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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
7. 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
8. Cheryl Barker – Cheryl Ruth Barker AO is an Australian operatic soprano who has had an active international career since the late 1980s. She has also made two recordings of opera arias, one with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor David Parry. On the stage she has had partnerships with the English National Opera and Opera Australia, Barker studied with Dame Joan Hammond at the Victorian College of the Arts and began her career as a member of the opera chorus at the Victoria State Opera at the age of 19. She made her first solo appearance at that house as Blondchen in Mozarts Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the age of 23. In 1984, Barker moved with her husband, baritone Peter Coleman-Wright, to London, two weeks after their arrival, Barker auditioned for and was accepted as a member of the opera chorus at the Welsh National Opera. She stayed there for the year and a half, occasionally substituting for ailing singers in larger parts. In 1986, Barker was awarded the Dame Mabel Brookes Fellowship and was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and these accolades helped her to launch a solo career with minor opera companies during the late 1980s. She performed the roles of Marzelline in Fidelio and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro with the English Touring Opera, in 1989 she won the Royal Over-Seas League Competition in London. Her first major success came in 1990 at her debut at the Sydney Opera House as Mimì in Puccinis La bohème. Since the early 1990s Barker has been a performer with all of the major opera companies in Australia. With the State Opera of South Australia she has sung Blondchen, at the Victoria State Opera she has appeared as Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann, the First Lady in The Magic Flute, and Mimì. She has portrayed Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at the Lyric Opera of Queensland, in 2011, Barker sang the title role in Opera Queenslands production of Tosca, a role she had portrayed before in London and Sydney. After withdrawing from a 2010 production of Tosca by Opera Australia, later that year, she reprised the role of Desdemona with Opera Queensland. As a guest artist Barker has appeared at De Nederlandse Opera, the Royal Opera, London, the Scottish Opera, the Vlaamse Opera, in 2004 she portrayed Sarah Miles in the world premiere of Jake Heggies The End of the Affair at the Houston Grand Opera. In 2009 she sang Cio-Cio San for her first appearance with the Paris Opera, Barker and Hobson sang O soave fanciulla from La bohème, the first time they sang together 24 years after Baz Luhrmanns production. Barker received the award for Best Female Performer in an Opera in the 2008 Helpmann Awards for her role in Arabella, in 2008, Barker and her husband were awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Melbourne. In the 2015 Queens Birthday Honours, Barker was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, Barker has one son, Gabriel, with her husband Peter Coleman-Wright. The couple has also recorded a CD of opera duets together with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra under conductor Martin André, the family maintains homes in London and Australia
9. Peter Dawson (bass-baritone) – Peter Smith Dawson was an Australian bass-baritone and songwriter. Dawson gained worldwide renown through song recitals and many best-selling recordings of arias, oratorio solos. His voice combined a dark timbre with an ideal balance of diction. These skills probably derived from his studies with Sir Charles Santley, the tremendously high technical finish of his Handelian singing sets an unmatched standard, too. In 2007, Peter Dawsons 1931 recording of the song Along the Road to Gundagai was added to the National Film and Sound Archives Sounds of Australia registry. Peter Dawson was born in 1882 to immigrant Scottish parents, Thomas Dawson, the youngest of nine children, he attended East Adelaide Primary School, then Pulteney Street Grammar School. At the age of 17 he joined a choir and received singing lessons from C. J. Stevens. Then, aged 19, he won a prize for the best bass solo in a competition at Ballarat, Victoria and he was a featured singer at the 1901 Christmas performance of Messiah at the Adelaide Town Hall. He was sent to London to be taught by Sir Charles Santley, bamford of Glasgow for six months basic training and coaching in vocal exercises, arias, oratorio pieces and classical songs. In 1904, he joined Santley on a concert tour of the West of England with the soprano Emma Albani. Throughout his life he acknowledged the bel canto example of Battistini, in addition to Italian and French opera, he grew to admire the German music