December 2012

Chris Anthony

C222HRIS ANTHONY is ”Klassic Blak”. He began his entertainment career as a boy soprano in the church choir. He then studied piano and guitar. As a school boy he played in bands in the 70’s. and as a solo performer at private functions. He now has 35 years experience in the Music/Entertainment business. In the 90’s he moved into the club scene on the Central Coast of New South Wales as a DJ, Game Show Host, compere, voice over artist and singer. In 2000, he founded and formed the original, very successful and popular Klassic Blak, duo,

Chris has a big sound, stage set and light display. He produces a high energy dance party show that highlights his list of classic hits covering 40 great years of music. His versatility ensures there is something for everyone from Rock classics to Rock and Roll, country, to love song ballads. He has come to be known as the man with a dozen voices. Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin to John Fogarty, Jimmy Barnes Johnny O’Keefe and even Gene Pitney, Johnny Cash, to mention a few.

Chris features the classic hits, “the music you want to hear” and more. He is booked by 6 agencies and also enjoys very good direct relationships with many clubs and other organizations.

Corporate customers have Included : the Starlight Foundation, Kryslovic Homes, Life Without Barriers, Sydney Harbour Escapes, Affordable Harbour Cruises, The Easts (Roosters) Football Club, Child Flight, the Ulysses Motor Cycle Club, The Central Coast Mariners, Central Coast and Newcastle Rock and Roll organizations.

Over the last 12 years Chris has performed all over Australia, from the Gold Coast Queensland, Jupiters Casino, North Coast of New South Wales, through Newcastle to Sydney and Albury. Out west to Cobar, Mudgee, Tamworth, Forbes, Dubbo.

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Then to Perth Western Australia, Burswood Casino, and also performing at corporate functions in New Zealand. He has also performed on cruise ships. Klassic Blak can provide an entertainment package for many occasions.

  1. Expertise as a Master of Ceremony or Compere.
  2. Live performance of a range of numbers including easy listening dinnermusic and love songs.
  3. Special numbers for your special moments during ceremonies andreceptions or corporate/business functions.
  4. Live performance dance music including Rock & Roll, Country, ClassicRock from the 60’s to the 80’s.

From 2010 to 2012 Chris enjoyed great success as lead vocalist, front man, Promotion and Marketing manager, with the 5 piece Rock and Roll band The Rebel Rousers. Performing at venues from Coffs Harbour in northern NSW through Nambucca Heads, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, The Central Coast, to Sydney, Albury in the South and Tamworth in the west. Now for the ultimate Rock and Roll, Swing and Country Rock experience see and hear Chris with the awesome talents of The Midnight Drifters.

Contact : Musewdrive Services Chris Anthony
Ph.0243851577 Mobile 0412783281 admin@klassicblak.com.au

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Lonnie Lee – Special Guest!

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Born September 18 1940 (Virgo), Lonnie is the only son of David and Nancy from a sheep property in Rowena, between Moree and Walgett. Elizabeth was his sister who was three years younger. She died of cancer in 1991.

He attended Trinity Grammar School in Sydney as a boarder for 8 years then at Crows Nest Technical High School.

After leaving school in 1955 he studied accountancy, worked as a jackaroo, truck offsider, bank clerk, clerk at radio 2GB and a few other various jobs.

The career actually first started in 1956 after an appearance on radio 2UW’s Alan Toohey’s Amateur Hour. He came second but got a few jobs at parties and small inner city hotels. He would catch a train or bus and walk to the venue with his guitar and would sing with no microphone to small crowds of about 20 people. He was paid about one pound 10 shillings or $3 for about 2 hours singing.

The next break came after winning MGM’s contest for ‘Australia’s own Elvis Presley in February 1957. Just after this he started a trio which was very popular with really rock crowds.

In 1959 he recorded for Leedon Records and his first record ‘Ain’t it so’, which he wrote with Johnny O’Keefe, became his first hit

At this time he started many years of TV appearances, firstly on ABC’s Six O’Clock Rock.

His first release Ain’t it so in 1959, was also his first big hit. This was followed by Starlight Starbright then in 1960, Yes Indeed I do, I found a new love, Defenceless. In 1961 and 62 Sit Around and Talk, When the bells stop ringing, Sitting by the river, Don’t you know Pretty baby and others.

His last #1 record was in 1969 with his own song ‘ Sad Over Someone’ (SOS)

Over all he had 8 national #1 hits and 5 Gold Records.

