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John Peter Farnham AO (born 1 July 1949) is an Australian pop rock/soft rock singer. Farnham, who was born in Essex, England was a teen pop idol from 1967-79, billed then as Johnny Farnham, but has since forged a career as an adult contemporary singer.[1] His career has mostly been as a solo artist although he replaced Glenn Shorrock as lead singer of Little River Band
Little River Band
from 1982-85.[2][3] In September 1986 his solo single, "You're the Voice" peaked at No. 1 on the Australian singles charts.[4][5] The associated album, Whispering Jack, held the No. 1 position for a total of 25 weeks[4][5] and is the 2nd highest-selling album in Australian history.[6] Both the single and the album had Top Ten success internationally including No. 1 in Sweden.[7] Farnham has become one of his country's best-known and most popular performers,[1] and is the only Australian artist to have a number one record in five consecutive decades (echoing that of Sir Cliff Richard in the UK) with singles: "Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)" in 1967, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" in 1970, and "Age of Reason" in 1988;[4][5] and albums: Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
in 1986, Age of Reason in 1988 Chain Reaction in 1990, Then Again... in 1993, 33⅓ in 2000, and The Last Time in 2002.[4][5][8] Along with touring with numerous artists, including Jimmy Barnes, The Seekers
The Seekers
and international acts like Stevie Nicks and Lionel Richie, he released collaborative albums including with Tom Jones on Together in Concert (2005) and Olivia Newton John, including Highlights from The Main Event
Highlights from The Main Event
(1998; also with Anthony Warlow), Two Strong Hearts Live
Two Strong Hearts Live
(2015), and Friends for Christmas (2016).[9] Farnham has been recognised by honours and awards including 1987 Australian of the Year, 1996 Officer of the Order of Australia, and 19 ARIA Awards
ARIA Awards
including his 2003 induction into the Hall of Fame.[8][10][11][12] From 1969 he was voted by TV Week
TV Week
readers as the 'King of Pop' for five consecutive years.[13][14][15][16] Aside from his recording career, Farnham performed on stage with lead roles in Australian productions of Charlie Girl, Pippin and 1992's Jesus Christ Superstar.[1] He starred in his own TV series and specials including It's Magic (With Colleen Hewett), Bobby Dazzler, and Farnham and Byrne (with Debra Byrne), and as a guest on numerous other popular shows such as The Don Lane
Don Lane
Show, Countdown and Hey Hey It's Saturday.[1][17][18] Australian rock historian, Ian McFarlane described him as "the most successful solo artist in the history of Australian rock and pop ... Farnham has retained an affable sense of humour and a simple, unpretentious 'everyman' charm which also makes him one of the most respected celebrities in Australian entertainment history."[1]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Musical career

2.1 1964–67: The Mavericks to Strings Unlimited 2.2 1967–79: Teen pop idol 2.3 1980–85: Little River Band
Little River Band
era 2.4 1986–97: Peak solo years 2.5 "You're the Voice" and Whispering Jack 2.6 Age of Reason and Chain Reaction 2.7 Full House to Anthology 2.8 1998–present 2.9 The Main Event with Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
and Anthony Warlow 2.10 The Last Time to Tom Jones 2.11 I Remember When I Was Young 2.12 Jack and The Acoustic Chapel Sessions 2.13 Olympics, the Seekers and Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
tours 2.14 Flashmob events and controversy

