Farnham is a supporter of the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League. [11], Farnham's live album, released in November 1991, was Full House, produced by Ross Fraser and Farnham,[2] which peaked at No.

Things, however, started to change after Sydney radio station 2Day FM played its first single, "You're the Voice", which was released in September 1986. At No. It was the follow-up to his previous No. Farnham was a teen pop idol from 1967 until 1979, billed then as Johnny Farnham, but has since forged a career as an adult contemporary singer. 1, and "Two Strong Hearts", 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. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in August and stayed on top for eight weeks.

[11][12] Others are Countdown Music and Video Awards,[27][15][30] Mo Awards and TV Week magazine's King of Pop Awards and their Logie Awards. [37] Farnham's biggest Australian hits with LRB were the 1982 single "Down on the Border" which peaked at No. [9] In March 1989, Farnham was in Moscow, USSR to promote Greenpeace album Rainbow Warriors, as part of an international ensemble including David Byrne (Talking Heads), Peter Gabriel, Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Annie Lennox (Eurythmics) and The Edge (U2).

[75][77] Both artists had equal billing but, unlike the Tom Jones shows, they did not sing together but individually. Of its four singles only, "Seemed Like a Good Idea (At the Time)" reached the top 20. [41] By late 1985, LRB were in conflict again and Farnham left. [74], Farnham made an appearance during the 2005 Melbourne Music Festival, raising funds for rebuilding after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake at the Tsunami Benefit Concert. [8][10][11][12] Farnham also won 'Best Adult Contemporary Album' for The Last Time. [24] Rofe continued the ploy on TV's Uptight and viewers responded with calls to play the song. [15] They decided his comeback single would be a reworking of The Beatles' "Help! [80][81], A new studio album, Jack, was released by Sony BMG on 15 October 2010. [36] While charting singles were, "The Other Guy", "We Two", "You're Driving Me Out of My Mind" and "Playing to Win". In August 1988 it returned to the Australian Top Ten. 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. 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". [citation needed], In 1988, Australia's Bicentennial Year, Farnham was named 1987 Australian of the Year,[52] although he was not yet naturalised—a hastily organised swearing-in occurred before the honour was bestowed. The same backup singers from the tour, however, were used by both Nicks and Farnham. Despite positive Australian and US reviews and responses, this performance has not yet been released on VHS or DVD. He performed a number of his best-known songs, including "Playing To Win", "Pressure Down", and "You're The Voice". Subscribe to Noise11 Music News here, Tagged as: According to Farnham:.mw-parser-output .templatequote{overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px}.mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite{line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0}, ["Playing to Win" was] about my frustration in the band, about wanting out, not wanting to be there any more. 1 on the Australian singles charts in January 1968 and remained there for 6 weeks. [76], From 18 February, Farnham embarked on a small Australian tour with Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks for a series of live shows.

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[3] As of December 2008, "Age of Reason" remains Farnham's last No. [87], Farnham has won and been nominated for numerous Australian music and entertainment awards. There was a bit of in-fighting and we were doing it hard on the road. [5][55] 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.

[66], During July 2003, Farnham worked with Queen to produce a new version of "We Will Rock You" for the 2003 Rugby World Cup,[67] released on his greatest hits album, "One Voice". At the 1988 ARIA Awards, Farnham won 'Best Male Artist', 'Best Adult Contemporary Album' for "Touch of Paradise", and the 'Outstanding Achievement Award'. [15], Initially, public interest in the re-branded former teen-idol was difficult to cultivate, and radio stations refused to play Farnham's album.

The timetable for Fire Fight Australia has been announced. [1][2] Ahead of his follow-up album, in July 1988, he released the title single, "Age of Reason", which peaked at No. John Farnham ’s 33-year-old son Rob Farnham has been spotted in West Hollywood leaving a restaurant with his manager Rhys O'Connell and band mate Matt Bolding.. 1 album, Whispering Jack, and was the highest-selling album in Australia in 1988. 1 on the ARIA End of Year album chart. A couple of guys and I started a band in high school called The Mavericks. The CD version of Age of Reason has two bonus tracks including Farnham's covers of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" and Cold Chisel's "When the War Is Over". [citation needed], Another stage musical for Farnham was Charlie Girl in 1971. [6] Both the single and the album had top-ten success internationally, including No. In late 1965, he was asked to join band Strings Unlimited as lead singer; it was a band composed entirely of string-only instruments, and they had a regular booking at a local hotel. In the US, charting albums with Farnham's vocals included Greatest Hits (1982), The Net (1983), and Playing to Win (1984) on Billboard Pop Albums chart/Billboard 200. Melbourne based Rival Fire is Farnham, Tim Smyth and Matt D’Arcy. [4][5] The associated album, Whispering Jack, held the 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. [4] As well as his singing career, Farnham performed in stage musicals, starting with Dick Whittington and His Cat in 1971, and on television variety shows either as a guest performer or as a host. [1][4], Farnham's next album, Looking Through a Tear, was released in July 1970 and peaked at #11. [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.

John Farnham released Whispering Jack in October 1986, it became the highest-selling album by an Australian act in Australia and peaked at number one on the Australian Kent Music Report Album Charts for a, then record, total of 25 weeks. [citation needed], 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. Rival Fire are also working on their debut album to be recorded with Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac) early in 2014. A 2006 DVD of Farnham entitled John Farnham with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra was released, it debuted at No. [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 reaching #1. [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 album was released as a CD and DVD 2-disc set by Sony BMG. [5], For The Main Event Tour during October–December 1998, Farnham performed with Olivia Newton-John and Anthony Warlow. [20] 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. Rob Farnham. The release of Jack coincides with a run of indoor and outdoor performances, under the title of "John Farnham Live! [3][6] 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.


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