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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Post 522 - The Webb Brothers - The Colonel Put The Lickin' In The Chicken But Who Put The 'Roo In The Stew - Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport

Born in Gympie QLD the three brothers share a property called “Thornside”. Fabian learned guitar during schooldays and began to sing to his own accompaniment.  He taught Berard a few chords and they built on that.  He then taught Marius. Two elder brothers played mouth organ and ukulele.  They played at a few dance halls around the area as a five piece band later the two elder brothers dropped out.  In 1953 The Webb Brothers group formed, mostly for their own enjoyment. Buddy Williams Show goes to Gympie.  Buddy runs a talent quest with a Rodeo Recording as first prize.  The boys won. In 1954 they auditioned for the Australian Amateur Hour, and were successful in winning their heat with a massive 13000 votes from all over Australia. Then in 1958 they  Recorded for Columbia releasing "The Call of the Bellbird" and "Just Sing Sing Sing" - two of their own compositions. More records followed for Columbia, W&G, ATA Festival and RCA. On all their records, the Webb's have recorded a mixture of popular songs including some of their own such as "The Jockeys are Striking", "The Purple Petrol Eater", "Here on this Mountain", "If Only", "Sally Anne" and here for you to download "Who Put The Roo In the Stew" b/w “Tie My Kangaroo Down Sport” (103895), to name a few. In September 1981 the news of the day was the "Kangaroo meat scandal" Marius penned the lyrics "The Colonel put the lickin' in the chicken, but who put the Roo in the stew?" Recorded in Brisbane's Sunshine Studio, the song was released with RCA Sydney. Due to its topical nature, everything about the song was done quickly to coincide with the beef scandal. It was written, recorded and released as a single within ten days - claimed by RCA to be the fastest released and fastest selling record they had ever handled in Australia. In 1982 this single earned the Webb Brothers their second golden guitar for Australasia's Top Selling Record at the 1982 Tamworth Country Music Awards.


Tony Francis said...

Thanks for this one Ozzie - I reckon it's all of 33 years since I last heard it :-)

Micko said...

Thanks Ozzie, This somehow went missing from my Ozburn & I feared it would be one I could never replace. But as so often, Ozzie Music Man comes to the rescue