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40th 'MO' AWARDS 2016

GLENN SHORROCK

A veteran of the Australian music industry, singer/songwriter Glenn Shorrock has had a long and successful career in the U.K. and Australia spanning more than three decades. Arriving in Australia with his family from England during the mid-'50s, Shorrock soon developed a passion for rock & roll and formed the vocal quartet the Checkmates. Under the influence of the Beatles after they achieved popularity in Australia, the Checkmates became the Twilights and from 1964 to 1969 had several hit singles in Australia. After they broke up, Shorrock spent three months managing the Australian group, the Avengers. In May 1969, Shorrock joined the supergroup Axiom in the U.K. until their breakup in 1971. Shorrock signed a solo deal with the MAM record label and released three singles.

In 1972, Shorrock joined the 12-piece international rock orchestra Esperanto. Their debut album, Esperanto Rock Orchestra, was released in 1973. Shorrock made a minimal contribution to their next release, Danse Macabre, and by their third release in 1974, Last Tango, had taken on a management role. The band had little success and Shorrock left to sing backup vocals for Cliff Richard. In October 1975, Shorrock returned to Australia where he formed the Little River Band. LRB's long run of success only came to an end after Shorrock decided to leave in February 1982, to be replaced by another Australian stalwart, John Farnham.

Shorrock already had a Top Ten single with Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover" back in 1979, and recorded his debut album, Villian of the Peace, in L.A. In late 1982, Shorrock toured Australia and also sang on Renee Geyer's single "Going Back." He recorded another single with the Bushwackers, "We're Coming to Get You," which reached number six on the national charts in October 1983. His next single, "Restless," appeared on the soundtrack to the documentary film World Safari II. Shorrock compared ABC-TV's Rock Arena in 1986 and released his next single "American Flyer." He also toured with the stage show One for the Money. In 1988, Shorrock rejoined the Little River Band for the next three years. In 1991, he was inducted into the Australian Record Industry (ARIA) Hall of Fame. In 1993, he formed the Blazing Salads with Brian Cadd and they released a self-titled album in the same year.

39th 'MO' AWARDS 2015

Reg Lindsay OAM

It was sad that Reg Lindsay, one of Australia's most talented and successful country music stars, should have virtually disappeared from the country scene after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage in Tamworth in 1995.

Although he made a  welcome guest appearance on the Golden Guitar Awards in 1996, and appeared at a handful of other events during the late '90s, his health deteriorated and he never really regained his  ability to perform. He finally died on August 5th, 2008 at the age of 79.  

Reg was a major figure in Australian country music from the early '50s to almost the end of the century. Born in 1929 in Parkes NSW, he will always be associated with his now legendary motorcycle ride from Adelaide to Sydney in 1951 for his winning tilt at Tim McNamara's famous talent quest. Already identified by that maker of stars, The Australian Amateur Hour, his Sydney win set him firmly on the road to commercial success, with a Rodeo records contract, Show Boat gigs, touring and recognition far and wide.

 But it wasn't just Reg's fine talents as a singer, songwriter and entertainer that set him apart. He had another key interest, one that was to benefit not only Reg but many other country entertainers. That was his interest and flair for broadcast media. But for the entry in Tim's Talent Quest he could have ended up as an ABC Rural Broadcaster. Instead, fortunately for us, he chose country music rather than just country, though his love for the bush continued for the rest of his life particularly through his enduring involvement with rodeo and horses.

Reg Lindsay was a highly successful country music entertainer who through combining his flair for the media with his own huge singing talent was able to bring country music to many Australian over some five decades.

Reg was truly a trailblazer for today's country music.


Max Ellis 2008

38th 'MO' AWARDS 2014
Barry Crocker AM

Barry Hugh Crocker AM (born 4 November 1935 in Geelong, Victoria,[1] Australia) is a popular Gold Logie award winning character actor and television personality, singer, and variety entertainer with a crooning vocal style known for his iconic Australian films The Adventures of Barry McKenzie and sequel Barry McKenzie Holds His Own and singing the theme tune to the popular Australian soap opera Neighbours.


After undergoing National Service with the RAAF in 1955, Crocker toured with a theatre group and did the club circuit in Melbourne, followed by a partnership with David Clark (aka Dave Nelson), and performed in England and the United States. He returned to Australia to star in a TV musical comedy show called 66 And All That, which became The Barry Crocker Show (1966–67)[2] on Network Ten.

 

Crocker went on to become the presenter and leading performer on The Sound of Music TV series, taking over from entertainer Bobby Limb which earned him a Gold Logie in 1970 as Australia's top (male) TV personality. His singing talents eventually earned him over 30 gold records.


