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Col Elliott – Flashback to 1993

May 15, 2014

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Col takes his humour to the Brits
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to Variety Today 1993

By SHIRLEY BROUN

IN one short performance Col Elliott took his audience from hysterical laughter with his `roady’ Chooka Dennis to near tears as he sang the touching `Hankies from Nanna’.
Comedy Performer of the Year Col Elliott.
Such is the power of this performer who, although enjoying one of the most successful years of his career, remains unaffected and down to earth.… Members read the rest!

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Magic Master Joe Labero – Flashback to 1997

November 16, 2013

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Daring to be different
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to Variety Today 1997

By SHIRLEY BROUN

JOE Labero has delved into the depths of his amazing imagination to bring to life the multi million dollar production of `Illusions’, launched at Jupiter’s Casino on Saturday, July 19, 1997.
`Illusions’, starring Joe Labero – Variety Today Cover Story 1997.
The focus of over 1000 guests on opening night, this magnificent spectacle dared to be different.… Members read the rest!

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Magic master Joe Labero – Flashback to 1997

November 16, 2013

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Daring to be different
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to Variety Today 1997

By SHIRLEY BROUN

JOE Labero has delved into the depths of his amazing imagination to bring to life the multi million dollar production of `Illusions’, launched at Jupiter’s Casino on Saturday, July 19, 1997.
`Illusions’, starring Joe Labero – Variety Today Cover Story 1997.
The focus of over 1000 guests on opening night, this magnificent spectacle dared to be different.… Members read the rest!

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Bert simply enchanting as Cogsworth (1996)

October 6, 2013

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Beauty and the Beast takes Melbourne by Storm
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Flashback to 1996

By SHIRLEY BROUN

HAVING clocked more than 300 performances in the Premiere Melbourne production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast already, Bert Newton is revelling in the enchantment his role brings to the stage of the Princess Theatre.
Bert Newton as Beauty and the Beast’s enchanting Cogsworth.… Members read the rest!

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Four Kinsmen reach new heights (1996)

September 27, 2013

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As Vegas audiences queue to see show
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Flashback to 1996

By SHIRLEY BROUN

VISITORS to entertainment capital, Las Vegas, expect only the `best’ in the world when they see a show on the famous strip, and the current line-up is nothing less than spectacular. The fabulous shows include Paul Anka, Don Rickles, Neil Sedaka, Barry Manilow, Julio Inglesias, Earth, Wind and Fire, and … Australia’s own … THE FOUR KINSMEN.… Members read the rest!

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Star couples – where they met! – Flashback to 1995

September 8, 2013

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Finding love in the most unexpected places
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Flashback to 1995

Love can blossom at the most unexpected times but when the arrow hits, it is an experience many cherish. Guest writer Marcus Kuczynski asked six celebrities how they met the love of their life.

Jane Scali and Paul Martell met on a   children’s Telethon.
 

Jane Scali and Paul Martell
JANE Scali, a former Young Talent Time member, and comedian Paul Martell met when they were doing a children’s telethon in Tamworth in 1984.… Members read the rest!

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The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba – Flashback to 1998

September 3, 2013

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THE EMPIRE THEATRE
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Flashback to 1998
EXPERIENCING the magic of live theatre surrounded by a true work of art is the treat for audiences flocking to the beautifully restored art deco Empire Theatre in Toowoomba.
On Saturday, June 28th 1997, the Empire Theatre became Toowoomba’s premier performing arts centre and a new era of entertainment and performing arts began on the Darling Downs.… Members read the rest!

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The Burdekin Theatre, Ayr – Flashback to 1997

September 3, 2013

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Thousands visit each year
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Flashback to 1997
WHEN you are next travelling to North Queensland along Highway One – the Bruce Highway – don’t hesitate to call into the Burdekin Theatre. Thousands of visitors do so each year!
Once you have looked at, and photographed (which you will) the brilliant Stephen Walker sculpture of `The Living Lagoon’, situated just as you enter the Theatre forecourt, make your way across the plaza to the Theatre itself.… Members read the rest!

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The Four Kinsmen – Flashback to 1994

August 24, 2013

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Innovative Four Kinsmen set `MO’ winners record
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Flashback to 1994
THE Four Kinsmen are very much the quiet achievers when it comes to winning awards. They are believed to hold a record for `MO’ Award wins, having amassed 19 of the prestigious statuettes in the 19-year history of the awards.
The wins include their most recent at this year’s Australian Entertainment `MO’ Awards held at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Sydney where they won two of the three categories in which they were nominated, namely, Peter Allen Variety Performers of the Year and Variety Group of the Year.… Members read the rest!

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Delltone’s Nevin McLean – Flashback to 1994

August 22, 2013

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Night the `Bassman’ got tough on Nevin
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Flashback to 1994

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE tears swelled, the emotions ran high and it took every bit of strength that Nevin McLean could muster to sing a duet with Ian `Pee Wee’ Wilson – one which they had sung together for almost a decade.
Flashback to Nevin McLean in The Delltones 1994.… Members read the rest!

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Big night for Dale Barlow – Flashback to 1992

August 12, 2013

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Dual win at MO Awards
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Flashback to 1992

By SHIRLEY BROUN

ACCLAIMED saxophonist, writer and bandleader Dale Barlow had cause for a dual celebration at this year’s 17th Annual Entertainment MO Awards in Sydney.
Dale Barlow at the 17th Annual MO Awards. (Photo by Shirley Broun)
Dale was voted Best Jazz Instrumentalist and Ricky May Jazz Performer of the Year, beating challenges from Vince Jones, James Morrison and Paul Grabowsky in both categories.… Members read the rest!

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Harii Bandhu excels with `I Wonder’ – Flashback to 1996

August 12, 2013

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Songwriter scoops the pool at Song Contest
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Flashback to 1996

By SHIRLEY BROUN

EXCITING new song writing discovery, Harii Bandhu, has surpassed contemporaries from around the world to score a major win in the inaugural South Pacific International Song Contest.
Harii Bandhu – 1996 South Pacific International Song Contest winner. (Photo by Shirley Broun)
Held on the Queensland Gold Coast as an official event of the IndyCar Grand Prix, the event offered $10,000 in prize money and attracted entries from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Denmark, Holland, Papua New Guinea, Sweden, Slovenia and Kuwait.… Members read the rest!

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Dutch Tilders – Flashback to the 1990s

June 26, 2013

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Blues great to perform
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Flashback to 1990s
HE is known as the `Godfather of Australian Blues’ and Matthew `Dutch’  Tilders will show audiences just why he has been given this grand title when he performs at the Gold Coast Art Centre later this month.
Dutch Tilders and the Blues Club
Dutch Tilders and the Blues Club is gathering a new momentum of blues fans throughout Australia and it is no wonder with its namesake Matthew `Dutch’ at the helm.… Members read the rest!

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Rex Dallas – Flashback to 1992

June 24, 2013

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Mining tour after Rex wins `Gold’
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Flashback to 1992
AFTER 14 nominations in 20 years Rex Dallas has won the prestigious Heritage Award and now plans an extensive `Miner’s Tour’ throughout Australia.
Rex Dallas in Tamworth, 1992. (Photo by Shirley Broun)
 
The yodelling extraordinaire, who captured the essence of mining life in his songs, confessed he had been writing towards the Heritage Award for many years.… Members read the rest!

