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This page contains various videos relating to the 50s, 60s & 70s including some information clips on some of the more prominent artists of the time.

Click here to access a page that provides information on many different groups and artists, click here to access a list of Australian Music related Television Shows and click here to access information about the Battle of the Sounds

Information Clips

AC_DCAC/DC Billy THorpeBilly Thorpe Col JoyCol Joy Daddy CoolDaddy Cool Doug ParkinsonDoug Parkinson Glam RockGlam Rock John Paul YoungJohn Paul Young Little PattieLittle Pattie Lonnie LeeLonnie Lee Marcia HinesMarcia Hines Normie RoweNormie Rowe Renee GeyerRenee Geyer Russell MorrisRussell Morris SherbetSherbet SkyhooksSkyhooks Surf MusicSurf Music The Bee GeesThe Bee Gees The EasybeatsThe Easybeats The Loved OnesThe Loved Ones The ThunderbirdsThe Thunderbirds The TwilightsThe Twilights Women in RockWomen in Rock

Documentaries and Shows

  What's On The FlipsideWhat's On The Flipside australian_music_documentary_x264Australian Music Documentary Quite a Party - The Story of Melbourne Rock n RollQuite a Party -
The Story of Melbourne Rock n Roll
australian_music_stars_of_the_60s_x264Australian Music Stars of the 60s ABC TV 'Four Corners' (1966) -Go-Go Where (Teenage Culture in 1966)Go-Go Where (Teenage Culture in 1966) Melbourne SharpiesMelbourne Sharpies A New World For Sure - Tune in, Turn On, Drop Out -Youth Culture in the 60sTune in, Turn On, Drop Out - Youth Culture in the 60s Golden Years Of Oz MusicGolden Years Of Oz Music with David Lyle Adelaide Nightlife In The Sixties - News Story From 1967Adelaide Nightlife In The Sixties - News Story From 1967 Aquarius Festiva - Nimbin 1973Aquarius Festival
- Nimbin 1973
Bon Scott - A TributeBon Scott
- A Tribute

 

Johnny O'Keefe

The Wild One   A Celebration
JOK was the first Australian rock n roll star who released 50 singles, had 30 chart hits, compered 3 TV shows and is extremely fondly remembered by first-generation Australian rock n rollers! This show tells his story through interviews with those who were with him in the 50s and 60s and through incredible vintage performances, including Sydney Stadium 1959, Festival Brisbane 1962 and a huge fan reception in Adelaide 1960. Cool vintage newsreel footage of Bodgies & Widgies, jive competitions, and rock n roll - notably Bill Haley and Fabian.   Widely recognised as Australia's King of Pop throughout the 50's and 60's Johnny O'Keefe's rise to fame is considered Aussie rock 'n' roll legend. Adored by fans and nicknamed 'The Wild One', JOK released over fifty singles, 50 EP's and 100 albums in an astonishing twenty-year career. Celebrating his many on-screen appearances from the days of Bandstand through to some of his final ever performances on The Don Lane Show, this rare collection of live recordings and insightful interviews captures the ever-energetic JOK in his entertaining element.

  Johnny O'Keefe - The Wild OneJohnny O'Keefe
- The Wild One

Tons of songs including "Shout," "She's My Baby," "I'm Still Alive" and many others. Interviews include: JOK's mother, brother and daughter, Ian "Pee Wee" Wilson, John "Catfish" Purser, Glenn A Baker, Alan Dale, Col Joye, Peter Page, Ron Way and others.  

    JOK - A CelebrationJohnny O'Keefe
- A Celebration

FEATURED PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:
 BANDSTAND: 'Mansion Over The Hilltop', 'Sun's Gonna Shine Tomorrow', 'Good Luck Charm', 'Hey Girl', 'Don't Be Cruel', 'You'll Never Walk Alone', 'Mutual Admiration Society' (with Brian Henderson), 'Confessions of a Lonely Man'  THE DON LANE SHOW: 'She's My Baby', 'So Tough', 'One of Those Nights', 'Rock and Roll Will Stand', 'Sing (And Tell the Blues So Long)' (with Don Lane) Also incorporating tributes from Midday with Kerri Anne Kennerley, featuring excerpts and performances from Terry Serio, as well as interviews with wife Marianne Renate, daughter Victoria O'Keefe and close friend Bruce Powell. Included as a special bonus is JOK's Sunbury 73 performance, introduced by Paul Hogan featuring 'Johnny B. Goode', 'She's My Baby' and 'Sing (And Tell the Blues So Long)'
     

 

The Easybeats

Friday On My Mind   Easy Come, Easy Go
In the mid-1960s Australia was gripped by a fever - The Easybeats, Australia's first international rock stars! Over four tumultuous years, easy fever spread around the world. But then just as suddenly - they split. Friday on My Mind features rare and exclusive interviews with the usually reclusive members of The Easybeats, from their early days jamming in the wash house in Villawood Migrant Hostel through to their sudden and unexpected split only five years later. Rare archival footage from the Albert Music's archives, Channel 9's Bandstand, the ABC, Screen Australia, and German television, bring the story back to life" Featuring interviews with Stevie Wright, George Young, Harry Vanda and Snowy Fleet   This documentary (originally shot in 1967) follows the successful Australian rock group The Easybeats in England just months after their song 'Friday On My Mind' had entered the top 5 record chart in the U.K. The main focus of the film is the recording of their next single 'Heaven and Hell'. This is supported by other short segments; interviews with the group, fantasy sequences and other footage documenting the "Easyfever" phenomenon of the 1960's in Australia.

