The blurb on the back of this 1970s album says...

...The Australian Country Music scene has never been so strong with many great artists touring continually and attracting full houses with their great songs, many being their own compositions, and great voices. Here on this album we have collected but a few, but each and every artists is a true Australian Country Great...


Reg Lindsay - King Of The Road
Mike McLellan - Some Other Sunrise
Webb Bros - The Reuben James
John Ashe - Come In Spinner
Judy Stone - Gentle On My Mind
Johnny Mac - Right Or Left At Oak Street
Jimmy Weston Band - The Year That Clayton Delaney Died
Col Joye - There Goes My Everything
Tex Morton - Hallelujah I'm A Bum
Country Radio - Bound For South Australia
Tex Williams - China Doll
Heather McKean - I Fall To Pieces
Lionel Rose - Ballad Of Forty Dollars

The majority of these songs have not made it to CD. Here for download are all 13 songs in one long 35 minute mp3 file.

The songs are in a zip file with the usual password: http://tommixmusic.blogspot.com/




The Image music company took four T.V. themes and released them on an E.P. called "Original T.V. Themes".

The songs include two by Brian May and The A.B.C. Showband, the "Theme from Rush" and the "Theme from Seven Little Australians"....and two songs by The Bushwackers, the "Theme from Cash & Co" and the "Theme from Ben Hall".

The "Theme from Rush" by Brian May got to #7 in 1974 and the follow-up single "Theme from Upstairs Downstairs" got to #35 in 1975.

For download I have placed all four songs on one non-stop stereo mp3....


Newcastle NSW used to have a great live music scene in the previous century but nowadays you'd be hard pressed to find many local bands working live. D.V.8 is an exception. They are still going strong today while others have come and gone.

In the late 1970s when D.V.8 front man, guitarist Greg Bryce was barely out of school he formed a power trio called Meccalissa with friends Mark Middleton (bass) and Darrell Mepham (drums) which went on to play to packed audiences at the legendary Star Hotel. (Darrell is another of my distant cousins from the Hunter Valley). This was the essential line up of DV8 - an original band of hard-driving, no frills blues-rockers who released 4 charting albums and many singles during the eighties when they ruled the local live rock scene.

The D.V.8 were very popular locally but didn't make it on a national level. Their song "She Goes" was released in 1980 and is a rare collector's item.


Derby Street Blues / Kill the Warden (Angelwood ) - 1979.
She Goes (Down to the Sea) / Jenny (Confidential) - 1980.
Dry Your Eyes / Without You (EMI Custom ) - 1982.
Dead Giveaway - 1985.
Hitch Hiker (Confidential ) - 1987.
Down to the Sea - circa 1988.

Here is "She Goes":



Models are a pop/rock/dance group from Melbourne, Australia, which formed in August 1978 and went into hiatus circa 1988 and have reformed a couple of times when they feel moved to do so.

James Freud started as their vocalist in 1982, after a couple of non-charting singles with their original line-up. In time, the band crafted a slick sound and had massive hits here and in the USA. James also had a solo career in-between group success.


Early Morning Brain 1979 (non-album shared single)
Owe You Nothing 1980 (non-album single)
Cut Lunch (EP) 1981 #14 AUS
Local &/or General 1981
Unhappy 1982 (non-album single)
On 1982
I Hear Motion 1983 #12 AUS
No Shoulders No Head 1983
God Bless America 1984 #60 (charted NSW only)
Tropic of Cancer 1984 (non-album single)
Big on Love 1984 #21 AUS
Barbados 1985 #8 AUS
Out of Mind Out of Sight 1985 #1 AUS #22 USA
Cold Fever 1985 #28 AUS #29 USA
King of Kings 1986 #55 AUS (charted NSW only)
Evolution 1986 #22 AUS
Let's Kiss 1986 #26 AUS
Hold On 1987 #17 AUS
Oh Darling 1987 #34 AUS

One of the Model’s lesser known singles “King of Kings” came out for Christmas 1985. All proceeds were donated to the Salvation Army but it only charted in NSW so it probably didn’t make too much cash. The song contains portions of the famous speech spoken by Martin Luther King, “I have a dream”.

As you can see from the pictures above the A-side had a picture of a playing card and all the recording information was on the B-side. The B-side played at 33 1/3 RPM while the A-side was at 45 RPM - a very novel feature. There are not that many 7” releases that can boast different speeds on both sides.

The original single mix was not a dance track but by adding a new rhythm section and some phasing I have created a new Tom Mix extended dance mix of "King of Kings". Enjoy!




