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Starr Has Been Everywhere, Man

Starr Has Been Everywhere, Man

Who: Lucky Starr, Julia Daniels
Where: Belmont 16ft Sailing Club
Author: Jade Lazarevic
When: Wednesday January 25, 2006

LUCKY Starr has many fond memories of Australia's rock'n'roll history.

And that's because he was there for the ride.

Starr has been entertaining audiences across Australia for more than 40 years, having made his start back in the days when the music of Johnny O'Keefe ruled the airwaves.

With his rock'n'roll roots still firmly in place, Starr continues to satisfy audiences across the country when he performs.

Starr, best known for his rendition of the classic tune I've Been Everywhere Man, was born in Sydney and heavily influenced by American rock'n'roll as a teen.

He worked his way up to become a regular on television shows such as Bandstand and hosted Six O'Clock Rock for a season.

Starr also appeared on The Mavis Bramston Show, Revue 60 - 61, In Melbourne Tonight, Sing, Sing, Sing and many other entertainment shows.

In 1963 Starr performed in the US on the Nevada Circuit, The Flamingo in Las Vegas, the Mapes in Reno and Harvey's in Lake Tahoe.

That same year he signed a record contract with Dot Records in Los Angeles, releasing five singles, and as a result of his American trips was invited to work the Hilton Hotel chain worldwide.

He was the first Australian performer to entertain the troops in Vietnam and paid his own way there, making five trips into the war zone.

These days Starr's style ranges from rock'n'roll to country and jazz.

``I love performing and I love meeting people,'' Starr said.

``I think I come alive when I'm on the stage.'' When he is not performing he retreats to his property on the Central Coast.

Starr will perform at Belmont 16ft Sailing Club on Wednesday, January 25 with support from vocalist Julia Daniels. Despite having performed I've Been Everywhere Man at almost every show he has played, Starr still enjoys singing the Geoff Mack -penned tune.

``I never tire of singing it. Every audience makes the song new to me.

``I've recorded it in four countries and, internationally, there have been 35 versions done.

``Geoff and I have done real well out of that song . . . and I'm still getting royalty cheques.'' Entry to Starr's show is free. It starts at 11am.

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