Category:20th-century Australian singers
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The following 171 pages are in this category, out of 171 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 171 pages are in this category, out of 171 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. 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
2. Christie Allen – Christie Allen was an English-born Australian pop singer who had a successful career in Australia. Her top four hits on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart were Goosebumps, Allen was voted the Most Popular Female Performer at the TV Week / Countdown Music Awards for 1979 and 1980. At the 1979 awards, Goosebumps also won the Best Songwriter award for Terry Britten, Allen and her partner, Mark, had a daughter Christa Lea, the couple married in 1998. Allen died on 12 August 2008 of pancreatic cancer, aged 53, Christie Allen was born as June Allen on 24 July 1954 in the United Kingdom. Allens father is Keith Allen and her mother is Vera Allen, her brothers are Keith, Stephen, at the age of eight years, Allen performed in a talent quest, singing My Johnnys Gone Away. In 1965, the Allen family migrated to Australia and settled in Perth, Allen and her brothers formed a band, Pendulum, where she provided lead vocals. Whilst performing with Pendulum, Allen contacted UK-born Terry Britten, a songwriter, according to an interview she gave on Sounds she virtually knocked on his door. In the mid-1960s Britten was the lead guitarist of Australian rock group, The Twilights, after working with Richard, Britten was living and working in Australia, when he was impressed by Allens vocal ability and bubbly personality, and began songwriting for her. Allen signed a contract with Mushroom Records. Her next three singles from her album, Magic Rhythm, were top 20 hits. Aside from co-writing most of the tracks with B. A. Robertson, the first single was a ballad, Falling in Love with only You, which reached No.20 in April 1979. Her next two singles were strongly influenced by the disco style – Goosebumps, which reached No.3 in September 1979, and Hes My Number One. Goosebumps was Allens greatest success, with sales of 60,000, Allen was voted the Most Popular Female Performer at the TV Week / Countdown Music Awards for 1979 and 1980. At the 1979 awards ceremony, broadcast by Countdown on 19 April 1980, Allen performed, at the same ceremony, Britten won the Best Songwriter award for Goosebumps. Allen won the 1980 award for Most Popular Female Performer, broadcast on 22 March 1981, against nominees, Annalise Morrow of The Numbers, Christie Allen gave Countdown something it had been lacking – a local female artist to appeal to the teeny boppers. It is sometimes not appreciated just how successful Christie was, besides performing, Allen also appeared on Countdown as a guest host, in November 1979 with Russell Hitchcock, and in April 1980 with Molly Meldrum. In the early 1980s Allen supplied the voice over and sang the jingle Come Tarino with Me for Tarino orange soft drink commercials, Britten had moved on and was working with Tina Turner, writing her hits Whats Love Got to Do with It and We Dont Need Another Hero. By mid-1980s a long illness prevented Allen from adequately promoting her career, Allen and her partner, Mark, had a daughter Christa Lea
3. Peter Allen (musician) – Peter Allen was an Australian singer-songwriter and entertainer. In addition to recording albums, he enjoyed a cabaret and concert career. His song I Still Call Australia Home, used extensively in advertising campaigns, was added to the National Film, Allen was the first husband of Liza Minnelli, with the couple divorcing after seven years of marriage, he later came out as gay. He and his partner, Gregory Connell, died from AIDS-related illnesses eight years apart. Several years after his death, the musical The Boy from Oz was written about his life and it ran on Broadway and earned Hugh Jackman a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Peter Allen was born Peter Richard Woolnough in Tenterfield, New South Wales and he was the grandson of George Woolnough, whom Allen immortalised in his song Tenterfield Saddler. He began his career with Chris Bell as one of the Allen Brothers. He began performing as Peter Allen around the same time, Mark Herron, the husband of Judy Garland, discovered Allen while he was performing in Hong Kong. Allen commenced releasing solo recordings in 1971, but throughout his career achieved greater success through his songs being recorded by others. He scored his biggest success with the song I Honestly Love You, which he co-wrote with Jeff Barry and her single reached number one in the United States and Canada and won two Grammy Awards, for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Newton-John. One of his songs, I Go to Rio, co-written with Adrienne Anderson, was popularized in America by the group Pablo Cruise. In 1976, Allen released an album, Taught by Experts, which reached number one in Australia, along with the one single I Go to Rio. Although his recording career in the US never progressed, he performed in Atlantic City and at Carnegie Hall. He had three extended engagements at New York Citys Radio City Music Hall, where he became the first male dancer to dance with The Rockettes. This performance was broadcast live and exclusively on subscription television service WHT The Movie Network. Allens most successful album was Bi-Coastal, produced by David Foster and featuring the single Fly Away, in addition, Allen co-wrote the Patti LaBelle hit I Dont Go Shopping, which reached the top 30 on the R&B chart in 1980. Allen co-wrote the song Arthurs Theme with Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Christopher Cross, the song reached number one in the US and the songwriters won an Academy Award for Best Song. One lyric for the song, If you get caught between the moon and New York City, was adapted from a song that he