The ABC TV network has always fostered off-the-wall Oz shows and "The Gillies Report" was one from the 1984 to 1985 period. Comedian Max Gillies did great impersonations and in this track he tackles Bob Hawke and some of the world leaders of the time. Max hails from Melbourne and still performs at times. In his later years he has given comedy away to take on many straight roles.

Max is ably assisted on "Shout" by Phil Scott. The words to "Shout" were adapted by comedian John Clark and entertainer Phil Scott. Phil often works with another partner nowadays, Jonathan Biggins, who hails from Newcastle NSW - my wife went through school with his sister Felicity Biggins who amongst others, plays piano for the touring edition of "Playschool", another ABC show.

Many thanks Jimmy Barnes for this item.



The Delltones first appeared on the scene in the 1950s with Johnny O'Keefe and such like. They made an appearance backing Johnny on his first big hit "Shout" in 1958-59.

The various configurations of group members has not changed their style and their live shows are still amazing.

Here for download is a pretty rare item "Papa Oom Mow Mow" an old rocker which was given new life in 1984.

The single version has been on CD but the little known "dance mix" has not.

This one is courtesy of Jimmy Barnes.


The D-Generation were a bunch of smart university types that were training to be doctors and lawyers and decided to forego surgery and create comedy after appearing in their university revue...or is that the Monty Python team?? Anyway they are still enjoying life as the "Working Dogs".

Back in the 1980s the D-team put together a small comedy track called "Five In A Row" which parodied 5 Oz singing artists. A little later when the applause died down they went back and did "Five More In A Row".

All up, with both being Top 40 tracks, they made enough money to keep themselves going (just) and to keep the lawyers (real ones) from issuing them with writs on behalf of the following artists:

Johnny Farnham
Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel)
Little River B(l)and
Kylie Minogue
James Reyne (Australian Crawl)
Darryl Braithwaite (Sherbet)
Kate Ceberano (I'm Talking)
Peter Garret (Midnight Oil)

Here for download is a non-stop Tom Mix 12" version of both tracks "Five In A Row" and "Five More In A Row". Both tracks are taken from long deleted CDs.




This week I went to Maitland's Sunday Market and purchased a couple of rare old vinyl albums for $4 each. When I got home and put the "Stars Of Australian Clubs" album on my old turntable I found that it was badly scratched on a few tracks, gouged beyond help....I now remember why we got rid of vinyl...

I have been able to restore 10 out of 12 of the original tracks and in the case of the 2 others I have substituted alternate items, similar in age, to the ones I couldn't rescue. The 2 songs lost were "Anne" by Reg Lindsay and "She's My Baby" by Warren Carr.

Note: The first 2 songs on side one of the album, "You're Everything" by Don Lane & "Thunderball" by Sandy Scott, have been put on this bog previously, so I have substituted alternate tracks by the same artists to create my own "Stars Of Australian Clubs Vol.2".


Don Lane - City Boy Country Born*
Sandy Scott - Candy Kisses*
Jimmy Little - King Of The Road
Judy Stone - Needles & Pins
Bill Newman - Try A Little Tenderness
The Delltones - Sitting In The Moonlight
Col Joye - There Goes My Everything
Reg Lindsay - Queen Of The Starlight Ballroom*
Barry Crocker - Could It Be Love
Warren Carr - My Colouring Book*
Johnny O'Keefe - To Love Somebody
Lonnie Lee - Hello Love

The 12 songs are in one continuous 30 minute stereo mp3 zip file at 320KB.

The album artwork shown above is similar to the original cover but I have indicated that this is "Vol.2".

There is a password - the same one used on a number of items on this blog - type password into the search facility and it should come up.




Tim and Debbie are characters, created by Stephen Blackburn and Mary Kenneally, who appeared on Australian television in the early 1980s in a show called Australia You're Standing In It. Tim and Debbie are left-wing pseudo-intellectuals whose world view is constructed from a confused jumble of intellectual mass culture. Tim and Debbie haven't been seen for 20 years, but their segment called Brainspace lives on in the memory of thousands of Australians.

The track for download "God Save Me" is billed as the A-side while the theme to the TV show from which it came was billed as the B-side. "Australia You're Standing In It" can be found further over on another post.



Most oldies will remember Perfect Match a Grundy TV show hosted by Greg Evans and Debbie Newsome. It was a rip-off of an American show called the Dating Game I think...?

The theme from the show Perfect Match was released by Dan and Jean (not the American duo Jan and Dean) in 1984. Although it didn't chart highly, the single was fondly remembered because it was used at various times for pub and dance hall competitions and such...

Debbie newsome had a Top 40 hit of her own called "What's Your Name, What's Your Number" in 1979.