3 Personal life 4 Discography 5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] John Peter Farnham was born in Dagenham, England, on 1 July 1949, to John Peter Farnham and Rose (née Pemberton) Farnham.[19] His sisters are Jean and Jaquiline, and his younger brother is Steven.[19] Farnham spent his first ten years in the United Kingdom before his family emigrated to Australia in 1959 to live in Melbourne, Victoria.[19][20] He attended school at Yarraman Park State School (now Yarraman Oaks Primary School),[21] Lyndale Primary School and Lyndale High School.[19] Musical career[edit] 1964–67: The Mavericks to Strings Unlimited[edit] As Johnny Farnham he performed with local band The Mavericks on weekends, while still attending school, from 1964. The band had a five-song repertoire. In late 1965 he was asked to join band Strings Unlimited, as lead singer, a band composed entirely of string only related instruments and they had a regular booking at a local hotel.[2][19][20] In 1966, after making the state finals of the Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds, they recorded a three-track demo tape with Farnham on vocals, Stewart Male on lead guitar, Barry Roy on rhythm guitar, Mike Foenander on keyboards, Joe Cincotta on bass and Peter Foggie on drums.[22] On 29 April 1967, Strings Unlimited performed as a backing band for pop singer Bev Harrell in Cohuna. Harrell's manager and then-boyfriend, Darryl Sambell, was impressed with Farnham's vocals and offered to become his manager.[15][22] Initially performing in Sambell's home town of Adelaide, Farnham recorded a light advertising jingle "Susan Jones" for flight company Ansett-ANA
Ansett-ANA
and was offered a solo record contract working with EMI
EMI
under house producer David Mackay.[citation needed] 1967–79: Teen pop idol[edit] Farnham's first commercially successful recording was a cover of British novelty song "Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)", Sambell had disliked it as the lyrics were so persistent.[15] However, EMI's in house producer, David MacKay, insisted and so the single was released in November 1967. The B-side, "In My Room" was written by Farnham.[23] By arrangement with Sambell, Melbourne
Melbourne
radio DJ Stan Rofe pretended that he disliked "Sadie" before playing it.[15][20] Rofe continued the ploy on TV's Uptight and viewers responded with calls to play the song.[20] It hit No. 1 on the Australian singles charts in January 1968 and remained there for 6 weeks.[4] Selling 180,000 copies in Australia, "Sadie" was the highest-selling single by an Australian artist of the decade and became the biggest-selling single in Australia at that time.[15][24][25] Rofe was a writer for Go-Set, a teen-oriented pop magazine, another writer for the magazine, Ian "Molly" Meldrum, praised Farnham's efforts.[15] Go-Set
Go-Set
ran a pop poll to determine the 'King of Pop' which was first won by Normie Rowe for 1967–1968.[13][26][15] Farnham's 1968 singles were "Underneath the Arches" and "I Don't Want to Love You", each peaked at #6.[4] In 1969, Farnham released his album Everybody Oughta Sing a Song
Everybody Oughta Sing a Song
which peaked at No. 12 on the Australian albums charts. His next single was a cover of Harry Nilsson's "One"; Farnham's version peaked at #4.[4] When TV Week
TV Week
sponsored the 'King of Pop' awards, readers would forward their votes from coupons, Farnham won the most popular male award and was crowned 'King of Pop' five consecutive times from 1969–1973.[13][26][15] He recorded a cover of the B.J. Thomas
B.J. Thomas
hit "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" which became his second No. 1 hit in December 1969 and remained at top spot for seven weeks into January 1970.[1][4] Farnham's next album, Looking Through a Tear, was released in July 1970 and peaked at #11. "Comic Conversations", his single from October, peaked at #10.[4] During 1971, Farnham teamed with Allison Durbin, who had been chosen as 'Most Popular Female Performer' at the 'King of Pop' awards for 1969–71.[13] They released an album Together in September and a single "Baby, Without You" in November, both peaked into the top 30 of their respective charts.[4] As well as his singing career, Farnham performed in stage musicals starting with Dick Whittington and His Cat
Dick Whittington and His Cat
in 1971, and on television variety shows either as a guest performer or as a host.[18][25] At 22, Farnham was appointed 'King of Moomba' in 1972 with Melbourne paper, The Sun, describing him as a "likeable English migrant" who is "King of Pop, King of Kids and today Johnny Farnham was King of Moomba."[27] In 1972, Farnham had a top 5 national hit with a cover version of the title track from the David Cassidy
David Cassidy
international hit album, Rock Me Baby.[citation needed] Another stage musical for Farnham was Charlie Girl in 1971.[28] Jillian Billman was one of the dancers, and Farnham married her on 18 April 1973. Meldrum announced their wedding plans in Go-Set
Go-Set
but Sambell denied the early reports, and, despite being best man at the wedding, was against Billman marrying Farnham.[15] The clean-cut pop star had made several more albums and singles, but by the mid-1970s his recording career had begun to dwindle and he turned more to stage musicals and television.[25] Farnham and 'Queen of Pop' for 1972–1973, Colleen Hewett, combined on the 1973–74 stage musical, Pippin,[29][30][31] and its associated show album released in 1974.[32] Also in 1974, Farnham and Hewett were co-hosts of It's Magic, a children's TV series on Channel Ten.[32] He became familiar to viewers of Countdown when hosting its first colour transmission in early 1975 and introducing Skyhooks' performance of "Horror Movie".[17] Relations with Sambell became strained and in January 1976 they announced their split.[15] Farnham first turned to Kenn Brodziak, producer of Pippin, for his management during 1976–78, and then to Danny Finley, Hewett's then husband, from 1978.[20] Farnham starred in a situation comedy series Bobby Dazzler as the title character during 1977–1978, and narrated documentaries including Survival with Johnny Farnham.[1][18] Farnham was in financial trouble with unpaid taxes and the collapse of a restaurant venture with Hewett and Finley.[20] Farnham's singing career was now confined to the cabaret circuit and stage musicals, in 1979 he changed his stage name to John Farnham.[1][20] 1980–85: Little River Band
Little River Band
era[edit] Farnham had met Glenn Wheatley, who was bass guitarist of 1960s rock group The Masters Apprentices, when both acts were managed by Sambell.[15] Wheatley was now managing Little River Band
Little River Band
(LRB) and in 1980 Farnham signed with Wheatley.[15] They decided his comeback single would be a reworking of The Beatles' "Help!", which was produced by LRB's Graeham Goble,[2] it peaked at #8.[4] Farnham was utilising a more adult contemporary pop style[1][25] and the associated album, Uncovered, also produced by Goble,[2] peaked at #20.[4] The B-side of "Help" was another of Farnham's songwriting efforts "Jillie's Song", co-written with Goble.[33] In recording the album, Farnham's studio band were guitarist Tommy Emmanuel (ex-Southern Star Band), keyboardist Mal Logan (ex-Renée Geyer Band, LRB), drummer Derek Pellicci
Derek Pellicci
(LRB) and bass guitarist Barry Sullivan (ex-Chain). They became his tour band until Logan and Pellicci returned to their LRB commitments and were replaced by Sam McNally and David Jones, respectively.[1] In 1980, Farnham also appeared in a TV series, Farnham and Byrne with former Young Talent Time teen star and 'Queen of Pop' Debra Byrne.[1][18] Three other solo singles followed in 1981 but none charted into the top 50.[4] In February 1982, after Glenn Shorrock
Glenn Shorrock
had departed Little River Band, Farnham became their lead vocalist with recommendations by Goble and Wheatley.[1][20] Farnham had initially resisted the idea of joining LRB but Wheatley convinced him that Shorrock approved of the replacement.[15] This continued Farnham's move away from cabaret and into rock music.[25] With Farnham, Little River Band
Little River Band
recorded three studio albums, which had modest success – not enough to pay back the advances the record company had provided. The first studio album, The Net, was already written and Farnham had no say in the songs, he just had to record his lead vocals. In the US, charting albums with Farnham's vocals, were Greatest Hits (1982), The Net (1983) and Playing to Win
Playing to Win
(1984) on Billboard Pop Albums chart/Billboard 200.[34] While charting singles were, "The Other Guy", "We Two", "You're Driving Me Out of My Mind" and "Playing to Win".[35] Farnham's biggest Australian hits with LRB were the 1982 single "Down on the Border" which peaked at No. 7 and The Net which peaked at No. 11 on the albums charts in 1983.[4] During this time, Farnham started supplying vocal tracks for films including, Savage Streets (1984), The Slugger's Wife (1985), and Fletch (1985); he later continued with Rad (1986) and Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1987).[1][18] "Justice for One" was co-written by Farnham,[36][37] for Savage Streets and it was released as a solo single.[1] Little River Band
Little River Band
recorded a concert in Melbourne
Melbourne
that aired in the United States on HBO. The concert video was only one hour long, and it highlighted some of the songs from The Net as well as reworked versions of Little River Band
Little River Band
classics such as "Cool Change" and "Reminiscing". "Please Don't Ask
Don't Ask
Me", a song written by Goble,[38] and a non-top 50 single for Farnham almost three years previously,[4] was played during the "Australian-themed" opening of the show. Despite positive Australian and US reviews and responses, this performance has not yet been released on VHS or DVD.[citation needed] In an interview with Channel Seven, Farnham stated, "I'll be better off leaving, rather than putting myself under pressure that I've created." Through this matter, it became apparent to the band that Farnham was intending on leaving and Playing to Win's lead single "Playing to Win", a song believed by all to be the band's return to success, then started having authorship disputes. According to Farnham:

