Australian Music History

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  • Australia's first Rock 'n' Roll Record

    Australia's first Rock 'n' Roll Record
    George Assang an Indigneous Australian. Under his stage name of Vic Sabrino, he released a version of 'Heartbreak Hotel' (originally by Elvis Presely)
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    How Australian music changed in Australia

  • First Rock 'n' Roll exploitation film released in Australia

    First Rock 'n' Roll exploitation film released in Australia
    Rock Around the Clock. Teenagers embraced this music and rebelled against their family's values and that of wider society.
  • First Australian Orginal Rock Song

    First Australian Orginal Rock Song
    Rock 'n' Roll Washboard by Schbeider Sisters, when they need a fourth track to complete EP.
  • First Rock 'n' Roll tour in Australia

    First Rock 'n' Roll tour in Australia
    Billy Haley. Johnny O'Keefe was Australian only Rock 'n' Roll band, who performed with Haley. As present Haley left O'Keefe with a song 'You Hit the Wrong Note Billy Goat'. This was released then later in 1957
  • First Australian Rock 'n' Roll hit Record

    First Australian Rock 'n' Roll hit Record
    Johnny O'Keefe released 'The Wild One' Its significance in Australia popular culture is even greater, when Buddy Holly and the Crickets took it back to the United States after touring with O'Keefe, and drummer Jerry Allison released it as 'Real Wild Child' in the United States
  • First Rock Music on Television

    First Rock Music on Television
    Telvision had played a signigicant role allowing access to rock music since Johnny O'Keefe was given a show called Six O'Clock Rock
  • Surf Music was introduced to Australia

    Surf Music was introduced to Australia
    Sydney Band The Atlantics created a huge local hit, 'Bombora' which was released internationally, even recieving the US Cashbox Magazine's Recof of the Week accolade.
  • International Labels invested in local music

    International Labels invested in local music
    The classic rock line-up of guitars, bass and drums emerged at this point, and major international labels such as CBS and HMV began investing in the local industry
  • Beatles Tour /Beat Boom

    Beatles Tour /Beat Boom
    Smaller indepedent companies such as W&G in Melbourne, Clarion in Perth and Alberts in Sydney prospered in the wake of Beatlemania. Teenagers across th country demanded records and live concerts, and the music industry boomed.
  • Australian Band made hits in The UK

    Australian Band made hits in The UK
    The Easybeats and Normie Rowe, two of the biggest two biggest names on the local scene, had moved to local to England to try and crack the international market.
  • New Range of Acts replaced Beat Bloom

    New Range of Acts replaced Beat Bloom
    Music was growing with the baby boomer generation, until the ABC launched a television show that brough young people back to music.
  • Double J

    Double J
    First non-commerical rock station when Double J started broadcating
  • Exodus of Australian Music

    Exodus of Australian Music
    From early 1980's bands like Brisbane's The Go-Betweens developed a cult following Europe and North America.
  • Triple J

    Triple J
    Double J became Triple J
  • Music added value to the Australian economy

    Music added value to the Australian economy
    It was estimated that music-related activites added $1.55 billion value to the Australian economy in 1984-5
  • Triple J became a national radio station

    Triple J became a national radio station
  • Music added value to the Australian economy

    Music added value to the Australian economy
    It was estimated that music- related activities added $6.82 billion value to the Australian economy in 2005-6
  • 2010 Hottest 100

    2010 Hottest 100
    Sydney Band The Jezabels reached number 16 with 'Mace Spray' and Number 49 with 'Easy to Love. This despite being totally independent and only releasing three independent EP's.
  • Australian music Goes Global

    Australian music Goes Global
    From Johnny O'Keefe to crack the Australian market in 1959 to the Jezabels' independent assualt on Europe and North America, Australian acts have always attempted to test themselves against the rest of the world
  • Triple J launched Triple J Unearthed

    Triple J launched Triple J Unearthed
    The next step in sercuing the future of rock music in an Australian popular culture, when Triple j launched Triple J Unearthed, a station devoted entirely to unsigned Australian bands. The digital and online stations was set up to help the next generation of musicians prepare to follow in the footsteps of artists ranging from Johnny O'Keefe to the Jezabels