4. Chrissy Amphlett – Christine Joy Chrissy Amphlett was an Australian singer, songwriter and actress who was the frontwoman of the Australian rock band Divinyls. Amphlett grew up in Geelong in Victoria, Australia, as a singer and dancer and she left home as a teenager and travelled to England, France, and Spain. She was detained for three months in Spain, for singing on the streets, Amphlett and McEntee barely spoke after the band separated in 1996, but resumed contact when they were inducted in 2006 into the ARIA Hall of Fame, eventually announcing a new album and tour. Amphlett died in 2013 of breast cancer and complications from multiple sclerosis and her contribution to the arts and legacy have been honoured by having a Melbourne central city laneway named Amphlett Lane in her honour, complete with a commemorative plaque and two artworks. Amphlett met Mark McEntee at a concert at the Sydney Opera House in 1980, after several years performing in Sydney, they recorded several songs for the film Monkey Grip, in which Amphlett also acted. Divinyls consisted of an ever-changing line-up formed around Amphlett and McEntee, Divinyls did not release another album for six years, breaking up around the time of Underworlds release in Australia. Amphlett lived in New York City with her husband, concentrating on a career and writing her autobiography, Pleasure and Pain. Amphlett and McEntee barely spoke after the band broke up, but resumed contact when they were inducted in the 2006 ARIA Hall of Fame and eventually announced a new tour and album. They recorded and released a single, Dont Wanna Do This, and toured Australia, in 1971, she performed with One Ton Gypsy. Amphlett performed Divinyls and other songs with a 30 piece orchestra for the Australian Rock Symphony in January 2010, in 2011, she released the single Summer Song under the name The Tulips, a band consisting of Amphlett, Charley Drayton and Kraig Jarret Johnson. It was used in the soundtrack for the film The Music Never Stopped, in 1976, Amphlett played the role of Linda Lips in the R-rated musical Let My People Come. Amphlett made her debut in Monkey Grip in a supporting role as Angela. In 1988, she starred opposite Russell Crowe in the first Australian production of Willy Russells stage musical Blood Brothers, Amphlett played Judy Garland in the original touring production of The Boy from Oz, with Todd McKenney playing the role of Peter Allen. When the highly successful show transferred to Broadway in the year 2000, Garland was played by American performer Isabel Keating, on its return to Australia as an arena spectacular, Amphlett resumed playing the role. Amphlett grew up in Geelong and attended Belmont High School and she was a cousin of Australian singer Little Pattie. Amphlett and her bandmate Mark McEntee were romantically involved from 1982 to 1993 and they met in 1980, and began a relationship two years later when McEntee split up with his wife. Their relationship was volatile, being marred by drug and alcohol use. However the bands manager, Vince Lovegrove, later stated that the nature of their relationship was the magic of Divinyls
5. Tina Arena – Filippina Lydia Tina Arena AM is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, musical theatre actress, and record producer. She is one of Australias highest selling female artists who, as of July 2014, has sold over 10 million records worldwide. Arena is an artist with the range of a soprano and is multilingual, she sings live and records in English, Italian and French. In April 2013 she was voted Australias all-time greatest female singer and third-greatest singer overall in a poll conducted by music journalist, Cameron Adams. Arena has earned several international and national awards, including seven ARIA Awards, in October 2013, Arena released her first English album of original material in eleven years, titled Reset. In the same month, Arena published her first autobiography, titled Now I Can Dance, also in 2013, Arena participated in the 13th Australian series of Dancing with the Stars, reaching third place behind Cosentino and Rhiannon Fish, respectively. From 28 September 2015, Tina Arena can be heard hosting shows on SmoothFM Radio Stations from 4,00 pm every Saturday on Sydneys SmoothFM93.5 and on Melbournes SmoothFM91.5. In October 2015, Arena released her 11th studio album, Eleven which became her seventh Top 10 album in Australia by debuting at No.2 on the ARIA album chart. In November 2015, Arena was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame at the 2015 ARIA Awards ceremony. On 27 April 2016, the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Arena was born to Giuseppe Joe Arena and Francesca Franca Catalfamo, Sicilian immigrants, in Melbourne on 1 November 1967. Giuseppe was a worker in Sicily and then a cane cutter in Cairns in 1955. By the following year he was a labourer in Melbourne and later worked for Victorian Railways, Arena grew up in Moonee Ponds with two sisters, Nancy and Silvana, her family calls her Pina which provided her stage name, Tina. For secondary schooling she attended St. Columbas College, Essendon from 1980 and she later recalled her upbringing It was a very Italian household, it was a very traditional household. There was a lot of love but there was a lot of discipline, and there was no room for pretentiousness. As a child Arena listened to Spanish, Italian and French songs that were in her familys record collection and she received singing lessons from Voila Ritchie who recommended her to appear on a TV talent quest and variety show, Young Talent Time. Initially appearing as a contestant Arena became Tiny Tina, a member of the shows Young Talent Team in 1976. For her first appearance she sang ABBAs Ring Ring, as a member of the team Arena performed cover versions of popular tracks and in 1977 released a split album, Tiny Tina and Little John, alternating tracks with fellow team member, John Bowles. While with the TV series she appeared in TV specials, at shopping centres or tourist venues and they both have a really professional attitude