Johnny (John Farnham album)

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Studio album by Johnny Farnham
Released August 1971
Recorded 1971
Genre Pop
Label His Master's Voice/EMI
Producer Howard Gable
Johnny Farnham chronology
Christmas Is... Johnny Farnham
(1970)Christmas Is... Johnny Farnham1970
The Best Of Johnny Farnham
(1971)The Best Of Johnny Farnham1971

Johnny is the fifth studio album by Australian pop singer John Farnham, (who was billed then as "Johnny" Farnham) which was released on HMV for EMI Records in August 1971.[1][2][3] It peaked at #24 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Charts.[4] Farnham had earlier #1 singles with "Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)" in 1968 and his cover of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" in 1970;[5][6][7] a non-album single, "Acapulco Sun" was released in May 1971 but there were no charting singles from Johnny.[4] The album features compositions from artists as diverse as George Harrison, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Joe South and George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin


Johnny Farnham's first #1 single on the Go-Set National Singles Charts was the novelty song "Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)".[5] Selling 180 000 copies in Australia, "Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)" was the highest selling single by an Australian artist of the decade.[2][3] His second #1 was a cover of B. J. Thomas' "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head", which peaked at #1 for seven weeks in January–March 1970.[6][7] A non-album single, "Comic Conversation" was released in October 1970 and peaked at #10 on the Go-Set National Top 60 Singles Chart and was still charting in March 1971.[8] His fifth album, Johnny was released in August 1971, which peaked at #24 on the Kent Music Report Albums Charts.[4] Another non-album single, "Acapulco Sun" had been released in May and peaked at #21 on the Go-Set Top 60, but there were no charting singles from Johnny.[4] Aside from Johnny, Farnham also released a compilation, The Best Of Johnny Farnham, and a duet album with Allison Durbin, Together, all in 1971.[1][9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "For Once In My Life" (Ronald Miller, Orlando Murden) - 2:52
  2. "Band of Gold" (Jack Taylor, Bob Musel) - 2:29
  3. "Stick of Incense" - 3:07
  4. "Knock Three Times" (Irwin Levine, L.Russell Brown) - 2:58
  5. "Rag Mamma Rag" (Robbie Robertson) - 3:03
  6. "Take Me To The Pilot" (Bernie Taupin, Elton John) - 3:36
  7. "Your Song" (Bernie Taupin, Elton John) - 4:04
  8. "Ma Cherie Amour" (Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy) - 2:47
  9. "Something" (George Harrison) - 3:41
  10. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 4:15
  11. "Rose Garden" (Joe South) - 3:04
  12. "This Must Be The End" (Billy Green) - 3:33

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position Catalogue #
1971 Kent Music Report Albums Chart[4] 24 OCSD-7680


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  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Jeff; Ian Meldrum (2007). Molly Meldrum presents 50 years of rock in Australia. Melbourne, Vic: Wilkinson Publishing. ISBN 978-1-921332-11-1. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Creswell, Toby; Samantha Trenoweth (2006). 1001 Australians You Should Know. North Melbourne, Vic: Pluto Press. pp. 84–85. ISBN 978-1-86403-361-8. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  5. ^ a b "Go-Set search engine results for "Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)"". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Go-Set search engine results for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Go-Set Magazine's Number One Singles in Australia 1966–1974". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts - 6 March 1971". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 6 September 2009.  NOTE: Farnham's single is listed as "Cosmic Conversations" [sic] at #52 on 6 March 1971, during its 18-week run on Go-Set National Top 60 it had a peak position of #10.
  9. ^ Holmgren, Magnus; Reboulet, Scott; Albury, Lyn; Birtles, Beeb; Warnqvist, Stefan; Medlin, Peter. "John Farnham". Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 27 November 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014.