Friday On My Mind -The Story Of The EasybeatsFriday On My Mind -The Story Of The Easybeats

    The Easybeats - Easy Come Easy GoThe Easybeats
- Easy Come, Easy Go
 
Easybeats Spectacular - 1966 Coca-Cola TV Special
This "Easybeats TV Spectacular", hosted by Billy Thorpe, was a farewell to the Easybeats who were leaving Australia for London where they would be recording at Abbey Road Studios
Includes: The Easybeats: "She's So Fine," "Wedding Ring," "I'll Make You Happy," "I Can See," "Sorry," "Easy as Can Be," "Someday Somewhere," "In My Book," "Come and See Her," "Women," "Too Much," "For My Woman," "A Very Special Man," "Make Life Sweet with Coca Cola." Other artists; Tony Worsley and the Fabulous Blue Jays: "Raining In My Heart" and "Knocking on Wood." Janice Slater: "We're Doing Fine" and "If You Don't Think."

Easybeats - Part 1Easybeats Concert
- Part 1
Easybeats - Part 2Easybeats Concert
- Part 2

 

The Masters Apprentices

  masters_apprentices_-_turn_up_your_video_x264The Masters Apprentices
Turn Up Your Video
The Masters Apprentices -1965 -1972The Masters Apprentices
1965-1972
Masters Apprentices _ Turn Up Your Radio (1995)The Masters Apprentices (Reunion)
Turn Up Your Radio (1995)

 

The Seekers
1966's 'The Seekers at Home', 1967's 'The Seekers Down Under', 1968's 'The World of The Seekers', are among the most successful television specials every produced in Australia since television began in 1956; the latter two rank in the list of the Top 20 Most Watched Shows of the 20th Century. The meteoric rise to international fame by Australia's most successful pop music export will unfold before your eyes, as you watch them transition from a Melbourne folk group to chart-topping international superstars whose success rivalled The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. All the hits and more - 'I'll Never Find Another You', 'A World of Our Own', 'The Carnival is Over', 'Morningtown Ride' and 'Georgy Girl' - as well as a precious glimpse of what Australia was like so many decades ago.

  The Seekers At Home (1966)The Seekers At Home (1966)   The Seekers Down Under (1967)The Seekers Down Under (1967)   The World Of The Seekers (1968)The World Of The Seekers (1968)
1. A World Of Our Own
2. You Can Tell The World
3. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
4. Morningtown Ride
5. Sinner Man
6. Open Up Them Pearly Gates
7. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
8. We Shall Not Be Moved
9. I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago
10. Yesterday
11. Maple Leaf Rag
12. The Eriskay Love Lilt
13. Someday, One Day
14. I'll Never Find Another You
15. A World Of Our Own
16. The Carnival Is Over
1. We Shall Not Be Moved
2. Isa Lei
3. Myra
4. The Olive Tree
5. With My Swag All On My Shoulder
6. A World Of Our Own
7. The Times They Are A Changin'
8. The Water Is Wide
9. Someday, One Day
10. Turn Turn Turn
11. Red Rubber Ball
12. Come The Day
13. Morningtown Ride
14. The Carnival Is Over
15. Georgy Girl
 
1. This Train
2. Study War No More (Down By The Riverside)
3. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
4. Walk Don't Run
5. When The Stars Begin To Fall
6. With My Swag All On My Shoulder
7. I'll Never Find Another You
8. The Lord's Prayer
9. Morningtown Ride
10. Music Of The World A'turnin'
11. Angeline Is Always Friday
12. Lemon Tree
13. A World Of Our Own
14. Colours Of My Life
15. When Will The Good Apples Fall
16. The Carnival Is Over
17. Georgy Girl

 

Blood + Thunder - The Sound Of Alberts
Through the 1960's, 70's and 80's, Albert Productions created a house of hits in Australia that literally changed the sound of Australian popular music. Under the guidance of Ted Albert and songwriters/producer Harry Vanda and George Young, Alberts became a family of artists such as Billy Thorpe, The Easybeats, Stevie Wright, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, John Paul Young, TMG and others, who conquered the charts and achieved international acclaim. The sound they made wasn't always 'nice'. The Alberts guitar sound was like a throbbing V8 motor, the sound of the tough migrant suburbs that it emanated from. It was anti-authority, hard-living suburban young Australia at its most confident and exciting. The sound of working class good times.

  Blood + Thunder  The Sound Of Alberts Part 1Blood + Thunder
The Sound Of Alberts
Part 1
Blood + Thunder  The Sound Of Alberts Part 2Blood + Thunder
The Sound Of Alberts
Part 2

 

 

TV Shows

Countdown

Countdown - March 1, 1975Countdown - March 1, 1975
Hosted by John Farnham Full Episode
  Countdown 1975 (First Colour Ep) (Part 1) (G)First Colour Episode (1975)
Part 1 of 3
    Countdown 1975 (First Colour Ep) (Part 2) (G)First Colour Episode (1975)
Part 2 of 3
  Countdown 1975 (First Colour Ep) (Part 3) (G)First Colour Episode (1975)
Part 3 of 3
What is Countdown?What is
Countdown?

 

Hit Scene

  Hit Scene - 24 May 1969 - Part 1 of 324 May 1969
- Part 1 of 3
  Hit Scene - 24 May 1969 - Part 2 of 324 May 1969
- Part 2 of 3
  Hit Scene - 24 May 1969 - Part 3 of 324  May 1969
- Part 3 of 3
31 May 1969 - Part 1 of 331 May 1969
- Part 1 of 3
  Hit Scene - 31 May 1969 - Part 2 of 331 May 1969
- Part 2 of 3
  31 May 1969 - Part 3 of 331 May 1969
- Part 3 of 3
  12 July 1969 - Part 1 of 312 July 1969
- Part 1 of 3
  12 July 1969 - Part 2 of 312 July 1969
- Part 2 of 3
  12 July 1969 - Part 3 of 312 July 1969
- Part 3 of 3
 
