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Sunday, 20 September 2009

Post 155 - Playback - Sweetheart You're Gonna Take Over This Town! (...You Had It All The Time)

Russell Dunlop was born in Paddington, New South Wales. In the late 1960s he joined Aesop's Fables, a group featuring singer Cheryl Blake and organist Gary Moberly, who went on to work with The Bee Gees. Dunlop also soon found himself in steady demand for session work as a drummer and vocalist. Aesop's Fables disbanded around October 1970 and Russell moved back to Sydney, where he joined Mother Earth, another jazz-rock group which featured Renee Geyer as lead singer. In the mid 1970s Dunlop toured the U.S. with the band Ayers Rock, renewing his friendship with Jimmy Doyle, and they subsequently toured Australia many times with the Aussie Blue Flames, backing the British performer Georgie Fame. He also recorded and toured with the Aunty Jack Show team, among many other acts, while becoming more involved in recording.In the late '70s, Dunlop began a highly successful collaboration with producer engineer Bruce Brown at Albert Studios and they formed their own independent production company BAD (Brown And Dunlop). Dunlop’s credits as producer or co producer with Bruce Brown include Machinations, Mental As Anything, Jon English and the Doug Ashdown. Dunlop and Brown enjoyed success of their own right as a recording act with the 1980 hit "Space Invaders", inspired by the popular video game of the same name, which they released under the pseudonym Player One for Warner Bros. Here to download also out of 1980 under the name of Playback they recorded the song "Sweetheart You're Gonna Take Over This Town! (...You Had It All The Time)" (WCP 2) for WEA. And under the pseudonym The Monitors, Brown and Dunlop scored another Australian hit with the single "Singing In The 80s". Dunlop died suddenly in May 2009 while playing drums at his son's wedding in Sydney. He is survived by his wife Judi, son Aaron and daughter Kane.

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