Category:20th-century Australian singers
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1. Nick Cave – Nicholas Edward Nick Cave AO is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor, best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. NME called him the lord of gothic lushness. Born and raised in rural Victoria, Cave studied art in Melbourne, in the 1970s, he formed and fronted the Boys Next Door, which spearheaded Melbournes bourgeoning post-punk scene. They changed their name to the Birthday Party and relocated to London in 1980, disillusioned by life in England, the bands sound and live shows became increasingly violent, and they garnered a reputation as one of darkest and most challenging groups of the 1980s. For this they are credited as an influence on gothic rock. The band, having released three albums and two EPs, fell apart after moving to West Berlin in 1983, after the break up of the Birthday Party, Cave formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 1983, releasing its debut album the following year. The 1996 album Murder Ballads featured Where the Wild Roses Grow, Skeleton Tree, the bands sixteenth and most recent album, was released in 2016. Cave formed the rock group Grinderman in 2006, which has since released two albums. Cave co-wrote, scored and starred in the 1988 Australian prison film Ghosts. of the Civil Dead, Cave also wrote the screenplay for Hillcoats bushranger film The Proposition, and composed the soundtrack with frequent collaborator Warren Ellis. The pairs film score credits include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Road, Lawless, Cave is the subject and co-writer of the semi-fictional day in the life documentary 20,000 Days on Earth. He has also released two novels, And the Ass Saw the Angel and The Death of Bunny Munro, Caves songs have been covered by a wide range of artists, including Johnny Cash, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys. He is an Australian artist like Sidney Nolan is an Australian artist—beyond comparison, beyond genre, Cave was born on 22 September 1957 in Warracknabeal, a small country town in the state of Victoria, Australia, to Dawn Cave and Colin Frank Cave. As a child, he lived in Warracknabeal and then Wangaratta in rural Victoria and his father taught English and mathematics at the local technical school, his mother was a librarian at the high school that Nick attended. When Cave was 9 he joined the choir of Wangaratta’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, at 13 he was expelled from Wangaratta High School. In 1970, having moved with his family to the Melbourne suburb of Murrumbeena, after his secondary schooling, Cave studied painting at the Caulfield Institute of Technology in 1976, but dropped out the following year to pursue music. He also began using heroin around the time that he left art school, Cave attended his first music concert at Melbournes Festival Hall. The bill consisted of Manfred Mann, Deep Purple and Free, Cave recalled, I remember sitting there and feeling physically the sound going through me. In 1973, Cave met Mick Harvey, Phill Calvert, John Cochivera, Brett Purcell and they founded a band with Cave as singer
2. Russell Crowe – Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia, Crowe appeared as the tobacco firm whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand in the 1999 film The Insider, for which he received five awards as best actor and seven nominations in the same category. Crowe is also the co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, an Australian National Rugby League team. Crowe was born on 7 April 1964 in the Wellington suburb of Strathmore Park, Crowes maternal grandfather, Stan Wemyss, was a cinematographer who was named an MBE for filming footage of World War II. Crowes paternal grandfather, John Doubleday Crowe, was from Wrexham, Wales, Crowe also has English, German, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Scottish, Swedish, and Welsh ancestry. He is a cousin of former New Zealand cricket captains Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe, Russell has built a cricket field named for his uncle. When Crowe was four years old, his family moved to Sydney, Australia, the producer of the Australian TV series Spyforce was his mothers godfather, and Crowe was hired for a line of dialogue in one episode, opposite series star Jack Thompson. Crowe also appeared briefly in the serial The Young Doctors, Crowe was educated at Vaucluse Public School but later moved to Sydney Boys High School. When he was 14, his family moved back to New Zealand where, along with his brother Terry, he attended Auckland Grammar School with cousins Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe. He then continued his education at Mount Roskill Grammar School. Crowe began his career as a musician in the early 1980s, under guidance from his good friend Tom Sharplin. He released several New Zealand singles including I Just Want To Be Like Marlon Brando, Pier 13, Shattered Glass and he managed an Auckland music venue called The Venue in 1984. When he was 18, he was featured in A Very Special Person, a promotional video for the theology/ministry course at Avondale College, a Seventh-day Adventist tertiary education provider in New South Wales. Crowe returned to Australia at age 21, intending to apply to the National Institute of Dramatic Art, I was working in a theatre show, and talked to a guy who was then the head of technical support at NIDA, Crowe has recalled. I asked him what he thought about me spending three years at NIDA and he told me itd be a waste of time. He said, You already do the things, you go there to learn and youve been doing it for most of life, so theres nothing to teach you. From 1986 to 1988, he was given his first professional role by director Daniel Abineri and he played the role of Eddie/Dr Scott. He repeated this performance in a further Australian production of the show, in 1987, Crowe spent six months busking when he could not find other work