Rick Turk was the producer of the original "Percect Match" single. The 2:40 min single mix had a longer disco mix on the flipside which is what I have here for download.


I have no accurate information on this song except what is gleened from the label. The singer Bebop is Brendan Hanley who lives in Byron Bay NSW and nowadays goes by the name of Mook Hanley. It was issued in 1980.

On listening, you will find that this song is funny in places and should have appealed to many at the time because it made fun of rich folk like Kerry Packer, Rupert Murdoch and their ilk...

The title "Ocker Don't Knock'er" refers to habit of us self-depricating Ozzies always putting Australia down.

Here is "Ocker Don't Knock'er":



Johnny Devlin has other songs on this blog. Please use search facility to locate them.

Johnny Devlin, born John Lockett Devlin (11 May 1938), was an influential early NZ rock musician, sometimes called "New Zealand’s answer to Elvis Presley".

The labels shown above are for the same song issued a year appart on the flipside of two different A-side songs. "I Can't Go, I Can't Stay" on the ATA issue had "Hearbreak Hotel" on the A-side and the RCA version was issued as the flipside of "Panel Van".

This song has not been issued on CD although much of Johnny's other work has. It is a bluesy rock track which sounds like a progressive Oz number from circa 1971 and could have been probably issued then as a Top 40 single in its own right.

Here courtesy of Jimmy Barnes is "I Can't Go, I Can't Stay":



Galapagos Duck were mostly an ensemble that played and created jazz. But when given the job of making a theme song for the 1987 America's Cup Challenge they certainly put a lot of effort into making a mainsteam pop jingle.

Superduck was an expanded line-up of the original Galapagos members. Barry Leaf did the lead vocals on this track "Challenge '87".

The song is in a zip file with the usual password: http://tommixmusic.blogspot.com/



Rim D. Paul was a NZ lounge singer who was inspired to write a ballad about the victorious title fight of Oz boxer Lionel Rose over Japan's Fighting Harada.

Rim borrowed a known Japanese tune - Kyu Sakamoto's "Sukiyaki" - wrote new words and with the James Wright Band backing him, he recorded "The Ballad Of Lionel Rose" which got to #11 nationally. This was Rim's only charting Oz single. The overdubbed radio call of the fight was from an uncredited Ron Casey.

Lionel Rose started as a boxer but became a recording artist and had a number one hit in the 1970s with a track called "I Thank You" (found elsewhere on this blog).

Rim D. Paul singles:

1968 "The Ballad Of Lionel Rose" #11

1968 "A Thousand Hours"

1968 "The Child Of Mrs Anthony"

1969 "All God's Children Got Soul"

Many thanks to Jimmy Barnes for supplying this pristine copy for inclusion on my blog:



The Matchinations were an Oz band from the 1980s and have many songs to their credit but their record company have not issued many on CD.

Notable national hits included "Pressure Sway", "My Heart's On Fire" and "No Say In It". They also achieved indie prominence with the two versions of their first single, "Average Inadequacy".

The Machinations failed to achieve as much commercial success, either at home or abroad, as many of their peers. Nevertheless, the band had a cult following in dance clubs, by far their strongest supporters. In the old days when I was a mobile disc jokey they were a very popular club/pub dance band here in Newcastle. In my vinyl collection I have most of their 12" remixes but sadly only 2 of these have ever been issued on CD (in Germany).

Some of the early singles were produced by Lobby Loyde.


"Average Inadequacy"/"Arabia" 7"

"Average Inadequacy"/"Machinations of Dance" 7" - #98
"Jack"/"Be Double" 7"

"Pressure Sway"/"Pushbike" 7" - #21
"Pressure Sway"/"Pressure Sway"/"Pushbike" 12"

"Jumping The Gap"/"Terminal Wharf" 7"
"Jumping The Gap"/"Jumping The Gap II"/"Average Inadequacy" (American Mix) 12"

"No Say In It"/"Man Over Board" 7" - #14
"No Say In It" 12"
"My Heart's On Fire"/"Spark" 7"
"My Heart's On Fire" 12" -
"You Got Me Going Again"/"I Ain't Waitin' For No Train" 7" -
"Execution Of Love"/"Dusted Down" 7", 12"

"Do To You"/"Looking Out For You" 7" - #15
"Do To You" (The Pee Wee Cut)/"Done"/"Looking Out For You" 12"
"Do To You" (Fresh Berry Mix) 12"

"Intimacy"/"Hit By A Missile" 7" - #44
"Intimacy"/"Hit By A Missile" 12"

"Do It To Me"/"Normal" 7" - #69
"Cars and Planes" 7"

"Cars and Planes"/"Beats and Planes"/"Cars and Planes" (Live)" 12"

Here for download is an extended Tom Mix 12" of "Do It To Me" from a long deleted CD.