["Playing to Win" was] about my frustration in the band, about wanting out, not wanting to be there any more. There was a bit of in-fighting and we were doing it hard on the road. That's what inspired the song.[15] — John Farnham

As a result, Farnham's relationship with the band was further sullied. To date, the royalties for the song are meticulously divided with different shares to each of the song's contributors, including Goble, Farnham, Stephen Housden, David Hirschfelder and Wayne Nelson.[39] By late 1985, LRB were in conflict again and Farnham left.[1] In mid-1986, Little River Band
Little River Band
released the third studio album, No Reins, but Farnham was already pursuing his solo career.[15] 1986–97: Peak solo years[edit] "You're the Voice" and Whispering Jack[edit] Farnham had started collecting a songlist for a future solo album while still in Little River Band. He finished his vocals for their album, No Reins, and left in late 1985.[1][15] Farnham's first solo performances since 1981 were live shows with Brett Garsed
Brett Garsed
on lead guitar, Sam See on guitar, Derek Pellicci
Derek Pellicci
on drums, Bruno Di Stanislo on electric bass and vocals.Sound engineer Ross Fraser suggested to Farnham's manager Glenn Wheatley that it was time to start working on the solo album. Wheatley searched vainly for a producer and record label willing to work with Farnham, Fraser took on the producer role and Wheatley provided financial support after mortgaging his house.[20] While visiting a jazz club in the US, Farnham was mistakenly introduced as Jack Phantom, and when he subsequently provided a running commentary for a local pool game he named himself Whispering Jack Phantom after the Pot Black
Pot Black
commentator, "Whispering Ted Lowe".[15] His work for the album, Whispering Jack, included expanding his songlist with Fraser's advice. "A Touch of Paradise" was written by Gulliver Smith and Mondo Rock's Ross Wilson,[40] while "Pressure Down" was provided by Harry Bogdanovs.[41] Two weeks before the album was due to be recorded a demo tape arrived from London
London
with similar material as "Pressure Down", Farnham and Fraser listened to the demo of "You're the Voice" and knew they had found a once-in-a-lifetime song. Another song on offer was "We Built This City" but Farnham knocked it back, so it was later recorded by US band Starship.[15] Initially, public interest in the re-branded former teen-idol was difficult to cultivate, and radio stations refused to play Farnham's album. Things, however, started to change after Sydney radio station 2Day FM
2Day FM
played its first single, "You're the Voice", which was released in September 1986. Henceforth, radio stations began receiving requests for the song. Its television debut was on Hey Hey It's Saturday with Skyhook's Greg Macainsh providing bass guitar.[15] "You're the Voice", peaked at No. 1 in Germany,[42] Sweden[43] and Australia,[4] as well as being a top ten hit in some European countries: #3 in Switzerland,[44] #6 in the UK,[45] and No. 6 in Austria.[46] The song was written by Andy Qunta (ex-Icehouse), Keith Reid (Procol Harum), Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson (ex-Manfred Mann's Earth Band).[47] Whispering Jack, released in October, became the highest-selling album by an Australian act in Australia, at the time, and peaked at number one on the Australian Album Charts for a total of 25 weeks.[4] As of 2006, it was 24× platinum indicating sales of over 1.68 million units in Australia alone.[48] The album was released internationally on RCA/BMG and peaked at No. 1 in Sweden,[43][49] No. 3 in Austria, and Top 20 in Norway. In August 1988 it returned to the Australian Top Ten. It also was the first Australian made music CD released in Australia.[49][5] Other charting Australian singles were December's "Pressure Down", which peaked at No. 4, March 1987's "Touch of Paradise" and October's "Reasons".[4] After the success of the album, Farnham followed with Jack's Back Tour, an initial itinerary of eleven performances was thought to be enough considering they were up against tours by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
and Billy Joel, but after high ticket sales, it was extended by eight more shows and use of larger venues. At that time, Jack's Back Tour was the highest-grossing tour by an Australian act.[20] John Farnham
John Farnham
Band now consisted of Garsed on lead guitar, David Hirschfelder on keyboards (ex-Little River Band), Macainsh on bass and Angus Burchall on drums.[1] Farnham won six of the inaugural 1987 ARIA Music Awards for 'Album of the Year', 'Single of the Year', 'Highest Selling Album', 'Highest Selling Single', 'Best Male Artist' and 'Best Adult Contemporary Album'.[11] On 19 July 1987, TV series Countdown broadcast its last show, the 1986 Countdown Music and Video Awards with Farnham winning the 'Best Album Award' for Whispering Jack.[citation needed] In 1988, Australia's Bicentennial Year, Farnham was named 1987 Australian of the Year,[50] although he was not yet naturalised – a hastily organised swearing-in occurred before the honour was bestowed.[20][25] He was chosen due to: "his outstanding contribution to the Australian music industry over 20 years."[51] Age of Reason and Chain Reaction[edit]

Statue of John Farnham, Melbourne
Melbourne
Docklands.

