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Friday, 25 March 2016

Post 623 - Various - Telethon 1972 LP

A telethon is a televised fundraising event that lasts many hours or even days, the purpose of which is to raise money for a charitable, political or other purportedly worthy cause.  Most telethons feature heavy solicitations for pledges (promises to donate funds at a later time) combined with variety show style entertainment. In 1972 the University of W.A. and the Royal Perth Hospital held a yearly Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy Research Foundation, which were dedicated to find a solution of this childhood disease. E.M.I released a LP record to assist with this worthwhile cause featuring well know Aussie acts of the time. This LP included such greats as Ted Mulry, Johnny Farnham, Russell Morris, Mia Eli, Tony Pantano, Jim Smillie, Rolf Harris and Allison Durbin with a very country sounding song “I Have A Son” penned by Rick Springfield. Unlike the Telethon LP the year before this one included three overseas acts John Kongos, Roger Whittaker and Benny Hill with his hit at the time “Ernie (the fastest milkman in the west). “Telethon 1972” (SL 104) was released on H.M.V Records and Shell petroleum and the acts were selected for you by the Shell dealers. flac

1 comment:

AussieRock said...

Hey Gary
Finally found time to listen to this one today. What a great collection of classics - and was thrilled to hear a blast from the past "Mamy Blue". Don't think I've heard this for nearly 40 years - what a great song it is
Thanks so much for bringing these lost 'classics' back to the surface again, and sharing them.
Cheers AR