Crocker made his acting debut on a 1969 episode of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. He has been in a relationship with English actress Katy Manning for over a quarter of a century.

In 2005, Crocker was featured on the Nine Network program This Is Your Life. It was a rare accolade, as Barry had already been the subject of this prestigious TV program thirty years earlier, in 1975, when the show was hosted by Roger Climpson. Barry was caught by surprise when host Mike Munro and the TV production team arrived, after a lot of careful planning by his long-term partner, Katy Manning, the popular English actress.

 

At the time, Crocker was still performing his self-created long-running, award-winning one-man show Barry Crocker's Banjo on a regular basis, bringing the true-life story of A B "Banjo" Paterson to audiences young and old across Australia.

37th 'MO' AWARDS 2013

Geoff Mack OAM

Albert Geoffrey McElhinney OAM (born 20 December 1922 in Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia), also known as Geoff Mack, is a country music singer and songwriter. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia on 13 June 2005 with the citation, For service to country music and to the community, particularly through support for senior citizens' groups.[1] As a songwriter, he wrote "I've Been Everywhere"[2] which was an Australian hit for Lucky Starr in April 1962[3] and became popular in North America when adapted for Hank Snow in November.[4] More than 130 cover versions have been recorded.

His musical career was established during World War II. He enlisted in the RAAF, and whilst serving in Borneo his ability to play the guitar and sing was noticed, and he was seconded to entertain the troops with visiting guest stars.

At the end of the war Mack went to Japan with the Occupation Forces to perform, and was appointed to Radio WLKS as the voice of the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces.

His 1959 song, "I've been everywhere" became a hit in Australia in 1962 with the release of a version by Lucky Starr. It later reached the top of the song charts in the USA, Germany and Japan. The song has now been recorded in 131 different versions, notably on Johnny Cash's 1996 album "Unchained". In 2005, the song was used in The Simpsons' episode Mobile Homer when Homer sang part of the American version to fellow RV owners in his yard.

Mack was inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee in 1963, into the Hands of Fame at Tamworth NSW in 1978, and he received the Tamworth Song Writer's Association Song Maker Award in 1997"

36th 'MO' AWARDS 2012

Russell Morris

Russell Morris is one of Australia's most enduring singers. A major pop star in the late '60s, he went on to become one of the country's first singer/songwriters. Both ends of his career feature predominantly in the soundtrack to the movie The Dish.

Morris' career started in September 1966 with the formation of the Melbourne group Somebody's Image, which rose to prominence with a local hit version of the Joe South song "Hush." 


Russell was convinced to leave Somebody's Image for a solo career. His manager/producer, local music identity Ian Meldrum, spent unprecedented hours and money to create a seven-minute production extravaganza around a song called "The Real Thing." Once the result was released to shocked radio programmers who had never been asked to play such a long Australian single before, it was up to Morris' personality, singing, and performing talents to make the record work.

It reached Australia's number one spot in June 1969. Without any promotional support from Morris, "The Real Thing" reached number one in Chicago, Houston, and New York.


Also in 2001, Morris' "The Real Thing" and "Wings of an Eagle" featured prominently in the Australian-made movie The Dish (centered around man's landing on the moon) and Midnight Oil released their version of "The Real Thing" as a one-off single, the first time this highly regarded band had chosen to record a cover.

35th 'MO' AWARDS 2011
Ian Bruce Turpie
6th November 1943 - 11th March 2012

Ian Bruce Turpie was an Australian actor and television presenter, best known for hosting the Australia version of the long-running game show The New Price Is Right, as well as playing Keith Warne on Swift and Shift Couriers and Wazza on Housos.

Turpie made regular appearances on Bandstand, Time For Terry and The Graham Kennedy Show. Turpie's talents as musician and compere were recognised at 21, when he replaced Johnny O'Keefe for a stint as national television compere on Sing Sing Sing.

 

He was subsequently chosen to host the top-rating teenage variety show The Go!! Show from mid-1965 until the end of 1966. He was an early boyfriend of Olivia Newton-John, with whom he had starred in the 1965 Australian musical telefilm Funny Things Happen Down Under, Newton-John's debut performance

 

Ian Turpie was married to his wife Jan for 35 years and had three children and three grandchildren


Click Here To View Channel Ten's Tribute To Ian Turpie

34th 'MO' AWARDS 2010

Frank Ifield OAM

Francis Edward Ifield is an Australian easy listening and country music singer who was born in England. He achieved considerable success in the early 1960s, especially in the UK Singles Chart, where he had four No. 1 hits in 1962 and 1963.