dramas of Richard Wagner. On 20 May 1905, he married Annie Mortimer Nan Noble, daughter of the manager of the Alhambra Theatre. Around this time, a Russian medical specialist assisted him to extend his upper range, in 1909, he appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as the Night Watchman in The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, with Hans Richter conducting. During one of performances, after winning a large amount playing poker in the wings, he hurried on at his call. However, he did not find the pressures of the stage to be a congenial fit with his easygoing personality. Dawson was approached to appear in an important concert in London at the Queens Hall, on his return, he began appearing in Promenade Concerts. A second long tour with his own company in Australia and New Zealand ended with the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914, however, the Armistice of 1918 intervened before he saw frontline service. After the war and with another South African tour under his belt and his voice was now entering its peak phase
10. Jon English – Jonathan James Jon English was a English-born Australian singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He emigrated to Australia with his parents in 1961, English was also a noted solo singer, his Australian top twenty hit singles include Turn the Page, Hollywood Seven, Words are Not Enough, Six Ribbons and Hot Town. English was acclaimed for his role in the 1978 Australian TV series Against the Wind – he won the TV Week Logie Award for Best New Talent in Australia. He also co-wrote and performed the score with Mario Millo, from 1983 to 1985, English won four Mo Awards with three consecutive Entertainer of the Year awards and a further Male Vocal Performer in 1985. English has performed in Gilbert and Sullivans operettas The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, performances of Essgee Entertainments productions of the Gilbert and Sullivan trilogy from 1994 to 1997 were broadcast on Australian TV. They were all released on VHS and subsequently on DVD, Jonathan James English was born in 1949 in Hampstead, London, to Sydney and Sheila English, with siblings Janet, Jeremy and Jill. Sheila had worked as a worker, teacher and ambulance driver. Sheila and the followed, when the family emigrated to Australia in 1961 on RMS Orion with English turning 12 years old just before calling-in at Fremantle. Sydney had bought a house in Cabramatta, where English attended Cabramatta High School, Sydney was a self-taught piano player and dabbled with guitar and drums, he bought a guitar for the young Jon English. Janet took her brother to the Sydney Stadium to see the Beatles perform during their 1964 Australian tour. Englishs first rock gig occurred when his neighbours band needed a guitarist, he was about 16 and mid-performance was called upon to do vocals, he sang the Beatles Twist and Shout. His earliest known band was Zenith in 1965, formed at Cabramatta High School, next was Gene Chandler & the Interns, which included guitarist Graham Ford, drummer Richard Lillico, bass guitarist Peter Plavsic and English as vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Ford founded Sebastian Hardie Blues Band in 1967 with Lillico and new band members and they played R&B and soul covers but disbanded by early 1968. When Ford reformed the band later in 1968, he recruited English and Peter Plavsic again, and added Anatole Kononewsky on keyboards and they had dropped the Blues Band part to play more pop oriented music and were the backing band for legendary Australian rocker Johnny OKeefe during 1969. Covering songs from the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Otis Redding, also attending Cabramatta High School, but one year lower was Carmen Sora, Sora and English married in September 1969 when she was 19 and he was 20. In January 1972, English left Sebastian Hardie when he won the role of Judas Iscariot in the Australian version of Jesus Christ Superstar from May 1972, Sebastian Hardie were later joined by Mario Millo on vocals and lead guitar and Toivo Pilt on keyboards. By 1974 they had become Australias first symphonic rock band and released Four Moments in August 1975, Jesus Christ Superstar – Original Australian Cast Recording was released by MCA in 1972 with English and other cast members performing vocals for a studio recording. A documentary of the production was broadcast on national TV, it contained footage of performances, English reprised his role of Judas in the 1975 and 1978 productions