3. April Byron – April Byron was born 22 March 1947, in Warburton, Victoria, Australia. April is an award-winning Australian pop/rock pioneer and she is a singer, songwriter and actress, and is the first chart-topping female artist to collaborate with the Bee Gees. Peters Collegiate Girls School in Adelaide, South Australia and her earliest employers/mentors include Rupert Murdoch, Clyde Packer, producer/songwriter Nat Kipner, and Australian rock legend Johnny OKeefe. Her personal manager during her career in Adelaide, South Australia was her Mother. Her road manager and photographer was her brother, Australian filmmaker Ted Potts and her then business managers were Ron Tremaine and his wife Patricia Tremaine. Always told she looked like the young Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, Aprils first recording on Festivals Leedon Label, Make the World Go Away, won the 3UZ Golden Sound Award 1963–64 for best-produced song in Australia. April was also awarded the 5KA Best Female Artist Award 1964–65, during this time, Aprils image appeared under Coca-Cola bottle caps in Australia. In 1964, Everybodys Magazines headline read Oh, to be in Melbourne, NOW THAT APRILS THERE – heralding Aprils Golden Sound Award, Aprils manager at this time was Horrie Dargie, head of DYT Productions, which produced The Go. Olivia Newton-John was one of the new artists introduced during the first season of the show, john Farrar, then guitarist of The Strangers was musical coordinator. After the first season of The Go, show, April was let go by DYT Productions due to her condition. She was 16 years old, pregnant, and determined to have her child despite her unmarried status, April immediately moved to Sydney, where she and her family were supported by promoter Ivan Dayman, and later the Jacobsen Agency. After her daughter was born, April joined Johnny OKeefe, Dinah Lee, and Max Merritt and it was during this time in Sydney that April first collaborated with the Bee Gees, Nat Kipner, and Ossie Byrne at the now-historic St. Clair Studio, Hurstville. In early 1969, April toured Central Australia – New South Wales and Queensland – with Johnny Farnham and later played venues in Brisbane, Aprils second daughter, Candy, was born in October 1969 at Southport on Australias Gold Coast. During the 1970s April travelled from her Gold Coast home to do all over Australia and was awarded Queensland Entertainer of the Year 1974–75. In 1977, April joined Johnny OKeefe and the cast of The Return of J. O. K, the single, A Long Time Ago/Hes a Thief, began the Gibbs renowned succession of collaborations with charting/award-winning pop divas. April was given songs by the Bee Gees which she recorded in Music City, Nashville, TN. April left Australia with her family in 1978 to pursue a career in the US. She had been considered by casting director Mary Selway for the role of Lois Lane in the 1978 film Superman
4. Slim Dusty – Dusty was the first Australian to have a No.1 international hit song, with a version of Gordon Parsons A Pub with No Beer. He received an unequalled 37 Golden Guitar and two Australian Recording Industry Association awards and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and the Country Music Roll of Renown. At the time of his death, at the age of 76, in 2007, his domestic record sales in Australia surpassed seven million. During his lifetime, Dusty was considered an Australian National Treasure and he performed Waltzing Matilda, Australias national song, at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. David Gordon Kirkpatrick was born on 13 June 1927 in Nulla Nulla Creek near Kempsey, New South Wales and he was known by his middle name, Gordon. He wrote his first song The Way the Cowboy Dies in 1937 and his earliest musical influences included the American Jimmie Rodgers, New Zealander Tex Morton and Australias own Buddy Williams. In 1945, Dusty wrote When the Rain Tumbles Down in July, in 1946, he signed his first recording contract with Columbia Graphophone for the Regal Zonophone label. In 1951, Dusty married singer-songwriter Joy McKean and, with her help, in 1954, the two launched a full-time business career, including the Slim Dusty Travelling Show. McKean was Dustys wife and manager for over 50 years, together the couple had two children, Anne Kirkpatrick and David Kirkpatrick who are also accomplished singer-songwriters. Joy McKean wrote several of Dustys most popular songs, including, Walk a Country Mile, Indian Pacific, Kellys Offsider, The Angel of Goulburn Hill and The Biggest Disappointment. Drawing on his travels and such writers over a span of decades, Dusty chronicled the story of a rapidly changing postwar Australian nation. Dustys 1957 hit A Pub with No Beer was the record by an Australian to that time, the first Australian single to go gold. Over his career, he collected more gold and platinum albums than any other Australian artist, in 1964 the annual Slim Dusty Australia-round tour, a 48,280 kilometres journey that went on for ten months, was started. This regular event was the subject of a film, The Slim Dusty Movie. An example is The Man from Snowy River by Paterson, in 1970, he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire for services to music. In 1973, he won Best Single at the inaugural Country Music Awards of Australia at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, in all, he won a record 37 Golden Guitars over the years. Dusty and his wife were patrons of the National Truck Drivers Memorial located in Tarcutta, the general manager of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, Bob Whitaker, invited him and his wife to perform in 1997, recognising 50 years contributing to country music. The following January, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to the entertainment industry