 

His first record in the UK was "Lucky Devil" (1960), which reached No. 22 in the UK charts. His next six records were less successful, but he finally broke through with "I Remember You", which topped the charts for seven weeks in 1962. Known for Ifield's falsetto and a slight yodel, it was the second-highest-selling single of that year in the UK[1] and became the seventh million-selling single.[2]

 

His next single was a double A-side: "Lovesick Blues" and "She Taught Me to Yodel". "Lovesick Blues" was originally sung by Hank Williams and was treated in an upbeat "Let's Twist Again" style. The other song is a virtuoso piece of yodelling with the final verse – entirely yodelling – sung at double-speed. It also reached No. 44 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. His next hit, "Wayward Wind", made him the first UK-based artist to reach No. 1 three times in the UK in succession. The only other person to have done so at that point was Elvis Presley.

 

His other recordings include "Nobody's Darling but Mine", "I'm Confessin'" (his fourth and final UK No. 1), "Mule Train" and "Don't Blame Me". In 1963 he sang at the Grand Ole Opry, introduced by one of his heroes, Hank Snow. Many of his records were produced by Norrie Paramor.

 

Ifield also was featured on Jolly What!, a 1964 compilation comprising eight of his tracks and four of those of the Beatles which has been considered an attempt to cash in on Beatlemania.

33rd 'MO' AWARDS 2009

Lucky Starr

Lucky Starr is one of the founding members of the Australian Pop Music Industry. A regular on television shows such as Bandstand and also hosted Six O'Clock Rock for one season. He also made regular appearances on Mavis Bramston, Revue 60-61
In Melbourne Tonight, Sing Sing Sing, plus many other entertainment shows.

In 1962 Lucky recorded a hit record "I've Been Everywhere", which to date still remains one of Australia's all time favourites. The record received the highest accolade in the music industry, the Platinum Award.

Lucky was also the first Australian performer to entertain the troops in Vietnam; in fact paying his own way there and made five subsequent trips into the war zone.

2002 and 2003 saw Lucky touring with "Long Way To The Top",  an Arena Spectacular which toured Australia's capitals and regional centres. The show featured the cream of Australia's entertainers from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Due to its popularity it become the subject of an ABC Television special.

Lucky's style ranges from Rock & Roll, to Country through to Jazz and is in fact similar to the late great Bobby Darin.

These days his polished performing style has him working full time in the business he loves.

32nd 'MO' AWARDS 2008
Judy Stone AM

Judy came to prominence in the early 1960s as a tiny performer belting out songs on 'Bandstand'. After touring with 'The Reg Lindsay Show' and Col Joy, Judy became a regular on Bandstand and went on to appear on every major TV show in Australia.

She has performed with many top international artists on their Australian tours including Sir Harry Secombe, Rolf Harris, Dick Emery, Johnny Mathis, Sir Cliff Richards, Howard Keel and Paul Hogan.

In the 1960s Judy's three hit records 'I'll Step Down', '4,003,221 Tears' and 'Born a Woman' established her as the top recording artist for Festival Records.

In 2006 she received the Order of Australia for services to entertainment and her charity work. Her other accolades have included 'Champion of the West' in 2008 and Australian Entertainment Hall of Fame Mo Award, also in 2008.

31st 'MO' AWARDS 2007

 Slim De Grey
20th March 1918 - 20th May 2007

Clifford Frank Degrey was born near Blackpool in England and moved to Australia with his family at the age of six. De Grey served in the army during World War II, was captured in Singapore and sent to Changi. De Grey wrote songs and sketches for the concert parties that entertained his fellow prisoners. After the war, De Grey worked on military bases in the United Kingdom before returning to Australia in 1956. He was a producer on Australia's first television variety show, Cafe Continental, from 1958 to 1961.

Slim was a well-known Australian stand-up comic and featured prominently on TV during the 60s.

Slim De Grey was larger than life. Not only because of his over 6ft 2in stature but because of his infectious laughter, innate sense of humour and endearing charisma, a gift he shared with all who knew him and the many fans who admired him. Slim popped up all over the place – on television, in movies and on the stage. He was a much-loved performer in clubs and venues throughout Australia as well.
The veteran performer had a long list of credits to his name including Wake in Fright (2012), Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001), A Country Practice (1983), Bellamy (1981, Young Ramsay (1980), Chopper Squad (1979), Matlock Police (4 episodes between 1971-75), Boney (1972), Homicide (1968 and 1971), Woobinda, Animal Doctor (4 episodes in 1969 and 1970), The Doves (1970), Age of Consent (1969), They’re a Weird Mob, Riptide (1969) and Skippy (2 episodes). Sadly, Slim – the man who made us all laugh and feel good about ourselves – died on his birthday, May 20, 2007, aged 88.