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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Post 442 - Hazel Phillips - Hot Pants / What's A Nice Girl Like Me Doing Working In A Place Likie This

Hazel Julia Phillips OAM was born oi November 1929 is an English-born Australian entertainer. She was born in Battersea, London. At the age of 20, she became engaged to her husband Bill, and they emigrated to Australia as "Ten Pound Poms" in 1950–51, marrying shortly afterwards and having two children, Mark (born 1953) and Scott (born 1955). In 1961, the family was involved in a serious car accident, with Phillips sustaining severe injuries to her chin. Her husband left them some time afterwards, with Phillips suggesting that the surgeries on her chin and an ectopic pregnancy contributed to the break-up of their marriage. At around that time, Phillips made her break into show business with a role on the talk show Beauty and the Beast with Eric Baume. She also began to appear on The Mavis Bramston Show. By 1967, Phillips had left Channel 7 and was hosting the midday talk show, Girl Talk on the fledgling 0–10 Network, for which she won the Gold Logie Award for the most popular female personality on Australian television. Here to download is a single she recorded in 1971 for ATA Records called "Hot Pants" b/w "What's A Nice Girl like Me Doing Working in a Place Likie This" (ATAK-4287). Hazel penned the A side with Norman Martin writing the B side. I'm not sure how many other recordings she did , if any and I think I read somewhere once that Col Joye produced the single. In 2008, her autobiography, "Black River, Bright Star" was published by Zeus Publications.

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