Hit Scene - 16 August 1969 - Part 1 of 316 August 1969
- Part 1 of 3
  Hit Scene - 16 August 1969 - Part 2 of 316 August 1969
- Part 2 of 3
  Hit Scene - 16 August 1969 - Part 3 of 316 August 1969
- Part 3 of 3
  8 November 1969 - Part 1 of 38 November 1969
- Part 1 of 3
  8 November 1969 - Part 2 of 38 November 1969
- Part 2 of 3
8 November 1969 - Part 3 of 38 November 1969
- Part 3 of 3

 

The Go!! Show
Click here to download an History of the Go!! Show publication

Here are seven full episodes of The Go!! Show. Be patient as they each may take a while to load

  The Go Show - Episode 98The Go!! Show
- Episode 97
The Go Show - Episode 100The Go!! Show
- Episode 100
The Go Show - Episode 103The Go!! Show
- Episode 103
Episode 105The Go!! Show
- Episode 105
Episode 107The Go!! Show
- Episode 107
Episode 112The Go!! Show
- Episode 112
Episode 117The Go!! Show
- Episode 117

 

Below are some clips from the Go!! Show reunion concert held in Melbourne in 2013.
These are  webcam clips filmed from an audience perspective - the video could be better but the sound is great

  Brian Cadd and Ronnie Charles Brian Cadd & Ronnie Charles Brian Cadd and Glenn ShorrockBrian Cadd & Glenn Shorrock Brian CaddBrian Cadd Colleen HewettColleen Hewett Dinah LeeDinah Lee Johnny YoungJohnny Young Ronnie Burns and Johnny YoungRonnie Burns & Johnny Young Ronnie BurnsRonnie Burns Ross D. WyllieRoss D. Wyllie Tony Worsley Tony Worsley


Sing Sing Sing
Here are two full episodes of Sing Sing Sing hosted by Johnny O'Keefe. Be patient as they each may take a while to load
(Please note: the quality of the video is not great)

  Sing Sing Sing - 31-01-64 (Part 1)Sing Sing Sing - 31-01-64 (Part 1) Sing Sing Sing - 31-01-64 (Part 2)Sing Sing Sing - 31-01-64 (Part 2) Sing Sing Sing - 14-02-64 (Part 1)Sing Sing Sing - 14-02-64 (Part 1) Sing Sing Sing - 14-02-64 (Part 2)Sing Sing Sing - 14-02-64 (Part 2)


Highlights include: Episode 1: U.S. chart toppers Paul and Paula performing "Hey Paula," "We Go Together," and "Flipped Over You."
Australian artists include: the Hall Brothers who perform "Hey Little Cobra." The Renegades do their boss surf instrumental "Kahuna"
(also includes cool surfing footage). Robert Helpman: "Surfer Doll." Paul West: "Who Needs Her," "I'm Coming Down."
The Taylor Sisters: "What Are We Gonna Do In 1964?" "Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys." Dig Richards: "Little Boxes," "Don't Do That."
Johnny O’Keefe: "I Can Dance," "Come Dance With Me," "Mockingbird." Graham Hawthorne: "What Kind Of Fool Am I." Vicki Horton: "Dance On."

Episode 2: The turban-wearing RaJas who perfrom "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Roll Over Beethoven" and "I Saw Her Standing There."
Rod Stanton: "Bossa Nova Baby." Johnny O’Keefe: "Surfin' Bird." Barry Stanton: "My Baby Left Me."
Also, Colin Cook: "Promises." Rod Dunbar: "It's Time We Parted." The Pony Tails: "South Town USA."
Jenny King: "You Don't Own Me." George Tarrant: "Billy Baby."

 

Dig We Must
This is the only surviving episode of this show

  Dig We Must - Nov 1965 (Part 1)(1)Dig We Must
- 21st Dec 1966
(Part 1)
Dig We Must - Nov 1965 (Part 2).mp4(1)Dig We Must
- 21st Dec 1966
(Part 2)

 Performers include: The Sound of Brass: "Trumpet Blues." The Beat Girls: "These Boots Are Made For Walking."
The New Chord Trio
: "Medley." Bobby & Laurie: "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)." Ray Hoff: "Bama Lama Bama Loo."
Barry Greenwood, Bev Harrell
: "What Am I Doing Here With You?" Tony Barber and Cast: "With A Little Bit of Luck."
The Creations
: "He's The Boy I Love." Barry Greenwood: "Maria." Tony Barber: "Since My Canary Died."
The Rondells
: "You'd Better Run." Idris Jones, Judy Jacques: "You've Got Your Troubles."
Ronnie Burns
: "Got To Get You Into My Life." Cast: "With A Little Bit of Luck reprise."

 

Uptight & Happening 71

  Uptight Episode (1971)Uptight Episode (1971) Happening 71 (1971)Happening 71 (1971) Happening 71 <br>- Another Episode (1971)Happening 71
- Another Episode (1971)
 
  Daddy Cool, Easybeats, Town Criers, Ian Turpie, Johnny Young, Max Merrit, Normie Rowe, Procession, Ronnie Burns, Russell Morris, Strangers, The Twilights
 
The Carpenters, Colleen Hewett, Johnny Farnham,  The Masters Apprentices, Russell Morris, The Proclaimers The Frieze, Peter McKenna, The Flying Circus, Izzy Dye, Hannagan, The Rondells, Johnny Farnham, Lee Conway, The Jackson Five, Red Time, Ted Mulry, Sherbert, Allison Durbin, Company Caine,
 
 