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Bobby Dennis – Flashback to 1994

June 23, 2013

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Parachute landing sparked career
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Flashback to 1994
IT says much for the British entertainer Bobby Dennis that his 1990 Australian Entertainment MO Award win as `Comedian of the Year’ has been followed by yet another nomination in 1994 – this time for Variety Comedy Performer of the Year.
Bobby Dennis
As he likes to tell it, he decided to become a comedian when he landed on his head following a parachute jump during his four years with the British Army as a paratrooper.… Members read the rest!

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Frankie Davidson – Flashback to 1993

June 21, 2013

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`I’ve come of age’, says Frankie
On With the Show’s Flashback
to Variety Today 1993

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THERE was not a sound as Frankie Davidson commanded the audience’s attention in his captivating rendition of the Barcelona Olympics theme song `Friends for Life’.
Frankie Davidson and wife Helen – his records sold out after a performance on the cuise ship Fairstar.… Members read the rest!

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Suitcase Circus – Flashback to 1994

June 10, 2013

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Reg Bolton elected president
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Flashback to 1994
WESTERN Australia-based Reg Bolton has been elected Honorary President of the British National Association of Youth Circus.
At the inaugural meeting in Warwick, England, the association unanimously elected Reg to the top position, in view of his pioneering work in the field, his influential books, his achievements in Australia and his continued interest in developments in Youth Circus around the world.… Members read the rest!

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Arthur Blanch – Flashback to 1992

June 7, 2013

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New album hits the right note
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Flashback to 1992

By SHIRLEY BROUN

RENOWNED as being one of Australia’s most loved country music ambassadors in the USA, Arthur Blanch, is currently attracting rave reviews for his latest album `You Don’t Know Me’.
Arthur Blanch
Arthur, who recently visited his beloved homeland of Australia with lovely wife Berice, has long been a key figure in the country music scene both in Australia and his current base in Nashville, Tennessee.… Members read the rest!

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Ron Blaskett and Gerry Gee – Flashback to 1993

June 7, 2013

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Gerry Gee ‘Wood’ but Ron not ready to retire
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to Variety Today 1993

By SHIRLEY BROUN

RON Blaskett has been making people smile throughout Australia for an amazing 57 years and , at 71 years of age, there is no sign of him retiring from his first love – entertainment.
This picture by L.Sterne of Ron Blaskett and Gerry Gee in the early days hangs in the Victoria Museum.… Members read the rest!

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Julie Anthony – Flashback to 1995

May 23, 2013

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There was a time when she couldn’t sing
Julie celebrates 25 great years in show business
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Flashback to 1995

By SHIRLEY BROUN

Julie Anthony … stirs a nation.
JULIE Anthony has come a long way since her first appearance on stage singing `He’ll Have to Go’ for a high school dance at Waikerie in the South Australian Riverland district.… Members read the rest!

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Darren Williams – Flashback to 1996

May 3, 2013

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`MO’ winner to star In new musical
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Flashback to Variety Today 1996
AUSTRALIAN Entertainment `MO’ Award winner Darren Williams is to star in a new musical at the Footbridge Theatre, Sydney, opening on October 23 (1996).
The Rogers and Hammerstein musical `Grand Night for Singing’ is a collaboration of all the composer’s songs, presented by a five-part ensemble of which Darren, 32, is one.… Members read the rest!

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Flashback – letters to the editor 1993

May 1, 2013

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Letters to the Editor

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Flashback to Variety Today

Letter to the Editor 1993

Dear Shirley – Congratulations on your 2nd Birthday. Have a wonderful evening and best wishes for the magazine’s success from the Executive Committee and all the members of the British Music Hall Society. We will all be delighted to meet you when you come over to the UK and we hope any of your people will contact us if they are here at any time.… Members read the rest!

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Anne Kirkpatrick – Flashback to 20th Australasian Country Music Awards

May 1, 2013

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Anne wins Album of the Year

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Flashback to 1992 SNIPPET

Anne Kirkpatrick 1992
ANNE Kirkpatrick takes out Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year. `Out of the Blue’ was Anne’s first album for ABC Music and in 1992 it was her most successful in a solo recording career that had spanned over 15 years.… Members read the rest!

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Keith Urban – Flashback to 20th Australasian Country Music Awards

May 1, 2013

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Urban voted Male Vocalist of the Year

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Flashback to 1992  SNIPPET

Keith Urban (1992)
KEITH Urban breaks new ground as the first act to receive five Golden Guitar nominations from his first album, and follows James Blundell as the second artist to win the prestigious Star Maker Quest, the New Talent Golden Guitar and the Male Vocalist Golden Guitar in successive years.… Members read the rest!

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Industry salutes Peter Allen (1992)

April 29, 2013

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An Australian legend takes his final bow

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Flashback to Variety Today 1992

and its Gold Coast Media award-winning tribute to Peter Allen

Peter Allen – the ultimate entertainer

THERE is no denying Peter Allen was the ultimate showman. His untimely death on June 18, 1992 from cancer at the early age of 48 shocked the world and left his Australian entertainment industry peers stunned.

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Judy Stone and Peter Allen (1992)

April 22, 2013

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They gave each other strength

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Flashback to Variety Today 1992

By SHIRLEY BROUN

WHEN Peter Allen discovered he had terminal throat cancer earlier this year, one of his major concerns was not for himself but the fact that he had to cancel his season at Twin Towns Services Club, on the Queensland Gold Coast.

Judy Stone and close friend Col Joye.… Members read the rest!

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Death of Maestro Tommy Tycho

April 4, 2013

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By SHIRLEY BROUN

AUSTRALIAN showbusiness has lost one of it’s most supreme talents with the death of Maestro Tommy Tycho, aged 84, in Sydney this morning – just a week before his 85th birthday. The well respected and much loved pianist, conductor, composer and arranger died of complications associated with pneumonia.

Maestro Tommy Tycho 1928-2013

A child prodigy who played piano with the Budapest Philharmonic orchestra at the age of 10, Tommy moved to Australia in 1951 and began to build a new life for himself and Hungarian wife Eve doing what he did best – music.

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Tom T Hall Down Under (1994)

April 4, 2013

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Lawson inspires story teller Tom
T. Hall to set his poetry to music
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Flashback to Variety Today 1994

By SHIRLEY BROUN

WHEN Tom T. Hall tours Australia in September (1994) he’ll be bringing a few words from one of the nation’s most renowned story tellers Henry Lawson.

Promoters Bernie Stahl and John Hansen with Tom T. Hall on one of his Australian tours.… Members read the rest!

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Phil Cass – the ultimate performer (1994)

March 31, 2013

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Phil’s magical comedy is a winner
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Phil Cass – his magic and comedy set him apart
Flashback to Variety Today 1994

HIS `comedy’ sets him apart from other magicians and his `magic’ sets his apart from other comedians. This is how the Variety Arts Theatre in Los Angeles described a performance of Phil Cass – and anyone who has seen him work, must certainly agree.

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Dee Donavan – gentleman of showbiz (1994)

March 31, 2013

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Silver Baron wins the ladies’ votes
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MO Award-winning Dee Donavan
Flashback to Variety Today 1994

THE entertainment industry’s `Silver Baron’ – alias Dee Donavan – is enjoying quite a bit of attention from Australia’s female population, according to a Sydney Morning Herald columnist.

