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Greg Doolan takes his final bow

February 17, 2017

WICKETY WAK STAR LOSES
BATTLE WITH CANCER
By Shirley Broun
YESTERDAY afternoon I checked in to read the latest notifications on Facebook.
A post from entertainment industry stalwart Brian Fogarty caught my eye. Something about my dear friend Greg Doolan. `Oh what's Greg up to,' I thought inquisitively. Then I read it:
"Another shock! Too young and a great talent -- Greg Doolan (Wickety Wak) sadly passed away this afternoon @ only 63 yrs of age."
Can't be right, I thought and read it again.… Members read the rest!

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Delltone’s Nevin McLean – Flashback to 1994

August 22, 2013

Night the `Bassman' got tough on Nevin
On With the Show's
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.
The date was June 25, 1994, the venue Campbelltown Catholic Club and the occasion - Nevin's farewell performance as a member of the nationally acclaimed and much-loved show group, The Delltones.… Members read the rest!

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`The Olivia Newton John Story’ captivates audience

June 30, 2013

REVIEW: Greg & Laura Doolan, Rob Rosenlund
Venue: Tweed Heads Bowls Club
June 29, 2013

By Shirley Broun

TRIBUTE shows are a major part of the live performance arena these days and when a friend invited me to join her to see the `Olivia Newton John Story’ at Tweed Heads Bowls Club on the Queensland Gold Coast last night (June 29, 2013) I thought `why not’ - it ticks all my boxes (I love Olivia Newton John, I love live shows and I was really in the mood to be entertained).… Members read the rest!

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Wickety Wak farewells a `brother’

April 1, 2013

Greg Doolan pays tribute to Wak's Magic Moari
By SHIRLEY BROUN

THE Easter weekend was a time of reflection as tears welled in the eyes of renowned entertainer Greg Doolan, following the death on Thursday of Wickety Wak co-star and long time mate Pahnie Jantzen.

“Just thinking about him chokes me up,” said Greg as he struggled to gain composure.

“Only 10 days before his death, we were singing together on stage at Twin Towns Services Club, and despite being ill for quite a while and in a wheelchair he performed Louis Armstrong’s `What a Wonderful World’ with faultless precision … a true professional to the end.”

Greg said it was an impromptu performance that would be long remembered.

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Death of Wickety Wak star

March 29, 2013

PAHNIE Jantzen, who thrilled audiences with his Louis Armstrong tributes as part of Brisbane's highly successful Wickety Wak showgroup, died yesterday after a long illness.

Just two weeks earlier, Pahnie had joined his former Wickety Wak co-stars on stage at Twin Towns Services Club after Greg Doolan invited him to join them for an impromptu performance of Louis Armstrong's `What a Wonderful World'.

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Nevin McLean and his tips for young performers

January 24, 2013

Cabaret is place to start - Nevin tells
By SHIRLEY BROUN

IF you want to become a recording artist or to pursue a career in the entertainment industry take time to learn how to read music. This is the advice of long time entertainer and former Delltones lead singer, Nevin McLean.

“Being able to read music, even just the basics, gives you the ability to understand it, and helps you to develop intonation and timing and to eventually grow as a performer,” said Nevin, who has been performing since he was encouraged into the industry in his late teens by veteran entertainer Johnny O’Connor (known in the 60s as Australia’s Bing Crosby).

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Variety Today turns two (1993)

January 14, 2013

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.

It was a night which brought together entertainment industry members from all areas - performers, managers, agents, media, their families, friends and supporters - and one which highlighted a tremendous kinship and warmth among all attendees.

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Music industry set to hit awards high (1994)

January 13, 2013

Stars gather for Gold Coast awards
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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Greg’s award-winning `Life after Wak’ (1991)

January 11, 2013

Greg Doolan goes it alone
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. It was also the first time I had been nominated in the category," he said.

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Morning Wak Attack debuts on Radio-97 (1993)

January 9, 2013

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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