bass player and the co-writer of Howzat, Tony Mitchell.

 

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Awesome Aussie Songs is presented by Josh Ursem and written and produced by Sheldon Kidd. Intro / outro music is called Australia, So Nice by Holly Kirsten.

Hail, Hail, Australian Rock n Roll.

Ep20 Touch of Paradise - John Farnham

Ep20 Touch of Paradise - John Farnham

July 30, 2020

Touch of Paradise was the third single released from John Farnham’s all-conquering album Whispering Jack.

The song was co-written by Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock fame. Episode 14 of this podcast takes a look at Daddy Cool. The other co-writer of Touch of Paradise was Gulliver Smith from cult Melbourne band Company Caine.

 

The Whispering Jack album has now sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The record is the highest selling album by an Aussie and it sits second, only behind Meat Loafs Bat Out of Hell, for the most albums sold of all time in Australia. Incredibly the album has been certified 24 x platinum.

Our special guest is Oz music legend, Ross Wilson.

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Awesome Aussie Songs is presented by Josh Ursem and written and produced by Sheldon Kidd. Intro / outro music is called Australia, So Nice by Holly Kirsten.

Hail, Hail, Australian Rock n Roll.

Ep19 Send Me An Angel -  Real Life

Ep19 Send Me An Angel - Real Life

July 30, 2020

When the synth pop of New Wave took off in Australia in the early 1980’s, Real Life were at the forefront of this emerging genre. The Melbourne band flew the flag for the New Romantics.

This episode is on Real Life’s worldwide smash hit, Send Me An Angel.

Our special guest is Real Life’s singer, songwriter and guitarist, David Sterry.

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Awesome Aussie Songs is presented by Josh Ursem and written and produced by Sheldon Kidd. Intro / outro music is called Australia, So Nice by Holly Kirsten.

Hail, Hail, Australian Rock n Roll.

Ep18 Rock On - Johnny Rebb and His Rebels

Ep18 Rock On - Johnny Rebb and His Rebels

June 9, 2020

This episode is on one of Australia’s pioneer rock n roll bands Johnny Rebb and His Rebels, we take a look at their long lost classic Rock On

Our special guest is the bands piano player and co-founder, John Charter.

As a member of the first Rock n Roll band ever formed in Australia, John Charter has been there from the very beginning and is a true pioneer of music in this country. The first official Aussie rock band was Alan Dale and the House Rockers.

He then helped to form one of the biggest bands in Australia at the time, Johnny Rebb and His Rebels. They appeared regularly on television shows like 6 O'Clock Rock and Bandstand.

They were also the first Australian band to sign with Lee Gordons record label, Leedon

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Awesome Aussie Songs is presented by Josh Ursem and written and produced by Sheldon Kidd.
Intro / outro music is Australia, So Nice by Holly Kirsten

Hail, Hail, Australian Rock n Roll.

Ep17 Bad Habits - Billy Field

Ep17 Bad Habits - Billy Field

June 9, 2020

This episode is on thought provoking chart topper Billy Field and his classic hit song, Bad Habits.

Our special guest is the man himself, Billy Field.

Billy Field was one of the most popular musicians in Australian in the early 1980’s

Fusing Jazz and Pop, Billy's distinctive husky vocals and piano playing saw him top both the singles and album charts and his songs have been recorded by International superstars such as Mick Fleetwood and David Lee Roth.

While he is best know as the piano thumping and jumping scat man, Billy first came to the attention of music fans as the bass player in schoolboy psychedelic rock band King Fox

King Fox were like the Silverchair of their day – while all the bands members where still at school, they won a Sydney radio competition in 1970.

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Awesome Aussie Songs is presented by Josh Ursem and written and produced by Sheldon Kidd.
Intro / outro music is Australia, So Nice by Holly Kirsten

Hail, Hail, Australian Rock n Roll.

Ep16 Crying Shame - Johnny Diesel and The Injectors

Ep16 Crying Shame - Johnny Diesel and The Injectors

June 9, 2020

This episode is on Johnny Diesel and The Injectors and their hit song, Crying Shame.

Our special guest was the bands front man, guitarist and songwriter, Diesel.

 

When Johnny Diesel and The Injectors first burst onto the Australian music scene, they took the country by storm.

 Their hard rocking self-titled debut album would go onto become the highest selling album in 1989. On the back of this album, the band would also win 2 Aria awards.

At the time, the album became the highest selling debut album ever released by an Australian band. The record included 4 hit singles with 3 of these songs reaching the top 10 on the charts.

Thanks for Listening to Awesome Aussie Songs

Please share this episode if you enjoyed it - if could could give us a rating and comment that would be greatly appreciated - you're Guest Suggestions are more than welcomed.

Awesome Aussie Songs is presented by Josh Ursem and written and produced by Sheldon Kidd.
Intro / outro music is Australia, So Nice by Holly Kirsten

Hail, Hail, Australian Rock n Roll.

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