John Farnham

John Farnham


7/1/1949, Dagenham, Essex, England, UK

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John Farnham is regarded as one of Australia's top performing artist, with a career spanning three decades. He debuted in 1967 he has had numerous successes as a solo performer. His Australian tours are renowned for breaking attendance records.


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  • Trivia

    • In early 2006 John Farnham came out of touring retirement and went on a small Australian tour with Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks.

    • The current members of the 'John Farnham Band' are Lindsay Field, Lisa Edwards, Dannielle Gaha, Angus "The Mongrel" Burchall, Stuart Fraser, Craig Newman, Steve Williams, Chong Lim, Lachlan Davidson, Jordan Murray, Brett Garsed and Bob Coassin. (as of 2006).

    • John Farnham sang at the closing of the 2006 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. He sang 'Age Of Reason', 'I Remember When I Was Young', 'Playing To Win' from and 'You're The Voice'.

    • John Farnham is the only Australian recording artist to have a number one record in five consecutive decades.

    • John Farnham is also known as 'Farnsy'.

    • John Farnham released the limited edition version of 'I Remember When I Was Young, Songs From The Great Australian Songbook' album in 2005.

    • In October 1986 John's first solo album in six years "Whispering Jack" was an incredibly huge success. It spent 18 weeks at Number 1 and John scooped the awards at the next Aria Awards winning a total of six awards. His manager Glenn Wheatley mortgaged his house to bankroll the album. The first single 'You're The Voice' restored John Farnham to Number One for the first time in 17 years. John and soundman Ross Fraser produced the album themselves.

    • John Farnham was born in Millend Hospital in Essex weighing five pound one ounce.

    • In 2003 John recorded a new version of Queen's "We Will Rock You" to be the Australian Rugby 2003 Anthem.

    • John Farnham married Jillian Billman on the 18th of April 1973. They have 2 children both boys.

    • John's son Robert was part of his fathers support band for 'The Main Event' tour and also supported his father with his band 'Nana Zhami' for his 50th birthday party concert.

    • John Farnham's Official Site is:

    • John Farnham album's include; Whispering Jack, Age of Reason, Chain Reaction, Full House, The Anthology Series (1,2,3), John Farnham Live At The Regent Uncovered 33 1/3, The Last Time, and One Voice: The Greatest Hits I Remember When I Was Young - The Greatest Australian Songbook.

    • John Farnham performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games with Olivia Newton-John.

    • John's 1967 hit 'Sadie the Cleaning Lady' is one of the most famous songs in Australian history. The audience is always yelling the name of this song at concerts and has become a standing joke with the audience.

    • In 1982 John Farnham replaced Glen Shorrock as the lead singer for the Little River Band. He made his debut on the Greatest Hits Record with the hit 'The Other Guy'.

    • In 1998 John Farnham toured Australia with Olivia Newton-John and Anthony Warlow in 'The Main Event'.
      The tour was accompanied by The John Farnham Band and a 40 piece orchestra.
      It was a phenomenal production which sold close to 300,000 tickets in a limited season. The album "Highlights from The Main Event" reached Quad Platinum status within four weeks of release.

    • In late 1997 John released the Anthology series, Anthology 1 (3 times Platinum) and Anthology 2 (Platinum), and Anthology 3 (Gold).

    • In 1992 John Farnham recorded the role of Jesus for the Australian cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. The cast then toured with the stage production.

    • In 1988 John Farnham was given to honour and named 'Australian of the Year.'

    • John immigrated to Australia from England in 1959 at the age of 10.

    • John Farnham's solo album "Whispering Jack" (1986) continues to be Australia's biggest selling album of all time by a local artist. Sales were in excess of 1.4 million.
      John was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Australian Record Industry Association for the album. In addition to local success 'Whispering Jack' and the single 'You're the Voice' were chart topping hits throughout Europe, England and Canada.

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