John McSweeney Band with Lucky Starr
Born on a dairy farm in the Woodford area of Queensland John McSweeney never imagined that one day his music would be sold not only in Australia and New Zealand but also right throughout the United Kingdom and now in the United states of America where John has recently released his third “100 Songs You Know By Heart” Volume 3.
John McSweeney has always had a love for the great songs that were written back in the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s so he made the decision back in the late 80’s to put together medleys of all the great standards that people could sing along with either at a party or in the car travelling. So John recorded 50 songs in medleys then another 50 and due to the success of that first recording he has now recorded 4 volumes with 8 CD’s that contain over 450 songs.
In the late 90’s John decided it was time to try to have his music released in other countries and his first trip was to the United Kingdom where the first record company he approached signed John up on the spot and as a result he has sold well in excess of 500 thousand copies of his sing along music.
Next stop was the U.S.A where he went to new York which John admits was a little harder to gain a contract but after a couple of visits he signed with the biggest music catalogue company in the U.S.A where his third volume was recently released and he has started receiving letters from all over the U.S.A with comments that they love his voice and it was great to hear the old songs that they grew up with once again.
Lucky Starr is one of the founding members of the Australian Pop Music Industry. A regular on television shows such as Bandstand and also hosted Six O’Clock Rock for one season. He also made regular appearances on Mavis Bramston, Revue 60-61
In Melbourne Tonight, Sing Sing Sing, plus many other entertainment shows.
In 1962 Lucky recorded a hit record “I’ve Been Everywhere”, which to date still remains one of Australia’s all time favourites. The record received the highest accolade in the music industry, the Platinum Award.
1963 saw Lucky performing in the United States on the Nevada Circuit, The Flamingo in Las Vegas, The Mapes in Reno and Harvey’s in Lake Tahoe. Also in the same year Lucky signed a recording contract with Dot Records in Los Angeles, releasing five singles. His agency was Coast Artist, signing performers such as Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Rodgers and Billy Eckstein. As a result of his American trips, Lucky was invited to work the Hilton Hotel Chain world wide spending several years working these prestigious rooms.
Lucky was also the first Australian performer to entertain the troops in Vietnam; in fact paying his own way there and made five subsequent trips into the war zone.
2002 and 2003 saw Lucky touring with “Long Way To The Top”, an Arena Spectacular which toured Australia’s capitals and regional centres. The show featured the cream of Australia’s entertainers from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Due to its popularity it become the subject of an ABC Television special.
Lucky’s style ranges from Rock & Roll, to Country through to Jazz and is in fact similar to the late great Bobby Darin.
These days his polished performing style has him working full time in the business he loves.
When: November 7, 2018
Where: Main Stage