Australian Music

Timeline created by Maddie Thornton
In Music
  • Indigenous Australian George Assang was a pioneer of Australian Rock 'n' Roll

    Indigenous Australian George Assang know as Vic Sabrino. Pioneer of Australian Rock ‘n’ Roll. He regularly sang for jazz and swing bands in Australia. Released a version of ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ (originally by Elvis Presley). His version of ‘Rock Around the Clock’ could be Australia’s earliest attempt at Rock ‘n’ Roll.
  • First Rock 'n' Roll exploitation film released in Australia

    Rock Around the Clock. Teenagers embraced this music and rebelled against their families values and that of the wider society.
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    How Australian Music has changed in Australia

  • First Australian Original Rock Song

    Rock 'n' Roll Washboard by Schneider Sisters.
  • Bill Haley & Johnny O'Keefe

    Bill Haley took his Rock ‘n’ Roll tour to Australia. Johnny O’Keefe was the leader of Australia’s only working rock ‘n’ Roll band. He was very popular.
  • Johnny O’Keefe & Festival Records

    O’Keefe pioneered a live Rock ’n’ Roll at suburban dances. Festival gave local artists the opportunity to record in their studios. Local dances were often wild as teenagers would go against all of the conservative ideas and values of their parents and the wider community. ‘The Wild One’ by O’Keefe was the first genuine Australian Rock ‘n’ Roll hit. This song has been recorded by many artists over the years that followed.
  • Sydney band The Atlantics, major international labels such as CBS & HMV & the Beach Boys

    Surf music was the next phase of Australian Music. Sydney Bank ‘The Atlantics’ created a huge local hit, ‘Bombora’. This hit was released internationally, and received the US Cashbox Magazine’s Record of the Week. Surf bands were popping up everywhere, playing at suburban dances and teenage boys were all wanting a guitar to ‘be cool’. International labels such as CBS & HMV began to invest in the local industries. When the Beach Boys began to emerge, lyrics & vocals began to influence surf music.
  • CBS/HMV

    Began to bring in local artists to record in their studios – they were major international record companies.
  • The Beat Boom

    Beatles tour revolutionised the Australian music industry. Almost overnight, instrumental groups & solo groups were out, rock ‘n’ roll bands were in. Teenagers across the country demanded records and live concerts, the this helped small independent companies such as W&G, Clarion, Albert, etc.
  • The Easybeats, Normie Rowe, The Twilights

    Australian artists and their influence in England
  • Skyhooks, Sherbet, John Paul Young, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil

    Countdown / Double J (baby boomers)
  • Double J radio station

    Playing alternative music & challenging the commercial monopoly on rock, started broadcasting with Skyhooks’ ‘You Just Like Me ‘Cos I’m Good in Bed’, which had been banned from commercial radio.
  • Double J/Triple J

    Became Triple J when the FM band was finally opened for radio broadcasting.
  • Triple J

  • Australian Music Industry

    Estimated that the music-related activities added $1.55 billion value to the Australian economy.
  • Triple J

    The Whitlam dream of a national youth radio network was finally released when Triple J became a national network. Played a crucial role in championing Australian music, often playing music that commercial radio programmers deemed unsuitable.
  • Australian Music Industry

    Estimated that the music-related activities added $6.82 billion value to the Australian economy.
  • Triple J

  • Triple J

    Launched Triple J Unearthed – a station devoted entirely to unsigned Australian bands.