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The Rock-itt : September 2011
Welcome back, rock enthusiasts to The Rock-itt’s “Rock and Roll History”. So far we have only touched on the early beginnings and if you managed to read last m onth’s Rock-itt you will know that Am erican muso, Bill Hayley and his band, The Comets were the initiators of Rock and Roll, which like a pandemic virus infected the world’s youth. You would have also read about the legion of Rock and Roll who emerged after Bill Hayley and one who stood head and shoulders over all others.He was crowned King of Rock, not only by the millions of fans worldwide but also by his own musical peers, namely Elvis Aaron Presley. Elvis was all of the ingredients of what rock was to become in one absolutely dynamic explosive package which seemed to eclipse everyone else in the music business. W ith his amazing voice, unbelievable good looks and unique way of moving and delivering his music, Elvis soon became a household name and till this day no one has come along to replace him, even though he passed away almost 35 years ago. If you are wondering why we got to Elvis so quickly, it is because I wanted to bring to the fore our own hom e grown pioneers. As far as I am concerned America may have had Elvis but we here in Australia had JO’K and if the Australian publicity machine would have been as prolific as the Americans, then Johnny O’Keefe would have been m uch bigger than he was given credit for. So let’s spend the next few instalm ents of The History of Rock delving into our own Australian Rock archives and see what we can unearth in Australia’s rock history vaults. Johnny O’Keefe was our King of Rock and gave as much to our own rock music industry, as Elvis did for the United States. Johnny worked his heart out to put Australia on the music map. With his passion to get Australia’s talent recognised and along with his dynamic personality, Johnny O’Keefe changed the tide of Rock and Roll in this country from our youth em bracing the overwhelming amount of overseas acts flooding in, to finally bringing attention to our own talented rock entertainers. Johnny was into everything when it came to music, not only being front man on stage with his band “Dee Jays”. but also by starting television shows which would create opportunities for our young up and coming stars to be showcased. Soon our own rock and rollers were drawing big crowds and headed by Johnny O’Keefe, finally Australian Rock was born. Help us to keep The Rock-itt magazine out there by advertising in our pages. The cost is very affordable and the results are impressive. Call Pete on: Ph: 9975 1105 or 0438751101 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Let’s keep ROCKIN’ around the Beaches Johnny O’Keefe, the King of Australian rock in action Johnny became the face of Australian rock music