Dee, who is affectionately known as the Silver Baron, because of his silver hair and distinguished looks, has earned himself another title it seems – as Prince of the Ladies Day Shows.

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Fabulous Photo Flashback

March 29, 2013

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Look who’s on stage …
Talented trio at the 1992 MO Awards in Sydney – Terry Willesee, Rhonda Burchmore and Larry Emdur

DEBONAIRE Terry Willesee, stunning Rhonda Burchmore and suave Larry Emder share the stage at the Australian Entertainment MO Awards in Sydney in 1992.

TERRY WILLESEE

TERRY was attending the awards just prior to jetting off to the United States to work as a reporter for the American A Current Affair (not related to Nine Network’s program of the same name).

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Session singer Kaff unmasked

March 26, 2013

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Terry Kaff
Terry set to return to recording for Four Tops tribute
By SHIRLEY BROUN

SYDNEY performer Terry Kaff has the distinction of being Australia’s most recorded session singer between 1968 and 1978.

As a session singer earlier in his career much of Terry’s work has – to the uninformed public – gone largely without acknowledgement, despite his voice dominating our early television broadcasts and compilation albums of themes such as Farewell Aunty Jack (singing the theme from the Aunty Jack Show) and 70s hit, Class of ’74,  plus a host of commercials including Coca Cola.

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Recording news and reviews – Tim McGraw (1994)

February 24, 2013

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Tim’s album arrives `not a moment too soon’
Tim McGraw 1994
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Flashback to Variety Today 1994
By SHIRLEY BROUN

I MUST admit, when Tim McGraw’s latest album `Not A Moment Too Soon’ arrived on my doorstep, I was apprehensive about just what it would sound like … not being familiar with his music. But this talented man, voted `Most Likely to Succeed’ and one of the 12 best singers of 1993 by Country American Magazine, won me over from the first track.

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Star-studded line-up to help children in need (1994)

February 24, 2013

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Performers help raise $10,000
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Flashback to 1994
Variety Today 1994

ENTERTAINERS came out in force to raise money for the Handicapped Children’s Centre of New South Wales when St George Leagues Club hosted the `Stars on Sunday’.

Backed by the terrific sound of Jupiter and The Rocky Thomas Band, some of Australia’s top performers took to the stage.

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`Jacko’ set to rock a nation in November (1996)

February 8, 2013

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Jackson fans queuing for tickets
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Flashback to Variety Today 1996
Michael Jackson

BEFORE he even arrives in Australia, Michael Jackson fans are queuing for hours to buy tickets to his long-awaited concerts in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. And, already, four more concerts have been added to his hectic program on the HIStory World Tour 1996.

Concert dates are: Sydney Cricket Ground Nov 14, 16; Brisbane ANZ Stadium Nov 19; Melbourne Cricket Ground Nov 22, 24; Adelaide Oval Nov 26; Perth Burswood Dome Nov 30 and Dec 2, 4.

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Garth Brooks Downunder (1994)

February 6, 2013

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Dedicated fans make it easy work for Garth
Australian songwriter Allan Caswell
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Flashback to Variety Today 1994

By ALLAN CASWELL

IN the weeks leading up to the Garth Brooks Concert in Sydney, I must admit to having been a little `Garthed-out’ by all the pre-publicity and media hype, but even the traditional `60 Minutes’ interview failed to completely drain my enthusiasm for the concert.

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Career high for Gerry O’Connor (1993)

February 3, 2013

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Award was a surprise
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993
Gerry O’Connor and his wife Sue with his `surprise’ Award.

ACTOR, singer, compere extraordinaire Gerry O’Connor experienced a high point of his career when he was presented with a Wallace Award for Theatre Restaurant Performer of the Year.

The honour caught Gerry by surprise. As co-producer of the Wallace Award gala three-and-a-half hour entertainment program which involved about 130 performers, Gerry was busy directing from backstage when the announcement came.

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Dean’s popularity soars (1993)

February 3, 2013

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Busy schedule after award win
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993
Dean Daniels is congratulated by top Aussie Star Normie Rowe.

DYNAMIC young vocalist, Dean Daniels, has never been busier. Since winning the top male vocalist category of this year’s Queensland Variety Wallaces Awards, the offers have been rolling in to perform at venues throughout the State.

“The awards give your profile a bit of a boost and make people more aware of what you have to offer,” said Dean.

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Unique Nightflight takes off (1993)

February 3, 2013

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Top single for Mary-Anne Sterling
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993
Nightflight’s Andrew Hobler, Mary-Anne Sterling and Rhett Bolton.

By Shirley Broun

GOLD Coast Music Award judges were impressed with their sound and 12 months later Nightflight are set to take off in a big way.

The music of Nightflight covers a variety of styles from layback dinner music, funk and jazz (including original compositions) through to some of the most exciting Top 40 and rock and roll from the 60s.

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Marisa Lee set to wed (1993)

February 3, 2013

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Spring wedding for top vocalist
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993
The Gold Coast’s reigning top female vocalist Marisa Lee.

OUTSTANDING vocalist Marisa Lee achieved a goal last year when she was named Best Female Vocalist in the inaugural Gold Coast Music Awards. “When I first moved from Melbourne to Queensland five years ago my goal was to be the best female singer on the Gold Coast,” said Marisa.

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Letters to the Editor – Variety Today (1992)

February 2, 2013

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Chris Kirby
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Flashback to Variety Today 1992

Dear Shirley,

I must congratulate you on VARIETY TODAY. In so many ways variety seems to have been relegated to the back bench of show business in recent years but your magazine is helping bring it to the forefront again. It is important for performers to have this kind of means of communication and there’s been nothing since Encore went `arty’.

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ALVABUZZ – comradry stronger than ever (1991)

February 2, 2013

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Yodelling sensation Mary Schneider and daughter, Melinda.
Frank Ifield lends a hand
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Flashback to Variety Today 1991

By ALVA Queen Bee Mary Schneider

WELL, here we are again … another year over … boy that was quick! Maybe I fitted too much into it. It has been a good year for ALVA (Australian Ladies Variety Association).

The committee’s aim this year was to continue with our fundraising but more importantly, to highlight the comradery of which ALVA is so proud.

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Hat-trick for Mike Preston (1991)

February 2, 2013

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Voted top Male Vocalist 3 years in a row
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Flashback to Variety Today 1991

BRISBANE-based entertainer Mike Preston scored a `hat-trick’ at this year’s Wallace Awards by winning the Male Country Vocalist Award for the third year in succession. And, in it’s introductory year, Mike was also voted the top vocal/instrumentalist of the year.

The Perth born entertainer has notched up about 20 years in the industry, which began at the age of 17 when his fellow Army buddies threw him into a talent quest.

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Stars tell – Most Memorable Christmas (1990)

January 29, 2013

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Flashback to Variety Today 1990
Kerri-Anne Kennerley
Kerri-Anne Kennerley loved Christmas with her in-laws in England.

GOODMORNING Australia host Kerri-Anne Kennerley goes back just two years to her most memorable Christmas.

“Celebrating with my husband John’s family at The Bear Pub at Woodstock, England, would have to be the most memorable,” she said.

“After enjoying a traditional hot Christmas dinner, we all sat in front of a log fire and sang Christmas Carols with my sister-in-law Emmy Lou Harris (married to John’s brother Paul).

