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Howzat! Archive - December 31st 2019

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MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
AC/DC did their first gig, at Chequers, a club in Sydney, this week in 1973. The band was singer Dave Evans, guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young, bass player Larry Van Kriedt and drummer Colin Burgess.

Dannii Minogue married Julian McMahon, the son of former Prime Minister Billy McMahon, this week in 1994. They divorced in 1995.

Silverchair singer Daniel Johns married Natalie Imbruglia this week in 2003. They announced their divorce in 2008.

Happy Birthday to Skyhooks’ Greg Macainsh, who is 68 on December 30. His much-missed bandmate Shirley Strachan (real name: Graeme Strachan) would have been 67 on January 2. Mental As Anything’s Martin Plaza (real name: Martin Murphy) is 63 on January 1. The Living End singer Chris Cheney is 44 on January 2. The Seekers’ Athol Guy is 79 on January 5.

And The Angels’ Doc Neeson (real name: Bernard Neeson) would have been 72 on January 4.

Finally, we remember Rowland S. Howard, who died of liver cancer, aged 50, this week in 2009. Nick Cave called him “Australia’s most unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist”.

 

CHART WATCH
Twenty-two years after it was first released, Paul Kelly’s How To Make Gravy enters the Top 40.

Be Alright DEAN LEWIS (number 16)
Youngblood 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (17)
Leave Me Lonely HILLTOP HOODS (21)
Waiting KIAN (24)
Day Drunk MORGAN EVANS (36)
How To Make Gravy PAUL KELLY (37)

The year’s final chart features no Australian albums in the Top 10.

Love Monster AMY SHARK (number 14)
Baby It’s Christmas DAVID CAMPBELL (16)
Friends For Christmas JOHN FARNHAM & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (17)
The Christmas Album HUMAN NATURE (18)
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year MARK VINCENT (20)
Nature PAUL KELLY (24)
All For You COLD CHISEL (27)
Triple J’s Like A Version 14 VARIOUS ARTISTS (32)
The Magic of Christmas SAMANTHA JADE (35)
Graffiti U KEITH URBAN(38)
The Very Best INXS (40)

 

HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Dead Cities THE WOODLAND HUNTERS
Little Heartbreaker KAREN CRAIGIE
Avalanche HELEN SHANAHAN
Once ABBY DOBSON
The Freak ZOOT

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