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Journalist Jeff Jenkins' weekly column featuring Australian music news, interviews, a look at the charts and more. Updated every Tuesday night around 10pm. Click here for the archive page.

Jeff is a semi-regular guest on The Australian Mood with Neil Rogers, 8-10pm Thursdays on 3RRR in Melbourne
and Evenings with Lindy Burns 7-10pm weeknights on ABC 774 Melbourne

Contacting Jeff: If you need to contact Jeff Jenkins you can email me (Lee-Roy) at
rock_gods2000@yahoo.com.au
and I'll forward the email onto Jeff

December 13th 2017

MILESTONES & MEMORIES
Saturday Night Fever hit cinemas 40 years ago this week. The soundtrack spent 24 weeks at number one in the US and won a Grammy for Album of the Year. And seven singles from the album topped the US charts.

Cold Chisel played the last of their “Last Stand” shows at the Sydney Entertainment Centre this week in 1983.

Six years ago this week, Ian “Molly” Meldrum was rushed to hospital after falling at his Richmond home.

Happy Birthday to Australian singer-songwriter Ross Ryan, who turns 67 on December 13. His biggest hit was I Am Pegasus in 1973. Cliff Williams, AC/DC’s bass player from 1977 to 2016, is 68 on December 14. And Lynne Randell – “Australia’s Miss Mod” during the ’60s – would have been 68 on December 14. She died in 2007.

CHART WATCH
The number of local hits in ARIA’s Top 40 doubles this week – from one to two, with Pnau’s Go Bang moving from 42 to 31, while Peking Duk drop two spots to 39.

Go Bang PNAU (number 31)
Let You Down PEKING DUK featuring ICONA POP (37)

Four Aussie albums are in the Top 10, led by John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John’s Christmas collection. And Christmas albums by Human Nature and The Wiggles return to the Top 40. It’s The Wiggles’ fourth Top 40 album for the year.

Friends For Christmas JOHN FARNHAM & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (number six)
The Secret Daughter, Season Two JESSICA MAUBOY (seven)
Days Go By DARYL BRAITHWAITE (eight)
Everyday Is Christmas SIA (10)
Life Is Fine PAUL KELLY (12)
Go Farther In Lightness GANG OF YOUTHS (16)
The Christmas Album HUMAN NATURE (22)
The Very Best INXS (24)
Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas! THE WIGGLES (29)
Conscious GUY SEBASTIAN (34)
Triple J’s Like A Version 13 VARIOUS (35)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (38)

HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Little Demon RICK SPRINGFIELD
Safe As Houses COLONEL BONES
Garbage Bin TINY LITTLE HOUSES
Postcard From Bondi P76
I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell
LO CARMEN

Contacting Jeff: If you need to contact Jeff Jenkins you can email me (Lee-Roy) at
rock_gods2000@yahoo.com.au
and I'll forward the email onto Jeff

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