Turn up your radio!

Had a dream about this absolute classic song last night. Don’t know why. But who cares – it’s made me reconnect with this fabtastic song from Australian group Masters Apprentices. I can’t hear this song without wanting to jump up and start dancing as if I’m a 60s go-go dancer! Oh, and dig that crazy camera work!

From Wikipedia:
The Masters Apprentices (or The Masters to fans) were an Australian rock band fronted by mainstay Jim Keays on lead vocals, which formed in 1965 in Adelaide, South Australia, relocated to Melbourne in February 1967 and attempted to break into the United Kingdom market from 1970, before disbanding in 1972. Their popular Australian singles are “Undecided”, “Living in a Child’s Dream”, “5:10 Man”, “Think About Tomorrow Today”, “Turn Up Your Radio” and “Because I Love You”. The band launched the career of bass guitarist, Glenn Wheatley, later a music industry entrepreneur and an artist manager for both Little River Band and John Farnham. The band reformed periodically, including in 1987–1988 and again subsequently; they were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 1998 alongside The Angels.

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Ooh dahling that doesn’t rhyme either!!!!!

The fabulous Jeannie Little released a single in the 70s “Dahling, Are You Paying Attention” b/w “Oceania Roll”. A one-off novelty hit and of course I bought the single at the time.

I love Jeannie. Thanks to a friend of the family, I went along to see Jeannie in “Jerry’s Girls” at the Footbridge Theatre many years ago. I met Jeannie backstage – she was wonderful and warm and very real. She even gave Yoda and I a lift back to Wynyard Station after the show and (apologised for not driving us all the way home!)  Umm, it doesn’t get much more genuine than that!

Recently, Yoda found an mp3 of the song and I thought “I’ve got to get that on the net, it’s a classic piece of Australian pop culture history.” So that’s what I’ve been up to day.

So here it is – a fab single and a tribute to a genuinely lovely lady.

Some facts about about the fabulous Jeannie from Wikipedia.org

Jeannie Little was born in Sydney, New South Wales. Little made her television debut on Network Ten’s Mike Walsh Show in September 1974. Invited on as a guest showcasing designer maternity clothes, she quickly became a regular, eventually (after a stint at Channel Seven) moving with the Walsh Show to Channel Nine. The Seven Network had attempted two short-lived shows featuring Little’s unique talents: Jeanne’s Little Show (a variety/chat series) and Cuckoo in the Nest, a situation comedy in which she played a wacky Auntie Mame-type character. As part of the Mike Walsh Show team again, Little wowed and won audiences for the next 15 years.

 She was a guest on the Midday with Ray Martin and her appearance on the BBC’s Michael Parkinson variety show so startled London critics she had the London Evening News saying: “What a woman! With her in the house you wouldn’t want a TV.” Among the overseas guests she has appeared with are Phyllis Diller, George Burns and Danny La Rue.

 In 1976 Little won the Gold Logie for most popular television personality and has won two other Logies for her work on the Mike Walsh Show. She performed at the Royal Command Bicentennial Concert before the Prince and Princess of Wales. Her stage career took off with Jerry’s Girls where American director, John Frost teamed Jeanne with Marcia Hines, Debra Byrne and Judi Connelli. Then came Legends with Kerrie Biddell, Toni Lamond and Nancye Hayes at the Sydney Opera House.

 Marlene, Little’s one woman tribute to Marlene Dietrich toured Australia and the US to critical acclaim, followed by More of a Little, currently on tour which is filled with song, chat and hilarity from the inimitable Jeanne.

 In the late 90s through to the mid-2000s Little appeared on the panel discussion show Beauty and the Beast.

 In February 2011, it was announced Little was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and is being cared for in a nursing home.

Up, up and away with TAA the friendly, friendly way

Oh, I’m on a roll with these TV commercials from my childhood. It seems like every few months someone is adding something new to Youtube from my past that just blows me away. And, of course, I could virtually remember the lyrics word for word even though it’s been decades since I’ve seen the ad. Talk about advertising brainwashing you!

This advert features my favourite plane of all time – the Boeing 727. My god it was a sexy beast. Yet to think my Dad tried to take me on one (when it was on the ground – we had a friend who worked at the airport) when I was 7 years old and I screamed and screamed and screamed hysterically until they took me off. I was a very nervous, wimpy child. I was absolutely terrified the 727 would take off. Nowadays,  of course, I’d be BEGGING them to take off!