11. Judith Durham – Judith Mavis Durham AO is an Australian singer and musician who became the lead singer for the Australian popular folk music group The Seekers in 1963. Durham left the group in mid-1968 to pursue her solo career, in 1993, Durham began to make sporadic recordings and performances with The Seekers, though she remains primarily a solo performer. On 1 July 2015, she was named Victorian of the Year for her services to music, Durham was born Judith Mavis Cock in Essendon, Victoria, to William Alexander Cock DFC, a navigator and World War II pathfinder, and his wife, Hazel. From her birth until 1949, Durham spent summer holidays at her familys house on the west side of Durham Place in Rosebud. A myth has circulated that Morningtown Ride was prompted by these holidays, however, Durham has stated that the song was written by American songwriter Malvina Reynolds and that the lyrics refer to sweet dreams rather than the Mornington Peninsula. Durham lived in Hobart, Tasmania, where she attended the Fahan School before moving back to Melbourne in 1956, in Melbourne, she was educated at Ruyton Girls School and then enrolled at RMIT. Durham at first planned to be a pianist and gained the qualification of Associate in Music, Australia and she had some professional engagements playing piano and also had classical vocal training and performed blues, gospel and jazz pieces. In 1963, she began performing at the club with Frank Traynors Jazz Preachers. In that year she recorded her first EP, Judy Durham with Frank Traynors Jazz Preachers. Durham was working as a secretary at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency where she met account executive Athol Guy, Guy was in a folk group called The Seekers which sang on Monday nights at the Treble Clef, a coffee lounge on Toorak Road in Melbourne. The Seekers consisted of Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley and it was through Potgers position that the three were able to make a demo tape in their spare time. This was given to W&G Records, which wanted another sample of Durhams voice before agreeing to record a Jazz Preachers album, W&G instead signed The Seekers for an album, Introducing The Seekers, in 1963. Durham, however, recorded two songs with the Jazz Preachers, Muddy Water and Trombone Frankie. In early 1964, The Seekers sailed to the United Kingdom on the S. S. Fairsky on which the group provided the musical entertainment. Originally they had planned to return after ten weeks, but they received a stream of bookings through the Grade Agency because they had sent the agency a copy of their first album. In November 1964, The Seekers released Ill Never Find Another You composed by Tom Springfield. In February 1965, the reached number one in the UK and Australia, while their 1966 recording of Springfield. In 1967, The Seekers set an official all-time record when more than 200,000 people flocked to their performance at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne
12. Stan Coster – Stan Coster OAM was an Australian country music singer-songwriter. His songs were performed by Slim Dusty and other singers. He is the father of country music singer Tracy Coster, Stan Coster was born at Casino on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia in 1930. One of seven children, each of whom were musically talented and he left school at the age of 14 and worked for a local butcher in Woolgoolga, NSW. In 1950, at age 20, Coster joined a travelling rodeo as a rider and in 1951 he married Dorothy Aileen Milto. In 1956, Coster began writing songs and met Slim Dusty in 1960 at Longreach, Dusty recorded his first Coster song, “Return of the Stockman” in 1962. Dusty went on to record another 70 of Stan Coster tracks, in 1977, Coster won the Golden Guitar for APRA Song of the Year with his composition “Three Rivers Hotel”, recorded by Slim Dusty. While on the land Coster worked as a ringer, fencer, slaughterman, horse-breaker, kangaroo shooter, in later life, Coster moved to Tamworth, New South Wales and then to nearby Manilla. In the late 1970s, where he began his career at Joe Maguires Pub. He appeared in the 1984 feature film The Slim Dusty Movie and in that year formed his own record label, in 1987, Coster won another Golden Guitar for APRA Song of the Year for “He’s a Good Bloke When He’s Sober”. In 1989 he was awarded an OAM for Services to Country Music and was in 1990 inducted into the Roll of Renown at Tamworth. He won the 1995 Golden Guitar for Bush Ballad Song of the Year with “Lawson’s Loaded Dog”, Stan Coster died from cancer on 25 March 1997 at Manilla. A Bronze bust featuring his image was unveiled in Tamworth’s Bicentennial Park in 1999, other than Dusty - Buddy Williams, Joy McKean, John Williamson, Gordon Parsons and many other music artists have performed Stan Coster songs. In 2005, a statue of the Cunumulla Fella was unveiled in Cunnamulla, Queensland in tribute to Dusty and Coster, the song recalls Costers days working as a sheep-shearing ringer around Cunnamulla in the 1950s. Dusty recorded the song and it became a country music hit. The statue was unveiled by country music personalities Anne Kirkpatrick, Jayne Kelly and Tracy, Stan Coster Autobiography, Travelling My Own Track, ISBN 1-876285-61-3