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Howzat! Archive - October 1st 2018

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Forty years ago this week, “The Wild One” Johnny O’Keefe died of a heart attack, aged 43.

This week in 1966, pioneering Australian pop paper Go-Set released the results of its first “Pop Poll”. Readers voted Normie Rowe Best Male Singer, Lynne Randell Best Female Singer, and The Easybeats Best Group.

Also this week in 1966, Go-Set started a national Top 40, compiled by Ed Nimmervoll. The first number one was The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby.

Olivia Newton-John scored her first number one single in the US this week in 1974, with I Honestly Love You – co-written by Peter Allen – topping the charts this week.

Norman Gunston’s Salute To Abba entered the Australian charts this week in 1976.

AC/DC’s first single with singer Brian Johnson, You Shook Me All Night Long, entered the Australian charts this week in 1980. Meanwhile, Brian Johnson turns 71 on October 5.

Fourteen years ago this week, Corporation Lane in Melbourne was officially renamed ACDC Lane. Lord Mayor John So said: “As the song says, there is a highway to hell, but this is a laneway to heaven. Let us rock.”

Icehouse’s Man of Colours hit number one in Australia this week in 1987. The album spent 11 weeks on top.

The Nick Cave/Kylie Minogue duet, Where The Wild Roses Grow, was released this week in 1995.

This week in 2000, Midnight Oil wore “Sorry” suits when they performed at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.

Jet released their second album, Shine On, 12 years ago this week.

Triple J started a new digital station, Triple J Unearthed, to play unsigned and independent Australian artists, this week in 2011.

Happy Birthday to Hoodoo Gurus’ singer Dave Faulkner, who is 61 on October 2.


There are six Aussie singles and albums in this week’s Top 40.

Be Alright DEAN LEWIS (number three)
Youngblood 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (13)
Healing Hands CONRAD SEWELL (23)
Fire/Reprisal PEKING DUK (29)
Waiting KIAN (39)

Top 10 album debuts for Thundamentals and Dead Letter Circus.
I Love Songs THUNDAMENTALS (number nine, debut)
Dead Letter Circus DEAD LETTER CIRCUS (10, debut)
Nation of Two VANCE JOY (12)
Love Monster AMY SHARK (16)
Bloom TROYE SIVAN (25)
Flow State TASH SULTANA (32)


Molly Meldrum’s Eyes FAMILY FOLD
What’s The Deal With David? OH PEP!
Promises Broken ANDY WHITE

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