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Frank Ifield targets Aussie talent in UK (1990)

January 22, 2013

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SHOWCALL UK Column
Frank Ifield

By Frank Ifield
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Flashback to Variety Today 1990

THIS year while recuperating in England I have been busying myself doing lots of radio shows the length and breadth of the UK featuring Australian Country Music

The British listeners have been enchanted by the diverse talents of bush balladeers, Slim Dusty, Smokey Dawson, etc, to the modern country stylists such as Doug Ashdown and Graeme Conners.

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Val Doonican celebrates with Max Bygraves (1992)

January 19, 2013

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Teeing off for another year
Max Bygraves joins Lynn and Val Doonican on the golf course for a fun day out to celebrate Val’s birthday.
 
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Flashback to Variety Today 1992

By SHIRLEY BROUN

SINGALONG star Max Bygraves has put down even deeper roots in Australia (having spent every summer here for the past 20 years) and has now applied for a permanent resident’s permit to save applying each year.

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Tell us about your brush with fame

January 18, 2013

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Share your special memories

WHEN you look at what entertainers contribute in their bid to make our days, special occasions and lives so much more fun and memorable, then I can understand why the industry has such a strong following worldwide. And, I bet just about everyone has a special memory to share about how a performer – whether it be an actor, singer, dancer, personality, musician or another from the industry – has touched their lives.

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5 mil people flock to Branson each year (1993)

January 18, 2013

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Entertainment mecca grows up  òvernight’
John MacNally with Glen Campbell, who owns one of the major theatres in Branson, USA.
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993

Special report By JOHN MacNALLY

BRANSON … Where? Well you might ask, as not only is it a mystery to the majority of Australians and Irish people, and the rest of the world but also to the majority of Americans.

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Dave Reynolds set for big night (1994)

January 17, 2013

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Sunnie winner to perform for peers
A big night for Dave Reynolds who was a triple Sunnie Award winner this year.
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Flashback to Variety Today 1994

MULTI BASF Sunnie Award winner Dave Reynolds will be a special guest performer at this year’s presentation evening at the Brisbane Sheraton.

Last year, Dave stole the show by winning three major Sunnie awards including Best Single (Middle of the Road) for `Stop Smell The Roses’, Best Single (Country) `She Put the Music In Me’ and Best Album (Country) `Music In Me’.

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Johnny Holmes releases pre-election song (1993)

January 17, 2013

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`They’re Gonna Get Ya’ hits market
Wally the Worker, alias Johnny Holmes, release of pre-election song `They’re Gonna Get Ya’ has been so successful it is now on an album.
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993

By SHIRLEY BROUN

WALLY the Worker (alias Johnny Holmes) has come up with a pre-election recording to which just about every Australian could relate.

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Days of Our Lives comes to Melbourne (1993)

January 17, 2013

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Steve and Kayla drop in
Days of our Lives stars Stephen Nichols (Patch) and Beth Evans (Kayla) with TV host John Burgess at Westfield, Doncaster. Photo by Detlev Rueff
 
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Flashback to Variety Today 1993

WESTFIELD Shopping Town in the Melbourne suburb of Doncaster gave shoppers a real treat recently when they invited Days of Our Lives stars, Patch and Kayla, to visit.

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Aussies team up with Andy Williams (1998)

January 17, 2013

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Price & McCoy attract rave reviews
By EDDIE TRIGG

IT appears that the `Speciality Act’ so popular with audiences in `variety’ days is alive and kicking. It was cheering to learn that an Australian Duo/Acrobatic act is flourishing and receiving rave notices overseas.

Price & McCoy, having conquered Germany, French and British audiences and overcoming the many obstacles that are in force, have succeeded in breaking into the American entertainment business.

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ALVABUZZ – New year begins in style (1994)

January 15, 2013

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Surprise for Frankie Davidson
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Flashback to Variety Today 1994

By LIZ LAYTON

Talk about stand up comedy! Frankie Davidson (third from right) is surrounded by his showbiz peers including (from left) Mike Harris, Johnny Smythe, Lucky Grills, Johnny Pace, Bobby Dennis, Peter Dean, Barry Crocker, Peter Colville and (back row) Rex Allison, Dave Burke and Jacque Renay.… Members read the rest!

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From the Editor’s Desk (1994)

January 15, 2013

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Thanks `Hoges’
Shirley Broun
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Flashback to Variety Today 1994

CONGRATULATIONS to Paul Hogan (and the many Australian shareholders) on the success of his latest film, Lightning Jack. I, for one, have been a fan of Paul’s since seeing him in his first television appearance on New Faces – that must be one or two years ago now.

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Humour amid tragedy at Changi Prison (1992)

January 15, 2013

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Slim De Grey brought smiles when life was a struggle
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Flashback to Variety Today 1992
Slim De Grey relives the `funny side’ of life as a POW in his latest book Changi, The Funny Side.

By VALERIE JONES

IT’S hard to believe there could possibly have been a `funny side’ to life as an inmate of Singapore’s notorious Changi Prison under Japanese rule during World War II.

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Shane Warne’s tantrums may hold him back (1994)

January 15, 2013

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Sporting Link with Graham Wilson
(of The Four Kinsmen)
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1994

HAS Shane Warne lost the plot? It would appear so after watching Shane’s amazing antics after dismissing Andrew Hudson in the 2nd innings of the First Test in Johannesburg.

Here is a guy who has captured the imagination of all cricketing fans young and old alike with his incredible talent at such a young age.

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Variety Today turns two (1993)

January 14, 2013

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The Variety Today Second Birthday cake cutting ceremony attracted some eager starters (l-r) Legalese columnist Anthony Colavitti, Susie Broun, Olaf `Westy’ Harris, Managing Editor Shirley Broun, Robert Pearson and George Harvey (of The Four Kinsmen), Greg Doolan (ex-Wickety Wak), Frank Ifield and – kneeling ready for the first slice – fellow Kinsmen, Scott Radburn.

VARIETY Today and 150 dedicated supporters saw the new year off in fine spirits as they joined together at top Gold Coast venue, Paradise Country, to celebrate the publication’s Second Birthday.

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Big year for young tenor (1997)

January 14, 2013

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Stephen Fisher-King reels in the big one
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1997
Stephen Fisher-King (top left) is surrounded by his peers at the 1997 Australian Entertainment MO Awards in Sydney.

FOLLOWING rave reviews in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Fisher-King has won the most prestigious award in Australian variety entertainment.

Stephen actually picked up two `MO’ Awards at the gala ceremony at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre on June 18.

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New Country Star on the horizon (1998)

January 14, 2013

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Introducing Adam Harvey
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Flashback to Variety Today 1998
Adam Harvey

By SHIRLEY BROUN

JUST happened to tune into Foxtel’s country station recently to find a duet between Adam Harvey and Tanya Self.

I’ve never really seen or heard Adam before, but I admit I will look for this handsome, young performer in the future.

I like the analogy presented by his management, Gordon Stahl, in stating: `Roll together the voices of American country legends George Jones, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and Johnny Cash, throw in a unique Australian personality and presentation, add movie star good looks, and you have Adam Harvey!