National Bandstand
Click here for more Bandstand episodes

This show was recorded live at the Capitol Theatre, Perth, Australia in 1965. The  audience are screaming and jumping all over the place
The groups are completely inspired by the Liverpool Beat & British invasion and are really giving it their all!
(These videos may take a while to load)

  concert - part 1Concert
- Part 1
concert - part 2Concert
- Part 2

Concert - Part 1
1. Max Merritt and the Meteors - Dizzy Miss Lizzy   2. Lynne Randell - It's Alright   3. Jade Hurley - How I Lied  
4. Ray Brown and the Whispers - Gloria,  Twenty Miles, Pride  & In The Midnight Hour
5, Paul Wayne - Be My Baby & Treat Her Right   6. Merv Benton - It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day) & Cincinnati Fireball
7. Lynne Randell - Be Sure   8. Bryan Davies - I Don't Like To Be Alone & It Ain't Me Babe
9. Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs - Funny Face, My Girl Josephine, Poison Ivy
10. Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs and the whole cast perform Mashed Potato

Concert - Part 2
1. Paul Wayne - Somebody To Love   2. Max Merritt and the Meteors - Medley including Hound Dog, Tutti Frutti, Do Wah Diddy Diddy and Justine
3. Jade Hurley - Lucille   4. Lynne Randell - Hang On Sloopy   5. Bryan Davies - It Ain't Me Babe   6. Bryan Davies - What'd I Say
7. Paul Wayne - That's All   8. Ray Brown and The Whispers - Now Is The Time,  Devoted To You, Pride & Fool, Fool, Fool
9. Digger Revell - Everyday   10. Merv Benton - Come On And Get Me & Do The Shimmy Shimmy
11. Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs - Poison Ivy, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Hallelujah I Love Her So, Twilight Time & Shout

 

Six O'Clock Rock

 
Six O'Clock Rock was an Australian Rock and Roll television show which was produced by Peter Page and showed on ABC from 28 February 1959 to 1962 at 6PM on Saturday evenings. The show initially opened with American girl Ricki Merriman as compère and Johnny O'Keefe and his band The Dee Jays as guests. However, after six shows O'Keefe took over the hosting role. Many entertainers got their first big exposure on 6 O'Clock Rock including Lonnie Lee, Barry Stanton, Warren Williams and The Delltones who debuted on this show. O'Keefe left the show in 1961 to move to ATN-7 to host the more elaborately produced Johnny O'Keefe Show. Tanya Haynesworth & Chet Clark took over the hosting role until 6 O'Clock Rock closed in 1962 after having moved to a 'softer' format with O'Keefe's departure. Very little footage of the original programs remains and below are four partial episodes  
  Six O'Clock Rock - 1 August 1959Six O'Clock Rock
- 1 August 1959
Six O'Clock Rock - 7 May 1960Six O'Clock Rock
- 7 May 1960
Six O'Clock Rock - 17 December 1960Six O'Clock Rock
- 17 December 1960
Six O'Clock Rock - 1960sSix O'Clock Rock
- Late 1960s (Date Unknown)
Six O-Clock Rock (1961)_x264Six O-Clock Rock
- Mid 1961

Where The Action Is

 
Where The Action Is was an Australian television show that aired from January 1966 - November 1966 It starred Johnny O'Keefe and was produced by the newly launched TEN Network. The concept revolved around O'Keefe travelling to locations around Sydney, and later in the show's run, around Australia. Each episode would feature guest stars that would sing many of their current hits. The show marked O'Keefe's return to Australian television following the cancellation of his previous show Sing, Sing, Sing in 1965  A combination of O'Keefe's waning popularity, budget constraints, and technical limitations at the new station meant the show was unsuccessful and was cancelled within the same year it commenced. It was the last television series to be hosted by O'Keefe  and only one episode is known to exist.  
  Where the Action Is <br>- Date UnknownWhere the Action Is
- Date Unknown


 

The Beatles In Australia
The Beatles in Australia had a major impact on the Australian music scene,
Here is the Melbourne 1964 Festival Hall performance in its entirety as well as a documentary of their tour.
For convenience sake, the concert is also also presented in five different sections

    The Beatles  Live in Melbourne (1964) - Complete Concert including Support ActsThe Beatles Live in Melbourne (1964)
- Complete Concert including Support Acts
Support Acts for The Beatles Live in Melbourne Australian Support Acts for The Beatles Live in Melbourne (Johnny Devlin & Johnny Chester) Sounds Incorporated Support Act for The Beatles Live in Melbourne Sounds Incorporated as a Support Act for The Beatles Live in Melbourne The Beatles  Live in Melbourne (1964) - Part 1 of 3The Beatles Live in Melbourne (1964)
- Part 1 of 3
The Beatles  Live in Melbourne (1964) - Part 2 of 3The Beatles Live in Melbourne (1964)
- Part 2 of 3
The Beatles  Live in Melbourne (1964) - Part 3 of 3The Beatles Live in Melbourne (1964)
- Part 3 of 3
The Beatles Tour in Australia - Documentary and Concert Footage (1964)The Beatles Tour in Australia
- Documentary and Concert Footage (1964)



Ourimbah (Pilgrimage for Pop) Festival
The "Pilgrimage For Pop", Australia's first rock festival, was held on the Australia Day long weekend in January 1970.
The venue was the farm of Lt Colonel Henry Nicholls at Ourimbah, near Gosford, on the NSW central coast, just north of Sydney.
Below are some music clips taken from the film Once Around the Sun - inspired by the Ourimbah Festival

Billy Thorpe and the AztecsBilly Thorpe & The Aztecs
- It is the Season of the Witch
ChainChain
- Sweet Little Angel
Hans PoulsenHans Poulsen
- The Realisation of Riverboat Ray
Jeff St.John and CopperwineJeff St.John & Copperwine
- Teach Me How to Fly
Jeff St.John and Copperwine2Jeff St.John & Copperwine
- I"m Losing You
Leo De Castro and FriendsLeo De Castro & Friends
- Great Balls of Fire
Leo De Castro and Friends 2Leo De Castro & Friends
- Jenny, Jenny
Max Merritt and The MeteorsMax Merritt & The Meteors
- Lay a Little Love on Me
TullyTully
- The Paradise of Perfect Silence
Wendy Saddington and Company CaineWendy Saddington & Company Caine
- Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out