For those who like cricket songs here are three faily rare numbers. The Dennis Lillee inspired tracks "Lillee" by Steve Bailey and "Dennis Lillee" by The Wozzers. Those with good eyes will see that these first two songs are produced/engineered by Ric Curtain.

Then there is the ode to Rodeny Marsh by Oz legend Smoky Dawson called "The Hero Of The West".

The three tracks are in a zip file. No passowrd. All courtesy of Jimmy Barnes.



Allan Caswell an Oz songwriter and story teller has had a number of hits under his own name and has written hits for others.

"G'day" was one of Caswell's cute kid songs that was released by Oz bushband Bullamakanka in 1984 then later released by Sir Les Patterson (Barry Humphreys) in 1987.

The Les Patterson single had a pretty mundane version on the AA-side but for this download I have provided the A-side mix known as the "club version". Barry has other songs on this blog. Please use the search facility to locate them.

The structure of both songs is vastly different but they each have a certain charm...or in the case of Mr. Patterson's club version a certain lack of charm...

Bullamakanka and Leslie's club mix of the song "G'day" are in a zip file courtesy of Jimmy Barnes. No password.



Bill and Boyd have other songs on this blog. Please use the search facility to locate them.

In 1980 Bill and Boyd (our adopted NZ sons) were commissioned by Apex Australia to write a song for their 50th anniversary in 1981. The resulting effort has not been on CD and is very rare indeed.

The rectangular blurb above (click to read larger print version) has most of the recording information but it is noteworthy that backing vocals were by Lynda George. Is this really meant to be Miss "Linda" George?

Here courtesy of Jimmy Barnes are...

A-side "Langham, Ewen and John"
B-side "The Apex Game"

The songs are in a zip file. No password.



Digby has other songs for download on this blog. Please type his name into the search facility to locate them.

Digby George Richards was born on 12th September 1941. His father, Gordon was a tough, mounted policeman and the family was then stationed in Dunedoo, in far-west New South Wales. When Digby was about five, the Richards family, now including another son, Doug, moved to Narooma, where he started, and finished, school. Doug was rummaging through the back shed of the family home and found an old guitar. He learned to play it, and encouraged Dig to do likewise. Upon finishing school, Dig packed his bags for Sydney and started work as a junior manager at Walton’s department store in the inner-city.

Jon Hayton, already an accomplished guitar player, was in a music store, and happened upon Dig strumming a guitar, and mumbling through a song. Jon was instantly attracted to Dig's rockabilly style and good looks, and asked him to sing lead vocals in his band, the Red Jeans. The name slowly morphed from Red Jeans to R’Jays. With primitive electric instruments and sound equipment - their bass player played tea chest bass - they played their first dance in August 1958. Dig Richards and the R'Jays stood out from the crowd. More importantly they caught the eye of John Laws radio announcer. Early in 1959, after some line-up changes and now boasting an electric bass guitarist, the group approached Festival Records for an audition.

They were granted an audition. The group performed their entire repertoire but failed to make the desired impression. As a last resort Dig began singing a song his 15 year old brother Doug had partly written. Ken Taylor liked it enough for 'I Wanna Love You' to be released as Dig Richard's first single in July, backed by 'Kansas City'. The R'Jays in the meantime became Festival's house band.

Dig Richards and the R'Jays were the first group to play live on Brian Henderson's Bandstand, and became regulars on both Bandstand and the Johnny O'Keefe compared 'Six O’clock Rock'. By August 1959 he had his own TV show, 'Teentime' on the 7 Network, broadcast live to air for the next two years, as in concert Richards and group joined Lee Gordon's Big Shows, alongside Crash Craddock, Lloyd Price and Rick Nelson.

Richards and the R'Jays parted company in 1962. In 1964 the R'Jays became the Rajahs. Dig Richards had continued his solo recording career. Keen on becoming an all-round performer, he learned to play the guitar finger-style and took vocal lessons at Sydney's Conservatorium Of Music. In 1963 he made his debut as an adult entertainer at Sydney's Spellsons nightclub. In 1964 he compared his own TV show, 'Dig Richards' Ampol Show' By now he had shifted musical emphasis to slower, country-ish material, developing his own song writing. As well as playing nightclubs and RSLs he toured South East Asia.

Digby Richards continued to record and perform throughout the 70s, with a new record contract with RCA, technically making him label-mates with Elvis and Johnny Cash. Dig began looking and dressing like a younger man than he had in his twenties, growing his hair, as was the style de jour, and in retrospect began to look like a young and un-silver Charlie Rich.

