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Glenn Barrie Shorrock (born 30 June 1944) is an English-born Australian singer-songwriter. He was a founding member of pop groups The Twilights, Axiom, Little River Band, and post LRB spin-off trio Birtles Shorrock Goble, as well as being a solo performer. The Twilights had eight consecutive national hit singles including "Needle in a Haystack" and "What's Wrong with the Way I Live". Axiom's top 10 hits were "Arkansas Grass", "Little Ray of Sunshine" and "My Baby's Gone". Little River Band
Little River Band
had national and international chart success, including the Shorrock-penned "Emma", " Help Is on Its Way" and "Cool Change". Shorrock was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 1991 and as a member of Little River Band
Little River Band
in 2004. In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of its 75th-anniversary celebrations, named "Cool Change" as one of the APRA Top 30 Australian songs of all time.


1 Early years 2 The Twilights 3 Axiom 4 Little River Band 5 Later solo career 6 Discography

6.1 Singles 6.2 Albums

7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Early years[edit] Glenn Barrie Shorrock was born on 30 June 1944 in Chatham, Kent, England. His family migrated to Adelaide, South Australia on the Orcades[1] in August 1954 when he was ten.[2] His father, Harry Shorrock was a Yorkshire-born fitter and turner at the Weapons Research Establishment in Salisbury.[3] The 1954–55 summer had days of 42 °C (108 °F) and Black Sunday bushfires ravaged the Adelaide
Hills in January 1955.[4] His London-born mother Joyce Shorrock was not impressed with Australia, and she took Shorrock and his younger sister back to UK on the Strathmore,[5] only to return to Australia on the "Fairsea"[6] for a second attempt in 1956.[3] The family settled in Elizabeth, 20 km (12 mi) north of Adelaide.[7] Shorrock's first public performance took place in 1958 at St Peter's Lutheran
church hall in Elizabeth when he mimed to Elvis Presley's recording of "All Shook Up" on a gramophone and strumming on a cardboard guitar. When the record player stopped he was forced to continue singing by himself and realised he had a good voice.[8] In 1962, Shorrock formed his first band, the Checkmates, with Clem McCartney, Mike Sykes and Billy Volraat.[9] They were a doo wop harmony group covering The Platters
The Platters
and The Crew Cuts
The Crew Cuts
material.[10] Sometimes teaming up with instrumental groups The Vector Men or The Hurricanes, The Checkmates performed in Adelaide
cafes and folk clubs.[11] As a result of The Beatles' popularity, members of The Checkmates and The Hurricanes merged to form The Twilights in 1964.[10][11] The Twilights[edit]