The Awards and accolades are too numerous to mention them all here, however the most important was in 1961 when he was presented with ‘The Golden Microphone Award’, as Australia’s most popular recording star.

He was also the recipient of many publicly voted contests in fan magazines, radio and TV shows etc. Two of these were as..

The most popular star on ABC’s Six O’Clock Rock (even over J.O’K its compere) and The 2nd most popular star on TCN’s Bandstand

His first album was in late 1959 for Leedon Records called ‘This is Lonnie Lee’ with his Leemen. Some other albums were ‘A Night out with Lonnie Lee’, ‘Walkin’ with Lonnie Lee’, ‘Frankfort Special’, ‘In the middle of an island’, Lonnie’s Golden Record’, ‘Starring Lonnie Lee’, ‘I found a new love’, etc..

There are also too any highlights to mention here however some of them include having more hits in Australia than Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and many other American stars – Performing with some of the biggest stars of the time such as The Everly Bros, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Crash Craddock, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tommy Sands, Fabian and many others. – One of only three Australian stars to have his own tours promoted by promotion legend Lee Gordon, – the first Australian full colour album cover also the first Australian Stereo album, the first to have a double sided #1 record, – the first to have a #1 from an album – the first Australian to have #1 records and successful tours of New Zealand and many other unique achievements.

From his first New Zealand tour in 1962 he went on to perform in UK, Europe and the Pacific in cabaret and then onto America in 1971 until 1984 when he returned to live in Australia. In US he toured with his own band, recorded and started his own record promotion company for independent labels and stars and wrote songs. His songwriting scene included writing with and for the late Roy Orbison, Cher, Florence Henderson, Glen Campbell and others. He spent most of his time in Nashville Tennessee and in Las Vegas Nevada but also lived for shorter times in Los Angeles, Seattle and New Jersey.

He was made an ‘Honorary Member of the US House of Representatives’ for his service to the Tennessee community and an ‘Arkansas Traveller’ for similar reasons.

There are many other stories and achievements of his life overseas career.

 

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Fender Benders

fender bendersThe Fender Benders are:

James – Guitar/Vox
Terry – Bass/Vox
Fred – Drums/Vox

A mix of rock & roll, British rock, ockabilly, country and swing all over the country.

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Cruisers

Cruisers posterIntroducing: The Cruisers
Lead guitar and vocals: Barry case
Bass guitar and vocals: Andrew Holliday
Drums and vocals: Gary Walker
Rhythm guitar and vocals: Fiona Holliday

The Cruisers recreate the look and the sound of the 50’s and 60’s rock and roll era with immaculate costuming and toe tapping four-part harmony utilizing the vocal talents of each member not only in harmony but also as individual singers.

Using finely tuned four-part harmony they bring to life songs from such artists as Elvis, OL’ 55 , Bill Haley, The Crystals, Cliff Richard and many more.

With music spanning two decades there is bound to be something there for all from the young to the young at heart.

The Cruisers have been playing their unique brand of rock and roll for over a decade and combined they have over 50 years experience in the industry called music giving them vast knowledge of the needs and wants of a rock and roll crowd they are sure to please all who get the chance to not only hear but see this versatile and highly danceable rock and roll band.

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The Sky Rockats

sky rockatsThe Sky Rockats have been howling away in Victoria’s great south west since way back in early 2005. Ex-Slap’n’the Cats members Slim & Billy had the need to play all the great rockabilly hits and their own original material once again after an extended break, so with Robin “Slap” Sharrock unavailable at the time, & after an exhaustive search, they stumbled upon ex Hog Stompin’ Zydegator Tim Conlan, ready, willing & able to jump into the back seat & take on slappin’ bass duties. Thus, The Sky Rockats was born!

Since those heady days of tea, biscuits and occasional rehearsals, the boys have kicked off their rockabilly shoes from Warrnambool, to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne & even Tassie, to amaze, astound & generally entertain audiences wherever they go. Some of their best shows have been at Coolangatta’s Wintersun Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, & countless rock’n’roll dances & hot rod shows across the country. With a solid repertoire of originals written by the band, as well as their own interpretations of rockabilly classics from the ’50’s all the way through the rockabilly revival of the ’80’s & ’90’s, The Sky Rockats have proved themselves a good fit for any gig, from rowdy country pubs, to family-oriented rock’n’roll dances, to music festivals, where they unleash their unique sound onto unsuspecting punters to wide acclaim.