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Close shave for Jade Hurley (1998)

January 14, 2013

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Rock’n’roller tumbles as heart skips a beat
On With the Show’s
Jade Hurley – felt the pains coming on but thought he could last until the end of the show.
Flashback to Variety Today 1998

By SHIRLEY BROUN

JADE Hurley is one of rock’n’roll’s most determined survivors. He has been down for the count more than once, with the latest scare at Newcastle Workers Club being among the closest shaves yet experienced “This one was bad”, recalls a much relieved Jade from his resting bed at a friend’s home in Sydney.

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Music industry set to hit awards high (1994)

January 13, 2013

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Stars gather for Gold Coast awards
Country Music Legends John McSweeney and Reg Lindsay are among the guests at the awards night.
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1994

THIS year’s Gold Coast Music Awards proudly presented by Gold Coast Music promises to be a star gazer’s delight.

Scheduled to appear at this year’s event are former `Laugh-in’ star Chelsea Brown, Venetta Field from John Farnham band, Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s Shane Bourne, Queensland Entertainer of the Year Greg Doolan, country music legends Reg Lindsay and John McSweeney, Syd `Cookie’ Heylen from À Country Practice’, Vic Rooney from E Street, Variety Today’s Shirley Broun and many more.

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Peewee keeps Delltones bopping (1994)

January 13, 2013

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Delltones stand test of time
The Delltones (from left) Woody Finlayson, Ian `Peewee’ Wilson (back), Danny Mayers (front) and Merv Dick.
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1994

WITH more than three decades of performances under his belt, Ian `Peewee’ Wilson is continuing the tradition of fabulous show group, The Delltones. Recently, he welcomed the return of Danny Mayers after lead singer, Nevin McLean left the group in June this year.

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Greg’s award-winning `Life after Wak’ (1991)

January 11, 2013

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Greg Doolan goes it alone
TV host John Burgess congratulates Greg Doolan at the Wallace Awards 1994.
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1991

By SHIRLEY BROUN

The 1991 Wallace Awards Male Cabaret Vocalist of the Year Greg Doolan could not be more delighted. “Having always worked in a group, it was a very important award for me to win.

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Multi-talented Deana Peher scoops pool (1991)

January 10, 2013

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Deana Peher was the first female Entertainer of the Year in the 18-year history of the Queensland Variety Wallace Awards.
Deana carves her name into history books
On With the Show’s Flashback to Variety Today 1991

By SHIRLEY BROUN

ATTRACTIVE and multi-talented performer Deana Peher has scooped the pool at the 18th Annual Wallace Awards in Brisbane and carved her own name into the entertainment history books at the same time.

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Morning Wak Attack debuts on Radio-97 (1993)

January 9, 2013

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Wickety Wak stars hit the airwaves
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1993

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THAT zany, fun-loving motivator of Wickety Wak fame, Greg Doolan has come up with the ideal cure for those early morning `workday’ blues.

Together with former `Wak’ co-star Peter Mackay, Greg has invaded the airwaves of Gold coast-based Radio-97 with an hilarious spoof on those good old souls, Robin Hood and his merry (sometimes tiddly) men, dubbed `The Morning Wak Attack’.

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Devotion pays off for Jane & Paul (1993)

January 8, 2013

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Jane Scali started her career on Johnny Young’s Young Talent Time.

Paul Martell with one of his Australian Entertainment MO Awards for Comedy Performer of the Year.
`MO’ winners Jane and Paul make success look easy
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1993

JANE Scali and Paul Martell make a formidable team within the entertainment industry to which they have devoted so much of their lives.

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Tony & Juleen on magic tour to Vegas (1993)

January 8, 2013

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Duo simply `magic’
Tony & Juleen Laffan – turning heads with their `magic’ performances.
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1993

By SHIRLEY BROUN

TONY and Juleen Laffan have come a long way since their first `gig’ together supporting Julie Anthony and The Seekers on a Queensland tour five years ago.

It is no illusion or magical feat that these two talented artists have won the hearts and support of audiences throughout the country, purely based on the immense entertainment value their performances exude.

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Wallaces tribute as top talent awarded (1993)

January 8, 2013

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Rare home-movie footage of George Wallace
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1993
Wallaces Award winner Gerry O’Connor co-produced the special tribute to the Wallaces at the Ipswich Civic Hall in 1993.

A TRIBUTE to the Wallaces – George Wallace Snr and George Wallace Jnr – will be a major highlight of the 20th Queensland Variety Wallaces Awards at the Ipswich Civic Hall on Monday, June 28.

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`Days’ fans want Tony DiMera back (1997)

January 7, 2013

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Thaao Penghlis in big demand
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1997
By SHIRLEY BROUN

FANS in the United States have voted Aussie actor – and eligible bachelor – Thaao Penghlis `Most Wanted’.

It seems a survey was undertaken to see which character from the popular `Days of Our Lives’ soapie they would most like to return. Thaao was at the top of the list, and there were no complaints.

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Gibb family on the move (1997)

January 7, 2013

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Bee Gees set to tour Australia
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1997
Letter to Variety Today’s Shirley Broun from Barbara Gibb

Dear Shirley,

We have been on the go since last December. I am now home for about a month, then off again. Did you manage to send Noelene Batley a `Variety Today’, cos Barry gets mine.

Noelene is very well known in Australia, and goes over nearly every year and gets to work a few clubs around Sydney, where her folks still live.

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Local songwriter in big demand in UK (1991)

January 7, 2013

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Cilla Black takes 12 songs for new album as Allan Caswell’s career hits a high note
Australian singer/songwriter Allan Caswell is a multi Golden Guitar award winner at the Country Music Awards in Tamworth.
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today, 1991

By SHIRLEY BROUN

SINCE 1979 when he wrote Lyn Hamilton’s big hit `On The Inside’ Australian songwriter Allan Caswell has had 350 of his songs recorded.

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Barron Knights slip into town (1991)

January 6, 2013

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Frank Ifield with the Barron Knights (1991) – Peter, Nigel, Duke, Garth and Butch.
Old friends reunite
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today 1991

By SHIRLEY BROUN

ONE of the UK’s most loved exports, The Barron Knights slipped quietly into the Gold Coast recently to perform at a convention for IBM at the newly opened Royal Pines Resort.

New member Garth, who notched up his sixth performance with the popular UK group on the Coast and is on his first trip to Australia, was a little over-eager to take home a tan.

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Aussie Jazz great to tour US/Europe (1991)

January 6, 2013

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James Morrison heads overseas
MO Award winner James Morrison.
On With the Show’s
Flashback to Variety Today, 1991
By SHIRLEY BROUN

JAMES Morrison never ceases to amaze his peers and audiences. In just three years he has been the recipient of seven prestigious `MO’ Awards, with the latest two including the Ricky May Jazz Performer of the Year and Male Jazz Performer of the Year.

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World first for Rolf (1991)

January 2, 2013

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On With the Show’s
Flashback to Gold Coast Sun, Nov 27, 1991
Shirley Broun and Rolf Harris celebrating a world first for the Aussie entertainer who has designed the front cover of Miss Broun’s First Birthday publication of Variety Today.

THE art of Rolf Harris, which normally commands five figure fees, will be available to the general public for just $3 early in the new year.

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`I did it for my dad’ – Johnny Logan tells (1994)

December 28, 2012

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Johnny Logan – he flew his family home to Ireland for Christmas.
Special Christmas for Eurovision Song Contest winner
Flashback to Variety Today 1994
By SHIRLEY BROUN

WHEN Johnny Logan returned to his family on the Queensland Gold Coast in Australia recently (1994), he had one major goal in mind – to take them all back to Ireland for Christmas.

