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Howzat! Archive - December 3rd 2018

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Ten years ago this week, Cold Chisel’s original bass player, Les Kaczmarek, died of liver failure, aged 53. He spent two years in the band before being replaced by Phil Small in 1975. He also co-wrote AFL club Port Adelaide’s theme song.

Johnny Farnham’s debut single, Sadie (The Cleaning Lady),entered the charts this week in 1967.

Split Enz played the final show on their “Enz With A Bang” tour, in Auckland, this week in 1984.

This week in 1989, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan were part of the Band Aid II re-recording of Do They Know It’s Christmas?, produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Bob Geldof attended the recording session with his wife Paula Yates and their six-year-old daughter, Fifi Trixibelle, who wanted to meet Jason Donovan.

This week in 2002, Peter Garrett announced he was leaving Midnight Oil. “The last 25 years have been incredibly fulfilling for me,” he said, “and I leave with the greatest respect for the whole of Midnight Oil. The band has brought a lot of pleasure and meaning to people’s lives, including my own. Who could ask for any more? But it is time for me to move on and immerse myself in those things which are of deep concern to me and which I have been unable to fully apply myself to up to now.” This week in 2007, Garrett became the Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts in the new Rudd Labor Government. After three terms in federal parliament, Garrett released a solo album and then reunited with Midnight Oil.

Happy Birthday to James Blundell, who is 54 on December 8.


The new Hilltop Hoods single, Leave Me Lonely, arrives at 42.

Be Alright DEAN LEWIS (number nine)
Youngblood 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (17)
Waiting KIAN (28)
Day Drunk MORGAN EVANS (35)

Missy Higgins scores her sixth Top 10 album, with her first best-of arriving at number seven. Meanwhile, there are five Aussie Christmas albums in the Top 40.
The Special Ones MISSY HIGGINS (number seven, debut)
Love Monster AMY SHARK (12)
The Christmas Album HUMAN NATURE (21)
The Magic of Christmas SAMANTHA JADE (23, debut)
Baby It’s Christmas DAVID CAMPBELL (24)
Friends For Christmas JOHN FARNHAM & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (29)
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year MARK VINCENT (32)
Born To Fight KARISE EDEN (37, debut)
All For You COLD CHISEL (38)


Little Heartbreaker KAREN CRAIGIE
Life In A Northern Town ZOOT

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