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Friday, 16 April 2010

Post 252 - Janice Slater - Wanting You / Summertime

Janice Slater was one of the leading figures in Australian pop music in the 60’s and 70’s. A regular on television, particularly Bandstand, during her time in the Australian industry she has also worked with Johnny O’Keefe, Col Joy & the Joye Boys, The Easybeats, Cold Chisel, Sammy Davis Jnr, Bobby Day, Lesley Gore, Billy Preston, Shirley Bassey, The Hollies, Lou Rawls, Trini Lopez, The Four Tops, The Three Degrees. In the UK for 3 years from 1970 she became a member with Glenn Shorrock in the acclaimed international 12-piece progressive rock band, ‘Esperanto Rock Orchestra'. During this time Janice also toured and recorded with Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton John, Cilla Black, Petula Clark, Cleo Laine and Frankie Miller. Back in Australia by 1974, she was snapped up to appear on 2 original cast L.P.’s "Ned Kelly Rock Opera" and “Grass: A Rock Musical”. The same year she united with good friends Alison MacCallum and Bobbi Marchini as the Hooter Sisters and released as a single, a fine version of "To Know Him Is To Love Him (post # 235). She then became an in demand session singer, recording with Billy Thorpe (It's Almost Summer), Cold Chisel (1st album), Alison MacCallum, Jeff St. John, Kevin Johnson, Mike McClelland, John Robinson, Jon English and Anne Kirkpatrick among others. Janice was also the vocal coach on Gillian Armstrong’s hit movie "Starstruck." Here to download is her very first solo single on Philips from 1965 , "Wanting You" b/w "Summertime" (BF-172) on which she is backed by the Maori Hi Fives. Thanks to Micko who gave a hand with this one.

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