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Jim’s Australiana Spot – 2UE - May 1, 2016

The AMAZING Life of a Great Aussie - Frank Ifield - first Aussie popular singer to gain international fame in the ‘Hit Parade’ era. He had 3 consecutive number one UK hits - and the only other person ever to do that was Elvis! Frank was the first artist in the WORLD to have 3 million-selling singles.
Frank is doing TWO Special Mothers' Day Theatre shows next weekend.

1 Frank performed in the 1950s at sporting venues and even participated! What sport was it?
2 As a young teenager, Frank toured with a very dangerous man, but never fought him in the ring, who was it?
  Big Chief Little Wolf
3 On Frank's first ever recording, he had something in his lariat, what was it?
  A Love Knot.

Born in Coventry UK in 1937. Frank's Aussie parents were living there while his dad designed fuel systems for the first jet plane engines. Having survived the blitz, the family moved back to Australia when Frank was eight and settled at Dural. They moved to Beecroft in 1950 and young Frank soon appeared on Australia’s Amateur Hour on radio and one night talked his way onto one of Tim McNamara’s live shows at Hornsby when he heard an artist had not turned up to sing. He left school at fifteen to take up a regular spot on the very popular Bonnington’s Bunkhouse Radio Show.

Signed to EMI in August 1953, Frank began his recording career with a very successful Regal Zonophone release featuring Did You See My Daddy Over There and There’s a Love Knot in My Lariat. By the end of the 1950s, Frank had recorded more than 60 tracks in Australia and was a veteran of the show circuit, was a familiar voice on radio and had hosted his own weekly television show, Campfire Favourites.

Frank left on the first ever jet flight to London in 1959.His first release in the UK was Lucky Devil, which made number 15. Then came I Remember You.
I Remember You was an international mega hit and gained Frank a permanent place in The Guinness Book of World Records as the first single to sell a million copies in Britain. Other hits followed, such as Lovesick Blues, Wayward Wind (making Frank the first artist in Britain to achieve three consecutive number ones), and Nobody’s Darling But Mine.

Frank starred in a movie, Up Jumped A Swagman, a tongue in cheek version of his own career with Bond girl Suzy Kendall. He then teamed up with legendary manager Peter Gormley, who managed The Shadows and Olivia Newton-John, to become a top line international act performing in Vegas, Tokyo, London and just about everywhere else. No other Aussie entertainer has achieved what Frank has – he is a legend, and a great bloke, too!


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