“That’s what dad would have wanted,” said Johnny.

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Echidnas Corner (1993)

December 27, 2012

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Flashback to Variety Today 1993
Echidnas Corner (Comedians club) by MARTY MORTON
Marty Morton hams it up with Chris Castle.

GREAT news – Echidna Johnny Holmes (Alias, Wally the Worker), has hit the Australian airwaves with his pre-election comedy song “It Don’t Matter Who You Vote For, They’re Gonna Get Ya”, penned by his good buddy, Carter Edwards.

Radio Personality, John Laws, first heard the song two months ago and liked it so much he played it every morning on his radio show.

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The Galloping Grandmas take their final bows (1993)

December 27, 2012

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And so ends an era
Flashback to Variety Today 1993

By EDDIE TRIGG

DECEMBER 10 last year (1992) should have been the end of an era as far as Brisbane and the south-east corner of Queensland were concerned because it was to have been `positively the final performance’ of a group of ladies who had become affectionately known as `The Galloping Grannies’.

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Can you help identify these photographs?

December 21, 2012

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Flashback to 1993 Wallaces Awards, Brisbane

WE are seeking help to identify these photos taken at the 1993 Wallaces Awards in Brisbane. Many are talented artists who won top awards on the night. If you can help, please email us at shirley@onwiththeshow.com.au or phone (07) 5564 7499 and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Audrey Hepburn and her Aussie connection (1993)

December 21, 2012

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Flashback to Variety Today 1993
By SHIRLEY BROUN

RECENTLY the industry farewelled one of its most revered leading ladies in Audrey Hepburn when she was laid to rest after a long illness.

Successful Australian actor and industry icon, Michael Pate, who worked with Audrey in `Green Mansions’, shot in the early 1960s by MGM, said the industry had lost a charming, well educated, gracious person whom he admired.

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Rolf dedicates mural to Pixie O’Harris (1993)

December 20, 2012

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Rolf and his uncle, Olaf Harris, with the mural, dedicated to Pixie O’Harris.
Flashback to Variety Today 1993
Rolf and Olaf Harris with Rolf’s mural at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, 1993.
 
By SHIRLEY BROUN

IN painting murals at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Rolf and Olaf Harris have carried on a family tradition.

Rolf’s aunty and Olaf’s sister, Pixie O’Harris, was renowned for the hundreds of murals she painted in hospitals throughout the country.

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A note from Slim Dusty (1996)

December 12, 2012

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Rolf Harris joins Slim Dusty to record `Duncan’ in 1996.
Final session in Studio `A’
91st album inspires a Note from Slim …
Flashback to Variety Today 1996

LEGENDARY country singer Slim Dusty was so inspired by his 1996 album release that he wrote the following note to all his fans and supporters.

Slim Dusty

“NINETY One albums! It’s a bit hard to believe, but I must say it’s been great doing them all, Slim wrote.

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Lance Burton draws Aussie stars (1996)

December 11, 2012

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Rolf Harris, The Four Kinsmen (except George who is behind the camera) and Lance Burton in Las Vegas.
Flashback to Variety Today 1996

HERE’S a line up of talent you wouldn’t want to miss – Rolf Harris, three of The Four Kinsmen – Scott Radburn, Graham Wilson, and Robert Pearson – with the $100 million man, illusionist Lance Burton.

Lance, who scored a huge contract to star at the fabulous, newly opened Monte Carlo Casino in Las Vegas for well into the next century, hosted these Aussie ambassadors in his dressing room after the show.

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The Inside Story on life in Michael Jackson’s shadow (1995)

December 9, 2012

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Joy, Chantal and Wade Robson in LA.
Wade with Michael Jackson in a commercial for LA Gear.
Wade Robson and Michael Jackson
An Australian family’s courage to beat the odds
Flashback to Variety Today 1995
EXCLUSIVE by SHIRLEY BROUN

AT the House of Blues in Hollywood – with Dirty Dancing’s Patrick Swayze in the audience – young fans queued around the building to get Wade and De Wayne’s autographs, following the release of Quo’s debut album.

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ALVA plans a big year ahead (1995)

December 9, 2012

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News from The Australian Ladies Variety Association president Liz Layton (1995)
By Liz Layton
Liz Layton

WELCOME to 1995. Would someone tell me why the years are going so fast. Before we know it, it’s going to be the year 2000, and I’m just not ready.

Thank goodness I was wrong about everything when I was young. Can you believe that I used to think that once you turned 35 years of age, you were ready for the pension and that no man would ever even look at you!

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Helen Zerefos’s `Love and Music’ makes history (1995)

December 8, 2012

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Album features historic Grand Organ
Flashback to Variety Today 1995
Helen Zerefos with organist Robert Goode and sound engineer Marcus Nassner – their `Love and Music’ album is a gem.
By SHIRLEY BROUN

COLORATURA soprano Helen Zerefos has presence and voice which commands your attention.

Moving renditions of such international hits such as The Phantom of the Opera, Music of the Night, Amazing Grace and Danny Boy are just a few of the treats in store for those who have a copy of Helen’s recent `Love and Music’ album.

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Awards hat trick for Graeme Connors (1995)

December 7, 2012

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Graeme Connors took the hat trick at the 1995 Australian Country Music Awards in Tamworth.
Female Vocalist of the Year 1995 Gina Jeffreys.
Latest awards are `icing on the cake’ for major talent
Flashback to Variety Today 1995

TAKING the hat trick at this year’s Australian Country Music Awards in Tamowrth is the icing on the cake for singer-songwriter Graeme Connors.

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Everyone’s favourite Beast turns 70 (1995)

December 7, 2012

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Stage comedy was always Stuart Wagstaff’s first love.
Stuart Wagstaff turns 70 at gala celebration
Flashback to Variety Today 1995

HE HAS been a `Beast’ and cavorted with his fair share of `Fair Ladies’ but to his loyal fans and dedicated followers Stuart Wagstaff will always be a `true gentleman of the stage’.

On February 13 about 200 former leading ladies, fellow actors and friends gathered at Sydney’s exquisite Marriott Hotel to help Stuart celebrate his 70th birthday.

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Superb new album for Marty Rhone (1998)

December 7, 2012

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Flashback to Variety Today 1998

THE hitmaker of songs such as `Denim and Lace’ and `Mean Pair of Jeans’, Marty Rhone has released a new album of love songs, which is superb. His first CD in several years `Marty Rhone First Love’ consists of songs that touch hearts and spark emotions.

Popular and ever-memorable hits like `Unchained Melody’, `Crying’, `All By Myself’, `Right He

Marty Rhone

re Waiting’ and `You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’.

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King of Cabaret is back! (1998)

December 4, 2012

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Don Lane is the King of Cabaret!

Standing ovation for Don Lane
Variety Today 1998

By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE audience jumped to their feet in an excited revelry of approval … the former `King of Cabaret’ is back!

When Don Lane stepped out on the stage at Twin Towns Services Club recently to re-launch his cabaret career after almost eight years away, both he and the audience were unsure of what the evening would hold.