Still, is this advert a classic or what????????????????????????

Gorgeous TAA 727-200

Amoco in your machine!

I have this as a cardboard 7″ single. Yes I do, I really do. Played havoc with my record player back in the early 70s – the needle used to jump up and down. I’m not sure cardboard was such a good material to make records from. Ah yes, it was called a flexi-disc. I must have been about 10 when I got this. A TV advert as a record. Well, there you go…seems like you need a bit of Amoco in your machine. After all, nice clean petrol must be better!

In my secret silver box, I keep the things I love

In my secret silver box
Secret silver box
I keep the things I love

The smell of the flowers in the garden
The bizzy bizz from the bumble bee
I play the cards on the floor
See the wheels turn once more
Butterflies and sunshine
Rainbow cross the river
Purple dreams and silence
Silence in the morning
Music of the heartbeat
Heartbeat of my love
Sleeping next to me

In my secret silver box
Secret silver box
I keep the things I love

The girl with eyes of orange juice
Sing her half way to the moon blues
Play the cards on the floor
See the wheels turn once more
While the summer fields are dancing
Dancing in the summer
Winter night is falling
Falling in the winter
The music of the heartbeat
Heartbeat of my love
Sleeping next to me

In my secret silver box
Secret silver box
I keep the things I love

There’s no shadow in the night
Only things that I hold tight
There are no words filled with hate
No war just peace and faith
Butterflies and sunshine
Rainbow cross the river
Purple dreams and silence
Silence in the morning
Music of the heartbeat
Heartbeat of my love
Lying next to me’

In my secret silver box
Secret silver box
I keep the things
In my secret silver box
Secret silver box
I keep the things I love.

Harpo’s classic albums are now available on iTunes around the world. Also from 7Digital.com in the UK

Harpo - his classic albums

You filthy, dirty little queer. Get out!

First of January, 2011 and I can’t help revisiting an old classic. Number 96. And, more specifically, Bev & Don’s classic scene where she finds out he’s Gay. Or a “hummus-sexual” as Don seems to say 😉

Seeing this surreptitiously as an 12 year old, you might think it could have screwed up my self-image and self-worth because of my sexuality. Actually, they were already totally screwed, Number 96 actually help sort them out. Don Finlayson was a strong character who everyone in the building relied on. He was a lawyer and a kind and gentle man. He did more to stop me being screwed up about being a fag than anything else. He was a role model in 1972!

This scene always makes me think about Bev being a huge drama queen. It doesn’t make me think anything negative about Don or being Gay – it just makes me think “oh god, that bloody Bev Houghton was such a flake sometimes!”

Anyway, welcome to 2011. Or 1972. Enjoy…you filthy, dirty little queers!

Pearl’s A Singer

I’ve been travelling down memory lane to some of the one-off hits I loved as a teenager growing up in Adelaide in the 70s. We had a TV show every Saturday called “Music Express” which was two hours of pop videos. They played all the expected hits but sometimes a few things that ended up being big in Adelaide and not so much in other states. If I looked through my 1,100 7″ vinyl singles at the storage centre, I’m sure I’d find most of them!

Anyway, this nostalgia trip all started because the song “Pearl’s A Singer” came into my head last week and I went searching for it on Youtube. I wanted to see the actual video clip – that was more important than perfect sound quality in my nostalgia quest. Thank you, Mr. Youtube for having it on there. Elkie Brooks’ voice is stunning….

And while we’re on the 70s, I think I will travel to Rio, using the music for flight…..

And here’s something from Adelaide itself – I am gobsmacked that this is even on Youtube. The guy with the afro hair is Andy Armstrong – he was my boss at CC Records. I worked at CC Records West Lakes on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings – my very first job. I used to hang around CC Records almost every afternoon after work and got to know the people who worked there. Eventually they offered me a job! Those were the days of $6.99 LPs and $7.99 cassettes! But anyway, back to this classic…Evan Jones & Ynot – Don’t You Love Summertime. And yes, I do have the vinyl single!

Now, if only I could find “Piano Man” by Thelma Houston, my nostalgia trip for the week would be complete. It seems Youtube has never heard of it. It isn’t that old…only 36 years or so 😉