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Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Post 201 - Tony Barber - Sarah Jane

Anthony "Tony" Ferraro Barber was born on the 28th March 1940 in Oldham, Lancashire, England. He is an Australian game show host and television personality. By the end of 1962, Barber was a leading Perth radio announcer as well as the star of a weekly floor show at the Charles Hotel and he also performed twice-weekly at the Lido Coral Room where he did impressions of Johnny Mathis and Paul Anka before leaving Western Australia for New South Wales. While Barber is more noted for his role as host of Sale of the Century, his origins in television date back to the 1970s where he hosted the then popular Seven Network game show, Great Temptation. Presented with co-host Barbie Rogers, the show was successful enough for the network that both daytime and prime time editions of the show were screened. The show only faltered when in 1974, Seven decided to move the show from its 7pm timeslot to the later 8.30pm timeslot in an effort to drag viewers away from the then popular series Number 96 screening on the 10 Network. Number 96 won the ratings battle and Great Temptation aired its last show in 1975. Barber then hosted the Australian version of Family Feud from 1977 until 1979. Tony also made many records over the years but one that stands out was his Christmas song about a Christmas letter written by "Sarah Jane" (101997) recorded on RCA Records and produced by Rocky Thomas. Tony currently hosts a small competition on the Australian Cable TV network Foxtel seven nights a week.

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