 

 

Interviews and Reports

Aquarius Arts Festival - Nimbin (1971)Aquarius Arts Festival - Nimbin (1971) Australian Rolling Stone Magazine Editor (1972)Australian Rolling Stone Magazine Editor (1972) Barry Gibb (1970)sBarry Gibb (1970) Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs and Lobby Loyde (1970)Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs and Lobby Loyde (1970) Billy Thorpe Interview (1973)Billy Thorpe Interview (1973) Billy Thorpe Interview (1974)Billy Thorpe Interview (1974) Daddy Cool (1971)Daddy Cool (1971) Easybeats (1969)Easybeats (1969) Folkies - The Sydney Folk Scene (1970)Folkies - The Sydney Folk Scene (1970) Go-Set Magazine Interview (1969)Go-Set Magazine Interview (1969) Greg Quill Interview (1971)Greg Quill Interview (1971) John J Francis Interview (1973)John J Francis Interview (1973) Johnny Farnham (1971)Johnny Farnham (1971) Lindsay Bjerre (1970)Lindsay Bjerre (1970) Lindsay Bourke Interview (1971)Lindsay Bourke Interview (1971) Maureen Phillips Interview (1970)Maureen Phillips Interview (1970) Max Merritt and the Meteors Interview (1970)Max Merritt & The Meteors Interview (1970) Message from NimbinMessage from Nimbin Molly Meldrum - Australian Pop Scene (1971)Molly Meldrum - Australian Pop Scene (1971) Music Piracy (1976)Music Piracy (1976) The New Seekers Interview (1972)The New Seekers Interview (1972) Nimbin Coordination Co-opNimbin Coordination Co-op Nutwood Rug Interview (1971)Nutwood Rug Interview (1971) Nostradamus (1971)Nostradamus (1971) The Seekers InterviewThe Seekers
- Interview on Club 17
Sherbet Interview (1972)Sherbet Interview (1972) Sherbet Interview (1974)Sherbet Interview (1974) Skyhooks Interview (1975)Skyhooks Interview (1975) Skyhooks Interview <br>with Mike Willesee (1975)Skyhooks Interview
with Mike Willesee (1975)
Split Enz Interview (1975)Split Enz Interview (1975) The New Seekers Interview (1970)The New Seekers Interview (1970) The Wizard (Ian Channell) (1970)The Wizard (Ian Channell) (1970) Youth Culture Documentary - Part 1 (1967)Youth Culture Documentary - Part 1 (1967) Youth Culture Documentary - Part 2 (1967Youth Culture Documentary - Part 2 (1967) Surf RockSurf Rock The Dawn of Music FestivalsThe Dawn of Music Festivals

 

Tribute Shows

Love Is In The Air
 Love Is In The Air documents the extraordinary sounds of Australia's pop history - it replays the soundtrack to Australian life by looking at the significant role music played in shaping our popular culture and how our best-loved artists hit the big time overseas. While American and European pop music has its roots in Broadway, Tin Pan Alley and the European classical songs of romantic composers, Australia has had to stamp its own character and heritage on popular music. The series traces the cultural and musical evolution of Australian pop and examines its many influencing factors. With dozens of interviews with the movers and shakers of this multi million dollar industry, the series provides personalised accounts of the events and scandals that shaped its history.

         
Episodes   Clips
         
To many of the world's pop pioneers, Australia, a country so physically and culturally distant, became the Last Gig on Earth. What happened when these performers arrived here is largely an untold story.
The Last Gig On Earth_x264The Last Gig On Earth
 

  Helen Reddy ArchiveHelen Reddy Archive Olivia Newton John ArchiveOlivia Newton John Archive Marcia Hines ArchiveMarcia Hines Archive Debbie BurnDebbie Burn Pat & OliviaPat & Olivia PilataPilata Renee Geyer ArchiveRenee Geyer Archive Johnny Ray's SecretJohnny Ray's Secret Moir Sisters ArchiveMoir Sisters Archive Doug Parkinson on Supporting The WhoDoug Parkinson on Supporting The Who About Lee GordonAbout Lee Gordon About Frank & AvaAbout Frank & Ava Helen ReddyHelen Reddy The Australian PressThe Australian Press ABBA Tour 1977ABBA Tour 1977 Barry CrockerBarry Crocker Chad MorganChad Morgan CountdownCountdown England, France, Germany TripEngland, France, Germany Trip Frank IfieldFrank Ifield Harry VandaHarry Vanda I've Been EverywhereI've Been Everywhere Joe DolceJoe Dolce Jon EnglishJon English KamahlKamahl Marie & Rita SchneiderMarie & Rita Schneider MollyMolly Red SynonsRed Synons Rolf HarrisRolf Harris SherbetSherbet Split EnzSplit Enz Andrew 'Greedy' SmithAndrew 'Greedy' Smith Aunty JackAunty Jack Hoochie Gucci Fiorucci MamaHoochie Gucci Fiorucci Mama Waltzing MatildaWaltzing Matilda She's A ModShe's A Mod Don't Dream It's OverDon't Dream It's Over Renee GeyerRenee Geyer Stock, Aitken, WatermanStock, Aitken, Waterman DragonDragon James FreudJames Freud Choir GirlChoir Girl Crowded HouseCrowded House April Sun In CubaApril Sun In Cuba Johnny YoungJohnny Young The Music BusinessThe Music Business Love An AdventureLove An Adventure

Women and Australian pop - the stories from on and offstage give a fascinating insight into the workings of the music industry. From Patsy Anne Noble to Kylie Minogue, women in pop often had to leave the country to get noticed.She-s Leaving Home_x264She's Leaving Home  
Australia's image has changed in the last few decades. The Countdown years are often remembered as the golden era of Australian Pop and a passion for the camp and eccentric has seemed to find its way into our films and way of life.Strange Fruit_x264Strange Fruit  
Examines turning points in the careers of four of Australia's most successful international pop acts. Looks at the breakthrough moments that launched local acts into the international stratosphere and reveals how and why they took place.
I  Should Be So Lucky_x264I Should Be So Lucky
 
