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Friday, 26 March 2010

Post 249 - Francis Butler's 69ers - Live LP

The 69'ers played an eclectic, good time mix of styles that combined rock'n'roll, country blues, vaudeville, jug band/kazoo. They had a humorous approach with a certain Australian slant, similar to contemporary overseas groups such as Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. The 69'ers were a very popular live act, but like most Aussie groups of the period they were very under recorded, with only one studio album, one live album and five Singles to their credit in seven years. The 69'ers originated in Sydney in 1969 which is where the name came from. Around this time the 69'ers second album, a live one, called Francis Butler's 69'ers Live, here for you to download was released on the Infinity label (L25096).This was actually recorded at Sunbury '73. It had only Francis photo on the cover and no lineup credits. Part of 1974 through 1975 the band seemed to fade from the limelight. Francis Butler went on to issue an album of religious songs. He moved to the United States and became a minister of religion. Brian Bethell and Dave Ovendon teamed up, with Red McKelvie, as the rhythm section with Richard Clapton's backing band. Keith Longman has continued to play in '50's revival bands such as The Cadillac’s, Ol '55. Tony Burkys went on to play with Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band. Terry Stacey has continued his musical career in bands to the present day. http://ozsongs.com.au has released the "69ers Album" on CD with 19 tracks for you to enjoy.

3 comments:

Micko said...

Thanks Ozzie. I've been looking for a new rip of this album, not to mention better artwork so thanks heaps me old cobber

Izzy said...

So whatever happened to Peter Knox, the bass-player on that album? (Maybe he became Izzy Foreal) ...

marcella said...

OMG! I went out with Francis Butler for about a year in that time and always wondered what happened to him, he used to live in an appt in Woollahra, love of my life....thank you thank you :)