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A History Lesson in Australian Rock

A History Lesson in Australian Rock

Who: Daryl Cotton, Jim Keays, Russell Morris
Where: Cessnock Supporters Club
Author: Jade Lazarevic
When: Friday August 9, 2002

WHEN the LONG WAY TO THE TOP musical extravaganza arrives in Newcastle next month, it will be a chance for punters to experience a large chunk of Australian music history.

With 30 of the country's music legends joining each other on stage, the show will provide an in-depth look at the evolution of the Australian music scene.

In the meantime, three of Australia's legends of rock'n'roll will come together in their own historic show.

DARRYL COTTON, JIM KEAYS and RUSSELL MORRIS have formed their own 'supergroup'.

Each artist has been an integral part of the industry for many years and provided the soundtrack to the lives of many Australians.

Among the three of them, Cotton, Keays and Morris have had more than 35 hit songs.

Cotton's career began as a member of the band ZOOT, which became one of the Australia's most popular bands in the late 60s.

The band had a major hit with its classic recording of THE BEATLES' ELEANOR RIGBY, which achieved gold sales figures.

Further career highlights for Cotton included a number of tours both in Australia and around the world with OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN, CLIFF RICHARD, THE OSMOND BROTHERS and SHAUN CASSIDY. Keays' work in one of Australia's most respected and successful bands shot him into the limelight.

As a member of the legendary MASTERS APPRENTICES, Keays produced hits such as LIVING IN A CHILD'S DREAM, TURN UP YOUR RADIO, BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, ELEVATOR DRIVER and 5:10 MAN. Morris was one artist who raced to the top of the charts as a soloist.

His breakthrough hit, THE REAL THING , established him as one of the country's biggest musical icons and, under the guidance of IAN 'MOLLY' MELDRUM, he had a string of hits.

His success was cemented in 2001 when he was selected by the AUSTRALIAN PERFORMING RIGHTS ASSOCIATION as one of the Top 20 Australian artists of all time.

Still going as strong as ever, Cotton, Keays and Morris will perform two shows in the Hunter this weekend.

Catch the trio at CESSNOCK SUPPORTERS CLUB on Friday night and WESTS LEAGUES CLUB on Saturday night. Tickets are available from the venues.

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