Tunesmiths tell the real story behind the songs that have been part of our lives over the past four decades, and tell us what they thought they were writing about, and how the public interpreted it...often two very different things.National Anthems_x264National Anthems  

 

Long Way To The Top - Live In Concert
After the inspiring success of the six-part documentary on Australian music Long Way to the Top, one major player in this country’s music history had a dream - "Why not get as many of those musicians from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s back together to do it a few more times, in a big stadium extravaganza, to celebrate all they achieved?". The person who thought this was none other than Billy Thorpe or, as he his better known, Thorpie. And so, Long Way to the Top - Live in Concert! was born as a glorious coming together of Australian musical talent, a large selection of performers getting it happening again for a few celebratory reminiscences. There’s no trying to milk it to relaunch careers or any such thing – it’s just a great bit of fun which, judging by the crowd reactions and extra shows added, those who went along well and truly shared in the spirit of. There are highlights aplenty, all of which will vary depending upon your vintage and tastes. Russell Morris’ storming through the classic The Real Thing, The Atlantics’ surf guitar anthem Bombora and Col Joye’s cover of Rock’n’Roll Heaven are just a few of the examples of wonderful nostalgia as are Thorpie’s two spots where he and his various Aztecs rocked it hard. The Masters Apprentices’ Because I Love You,  Chain’s Aussie blues continue to enthral and Marcia Hines was as captivating as ever. In all, this is a fabulously entertaining romp through Australia’s diverse musical past. We only live in hope that somebody will put together a part two sometime soon.
 

The Concert

  Lwttt Conmcert 1Long Way To The Top
Act 1
  Lwttt Conmcert 2Long Way To The Top
Act 2

Act One – The ‘50s & ‘60s

Bye Bye Baby Goodbye - Col Joye
Oh Yeah - Col Joye
Yes, Sir - Col Joye
Rock’n’Roll Heaven - Col Joye
Sing Sing Sing - Col Joye
Be Bop a Lula - Col Joye
4,003,221 Tears From Now - Judy Stone
Hasta Manana - Judy Stone
Ain’t it So - Lonnie Lee
Starlight Starbright - Lonnie Lee
I Found a New Love - Lonnie Lee
Yes Indeed I Do - Lonnie Lee
I’ve Been Everywhere - Lucky Starr
He’s My Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy - Little Pattie
Stompin’ at Maroubra - Little Pattie
Bombora - The Atlantics
’Til We Kissed - Ray Columbus & The Invaders
She’s a Mod - Ray Columbus & The Invaders
Don’t You Know, Yokomo? - Dinah Lee
Reet Petite - Dinah Lee
It Ain’t Necessarily So - Normie Rowe
Que Sera Sera - Normie Rowe
Shakin’ All Over - Normie Rowe
What’s Wrong With the Way I Live? - The Twilights
Needle in a Haystack - The Twilights
Sick and Tired - Billy Thorpe & The Original Aztecs
Over the Rainbow - Billy Thorpe & The Original Aztecs
Poison Ivy - Billy Thorpe & the Original Aztecs
Gonna See My Baby Tonight - Kevin Borich (The La De Das)
Try a Little Tenderness - Max Merritt & The Meteors
 

Act Two – The ‘60s & ‘70s

Morning of the Earth - Tamam Shud
Sea the Swells - Tamam Shud
The Real Thing - Russell Morris
Wings of an Eagle/Sweet Sweet Love - Russell Morris
Arkansas Grass - Axiom
A Little Ray of Sunshine - Axiom
Ginger Man - Axiom
God/Human Being - Lobby Loyde & The Coloured Balls
Liberate Rock - Lobby Loyde & The Coloured Balls
I’ll Be Gone - Spectrum
Black and Blue - Chain
I Remember When I Was Young - Chain
Because I Love You - Masters Apprentices
Turn Up Your Radio - Masters Apprentices
I Hate the Music - John Paul Young
Evie (Parts 1, 2 and 3) - Stevie Wright
You - Marcia Hines
Fire and Rain - Marcia Hines
Your Love Still Brings Me to My Knees - Marcia Hines
Come Back Again - Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool)
Hi Honey Ho - Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool)
Eagle Rock - Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool)
Most People I Know Think That I’m Crazy - Billy Thorpe & The Sunbury Aztecs
Oop Oop A Doo - Billy Thorpe & The Sunbury Aztecs
It’s a Long Way to the Top - The Whole Cast

Extras and Performance Clips
Lwttt BackstageBackstage Documentary Lwttt Axion with Brian Cadd and Glen ShorrockAxion with Brian Cadd & Glen Shorrock Lwttt Billy Thorpe and The original AztecsBilly Thorpe & The Original Aztecs Lwttt Billy Thorpe and The Sunbury AztecsBilly Thorpe & The Sunbury Aztecs Lwttt ChainChain Lwttt Col JoyeCol Joye
           
  Lwttt Cole Joye InterviewCole Joye Interview   Lwttt Dinah LeeDinah Lee   Lwttt John Paul YoungJohn Paul Young Lwttt Jusdy StoneJusdy Stone   Lwttt Little PattieLittle Pattie Lwttt Lobby Loyde and The Coloured BallsLobby Loyde & The Coloured Balls
           
  Lwttt Lonnie LeeLonnie Lee   Lwttt Lucky StarrLucky Starr   Lwttt Marcia HinesMarcia Hines   Lwttt Max Merritt and The Meteors Max Merritt & The Meteors Lwttt Normie RoweNormie Rowe Lwttt Ray Columbus and The InvadersRay Columbus & The Invaders
           
