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Journalist Jeff Jenkins' weekly column featuring Australian music news, interviews, a look at the charts and more. Updated every Sunday afternoon. 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

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

February 18th 2024

 

MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Maurice Gibb married Lulu this week in 1969. They would divorce in 1973.

Fifty years ago this week, Grahame Bond’s Farewell Aunty Jack topped the Australian charts, the start of a three-week reign.

Also 50 years ago this week, Sister Janet Mead’s The Lord’s Prayer entered the Billboard Hot 100. It would peak at number four in the US.

The ABC music show Countdown shot the film clip for AC/DC’s It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll) this week in 1976, filming the band on the back of a flat-bed truck travelling along Swanston Street in Melbourne. The clip had a budget of $380.

This week in 1977, it was announced that Red Symons had left Skyhooks.

Thirty years ago this week, You Am I’s Berlin Chair entered the ARIA charts at number 92. It would peak at 73.

This week in 2002, Midnight Oil released their 11th studio album, Capricornia, which would be their last release for 18 years.

Twenty-one years ago this week, The Rolling Stones opened their fifth Australian tour with a show at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre. AC/DC’s Malcolm and Angus Young joined the band for Rock Me Baby.

Amphlett Lane, named in honour of Chrissy Amphlett, was officially opened in Melbourne this week in 2015.

Happy Birthday to Little River Band drummer Derek Pellicci who is 71 on February 18.

And we remember Bon Scott, who died in London, aged 33, this week in 1980. The AC/DC singer was found dead in a car after a night of heavy drinking.

CHART WATCH
Dom Dolla slips from 10 to 12.

Saving Up DOM DOLLA (number 12)
Murder On The Dancefloor ROYEL OTIS (39)
Riptide VANCE JOY (40)

Jessica Mauboy has a Top 10 debut. It’s the first Aussie album to hit the Top 10 this year.

Yours Forever JESSICA MAUBOY (number 10, debut)

HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
All Of The Day THE NIGHT PARROTS
Went Down Fighting JUAN ALBAN & HAP HAYWARD
On And On GRACE CUMMINGS
Les Paul Waltz ASHLEY NAYLOR
Permaglow PETER GARRETT

 

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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