In 1970 he travelled to England and spent a year there writing songs, coming back to record his first album in Australia: Harlequin, in 1972. The album was received to great acclaim, and produced the hit A Little Piece Of Peace, his first song to chart since Raincoat In The River in 1963.

He was heading in the direction that he would head-in for the rest of his life. Writing beautiful, meaningful lyrics, and developing a country/rock sound.

By mid-1982, Dig had been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, and was given six months to live. According to Leon Isackson, he took it in his stride, and accepted with grace and dignity his fate. Receiving treatment at North Shore hospital, in Sydney, his friends rallied around, but watched him growing sicker by the day.

In early 1983, a tribute concert was organised. Col Joye, the R'Jays, his brother Doug Richards and a host of others paid a musical tribute to him. By all indications it was a celebration not a service with mourning.

On February 28 1983, the word lost Dig. His death came as a sad loss to Australian rock'n'roll fans, and the industry...

The above information and more can be found at this site (click link):


Here for download is "Love Me Tender" a rare 1978 track from RCA courtesy of Jimmy Barnes a regular contributor...



Noel Crombie (born Geoffrey Noel Crombie 17th April 1953 in Wellington NZ) was a member of the band Split Enz. He mostly designed backdrops and costumes for their shows and worked behind the scenes as well as on stage as their drummer and percussionist.

Noel Crombie has released one solo single, "My Voice Keeps Changing On Me", in 1983 while Split Enz took a break.

After the Enz split mid-1980s, Noel formed the band Schnell Fenster with Phil Judd, Eddie Rayner and Nigel Griggs, ex-members of Split Enz, and Michael den Elzen. [Schnell Fenster have a song on this blog. Please use the search facility to locate it].

In 1988 Noel formed a group called Noel’s Cowards who put together the sound track to the movie Rikky and Pete.

In 1996, Crombie assisted Crowded House by designing the stage set design for their final concert, Farewell to the World at the Sydney Opera House.

Crombie designed the original set for ABC-TV's musical quiz program Spicks and Specks.

There is a Raven label CD called Other Enz which has the track "My Voice Keeps Changing On Me" but as usual what is purported to be the 7” version is actually not, but an alternate version with a different beginning.

Here for download is the proper single mix of "My Voice Keeps Changing On Me" courtesy of regular contributor, Jimmy Barnes:



The Allniters were a happy ensemble of Ska and Reggae players who came from Sydney NSW. They had a few hits throughout the 1980s. One of their biggest (#16 nationally) was a 1980's take on the old 1970 Bobby Bloom song "Montego Bay".

The sound they had was hard to capture in the recording studio. "Montego Bay" sounded much brassier done live.


"She Made a Monkey Out of Me" — Green/Larrikin (August, 1981)
"You Shouldn't Stay Out Late" — Green/Larrikin (1982)
"Jingle Bells" — (December, 1982)
"Hold On" — Powderworks (May, 1983)
"Montego Bay" — Powderworks (September, 1983)
"Love and Affection" — Powderworks (November, 1983)
"Screaming Dreaming" — Powderworks (August, 1984)
"I Saw You First" — Powderworks (December, 1984)
"Wake up Sydney" — Independent (1985)
"All That Easy" — Mushroom (July, 1987)
"Nowhere Fast" — Sound System (1999)

Here for download is an extended Tom Mix version of "Montego Bay" mastered from a long deleted CD.



Samantha Sang (born Cheryl Gray, 5 August 1953 Melbourne) was friends with the fledgling Bee Gees. She and Barry Gibb had met a number of times on TV pop shows. Samantha had been singing since the age of 15 and had already had a hit by the time she was 19.

Independently of each other, Samantha and the Bee Gees headed off to England in the late 1960s to pursue music opportunities and while Samantha was away she worked as a support act for a number of big UK artists as well as the Bee Gees.

While in the UK she was invited by the Gibbs to do some backing vocals and Barry decided to give her a crack at a solo single where Barry backed her.

"The Love Of A Woman" was the resultant track. It was written by Barry Gibb and produced by him as far as I know.

It was ignored by Oz radio stations but got into the Top 40 in NZ and parts of Europe. It was #4 hit in some parts of England and Holland.

Later in the 1970s Samantha did a remake version which is available on her greatest hits CD. The original single version has not been released on CD in Oz as far as I know.

In Europe it was released on Parlophone. In the USA it was released on Atco. In some other parts of the world it was on Polydor.

The version here for download was sent to me by Richard B. from NZ who asked me to clean up his very worn but much loved recording...


Of course I don't need to mention Sam's other big Bee Gee hit "Emotion"...which came in the 1970s...