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Howzat! Archive - December 6th 2017

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MILESTONES & MEMORIES
Johnny Farnham’s debut single, Sadie (The Cleaning Lady), entered the charts 50 years ago this week.

Helen Reddy’s I Am Woman hit number one in the US 45 years ago this week. 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.”

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

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 this week in 1989. Bob Geldof attended the recording session with his wife Paula Yates and their six-year-old daughter, Fifi Trixiebelle, who wanted to meet Jason Donovan.

Peter Garrett became the Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts in the new Rudd Labor Government 10 years ago this week.

Cold Chisel’s original bass player, Les Kaczmarek, died of liver failure, aged 53, nine years ago this week. Les 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.

Happy Birthday to country star James Blundell, who turns 53 on December 8, and Crowded House bass player Nick Seymour, who is 59 on December 9.

John Williamson resigned as president of the Country Music Association of Australia this week in 2013, 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.”

CHART WATCH
Still just one homegrown hit in the ARIA Top 40 – Peking Duk at 37.

Let You Down PEKING DUK featuring ICONA POP (number 37)

ARIA Hall of Famer Daryl Braithwaite has a Top 5 debut with his new solo collection. It’s his third Top 5 solo album. ARIA success also lifts Gang Of Youths from 49 to 12. Overall, however, the ARIAs haven’t made a major impact on the charts.

Days Go By DARYL BRAITHWAITE (number five, debut)
The Secret Daughter, Season Two JESSICA MAUBOY (six)
Friends For Christmas JOHN FARNHAM & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (eight)
Life Is Fine PAUL KELLY (nine)
Go Farther In Lightness GANG OF YOUTHS (12)
Everyday Is Christmas SIA (14)
Conscious GUY SEBASTIAN (24)
The Very Best INXS (25)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (27)
All For You COLD CHISEL (34)
Songs From The South Volume 1 & 2 PAUL KELLY (36)
Triple J’s Like A Version 13 VARIOUS (38)
Essential Oils MIDNIGHT OIL (40)

HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Garbage Bin TINY LITTLE HOUSES
Postcard From Bondi P76
Tide CATHERINE TRAICOS
Little Demon RICK SPRINGFIELD
The Pearly Gates Of The Landfill
FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK

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