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Saturday, 17 April 2010

Post 258 - Jimmy Little - Baby Blue / Australia Down Under

Jimmy Little was born James Oswald Little on the 1st of March 1937, he is an Australian Aboriginal musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist, whose career has spanned six decades. He is a member of the Yorta Yorta tribe; he grew up on the Cummeragunja Mission on the Murray River in New South Wales. In 1955 he left for Sydney to pursue his country music career. "Mysteries of Life" was released in 1956, but his first hit didn't come until 1959 with "Danny Boy," which peaked at #9 in Sydney. After 17 previous singles, Little scored his biggest hit with "Royal Telephone," which peaked at #1 in Sydney and #3 in Melbourne in November 1963. The Barry Gibb penned "One Road" reached #19 in Sydney and # 30 in Melbourne in March 1964 and Everybody's Magazine named him Australian Pop Star of the Year. His final hit of the era here for you to download came with "Baby Blue" b/w "Australia Down Under" (K-5504) which peaked at #8 in Melbourne and # 37 in Sydney in September 1974. It was produced by John Sayers for Festival Records at A.T.A Studios in Sydney. In 2004 he released his 34th album, "Life's what you make it", a collection of unique versions of songs by writers as diverse as Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, PJ Harvey, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen.

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