  Lwttt Ross WilsonRoss Wilson   Lwttt Russell MorrisRussell Morris   Lwttt SpectrumSpectrum   Lwttt Stevie WrightStevie Wright Lwttt Tamam ShudTamam Shud Lwttt Tamam Shud InterviewTamam Shud Interview
           
  Lwttt The AtlanticsThe Atlantics   Lwttt The La De DasThe La De Das   Lwttt The Masters ApprenticesThe Masters Apprentices   Lwttt The TwilightsThe Twilights Lwttt InterviewsVarious Interviews
         

 

Long Way To The Top - Stories of Australian Rock N' Roll
Long Way to the Top was a six-part documentary film series on the history of Australian rock and roll, from 1956 to the modern era and took its name from the AC/DC song, "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)". It was produced by Paul Clarke (Recovery), directed by Greg Appel and edited by Andrew Glover and was narrated by the former radio presenter, Chris Winter (one of the original members of the on-air team at the ABC's 24-hour rock radio station, Double Jay). It featured interviews with Australasian singers and instrumentalists. Most of the nearly 200 interviews were conducted by music critic, Clinton Walker, who also co-wrote the series, and compiled a 2× CD soundtrack album, Long Way to the Top: Original Soundtrack from the ABC-TV Series (13 August 2001), by Various Artists featured in the show.  The other writers were Tony Barrell, Sandy Webster, James Cockington and Laurie Zion. Cockington wrote a book tie-in, Long Way to the Top: Stories of Australian Rock & Roll
 
Episodes     Clips
         
  Bed of a Thousand Struggles 1956-1964_x264Bed Of A Thousand Struggles
1956-1964
It's the early 1950s and Australia is enjoying a period of post-war calm. On the wireless, amongst the radio-plays, variety shows and deep-voiced announcers are the sounds of Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman or perhaps Tex Morton... lurking beneath this idyllic newsreel exterior was something far more rebellious... the cult of the 'teenager', looking for something to hang their angst upon. The hook was rock and roll! The years were 1956 -1964. From rock and roll films to the race to be first, from the recording studio to the crazes that swept the nation. One craze that stayed was Surf Culture. These were wild times indeed.
Artists: Johnny O'Keefe, Bee Gees, the Atlantics, Slim Dusty, Judy Stone, Col Joye, the Thunderbirds, Johnny Devlin, the Delltones, the Dee Jays, Carolyn Young, Betty McQuade and Patricia "Little Pattie" Amphlett
 

  Angus Young_x264Angus Young Billy Thorpe_x264Billy Thorpe Bon Scott_x264Bon Scott Lucky Starr_x264Lucky Starr Neil Finn_x264Neil Finn Nick Cave_x264Nick Cave Ross Wilson_x264Ross Wilson Colin Hay and Greg Ham_x264Colin Hay & Greg Ham Paul Kelly_x264Paul Kelly Stan Rofe_x264Stan Rofe Bruce Woodley and Judith Durham_x264Bruce Woodley & Judith Durham Scene1Scene1 Scene2Scene2 Scene3Scene3 Scene4Scene4 Scene5Scene5 Scene6Scene6

     
  Ten Pound Rocker 1963-1968_x264Ten Pound Rocker
1963-1968
In the early sixties a new wave of rhythm and blues arrived in Australia with a Liverpool accent, imported in the cardboard suitcases of young British migrants. These pale, skinny kids in tight suits performed strange tribal dances to a sound born in the Mississippi delta.
Artists: The Easybeats, the Seekers, the Twilights, the Masters Apprentices, Daddy Cool, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Col Joye, the Mixtures, Johnny Young, Purple Hearts, Normie Rowe, the Loved Ones, Dinah Lee, and In Focus.
 
     
  Billy Killed the Fish 1968-1973_x264Billy Killed The Fish
1968-1973
Australia took some strange turns in the late 1960s. Something happened for which our convict past had not prepared us: the hippy movement landed and took root. Music was the chosen vehicle for an alternative lifestyle which landed like an extra terrestrial invasion. Suddenly everything was 'out there'. Even 1960s pop bands like the Masters embraced the new voice: 'Do what you want to do, be what you want to be, yeah!'
Artists: Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, the Masters Apprentices, Russell Morris, Ross Wilson, Johnny Young, John Farnham, the Mixtures, Wendy Saddington and Chain
 
     
  Berserk Warriors 1973-1981_x264Berserk Warriors
1973-1981
Australia in the 1970s took the larrikin image to new extremes, including our own native youth – the sharpies. This was the sort of crowd musicians of the time might have to entertain. Some tried explosives, some tried school uniforms, some tried makeup, whatever it took as bands did battle in every pub and living room across the nation. The new wave of Australian hard rock started deep behind the walls of an unassuming concrete bunker in the Sydney suburb of Burwood. Holed up inside were three Scottish brothers.
Artists: AC/DC, Cold Chisel, Skyhooks, The Angels, Rose Tattoo, Hush, Stevie Wright, John Paul Young, Sherbet and Ted Mulry.
 
     
  INXS, In Exile 1976-88_x264INXS, In Exile
1976-1988
In 1983, Comedian Austen Tayshus made the country's biggest selling single ever "Australiana". Everything in the 1980s in Australia had to be big. For the followers of a small new movement called Punk the challenge was to be heard at all, over the din of excessive self-promotion. This generation of musicians would ask themselves the question: excess or exile? This was the decade when Australians realised they had something of which to be proud. Just like the tourist commission, the local music industry was proud of Australia and ready for the biggest challenge of all: selling Australia's bands to the Americans. It was a group of survivors from the sixties who devised the initial marketing strategy: give the Americans something they could relate to – more American music. Little River Band's world was mellow. A southern comfort zone stuck somewhere in the recent past. But not everyone was into it.
Artists: INXS, John Farnham, Men at Work, Split Enz, Mental as Anything, the Saints, Little River Band, Nick Cave, Models, Jimmy Barnes, Divinyls, Hunters & Collectors, the Go-Betweens, Uncanny X-Men and the Triffids.
 
