Ladies and Gentlemen:
Just to bring the last 35 years into perspective and I
am aware that you have all had your successes;
This greying Irish
lad has had mine in my own way.
As some of you may remember Ivan
Dayman whisked me away from the Clefs
and Barrie did a sterling job as my replacement: The Norwood Ballroom with Neville
Dunn’s Planets, The Hi-Marks plus a couple of other bands were my day to
day work until Ivan decided to invade Melbourne. So I relocated and worked at Town Hall dances some being Preston, Canterbury, Ballarat and
Then Ivan decided to invade Brisbane. So I
became the emcee and singer with three bands working Cloudland Ballroom and during the day -
I was also the cleaner.
Then, one day Ivan, Nat Kipner and I decided
to form Sunshine Records. Normie Rowe
was our first artist but we didn't know what a producer was so I did it anyway
in Bill Armstrong’s Studio which was
then at St Kilda later Albert Park.
was about to fire me as a rhythm guitar player until I convinced him that I was
a better singer than the bass player.
So career one was singing, career two was MC and singer at many
venues and career three was record producer.
From there we took Normie on the road where I was back stage announcer and opening act on all the tours, the likes
of (Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney and Bobby
Ivan then decided that we should have an office at Festival Records in Sydney. We
were on a roll until Ivan faced some
financial difficulties and Sunshine was absorbed by Festival. They took my car
and furniture and I was out of work until Fred
Marks, who ran Festival gave me
the job of Artists and Repertoire producer. The engineer in
my department was a nine to five man so I gave him to Joe Halford - rebuilt the studio to four track (so lucky) and taught myself engineering
as they built it over a two week period: During this time I was asked by
Festival to put all of the vocals on a backing track that was recorded for
another vocalist, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, I went to work and this
recording was released under the name of the Love Machine. This recording had great success on the charts.
Career number four!! One day, having
arranged and sung for The Executives
a call came from the agency that handled Qantas,
Asking, if I would write and sing a commercial for them. I wrote it and Carol King and I sang it - I believe I
did twelve parts. A new door opens!! I finally resigned,
very amicably from Festival and set up my Jingle business in about 1970/1.
Eight years of Coca Cola did not do
my reputation any harm apart from the many others that I wrote. Wheetbix***Mitsubishi I also had the pleasure of engaging Barrie to perform a couple of jingles I
wrote and sang harmonies with him, Jim Beam***Maxwell House.
Career number 5: So life went on until 1976 when I got a phone call from New York. - "Hey man we love your stuff."
To cut a long story short I finished up working as a composer/writer and serious
session singer in New York for two years. Very profitable but very
wearing I was bringing two children up on my own and to be fair to them I came
home in 1978 and returned to Jingles,
which with my added kudos from New York
gave me a good living. Being over 60 has now slowed down
the work. So with out any further ramblings, here I am beautifully ensconced
in Noosa and have been for 11 years.
My career number six is that I am now the flavour of the month as a
vocal coach. The last five yards for all
those who aspire to become an entertainer, I teach singing and stage
Career number seven is in my computer which is a book
- not about me but a carefully crafted Mills and Boone with a
Always the romantic:
would love to hear from one and all in your own time and to recall
the great memories I have in this tiny Irish brain,
love and best wishes to you all,
Phone: (07) 5474 5288