1962 The Checkmates

1964 The Twilights

1969 Axiom

1971 Glenn Shorrock

1972 Esperanto

1974 Glenn Shorrock

1975 Little River Band

1982 Glenn Shorrock

1988 Little River Band

1996 Glenn Shorrock

2002 Birtles Shorrock Goble

2007 Glenn Shorrock

Main article: The Twilights In 1964 Shorrock, with McCartney as co-lead vocalist, formed the Twilights by merging with the Hurricanes' Frank Barnard on drums, Peter Brideoake on guitar, Terry Britten on guitar and John Bywaters on bass guitar.[10][11] Their debut single, "I'll Be Where You Are", co-written by Shorrock and Britten,[12] was released in June 1965.[11] The band had eight consecutive hit singles, including covers of the Velvelettes' "Needle in a Haystack" and the Hollies' "What's Wrong with the Way I Live" (recorded at Abbey Road Studios
Abbey Road Studios
in London).[11] With two lead singers, two guitarists and five vocalists, the Twilights performed note-perfect covers of pop-rock songs and were famed for their live prowess.[11] They relocated to Melbourne late in 1965 and were popular with teenage audiences and respected by fellow musicians. In July 1966, they won Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds with the prize including a trip to London.[11] In 1967, shortly after returning from London, the group regularly performed the entire Sgt Pepper's album live in sequence, weeks before it was released in Australia.[11] Shorrock married Sue while he was a member of the Twilights.[2] The Twilights disbanded in January 1969 and Shorrock became band manager for Brisbane pop group the Avengers.[7] Axiom[edit] Main article: Axiom (Australian band) In May 1969 in Melbourne, Shorrock formed an early Australian 'supergroup', Axiom, with Brian Cadd on keyboards and vocals, Don Mudie on lead guitar (both ex-The Groop), Doug Lavery (The Valentines) on drums and Chris Stockley (Cam-Pact) on guitar.[13] They recorded two highly acclaimed albums, Fool's Gold and If Only...; and had three top 10 singles, "Arkansas Grass", "Little Ray of Sunshine" and "My Baby's Gone" on the Go-Set
national charts.[13] Axiom travelled to UK but disbanded there in March 1971.[3][4] Shorrock remained in the UK to pursue his solo career, he signed with MAM Records and released the self-penned "Let's Get the Band Together" single in October 1971.[7] This was followed by a cover of "Rock'n'Roll Lullaby" (written by Barry Mann
Barry Mann
and Cynthia Weil) in March 1972.[7] As Andre L'Escargot and His Society Syncopaters, he released "Purple Umbrella" with his backing band being Quartet members Britten, Kevin Peek, Trevor Spencer and Alan Tarney.[7] He joined the multinational progressive rock band Esperanto, which released their debut album Esperanto Rock Orchestra in 1973 with the Shorrock written track "Statue of Liberty".[7] He left Esperanto before their third album was released in 1974 and performed backing vocals for Cliff Richard.[2][7] Little River Band[edit] Main article: Little River Band Mississippi was an Australian rock band which was working in UK with Beeb Birtles
Beeb Birtles
on vocals and guitar, Graham Goble (later Graeham Goble) on guitar and vocals and Derek Pellicci
Derek Pellicci
on drums. They contacted Glenn Wheatley (former bass guitarist for The Masters Apprentices) to become their manager. Birtles, previously in Adelaide
band Zoot, called Shorrock to take part in the line up. Shorrock returned to Australia in October 1974 and joined Mississippi in January 1975 in Melbourne.[14] They were soon renamed as Little River Band
Little River Band
with the original line up of Birtles, Goble, Pellicci, Shorrock and lead guitarist Ric Formosa and bassist Roger McLachlan.[3] The group went on to become one of the most successful bands ever to come out of Australia, and the first to achieve major commercial success in the United States.[4] For Little River Band, Shorrock wrote the hits "Emma", " Help Is on Its Way" (Australian No. 1) and "Cool Change".[7] While still a member of Little River Band, Shorrock released a solo single, a cover of Bobby Darin's 1959 hit "Dream Lover" in April 1979 on EMI, which peaked at No. 8 on the Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
Singles Chart.[9][15] In February 1982, Shorrock left Little River Band
Little River Band
and was replaced by John Farnham, who was managed by Wheatley.[11] Shorrock returned to Little River Band
Little River Band
in 1988 but, despite several quality albums, they did not regain the earlier stellar recognition. He left again in 1991 leaving the naming rights with guitarist Stephen Housden.[4] In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of its 75th-anniversary celebrations, named "Cool Change", as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time.[16] Later solo career[edit] In 1982 Shorrock released a solo album Villain of the Peace and a single, "Rock and Roll Soldier" on Capitol Records
Capitol Records