Farnham's July 1988 single, "Age of Reason", which peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA singles charts,[5] was written by Johanna Pigott and Dragon member Todd Hunter.[52] The album, Age of Reason, produced by Ross Fraser,[2] debuted at No. 1 in August and stayed on top for eight weeks.[5][53] It was the highest-selling album in Australia from 1988,[1] and, as of 1997, it was 11× platinum indicating sales of over 770,000 units.[54] Renewed interest in Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
returned it to the Top Ten in August, nearly two years after its initial release. To date, "Age of Reason" remains Farnham's last No. 1 Australian single. Other charting singles from this album were, "Two Strong Hearts" which peaked at No. 6 and "Beyond the Call".[5] Age of Reason had international success peaking at No. 4 in Sweden,[43][53] and No. 9 in Norway.[53] At the 1988 ARIA Awards, Farnham won 'Best Male Artist', 'Best Adult Contemporary Album' for "Touch of Paradise", and the 'Outstanding Achievement Award'.[11] In March 1989, Farnham was in Moscow, USSR to promote Greenpeace
Greenpeace
album Rainbow Warriors, as part of an international ensemble including David Byrne
David Byrne
(Talking Heads), Peter Gabriel, Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde
(The Pretenders), Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox
(Eurythmics), and The Edge (U2).[1] Farnham found time to record a duet with Dannielle Gaha, "Communication", which peaked at No. 13 in August 1989.[5] It was recorded as part promotion for the Australian government's program to control the drug epidemic happening in the mid-'80s entitled "The Drug Offensive". The Drug Offensive logo can be seen attached to a television camera in the video clip made to promote the song.[citation needed] Chain Reaction produced by Fraser, was released in October 1990, and also debuted at No. 1 on the Australian album charts, it provided three Top Ten hit singles, "Chain Reaction" in August, "That's Freedom" in September and "Burn for You" in December.[5] Unlike the previous two albums, where most songs were written by outside writers, Chain Reaction saw Farnham write nine of its twelve tracks with Fraser and keyboardist/musical director David Hirschfelder (ex-Little River Band) along with Phil Buckle (Burn For You) and Joe Crighton (The Time Has Come). The sound was less electronic and more acoustic, it became the biggest-selling album in Australia for 1990,[1] and was No. 1 on the ARIA End of Year album chart.[55] At the 1991 ARIA Awards, Farnham won 'Best Male Artist', 'Song of the Year' for "Burn for You", and 'Highest Selling Album' for Chain Reaction.[11] Full House to Anthology[edit] Farnham's live album, released in November 1991, was Full House, produced by Ross Fraser and Farnham,[2] which peaked at No. 2 on the ARIA album charts.[5] It contained concert material recorded from May 1987 to October 1990.[56] "Please Don't Ask
Don't Ask
Me" was released as a single, which peaked into the top 30. At No. 1 on the ARIA album charts was Jimmy Barnes' album, Soul Deep,[1] it included a duet with Farnham, "When Something is Wrong with My Baby", which peaked at No. 3 on the singles charts.[5] In August 1992, Farnham joined the Australian production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar
in the title role of Jesus.[1][57] Fellow cast members included Angry Anderson as Herod, Kate Ceberano
Kate Ceberano
as Mary Magdalene, Russell Morris
Russell Morris
as Simon Zealotes, Jon Stevens
Jon Stevens
as Judas and John Waters as Pontius Pilate[1][57] The stage soundtrack, Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Album, provided the single "Everything's Alright" by Ceberano, Farnham and Stevens, which peaked at No. 6 in September.[1][5] Farnham released his next studio album, Then Again.., in October 1993, produced by Fraser and Farnham,[2] which peaked at No. 1. Of its four singles only, "Seemed Like a Good Idea (At the Time)" reached the top 20.[5] The album won "Highest Selling Album" at the ARIA Awards
ARIA Awards
in 1994.[11] Farnham never really wanted to try his luck overseas even though he had offers. In a TV Week
TV Week
interview promoting the Romeo's Heart
Romeo's Heart
album, he said that people had put pressure on him to live overseas but he had no intention of doing so. "I don't want to go to America to live", he said. He went on to say the pressures for him to relocate "come mainly from other people" but his manager, Glenn Wheatley, has never put this pressure on him.[citation needed] On Australia Day
Australia Day
(26 January) 1996, Farnham was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, "In recognition of service to the Australian music industry and to charitable and community organisations, particularly those relating to youth."[58] His single, "Have a Little Faith (In Us)", in March peaked at No. 3. The associated album, Romeo's Heart, produced by Fraser, was released in June and peaked at No. 2[5] and won "Best Adult Contemporary Album" at the ARIA Awards
ARIA Awards
in 1996.[11] Farnham collaborated with vocal group Human Nature to record "Every Time You Cry" which peaked at No. 3 on the singles charts in October 1997.[5] Also in 1997 he released a series of three compilation albums, Anthology 1: Greatest Hits 1986–1997, Anthology 2: Classic Hits 1967–1985 (Recorded Live) and Anthology 3: Rarities which all peaked in the top 20, with Anthology 1
Anthology 1
reaching #1.[5] 1998–present[edit] The Main Event with Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
and Anthony Warlow[edit] For The Main Event Tour
The Main Event Tour
during October–December 1998, Farnham performed with Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
and Anthony Warlow.[1] The album Highlights from The Main Event
Highlights from The Main Event
peaked at No. 1 in December,[5] sold 4× platinum,[59] and won 'Highest Selling Album' at the 1999 ARIA Awards.[11] The Main Event concert was broadcast on national TV and released on video.[18] During April–May 1999, Farnham undertook the I Can't Believe He's 50 Tour, supported by Merril Bainbridge, Kate Ceberano, Human Nature, James Reyne, Ross Wilson,[1] and Nana-Zhami containing his son, Robert Farnham. Live at the Regent, recorded on 1 July 1999 (Farnham's 50th birthday), was released in September and peaked at #7.[5] On 21 December, Farnham performed a set for the Tour of Duty concert in Dili
