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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Post 153 - Laurie Allen - Sunshine On Your Face / On A Ferris Wheel

Laurie's musical career began in 1959 as guitarist with one of Melbourne's first rock bands, Malcolm Arthur & The Knights. He then joined The Blue Jays as organist and released a solo single, "Wolfman" 1962, before teaming up with singer Bobby Bright in 1964. Their hits in the '60s on the Go!! label included Laurie's self penned "I Belong With You" and "Judy Green"; after switching to Albert Productions/Parlophone they scored another national chart topper with Roger Miller's "Hitch-Hiker" and in 1966, they hosted their own ABC-TV show It's A Gas, later retitled Dig We Must. The duo's second backing band, The Rondells, included some of Melbourne's top players and included the future Daddy Cool rhythm section of Wayne Duncan and Gary Young. When the duo split up in early 1967, Laurie formed up the Laurie Allen Revue, which featured Colleen and Glenys Hewett, on backing vocals and issued three singles for Festival. In 1969, Bobbie and Laurie reformed for three singles, including the hit version of Porter Wagoner's "Carroll County Accident" before splitting again in 1971. He signed with Col Joye's ATA label, here to download is his first single for ATA in 1972 "Sunshine On Your Face" b/w "On A Ferris Wheel" (ATAK-4734). Produced by Col Joye and Laurie and backed by The Joy Boys.

3 comments:

AussieRock said...

Happy Birthday Ozzie - and welcome to the 50's club. Love your site mate.

Deutros said...

Thanks Ozzie love these Gems

Slackjack said...

Thanks for all the great posts