recorded in Los Angeles with John Boylan (Charlie Daniels, Little River Band) producing. "Rock and Roll Soldier" reached the Australian top 40 in November but he did not achieve the international success attained with Little River Band. Late in 1982 he toured Australia and then teamed with Renée Geyer
Renée Geyer
to release a duet, "Goin' Back" on Mushroom Records in February 1983. One of his backing singers was Wendy Matthews who had been a session singer in Los Angeles.[17] "We're Coming to Get You", which peaked at No. 6 in October, was recorded with folk group, The Bushwackers it was the theme for the film, We're Coming to Get You. He released "Don't Girls Get Lonely?" in November. In 1984, he recorded "Restless" for the documentary World Safari II: The Final Adventure.[7] In 1985, Shorrock released The First Twenty Years, which was a double- LP album
LP album
compilation of his career work with tracks by The Twilights, Axiom, Little River Band
Little River Band
and solo work.[18] He was compere of Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
(ABC) TV music series, Rock Arena in 1986 and as a breakfast announcer for radio station Magic 11 in Sydney.[19] His solo single, "American Flyers" appeared in July. He performed on the tour of stage show One for the Money in 1986–87.[19] He appeared in other stage shows including his own showcase productions Go Cat Go (1990–91) and Two Up (1996). On 25 March 1991, Shorrock was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame, alongside contemporary rocker Billy Thorpe, bass-baritone Peter Dawson and jazz musician Don Burrows.[20] In 1993, he re-joined with Axiom bandmate, Brian Cadd, to record Blazing Salads and three singles for Blue Martin Records, and a subsequent two-year tour.[21] On tour Shorrock played his hit songs, along with those of Axiom accompanied by Cadd and a backing band of Rex Goh on guitar (ex-Air Supply), Kirk Lorange on guitar (Richard Clapton Band) and Mark Kennedy on drums (Spectrum, Ayers Rock, Marcia Hines Band).[7][21] Long Way to the Top
Long Way to the Top
was a 2001 ABC TV six-part documentary on the history of Australian rock and roll from 1956 to the modern era.[22] Shorrock provided interviews, "In Awe of The Beatles", "Being Pop Stars" and "Coming from the UK", on his early years with The Twilights.[23] Long Way to the Top
Long Way to the Top
Tour followed in August–September 2002 with Shorrock appearing with The Twilights in the first set performing "What's Wrong with the Way I Live?" and "Needle in a Haystack"; he returned in the second set with Axiom to perform "Arkansas Grass" and "Little Ray of Sunshine".[19][24] In 2002 Shorrock reunited with other Little River Band
Little River Band
founders Beeb Birtles and Graeham Goble
Graeham Goble
to form Birtles Shorrock Goble.[19] On 17 October 2004, the 1970s members of Little River Band: Birtles, David Briggs, Goble, George McArdle, Derek Pellicci
Derek Pellicci
and Shorrock, were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.[25] The later members including fellow Australian, John Farnham, and US-based musicians, were not included in this induction.[25] Due to a 2002 legal ruling on their right to use the band's name they performed " Help Is on the Way" as the Classic Lineup of Little River Band.[25] Birtles Shorrock Goble recorded a successful DVD and CD, Full Circle (2005) and toured until 2007. In August–September, the trio played a medley of Little River Band hits at the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series. In 2005 Shorrock also undertook his career-spanning The Reminiscing Tour – Glenn Shorrock
Glenn Shorrock
& Friends with invited guest singers including Doug Parkinson
Doug Parkinson
and Wendy Matthews.[19] In May–June 2006, he partnered actress Judy Nunn
Judy Nunn
on the first season of reality TV singing competition, It Takes Two, they were voted off after week three.[26] His first solo CD for seven years, Meanwhile, which contains acoustic versions of his career hits was released in 2007 on the Liberation Blue
Liberation Blue
label. He performed The Beatles
The Beatles
tribute show Let It Be with Parkinson, Sharon O'Neill
Sharon O'Neill
and Mark Williams.[27] In 2008 Shorrock toured with the musical Shout! The Legend of the Wild One, based on the life of Australian rocker Johnny O'Keefe.[27][28] In July 2010, Shorrock performed a retrospective of his 45 years in the music industry.[3][8] Currently Glenn Shorrock
Glenn Shorrock
continues to tour Australia performing for public and private events in Australia and promotes new local music artists. In early 2013 Glenn and his band were headlining performers in Macau, New York and London for the media launch of the Titanic II project. This was at the personal invitation of Australian entrepreneur Clive Palmer.[29] In October 2014, Glenn Shorrock
Glenn Shorrock
was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall Of Fame alongside Bon Scott's former band Fraternity, Chris Finnen and David 'Daisy' Day.[30] Discography[edit] See also: The Twilights, Axiom (Australian band), Esperanto (band), Little River Band, and Birtles Shorrock Goble Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album