Dili
for the Australian troops serving with InterFET and East Timorese people.[8] The concert included James Blundell, Dili Allstars, Gina Jeffreys, The Living End, Kylie Minogue, Doc Neeson, and the RMC Band.[60] Tour of Duty was the first of Farnham's concerts to be webcast.[61] For the 2000 Summer Olympics, Farnham and Newton-John performed "Dare to Dream" during the Parade of Nations at the Opening Ceremony.[62] Broadcast of the ceremony was viewed by an estimated 3.5 billion people around the world.[62] Farnham appeared as himself in the final episode of the Australian television series The Games (2000).[citation needed] The Last Time to Tom Jones[edit] On 1 January 2001, Farnham was awarded a Centenary Medal, "For outstanding service to Australian music",[63] as part of Australia's celebration of a centenary of federation. In 2002, Farnham announced his decision to retire from full-scale national tours after his The Last Time Tour – he would still perform in concerts and record – which commenced on 6 November 2002 and finished on 15 June 2003.[20] In conjunction with the tour, The Last Time was released in October 2002, it peaked at No. 1 and achieved 3× platinum sales.[5] "The Last Time Tour" was a countrywide concert tour, taking a circus-style tent to smaller towns and filling large entertainment venues in capital cities, it became the biggest-grossing tour in Australian history.[64] During July 2003, Farnham worked with Queen to produce a new version of "We Will Rock You" for the 2003 Rugby World Cup,[65] released on his greatest hits album, "One Voice". Media reports of Queen asking Farnham to join the band[65] were subsequently denied by both Queen's Brian May
Brian May
and Farnham.[66] Farnham was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on 21 October with a performance of "You're the Voice".[8][10][11][12] Farnham also won 'Best Adult Contemporary Album' for The Last Time.[11][12] 2002 Hall of Fame inductee was Olivia Newton-John, while in 2004 Little River Band
Little River Band
was inducted.[10] Combining with singer Tom Jones, Farnham undertook the Together in Concert series during 2004 with ten shows in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. Duets started with "That Driving Beat" and "Mama Told Me Not to Come", solos from Farnham were "One", "Pressure Down", "That's Freedom", "Heart's on Fire", "Playing to Win", "Every Time You Cry", "Man of the Hour", "Age of Reason", and "Burn for You". The pair did five duets to close the show – Sam and Dave's "Hold On I'm Coming", Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness", Ray Charles' "What'd I Say", Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music" and AC/DC's anthem, "Long Way to the Top".[67] The DVD release, Together in Concert – John Farnham
John Farnham
& Tom Jones, debuted at No 1.[68] Farnham's career resurrection following The Last Time, has entered the Australian consciousness as a touchstone for others who are seen to return from a strongly-declared retirement.[69][70][71] The announcement of the Farnham/Jones Together In Concert tour triggered an unsuccessful claim for damages from a fan, angry that The Last Time tour was not in fact Farnham's last, as purported in its marketing. Consumer watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission took no action following this complaint.[72] Farnham made an appearance during the 2005 Melbourne
Melbourne
Music Festival, raising funds for rebuilding after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake
2004 Indian Ocean earthquake
at the Tsunami Benefit Concert.[64] I Remember When I Was Young[edit] I Remember When I Was Young: Songs from The Great Australian Songbook was released in November 2005 – it contains 13 covers of hits, written and performed by Australian artists – which peaked at No. 2 on the ARIA albums charts.[2][5] In February 2006, Farnham performed four shows at the Sydney Opera House, with the Sydney Symphony, followed by shows at the Victorian Arts Centre's Hamer Hall, Melbourne.[73] These shows were sponsored by Dairy Farmers and a percentage of revenue received from the 'I Remember When I was Young' concerts went to the Dairy Farmers 'Creating Greener Pastures' program to help farmers and their communities. A 2006 DVD of Farnham entitled John Farnham
John Farnham
with the Sydney Symphony
Sydney Symphony
Orchestra was released, it debuted at No. 2 on the ARIA DVD charts and then peaked at #1.[74] John Farnham
John Farnham
Band members (as of 2006[update]) are Angus Burchall on drums, Bob Coassin on trumpet, Lachlan Davidson on saxophone, Lisa Edwards on backing vocals, Lindsay Field on backing vocals, Stuart Fraser on guitar, Dannielle Gaha
Dannielle Gaha
on backing vocals, Brett Garsed
Brett Garsed
on guitar, Chong Lim on keyboards/musical director, Jordan Murray on trombone, Craig Newman on bass guitar and Steve Williams on harmonica and saxophone.[75] From 18 February, Farnham embarked on a small Australian tour with Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
singer Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks
for a series of live shows.[73][76] Both artists had equal billing but, unlike the Tom Jones shows, they did not sing together but individually. The same backup singers from the tour, however, were used by both Nicks and Farnham.[citation needed] On 26 March, Farnham sang at the 2006 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony,[73] in Melbourne
Melbourne
starting with his hit "Age of Reason", followed by "I Remember When I Was Young" from his most recent studio album, "Playing to Win" from his Little River Band
Little River Band
days and finished with his anthem song, "You're the Voice".[citation needed] The twentieth anniversary of Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
in 2006 was marked by an "enhanced" commemorative CD re-release plus a DVD featuring an edited version of the tour that accompanied the album (the full concert was originally released on VHS in 1987). The original album was the first CD made in Australia and, as of June 2008, remains the highest-selling album in Australia by an Australian act.[77][78] Jack and The Acoustic Chapel Sessions[edit]

