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Howzat! Archive - December 10th 2018

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MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Helen Reddy’s I Am Woman hit number one in the US this week in 1972. I Am Woman was ignored when Helen first recorded it, for her debut album. She re-recorded it for the Jacqueline Bisset movie Stand Up And Be Counted and it was also featured on Helen’s third album. “The movie opened and closed in four days,” she says. “It was a bomb, but the song became a hit.”

Thirty-five years ago this week, Cold Chisel played the last of their “Last Stand” shows at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

This week in 2011, Ian “Molly” Meldrum was rushed to hospital after falling at his Richmond home.

Five years ago this week, John Williamson resigned as president of the Country Music Association of Australia, after 10 years, complaining that the annual Golden Guitar awards had become too American, citing the nominations of Keith Urban, and Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey’s The Great Country Songbook album, “an album with 90 per cent American covers”. “If we are not respected as a legitimate organisation to promote original Australian country music, I cannot be associated with it any longer,” Williamson said. “We should be nurturing what Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson started.” He was replaced by Dobe Newton. Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey later withdrew from the awards.

Happy Birthday to Crowded House bass player Nick Seymour, who is 60 on December 9. And singer-songwriter Ross Ryan is 68 on December 13. His biggest hit was I Am Pegasus in 1973.

And we remember the great Lynne Randell, who would have been 69 on December 14. She died in 2007.

 

CHART WATCH
The new Hilltop Hoods single, Leave Me Lonely, cracks the Top 40, moving from 42 to 38.

Be Alright DEAN LEWIS (number 13)
Youngblood 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (16)
Waiting KIAN (24)
Day Drunk MORGAN EVANS (35)
Leave Me Lonely HILLTOP HOODS (38)

After ARIAs success, Amy Shark’s debut album returns to the Top 10.

Love Monster AMY SHARK (number 10)
Friends For Christmas JOHN FARNHAM & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (13)
The Christmas Album HUMAN NATURE (15)
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year MARK VINCENT (17)
Baby It’s Christmas DAVID CAMPBELL (18)
The Special Ones MISSY HIGGINS (22)
The Magic of Christmas SAMANTHA JADE (28)
All For You COLD CHISEL (37)

 

HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Avalanche HELEN SHANAHAN
Dead Cities THE WOODLAND HUNTERS
Head Alone JULIA JACKLIN
Little Heartbreaker KAREN CRAIGIE
One For The Road BIGGER THAN JESUS

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