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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Post 339 - Aunty Jack - Farewell Aunty Jack / Doin' The Aunty Jack

The Aunty Jack Show was a Logie-award winning Australian television comedy series that ran from 1972 to 1973. Produced by and broadcasted on ABC-TV, the series attained an instant cult status that persists to the present day. The lead character, Aunty Jack was a unique comic creation, an obese, moustachioed, gravel voiced transvestite, part trucker and part pantomime dame who habitually solved any problem by knocking people unconscious or threatening to rip their Bloody arms off. Visually, she was unmistakable, dressed in a huge, tent like blue velvet dress, football socks, workboots, and a golden boxing glove on her right hand. She rode everywhere on a Harley Davidson motorcycle and referred to everyone as "me little lovelies” when she was not uttering her familiar threat: "I'll rip yer bloody arms off!". The character was devised and played by the multi-talented Grahame Bond and was partly inspired by his overbearing Uncle Jack, whom he had disliked as a child. Here to download is the single from the show "Farewell Aunty Jack" b/w "Doin' The Aunty Jack" (Picture Records PRS012). It was one of the first picture discs released in Australia (although apparently not the first, as has been claimed), and it was enormously successful. It was the first Australian single ever to enter the Australian charts at #1 (on 3 February 1974), and it stayed at #1 for ten weeks, charted for 22 weeks and sold over 100,000 copies by June 1974.


Angie said...

Thanks Ozzie Music Man! My search is finally over :~) I took a listen to FAJ and it sounds fantastic. Keep up the great work!

Deutros said...

Hi Ozzie congratulations o 100,000 visitors whew now onto 1,000,000

fromnabulax said...

I have very fond memories of my buddies and I hovering around the television each week while breaking out the matchboxes and chillum for this series.
Thanks Ozzie!