John Farnham
John Farnham
performing at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex on 4 October 2009 during the "Live By Demand" tour

On 27 May 2009, Farnham announced a new concert tour for September and October, " John Farnham
John Farnham
– Live By Demand".[79][80] A new studio album, Jack, was released by Sony
Sony
BMG on 15 October 2010. The album contains 11 tracks and is Farnham's first studio album in over 5 years. Jack features covers of compositions by Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield
and Percy Sledge. The release of Jack coincides with a run of indoor and outdoor performances, under the title of "John Farnham Live!", throughout October and November 2010.[citation needed] On 8 June 2011, it was announced that Farnham intended to embark on a nationwide tour of Australia throughout October and November 2011 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the Whispering Jack album. In addition to this, the Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
Live video album was edited down by 20 minutes and re-released on DVD by Sony
Sony
BMG.[citation needed] On 30 September 2011, Farnham released The Acoustic Chapel Sessions live album, recorded in Melbourne
Melbourne
in July 2011 at Chapel Off Chapel. The album was released as a CD and DVD 2-disc set by Sony
Sony
BMG. The CD contains eleven previously released Farnham songs recorded acoustically, while the DVD includes eight songs plus interviews with Farnham and the band as well as additional behind-the-scenes footage.[citation needed] Olympics, the Seekers and Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
tours[edit] On 27 July 2012, Farnham performed live for the Australian Olympic team in London
London
during the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games. He performed a number of his best-known songs, including "Playing To Win", "Pressure Down", and "You're The Voice". He appeared in a special one-off show with the Seekers in 2014 as part of the "Decades Festival" commemorating the music, fashion and cars of specific era and coinciding with the Seekers' golden jubilee year.[81] In 2015, Farnham joined Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
on stage with a concert tour entitled " Two Strong Hearts
Two Strong Hearts
Live", singing hits from Newton John's film Grease, iconic Farnham numbers and renditions of popular classics such as Over the Rainbow
Over the Rainbow
and Tenterfield Saddler.[82] An album was released in June 2015 and debuted at No. 1.[citation needed] Flashmob events and controversy[edit] In October 2012, Farnham flashmobs began appearing with groups of 10 impersonators singing the chorus to "You're the Voice" to unsuspecting members of the public. Dozens of videos of such events began to be uploaded to YouTube. It was originally unclear who was behind these events but it is now known to have been car manufacturer Ford
Ford
as part of their Ford
Ford
Sync advertising campaign.[citation needed] In 2015, Farnham spoke out against the use of his iconic signature song, "You're the Voice", being used by Reclaim Australia, an anti-Islamic group.[83] Personal life[edit] Farnham married Jillian Billman, a dancer he met when performing the stage musical Charlie Girl, on 11 April 1973.[15] They have two sons, Robert and James. Farnham is a supporter of the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League.[citation needed] Discography[edit] Main articles: John Farnham discography
John Farnham discography
and Little River Band discography

Sadie (1968) Everybody Oughta Sing a Song
Everybody Oughta Sing a Song
(1968) Looking Through a Tear
Looking Through a Tear
(1970) Christmas Is... Johnny Farnham (1970) Johnny (1971) Together (1971) Johnny Farnham Sings the Shows
Johnny Farnham Sings the Shows
(1972) Hits Magic & Rock 'N Roll (1973) Johnny Farnham Sings the Big Hits of '73 Live!
Johnny Farnham Sings the Big Hits of '73 Live!
(1974) J.P. Farnham Sings
J.P. Farnham Sings
(1975) Uncovered (1980) Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
(1986) Age of Reason (1988) Chain Reaction (1990) Then Again... (1993) Romeo's Heart
Romeo's Heart
(1996) Highlights from The Main Event
Highlights from The Main Event
(1998) (with Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
and Anthony Warlow) Live at the Regent Theatre – 1st July 1999
Live at the Regent Theatre – 1st July 1999
(1999) 33⅓ (2000) The Last Time (2002) One Voice: Greatest Hits (2003) John Farnham
John Farnham
& Tom Jones – Together in Concert (2005) (with Tom Jones) I Remember When I Was Young: Songs from the Great Australian Songbook (2005) Jack (2010) The Acoustic Chapel Sessions
The Acoustic Chapel Sessions
(2011) Two Strong Hearts Live
Two Strong Hearts Live
(2015) (with Olivia Newton-John) Friends for Christmas
Friends for Christmas
(2016) (with Olivia Newton-John)

Awards and nominations[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by John Farnham Farnham has won and been nominated for numerous Australian music and entertainment awards. These include 20 ARIA Awards
ARIA Awards
from 56 nominations and induction into the Hall of Fame,[11][12] Countdown Music and Video Awards,[26] [15][29] Mo Awards and TV Week
TV Week
magazine's King of Pop Awards and their Logie Awards.[13][15] In 2015, Farnham, along with AC/DC, Newton John, the Seekers, and Indigenous Australian artist Archie Roach, was inducted into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame.[84] References[edit]