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Don Lane hosts MO Awards (1998)

December 4, 2012

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Don Lane shows Variety Today founder and long time friend Shirley Broun a special `Thank You’ plaque from the MOs.
Warren Williams and Frank Newall were a load of laughs at the 1998 MO Awards.
John Campbell Fellowship winner Toni Stevens with Australian Performers of the Year Human Nature (1998).
Welcome return
Variety Today 1998

DON LANE, who co-founded the Australian Entertainment `MO’ Awards 23 years ago with entertainment greats such as Johnny O’Keefe, made a welcome return this year to host the major event.

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`Cookie’ in hot seat at celebrity roast (1996)

December 4, 2012

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Pictured (from top left): Performings on stage to `roast’ Syd Heylen, and guests included Bernie Stahl, Ken godfrey, Terry Gordon, Patti and son Syd Jnr, and Syd Heylen Snr with friends at Dracula’s, Gold Coast, 1996.
Syd Heylen at his `Roast’ in 1996
Industry salutes Syd Heylen
Variety Today 1996

By Shirley Broun

WHEN the devil (alias Slim De Grey) arrived to host Syd Heylen’s Celebrity Roast at Dracula’s on the Queensland Gold Coast recently, guests knew they were in for a `hot’ time.

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Joey wins two in a row (1996)

December 3, 2012

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Variety Today 1996

RECIPIENT of the Vocal/Instrumental Performer for the second consecutive year, Joey Fimmano says it was great to know of his success first hand this year. “The circumstances were quite funny surrounding my win last year,” said Joey.

“I was away working on the Fairstar on the night of the awards. The next morning there was all this gossip about someone winning an award.

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Entertainment Industry pays tribute to Angry Anderson (1996)

December 3, 2012

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Variety Today 1996
By Shirley Broun

COMBINE passion with opinion, add heart – it’s a highly combustible mix, and makes up just some of the ingredients for Ray Martin’s potent `Angry Anderson cocktail’.

“There aren’t many Aussies who deliver so much good as Angry does with everything from kids’ cancer clinics to little Annie who died almost in his arms,” said the much-loved host of TV’s Current Affair.

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What they are saying (1996)

December 2, 2012

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Letters to the Editor:

Dear Shirley,

Thank you for your continued support for Michael Gant. The exposure in `Variety Today’ is certainly paying off for Michael. Since advertising in the magazine and appearing in several write ups about the Wallace Awards Michael has been booked by major clubs interstate. I always ask where they have found Michael’s name and most times they refer to Variety Today.

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Bert’s Christmas single

December 1, 2012

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A note from Bert Newton (1994)
Variety Today 1994

Dear Shirley – It was great to hear from you. I hope life is good for you Shirley and the magazine is still looking fantastic! My best wishes always.

Bert Newton

Is there anything Bert hasn’t done?
Bert Newton on the set of New Faces in 1993

2012 UPDATE by Shirley Broun: Bert Newton’s latest visit to hospital for quadruple heart surgery has generated plenty of well wishes from around the world.

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Ian McKellar teams up with Hale & Pace (1996)

November 30, 2012

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On the road with Aussie funny man Ian McKellar
Variety Today 1996
By Ian McKellar

WELL, I am just back from my third tour around the country as opening act for HALE and PACE – and what a great tour it was! A lot of shows, a lot of laughts, probably a few too many beers but most importantly, a lot of happy punters.

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Roland rocks on home with new bride (1996)

November 30, 2012

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Variety Today 1996

ROCK and roll legend, Roland Storm, will return from South Africa to Australia in April for a hectic tour. Joining Roland on his trip will be his new wife, Cheryl. The couple were married in South Africa on December 2, 1995.

Roland is eager to return to his native Australia. “We have plans to relocate to Brisbane in mid 1997,” said Roland, who lives in Johannesburg.

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Star facts – Did You Know?

November 30, 2012

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JULIE Anthony, born in Galga, South Australia in 1951, performed in Las Vegas as a support act to famous comedian Bill Cosby.

MEL Gibson was born in New York State, USA, in 1956. He moved to Sydney when he was 12 years old, but still regards Australia as his `home’. Mel was only 21 when he was offered the lead role in Mad Max, which attracted a cult following all over the world.

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`Yodel Antics’ hits high note (1996)

November 29, 2012

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Wayne Horsburgh
Horsburgh tours Australia (1996)
Flashback to Variety Today 1996

WAYNE Horsburgh is back from Nashville toting a brand new album `Yodel Antics’. Recorded on his own label, Rotation Records in Nashville, the album features 11 yodelling numbers which are certain to be a big hit with Wayne’s many fans.

The tracks include one of Merle Haggard’s first big hits (and Wayne’s favourite song on the album) called Sing a Sad Song, along with Arizona Yodeller, there’s a Rainbow in every Teardrop (previously recorded by “Slim Whitman), Oh Leo Lady (written by Ray Stevens), song of the Old Water Wheel (which Wayne has wanted to record for many years), Chime Bells, Starting Tonight, Rockonover River, North Wind, Swiss Lullaby and Aussie song High Mountain Yodel.

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Pokies launch Qld clubs into new era (1991)

November 24, 2012

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… but their introduction sparks mixed reactions
Flashback to Variety Today, 1991
By Steve Pattrick

THE year of the poker machine for Queensland has arrived. After lengthy delays through government legislation and legal loops which have dragged on since last July, poker machines are almost here.

Almost all clubs in Queensland are geared up for them, have been for a year and, with the February legislation and current tendering and training the only hold-ups, we can expect the first machines to be rolling their reels in May, 1992.

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On with the show

November 23, 2012

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A great day for the OZ Variety Industry
From website of Pearson & Harvey

We’ve just received the word that a long-awaited website is up and running. Shirley Broun, former publisher/editor of the ‘VARIETY TODAY’ magazine (and one of the best friends the Australian Variety Industry has ever had) has launched her new website. Check out www.onwiththeshow.com.au to see some great ‘blasts from the past’ and great news stories about our business.

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Kerri-Anne to host new-look GMA (1990)

November 17, 2012

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Flashback to Variety Today 1991

KERRI-ANNE Kennerley, the vivacious co-host of the nation’s premier early morning television program, Good Morning Australia (GMA), has a simple philosophy – `live life to its fullest, and take each day as it comes’.

In February GMA, the show that awakens thousands of viewers around the country each morning with news, interviews, entertainment and bright chatter, celebrates its first decade.

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Kinsmen’s off-stage antics!

November 16, 2012

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Away from the Spotlight
Rob Pearson, Graham Wilson & Scott Radburn devise a unique play!

HAVE you ever wondered what entertainers do in their `spare time’?

Well there is something to be said for performing in a group because immediately there is a `team spirit’ to inject into outside activities, putting a `group’ a step ahead.

Such was the case for this soccer `super group’ - namely, three members of The Four Kinsmen (Robert Pearson, Graham Wilson and Scott Radburn) - seen here kicking around a soccer ball as part of the Gold Coast’s Jupiters Casino Soccer team in the 1990s.

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Dean Semler’s director debut (1992)

November 10, 2012

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THE KANGAROO KID
Flashback to Variety Today (1992)

AWARD-winning cinematographer Dean Semler will make his directing debut with the major Australian/American motion picture,The Kangaroo Kid, with shooting scheduled to begin in central and south-east Queensland in April.

After nine weeks, the filming will move to Dallas, Texas for the final two weeks.