Now in 2010, The Sky Rockats have released their new album “Space Girl”, a 12-track odyssey of original rockabilly craziness, broken-hearted ballads & a touch of spaghetti western thrown in for good measure. “Space Girl” has emerged as a successful followup to their previous two albums, 2006’s “3 Flavours, 5c Pops”, & 2007’s “Rockats’n’Rods”, both popular choices among the rock’n’roll & hot rod set.

Keep an eye on your local gig guide, or check out www.skyrockats.com for upcoming gigs. You’re sure not to be disappointed when The Sky Rockats hit town & blast off at a venue near you!

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Selectomatics

selectoDamien Webster – Guitar, Vocals
Member of Selectomatics and Skyrockats. Former member of trio, “Three’s a Crowd” and Rockabilly band “Slap’n’ the Cats”. Loves his Gretsch Guitars and Fender amp.

Billy Bevan – Drums, Vocals 
Member of Selectomatics and Skyrockats. Former member of Rockabilly band “Slap’n’ the Cats”
Plays on Gretsch U.S.A. custom drums.

Tim Conlan – Bass, Vocals
Member of Selectomatics and Skyrockats. Former member of “It’s Your Thing”, “Andy Alberts & the Walkabouts”. Plays a Rickenbacker Bass, and Double Bass with “Sky Rockats”.

John Maroniti – Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica 
Member of Selectomatics and Skyrockats. Former member of “Motorvators”, “Granny’s Grave Band”
plays a Yamaha electric guitar & Fender Telecaster through a “Bad Cat amp.

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Rockin’ Daddys

582250_10150940441832846_391289300_nBased in Melbourne Australia, the Rockin’ Daddys is a 4 piece rockabilly inspired band with a ton of grunt, a big fat sound and awesome live. Gigging since 2004 the band is a regular headline act at special interest vehicle events in Australia and New Zealand. The band also is a regular in pubs and clubs in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Tassie and everywhere in between.

The Atomic Rockin’ Daddys is a crowd pleasin live act that can cut the mustard with any age group and do gathering fans where ever they go. For these gigs, they have a tamer repertoire with some Elvis influence for the mums. Working under two names with two styles means collectively their repertoire is huge, handy sometimes when they get booked for a wedding or work party.

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Speedsters

Speedsters-NthSide The Sensational Speedsters are a driving force in the 50?s Rock’n’Roll music scene with a beat and sound that’s hard to match. They have cemented their name and reputation playing to packed houses around Melbourne and Australia for over 20 years.

This current Line up of The SPEEDSTERS is the most-lively, colourful, and dedicated ever in their 23 year history. They perform an extensive repertoire of 50?s & 60?s Rock’n’Roll, Country Rock, Swing and Rockabilly with vocal harmonies being a distinct feature of their dynamic and unique sound.

They’re renowned for their professional approach to their music and have always focused on ”HAVING FUN and ENTERTAINING” their audiences.

With the band’s stage presence and diverse mix of great Rock’N’Roll dance material, that has delighted Rock’N’Roll audiences for over 2 decades, you’ll really want to ROCK and Dance the Night Away!!

You can’t go past The Sensational SPEEDSTERS!! For GREAT Rock’N’Roll!!!!

For bookings, CD’s and further information on the band contact Clive – 0418 399 540 or email: clivejones1@optusnet.com.au for further details.

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The Midnight Drifters

midnight drifterEach member of Midnight Drifters has well over thirty years experience in the music industry, and have performed in a wide variety of bands across Sydney and interstate. The band is based in the of Sydney and are playing the 50s & 60s Rock n Roll circuit .Dancers can enjoy music from artists such as: Chuck Berry, Dion & The Belmonts, The Mavericks,Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley,Rick Nelson, Shaki n Stevens , Carl Perkins, Gerry & The Pacemakers to name a few. Instrumentals from the Shadows and Duane Eddy are also amongst the bands repertoire and some originals from lead vocalist Craig Byrne. Midnight Drifters like to keep in the spirit of the 50s & 60s era to make your event a memorable one!

A very popular band in the area, MIDNIGHT DRIFTERS generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform. This dynamic band is comprised of four talented musicians being – Craig Byrne – Lead Vocals /Backing Vocals & Rhythm Guitar – Michael Bak- Lead Guitar/ Vocals & Backing Vocals – John Fritz – Drums & Backing Vocals – Greg Townend – Double Bass/ Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals . Playing a mix of Rock n Roll, Rockabilly, Ballads & instrumentals are sure to entertain and keep the dancers moving all night long!

MIDNIGHT DRIFTERS collectively are all well seasoned musicians and performers and will work with you well before your event date to ensure the success of your occasion.

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