General

Gazzo, Jane, "John Farnham: The Untold Story", North Sydney, N.S.W. : Penguin Random House Australia, November 2, 2015;ISBN 9780857986573. McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 10 October 2004. Retrieved 21 January 2010.  Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality. Spencer, Chris; Zbig Nowara; Paul McHenry (2002) [1987]. The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Noble Park, Vic.: Five Mile Press. ISBN 1-86503-891-1. [85]

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External links[edit]

Official website John Farnham
John Farnham
at Curlie (based on DMOZ) John Farnham
John Farnham
at the National Film and Sound Archive John Farnham
John Farnham
in AusStage

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Studio albums

Sadie Everybody Oughta Sing a Song Looking Through a Tear Christmas Is... Johnny Farnham Johnny Together Johnny Farnham Sings the Shows Hits Magic & Rock 'N Roll Johnny Farnham Sings Hits from the Movies J.P. Farnham Sings Uncovered Whispering Jack Age of Reason Chain Reaction Then Again... Romeo's Heart 33⅓ The Last Time I Remember When I Was Young: Songs from the Great Australian Songbook Jack Friends for Christmas

Live albums

Johnny Farnham Sings The Big Hits Of '73 Live! Full House Live At The Regent Theatre Highlights from The Main Event John Farnham
John Farnham
& Tom Jones – Together in Concert The Acoustic Chapel Sessions Two Strong Hearts
Two Strong Hearts
Live

Compilation albums

The Best of Johnny Farnham Johnny Farnham's Greatest Hits Anthology 1: Greatest Hits 1986–1997 Anthology 2: Classic Hits 1967–1985 (Recorded Live) Anthology 3: Rarities Love Songs One Voice: The Greatest Hits The Essential The Essential 3.0

Videos & DVDs

The Main Event Anthology - The Videos An Audience with John Farnham The Last Time One Voice: The Greatest Clips John Farnham
John Farnham
& Tom Jones – Together in Concert Classic Jack Live! Chain Reaction Live in Concert With The Sydney Symphony
Sydney Symphony
Live at the Sydney Opera House Two Strong Hearts
Two Strong Hearts
Live

EPs & Singles

"Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)" "Underneath the Arches" "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" "One" "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" "Help!" "You're the Voice" "Pressure Down" "A Touch of Paradise" "Reasons" "Age Of Reason" "Two Strong Hearts" "Beyond the Call" "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" "Everything's Alright" "Everytime You Cry" "The Last Time" "We Will Rock You" "Downhearted" "Even When I'm Sleeping"

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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

Singles

" 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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ARIA Award for Album of the Year

Whispering Jack
Whispering Jack
by John Farnham
John Farnham
(1987) Man of Colours
Man of Colours
by Icehouse (1988) Temple of Low Men
Temple of Low Men
by Crowded House
Crowded House
(1989) Matchbook by Ian Moss
Ian Moss
(1990) Blue Sky Mining
Blue Sky Mining
by Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil
(1991) Baby Animals by Baby Animals (1992) Hepfidelity
Hepfidelity
by Diesel (1993) The Honeymoon Is Over
The Honeymoon Is Over
by The Cruel Sea (1994) Don't Ask
Don't Ask
by Tina Arena
Tina Arena
(1995) Hourly, Daily by You Am I
You Am I
(1996) Savage Garden
Savage Garden
by Savage Garden
Savage Garden
(1997) Unit by Regurgitator
Regurgitator
(1998) Internationalist by Powderfinger
Powderfinger
(1999) Reflector by Killing Heidi (2000) Odyssey Number Five
Odyssey Number Five
by Powderfinger
Powderfinger
(2001) Barricades & Brickwalls by Kasey Chambers
Kasey Chambers
(2002) Vulture Street by Powderfinger
Powderfinger
(2003) Get Born
Get Born
by Jet (2004) The Sound of White
The Sound of White
by Missy Higgins
Missy Higgins
(2005) Tea & Sympathy by Bernard Fanning
Bernard Fanning
(2006) Young Modern
Young Modern
by Silverchair
Silverchair
(2007) Apocalypso by The Presets
The Presets
(2008) Walking on a Dream
Walking on a Dream
by Empire of the Sun (2009) Down the Way
Down the Way
by Angus & Julia Stone (2010) Moonfire by Boy & Bear (2011) Making Mirrors
Making Mirrors
by Gotye
Gotye
(2012) Lonerism
Lonerism
by Tame Impala
Tame Impala
(2013) 1000 Forms of Fear
1000 Forms of Fear
by Sia (2014) Currents by Tame Impala
Tame Impala
(2015) Skin by Flume (2016) Go Farther in Lightness
Go Farther in Lightness
by Gang of Youths
Gang of Youths
(2017)

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ARIA Award for Single of the Year

"You're the Voice" by John Farnham
John Farnham
(1987) "Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil
(1988) "Under the Milky Way" by The Church (1989) "Crying in the Chapel" by Peter Blakeley
Peter Blakeley
(1990) "I Don't Wanna Be with Nobody But You" by Absent Friends (1991) "Treaty (Filthy Lucre Remix)" by Yothu Yindi
Yothu Yindi
(1992) "The Day You Went Away" by Wendy Matthews (1993) "The Honeymoon Is Over" by The Cruel Sea (1994) "Tomorrow" by Silverchair
Silverchair
(1995) "Where the Wild Roses Grow" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
and Kylie Minogue (1996) "Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
Savage Garden
(1997) "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia
(1998) "The Day You Come" by Powderfinger
Powderfinger
(1999) "Don't Call Me Baby" by Madison Avenue (2000) "My Happiness" by Powderfinger
Powderfinger
(2001) "Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue
(2002) "Born to Try" by Delta Goodrem
Delta Goodrem
(2003) "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet (2004) "Catch My Disease" by Ben Lee
Ben Lee
(2005) "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" by Eskimo Joe
Eskimo Joe
(2006) "Straight Lines" by Silverchair
Silverchair
(2007) "Sweet About Me" by Gabriella Cilmi
Gabriella Cilmi
(2008) "Walking on a Dream" by Empire of the Sun (2009) "Big Jet Plane" by Angus & Julia Stone (2010) "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra
Kimbra
(2011)