5. John Farnham – John Peter Farnham, Jr. AO, formerly billed as Johnny Farnham from his professional debut in 1967 until 1980, is an English-born Australian pop singer. Farnham was a teen pop idol from 1964 to 1979, but has since forged a career as a contemporary singer. His career has mostly been as a solo artist although he replaced Glenn Shorrock as lead singer of Little River Band from 1982 to 1985, in September 1986 his solo single, Youre the Voice peaked at No.1 on the Australian singles charts. The associated album, Whispering Jack, held the No.1 position for a total of 25 weeks and is the album in Australian history. Both the single and the album had Top Ten success internationally including No.1 in Sweden, in 1993, Anthology 1, Greatest Hits 1986–1997 in 1997, 33⅓ in 2000, The Last Time in 2002 and Two Strong Hearts Live in 2015. Farnham has been recognised by honours and awards including 1987 Australian of the Year,1996 Officer of the Order of Australia, from 1969 he was voted by TV Week readers as the King of Pop for five consecutive years. Aside from his career, Farnham performed on stage with lead roles in Australian productions of Charlie Girl, Pippin. He starred in his own TV series and specials including Its Magic and Bobby Dazzler and as a guest on other popular shows such as Countdown. Australian rock historian, Ian McFarlane described him as the most successful solo artist in the history of Australian rock, Farnham has retained an affable sense of humour and a simple, unpretentious everyman charm which also makes him one of the most respected celebrities in Australian entertainment history. John Peter Farnham, Jr. was born in Dagenham, England, on 1 July 1949, to John Farnham Sr and his sisters are Jean and Jaquiline, and his younger brother is Steven. Farnham spent his first ten years in the United Kingdom before his family emigrated to Australia in 1959 to live in Melbourne and he attended school at Yarraman Park State School, Lyndale Primary School and Lyndale High School. During school holidays, Farnham worked with a plumber and he left school to begin a plumbing apprenticeship. In 1967, he took two years leave from his job to pursue his music career. Johnny Farnham performed with local band The Mavericks on weekends, while attending school. The band had a five-song repertoire, in late 1965 he was asked to join Strings Unlimited as a singer and they had a regular booking at a local hotel. On 29 April 1967, Strings Unlimited performed as a band for pop singer Bev Harrell in Cohuna. Harrells manager, Darryl Sambell, was impressed with Farnhams vocals, initially performing in Sambells home town of Adelaide, Farnham recorded an advertising jingle Susan Jones for Ansett ANA and was offered a solo record contract with EMI. Farnhams first commercially successful recording was a novelty song entitled Sadie, however, EMIs in house producer, David MacKay, insisted and so the single was released in November 1967
6. Frances Alda – Frances Alda was a New Zealand-born, Australian-raised operatic soprano. Alda was born Fanny Jane Davis in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1879 and her father David, wanted her mother, Leonore, to settle down. But Leonore, a singer from a musical family, had other ideas. Fanny spent her early years traveling with her mother on her operatic tours, after false starts in Australasia, she took Fanny and her younger brother to San Francisco in 1883. Leonore Davis remarried but died of peritonitis in San Francisco on 29 December 1884, shortly after remarrying, after her mothers death, Alda was sent to live with her maternal grandparents, Martin and Fanny Simonsen, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. After receiving lessons in Paris from the renowned teacher Mathilde Marchesi and she appeared at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in 1906, and at La Scala, Milan, during the 1906-08 seasons. In 1908, the former La Scala impresario Giulio Gatti-Casazza became director of the Metropolitan Opera, on 7 December 1908 Alda made her debut at the Met. On 4 April 1910, Alda and Gatti-Casazza married, according to American Art News, Adolfo Müller-Ury was painting Alda just before her marriage. It was in New York that Alda furthered her career, appearing to acclaim in such operas as Martha, Manon Lescaut, Otello, Faust, Mefistofele. She began recording for the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1908 and she created the title roles in Victor Herberts Madeleine and Henry Hadleys Cleopatras Night as well as Roxane in Walter Damroschs Cyrano. She also sang regularly with Enrico Caruso, Alda toured Australia and New Zealand in 1927. She and Gatti-Casazza separated the year and then divorced. In 1929, she left the Met but continued to concerts, make radio broadcasts. Aldas 1937 autobiography was titled Men, Women, & Tenors, on 14 April 1941, at Charleston, South Carolina, she remarried, to New York advertising executive Ray Vir Den, a decade her junior. She would have an affluent retirement in Long Island, and traveling and she died of a stroke on 18 September 1952 in Venice, Italy, aged 73. Media related to Frances Alda at Wikimedia Commons Profile of Frances Alda, New Zealands most famous daughter Melba versus Alda Madame Frances Alda