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The Rock-itt : January 2012
Glenn Shorrock was born in England but I will not have anyone say of this great entertainer that he is not ours. Although born in England and arriving in Australia with his family at the age of 10, Glenn has been a leader in the growth of music and entertainm ent in this country for over 40 years and whatever challenge Glenn has taken on it that span of time, he has made it turn out to be hugely successful. Right from his early days when he began singing with the “Twilights” in 1962, Glenn showed that here was a talent that would take the Twilights to the stars and beyond. By1965, the Twilights become a six piece "beat group" based in Melbourne scoring hits with Needle in a Haystack, What's Wrong with the W ay I Live?, Cathy Come Home and Young Girl, before disbanding in 1969. Axiom with Brian Cadd followed shortly thereafter, with hits including Arkansas Grass and Little Ray of Sunshine. Axiom disbanded soon after moving to London in 1970. Glenn chose to remain in London as a session singer and songwriter working with other ex-pats and Europeans in a twelve-piece rock orchestra named Esperanto. At the conclusion of 1974, Glenn returned to Melbourne to help form Little River Band as lead singer. Managed by long tim e friend, Glenn Wheatley, Little River Band cracked the lucrative United States m arket in 1976, and began a string of eight Top Ten Hits in the U.S.A. and around the world. The band has sold in excess of 25 million albums, often being credited for opening the door for many Australian acts on the international circuit. In 1995, Glenn fronted Little River Band during their 20th year anniversary, three and a half-month tour of the United States. His songwriting credits include the international hits Help is on its Way, Emma, Home on Monday (co-writer Beeb Birtles), Long Jumping Jeweller, Shut Down Turn Off, My Own W ay Home (co-writter Brain Cadd) and Cool Change. Glenn's lasted CD was released in 2000: Spin Me 'Round, co- produced with Brian Cadd. Glenn's credentials extend to all fields of show business, notably in theatre and cabaret. He starred in Evita and The Rocky Horror Show, in addition to his own productions: One for the Money, Go Cat Go and Two Up. A career highlight was producing and performing alongside Sir George Martin in the highly acclaimed production All You Need Is Beatles (1998). He performed the role of Johnny Casino in the smash hit Grease: The Arena Spectacular!, which played to full houses across Australia and in Auckland, and co-starred in British Rock Symphony with Eric Burdon and Thelma Houston, performing the hits of the Beatles, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones and The Who. In 2001 he joined the cast in the inaugural production of Australian Night at the Proms at the Sydney Super Dome and later toured Australia with the successful "Long Way to the Top" concert series with Axium and Twilights (2002). Glenn regularly performs on behalf of various charities and continues as an ambassador for Variety. As a testament to his enduring talent he has been twice inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Once in 1991 in his own right and again with The Little River Band in 2004 . "I have been blessed with a long and successful career and I'm doing some of my best work right at the moment," says Glenn who intends to begin work on his autobiography "after a good lie down!” With Glenn live at the premier nightspot, Lizotte’s in Dee Why this month, don’t miss this exc eptional entertainer live and up close. He will simply take your breath away. Little River Band With Pete Johnson