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ARIA Award for Best Male Artist

John Farnham
John Farnham
(1987) John Farnham
John Farnham
(1988) Jimmy Barnes
Jimmy Barnes
(1989) Ian Moss
Ian Moss
(1990) John Farnham
John Farnham
(1991) Jimmy Barnes
Jimmy Barnes
(1992) Diesel (1993) Diesel (1994) Diesel (1995) Dave Graney
Dave Graney
(1996) Paul Kelly (1997) Paul Kelly (1998) Tim Rogers (1999) Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd
(2000) Nick Cave
Nick Cave
(2001) Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd
(2002) Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd
(2003) John Butler (2004) Ben Lee
Ben Lee
(2005) Bernard Fanning
Bernard Fanning
(2006) Gotye
Gotye
(2007) Nick Cave
Nick Cave
(2008) Daniel Merriweather
Daniel Merriweather
(2009) Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan
(2010) Gotye
Gotye
(2011) Gotye
Gotye
(2012) Flume (2013) Chet Faker
Chet Faker
(2014) Vance Joy
Vance Joy
(2015) Flume (2016)

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ARIA Award for Best Male Artist

John Farnham
John Farnham
(1987) John Farnham
John Farnham
(1988) Jimmy Barnes
Jimmy Barnes
(1989) Ian Moss
Ian Moss
(1990) John Farnham
John Farnham
(1991) Jimmy Barnes
Jimmy Barnes
(1992) Diesel (1993) Diesel (1994) Diesel (1995) Dave Graney
Dave Graney
(1996) Paul Kelly (1997) Paul Kelly (1998) Tim Rogers (1999) Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd
(2000) Nick Cave
Nick Cave
(2001) Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd
(2002) Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd
(2003) John Butler (2004) Ben Lee
Ben Lee
(2005) Bernard Fanning
Bernard Fanning
(2006) Gotye
Gotye
(2007) Nick Cave
Nick Cave
(2008) Daniel Merriweather
Daniel Merriweather
(2009) Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan
(2010) Gotye
Gotye
(2011) Gotye
Gotye
(2012) Flume (2013) Chet Faker
Chet Faker
(2014) Vance Joy
Vance Joy
(2015) Flume (2016)

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JC Williamson Award

Edna Edgley (1998) Kenn Brodziak (1998) Googie Withers
Googie Withers
(1999) John McCallum (1999) Ruth Cracknell (2001) Clifford Hocking (2001) Kevin Jacobsen (2002) Graeme Murphy (2002) Wendy Blacklock (2003) John Robertson (2003) John Farnham
John Farnham
(2004) John Sumner (2004) Joan Sutherland
Joan Sutherland
(2005) David Williamson (2005) John Clark (2006) Graeme Bell (2006) Margaret Scott (2007) Barry Tuckwell
Barry Tuckwell
(2007) Sue Nattrass (2008) Barry Humphries
Barry Humphries
(2008) John Bell (2009) Michael Gudinski
Michael Gudinski
(2009) Tony Gould (2010) Brian Nebenzahl (2010) Nancye Hayes
Nancye Hayes
(2011) Toni Lamond (2011) Jill Perryman (2011) Jimmy Little
Jimmy Little
(2012) Katharine Brisbane (2012) Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue
(2013) David Blenkinsop (2013) John Frost (2014) Paul Kelly (2015) Stephen Page (2016) Richard Tognetti (2017)

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Winners of the Australian of the Year
Australian of the Year
Award

1960 Frank Macfarlane Burnet 1961 Joan Sutherland 1962 Jock Sturrock 1963 John Eccles 1964 Dawn Fraser 1965 Robert Helpmann 1966 Jack Brabham 1967 The Seekers 1968 Lionel Rose 1969 Lord Casey 1970 Norman Gilroy 1971 Evonne Goolagong 1972 Shane Gould 1973 Patrick White 1974 Bernard Heinze 1975 John Cornforth/Alan Stretton 1976 Edward Dunlop 1977 Raigh Roe/Murray Tyrrell 1978 Alan Bond/Galarrwuy Yunupingu 1979 Neville Bonner/Harry Butler 1980 Manning Clark 1981 John Crawford 1982 Edward Williams 1983 Robert de Castella 1984 Lowitja O'Donoghue 1985 Paul Hogan 1986 Dick Smith 1987 John Farnham 1988 Kay Cottee 1989 Allan Border 1990 Fred Hollows 1991 Peter Hollingworth 1992 Mandawuy Yunupingu 1993 no award 1994 Ian Kiernan 1995 Arthur Boyd 1996 John Yu 1997 Peter Doherty 1998 Cathy Freeman 1999 Mark Taylor 2000 Gustav Nossal 2001 Peter Cosgrove 2002 Patrick Rafter 2003 Fiona Stanley 2004 Steve Waugh 2005 Fiona Wood 2006 Ian Frazer 2007 Tim Flannery 2008 Lee Kernaghan 2009 Mick Dodson 2010 Patrick McGorry 2011 Simon McKeon 2012 Geoffrey Rush 2013 Ita Buttrose 2014 Adam Goodes 2015 Rosie Batty 2016 David Morrison 2017 Alan Mackay-Sim 2018 Michelle Simmons

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