     
  Gathering of the Tribes 1984-2000_x264Gathering Of The Tribes
1984-2000
The history of Australian rock has one recurring theme – it's the story of music described as 'alternative' becoming the 'mainstream'. As the century ended, new technology allowed more people than ever before to make their own music and to get it heard. Suddenly, there were many forms of popular music and the notion of a music mainstream began to disappear. For rock and roll artists, the biggest challenge was to breathe life into an old dog – before they were swamped by an enormous tide of beats – dance music. When three brothers strutted down a Miami street in 1977 they started the whole world dancing – and most of Australia with it.
Artists: Midnight Oil, Kylie Minogue, Silverchair, Ratcat, Spiderbait, Regurgitator, Savage Garden, Hard-Ons, Paul Kelly, Beasts of Bourbon, the Cruel Sea, the Scientists, Itch-E and Scratch-E, Yothu Yindi, Dave Graney, Custard, TISM and Christine Anu.
 

 

Mushroom 25 Concert
The Mushroom 25 Concert, organised by its owner Michael Gudinski, was held on Saturday 14 November 1998 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The nine-hour concert, which ran from the early afternoon until late at night, included 56 acts with many of the biggest names in Australian music performing their hits to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mushroom Records. Here are those artists who were active during the 1955-1975 period covered by this website

 
  Renee Geyer_x264Renee Geyer
Heading in the Right Direction & It's a Man's Man's World
  Ol- 55_x264Ol' 55
Looking For An Echo & On The Prowl
  Billy Thorpe_mushroom_x264Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs
Most People I Know Think That I'm Crazy & Ooh Poo Pah Do
  Madder Lake_mushroom_x264Madder Lake
Goodbye Lollipop & 12lb Toothbrush
  Chain_mushroom_x264Chain
Black and Blue & I Remember When I Was Young"

 

Bits and Pieces

  Gough Whitlam - 'ALP' - 'Its Time' Election Jingle.Gough Whitlam (ALP)
- 'Its Time' Election Jingle
Whitlam Policy SpeechWhitlam's 1972
Policy Speech
Norman Gunston <br>at 'The Dismissal'Norman Gunston at
"The Dismissal" (1975)
Rock Around The Clock - 6PM Australian All StarsRock Around The Clock - 6PM Australian All Stars
50 Years Of Australian Rock & Roll50 Years Of Australian Rock & Roll The Beat Girls from Dig We MustThe Beat Girls
from Dig We Must
Dig We Must - Introduction 1966Dig We Must
- Introduction 1966
35 Years of Television- Music.35 Years of Television Music GO GO DANCING 1966 AT THE KOMMOTION KLUB Go Go Dancing at the Kommotion Club Various Australian Music Shows (1960's)Various Australian Music Shows of the 1960's Adelaide Night - Life In The Sixties (1967)Adelaide Night
- Life In The Sixties (1967)
Commercials from Australia in the 60sCommercials from
Australia in the 60s
Sharpies and Mods - Melbourne 1966Sharpies & Mods
- Melbourne 1966
Hi Fi Club Introduction - Bert Newton (GTV-9, 1960)Hi Fi Club Introduction
- Bert Newton
(GTV-9, 1960)
3XY - 21 Years of Rock n Roll (1977)3XY - 21 Years
of Rock n' Roll (1977)
Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds 1971. Finalists (Fraternity, Sherbet and Jeff St. (John)Hoadley's Battle of
the Sounds 1971 Finalists
(Fraternity, Sherbet & Jeff St.John)
Uptight Go-Set Commercial, with Ian Molly Meldrum (ATV-O, 1968)Uptight Go-Set Commercial with Ian Molly Meldrum (ATV-O, 1968)

 

Australian Coca-Cola Ads Featuring Famous Artists of the 60s & 70s

Coca-Coa - 1962 StyleCoca-Coa
- 1962 Style
Coca-Cola - Billy ThorpeCoca-Cola
- Billy Thorpe
Coca-Cola - Billy Thorpe and The AztecsCoca-Cola
- Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs
Coca-Cola -  Brian CaddCoca-Cola
- Brian Cadd
Coca Cola commercial - Australian - 70's (Doug Parkinson)Coca-Cola
- Doug Parkinson
  Coca-Cola - Doug ParkinsonCoca-Cola
- Doug Parkinson
Coca-Cola - DragonCoca-Cola
- Dragon
Coca-Cola - The ExecutivesCoca-Cola
- The Executives
Coca-Cola - Ronnie BurnsCoca-Cola
- Ronnie Burns
Coca-Cola -  Sherbet  (30 sec)Coca-Cola
- Sherbet (30 sec)
Coca-Cola - SherbertCoca-Cola
- Sherbert (60 sec)
The Valentines (with Bon Scott) - Coca Cola Jingle (1969)Coca-Cola
- The Valentines (with Bon Scott (1969)
The Zoot -  Coke AdCoca-Cola
-The Zoot
Coca-Cola - Milk Bar RetrospectiveCoca-Cola
- Milk Bar Retrospective

 

 

 
Podcasts
 
Various Podcasts of Australian and New Zealand Artists of the 60s & 70s
These podcasts come from the 88.3 Southern Bay Community Radio show Purple Haze
Their website can be accessed by clicking here
 
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Various Podcasts from RareCollections
These podcasts come from the Radio National show hosted by Jordie and David Kilby which aims to present untold stories from Australian music history
Their website can be accessed by clicking here
 
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Various Podcasts from Overnights
These podcasts come from the ABC show hosted by Trevor Chappell and Rod Quinn
Their website can be accessed by clicking here
 
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