1972 "Let's Get the Band Together" — — 'Non-album single'

1972 "Rock and Roll Lullaby" — —

"Purple Umbrella" (released by Andre L'Escargot and His Society Syncopaters) — —

1975 "Daydream Sunday" — —

1979 ""Dream Lover"" 8 —

1982 "Rock and Roll Soldier" 39 — Villain of the Peace

1983 "Angry Words" — —

"Goin' Back" (with Renée Geyer) — — 'Non-album single'

"We're Coming to Get You" (with The Bushwackers) 6 — Villain of the Peace

"Don't Girls Get Lonely" 75 —

1985 "American Flyers" — — The First Twenty Years

1993 "When It All Comes Down" (with Brian Cadd) — — Blazing Salads

"De-Emphasize" (with Brian Cadd) — —

"Little Ray of Sunshine" (with Brian Cadd) — —

2000 "Orchestra of Grunt" — — Spin Me 'Round

"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

"Don't Girls Get Lonely" peaked at #69 on Billboard's Hot 100 in October 1983. Albums[edit]

Villain of the Peace, 1982, Capitol Records
Capitol Records
AUS No. 32[15] USA No. 207 The First Twenty Years, 1985, EMI
AUS No. 63[15] Blazing Salads, 1993, Blue Martin Records (with Brian Cadd) Spin Me 'Round, 2000, Streetwise Records Meanwhile, 2007, Liberation Blue 45 Years of Song, 2010, Aztec Records (CD and DVD) The Story Of Sharky & The Caddman, 2013, Fanfare Records (with Brian Cadd) Rise Again, 2016, Social Family Records

See also[edit]

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Glenn Shorrock
- Talking Heads Glenn Shorrock
Glenn Shorrock
- This Is Your Life Glenn Shorrock
Glenn Shorrock
- The Don Lane Show (1980)



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External links[edit]

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Glenn Shorrock
official website Glenn Shorrock
Glenn Shorrock
holdings at the National Film and Sound Archive National Library of Australia Official Music page of Glenn Shorrock Official Glenn Shorrock
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Facebook page Interview with Glenn and Jo Shorrock 2010

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Little River Band

Wayne Nelson Greg Hind Chris Marion Rich Herring Ryan Ricks

Graeham Goble Beeb Birtles Derek Pellicci Glenn Shorrock Roger McLachlan Graham Davidge Ric Formosa David Briggs George McArdle Geoff Cox Mal Logan Barry Sullivan Stephen Housden John Farnham David Hirschfelder Steve Prestwich Malcolm Wakeford James Roche Peter Beckett Tony Sciuto Richard Bryant Steve Wade Hal Tupea Paul Gildea Kevin Murphy Adrian Scott Glenn Reither Kip Raines Billy Thomas Mel Watts

Studio albums

Little River Band After Hours Diamantina Cocktail Sleeper Catcher First Under the Wire Time Exposure The Net Playing to Win No Reins Monsoon Get Lucky Where We Started From

Live albums

Backstage Pass Live Classics

Compilation albums

Greatest Hits Too Late to Load Worldwide Love The Definitive Collection

Videos & DVDs

Live Exposure


" Help Is on Its Way" "Reminiscing" "Lady" "Cool Change" "Take It Easy on Me" "Man on Your Mind" "The Other Guy"

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