President of Village Roadshow Pictures, Greg Coote, was excited when announcing the new project: “Once or maybe twice in a lifetime a script like this comes along.

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On the Screen (1992)

November 10, 2012

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THE LATEST MOVIE NEWS
Variety Today (1992)

Recently, CILLA BLACK picked up the glittering prize as Showbiz Personality of the Year. The Liverpool, England, superstar of TV’s Blind Date was delighted as she clutched her British Variety club Silver Heart Award. However, she was outnumbered by the winners of the ITV personality award which went to four members of The Larkin Family from TV’s smash success `The Darling Buds of May’.

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Tivoli fire tragedy of 1945

November 9, 2012

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A Hero’s Personal Account
Variety Today, 1992
(NB: The Tivoli was the major outlet for variety theatre and vaudeville in Australia for over 70 years after its establishment in 1893)
FRANK (TEX) GLANVILLE, considered in his time to be one of the best rope spinners in Australia, has also etched his name in history as a `hero’ in the tragic Tivoli Fire of 1945.… Members read the rest!

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Keith Urban leads a new breed of Music Star -1992

November 9, 2012

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Tamworth Salutes songwriter
Keith Urban is leading the way for a new breed of country performer.
who dares to be different
Variety Today 1992
By Shirley Broun

KEITH URBAN is leading the charge of a new breed of performer who commands the attention of music lovers across the board.

Sure – to date his major recognition has come from the Country Music arena, but anyone who has seen this talented 24-year-old peforming `live’ will know his songwriting and musical abilities extend far beyond the `country’ tag.

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Keith Urban – rapidly rising star 1992

November 9, 2012

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Flashback to Variety Today Jan-Feb 1992
From the Editor’s Desk (Shirley Broun)

IN the next issue, we will spotlight country music with a full coverage on the 20th Australasian Country Music Awards in Tamworth.

Just recently, Frank Ifield and I attended a night of country entertainment which included Keith Urban, Gina Jeffries and the Danglin Bros. What a great line-up of talent, all with their own unique styles and each presenting a new country sound.

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ELVIS Presley’s Drummer Speaks Out

November 6, 2012

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14 Years on the Road with the `King’
Flashback to Variety Today 1996
Elvis’s drummer DJ Fontana 1996

IMAGINE spending 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the King of Rock and Roll, ELVIS PRESLEY. You share the highs and the lows, the happy times and the sad, the triumphs and the battles – and all in the name of `Entertainment’.

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Sporting Link Returns

November 2, 2012

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MIXING IT WITH THE SPORTING GREATS!

A big WELCOME BACK to former Variety Today `Sporting Link’ Columnist GRAHAM WILSON (ex the multi-award winning The Four Kinsmen) who’s uncanny knack for remembering dates, names and even scores of sporting fixtures around the world, made him a valuable asset to the Variety Today team and, now, we are delighted to have him on board for On With the Show Entertainment.

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Andre scores hat trick at Coca-Cola Music Awards 1994

October 17, 2012

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Variety Today – 1994
By Shirley Broun

PETER ANDRE’S Gold Coast-based family cried tears of joy as the successful recording artist scored his third big win at the 1993 Coca Cola Music Awards, held at Dreamworld recently.

While Peter, who began his professional career after winning New Faces just two years ago, was unable to attend due to his commitment as support act to Madonna in Melbourne, his parents, brothers Michael and Danny, and sister Debbie were among the thousands who attended the major music industry event.

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Edwin Duff takes his final bow

October 14, 2012

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SAD FAREWELL FOR A REAL TROUPER
Edwin Duff and Janet Mackenzie at the 1996 South Pacific Song Contest on the Gold Coast.

By Shirley Broun

Widely considered the doyen of Australia’s jazz singers, the death of Edwin Duff in July, 2012 marks the end of a wonderful career in showbusiness.

Edwin Duff was aged 84 and living in a nursing home in the Sydney suburb of Vaucluse.

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Wade takes up offer to dance with Jackson

October 8, 2012

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Flashback to Variety Today 1991
By Shirley Broun

DREAMS do come true … just ask nine-year-old Wade Robson, of Brisbane, who recently packed all his worldly possessions and moved to America to dance with his idol, International superstar Michael Jackson.

Wade, who won National acclaim on popular talent show Starsearch, has worked with Michael previously. the star was so impressed with the young dancer that he issued an invitation for him to return to the United States to work with him on a number of projects that will see Wade sharing the screen with his idol.

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O’Connor taps into Twin Towns audiences

October 4, 2012

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Donald O’Connor – the ultimate performer – toured Australia in 1994
Donald O’Connor tours Australia (1994)
By Shirley Broun

WHEN it comes to screen legends, few would surpass dancer, singer and actor DONALD O’CONNOR whom I had the great delight of meeting, along with his wife Gloria, during his Australian tour at Easter in 1994.
This multi-talented performer was a childhood favourite of mine.

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Stars tell favourite TV commercials

September 30, 2012

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Variety Today 1995
Australian Commercials leave their mark
FRANK IFIELD has never forgotten the original Vegemite commercial which made a brief comeback in a re-edited version a few years ago. “I always liked it. It had one of those silly little tunes which never gets out of your head,” he said. Another attraction was the ad’s sepia treatment.
DELILAH fell in love with the short-lived but memorable commercial for Fuji film in which a Japanese mother is giving birth to a baby who pops out holding a camera and starts taking happy snaps.… Members read the rest!

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Bobby Limb speaks frankly on life and career

September 30, 2012

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Bobby Limb in 1991
Sound of Music’s Bobby Limb

Variety Today – May 1991

BOBBY Limb is an entertainer who vows never to retire. In this exclusive interview with Variety Today Managing Editor Shirley broun, this Australian showbusiness favourite talks frankly about the successes and the frustrations, the heartbreaks and the happy memories of a career that spans more than four decades.

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John Williamson celebrates 25 years in Show Business (1992)

September 10, 2012

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Variety Today 1996
JOHN WILLIAMSON celebrated 25 years in Show Business in 1996 and industry peers took the opportunity to pay tribute to the `boy from the Mallee’.

Shirley Broun wrote in 1996:

 A Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. That may have been the case once, but John Williamson has rewritten the adage and turned a bird in the bush – Old Man Emu – into 25 years in show business.

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Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast (1996)

September 9, 2012

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Variety Today 1996
Beauty and the Beast Celebrates

ON March 27, 1996, the cast and crew of the $12 million Australian production of Beauty and the Beast celebrated its 300th show.

No one was more excited than the man responsible for first approaching the Disney Organisation with the possibility of staging this major theatrical spectacle in Australia, successful entrepreneur Kevin Jacobsen.

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The Four Kinsmen’s record-breaking season

September 6, 2012

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Flashback to Variety Today Issue 1 – December 1990
After 20 months and 661 shows, multi award-winning entertainers The Four Kinsmen have taken their final bow as stars of Conrad Jupiter Casino’s multi million dollar production, Hollywood Legends.
In what was certainly one of the most lucrative contracts of their career, The Four Kinsmen sang, danced and clowned their way through 661 shows of the two-hour production, filling roles as the Marx Bros, Spike Jones and the City slickers, the `invisible dog’ trainers and their own 30 minute cabaret performance for a record-breaking 20 month season, the longest run for any show ever staged at the prestigious Gold Coast venue.… Members read the rest!

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