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The Rock-itt : August 2012
I guess of all of the Aussie female singers of the 70s, Dinah Lee was m y favourite. She had a great voice, she knew how to pick the right songs to perform and record, and she was a hot sexy looking lady. Apparently born in New Zealand, she adopted Australia as home and even today lives somewhere in southern Sydney. I met her briefly one Friday night outside the Drummoyne Sailing club in Sydney where she was about to perform. She asked me where the entrance to the building was and I showed her. Even in the dimness of the night she seemed to sparkle. I guess some people have that charismatic look about them and Dinah Lee was blessed with lashings of it. Dinah liked to sing lively songs such as Reete Petite and Don’t You Know Yokomo, which were enormous hits for her. She had a whole song list of compositions which allowed her to change voice range from high to low giving her an opportunity to showcase that almost raunchy sound which she brought out every now and then from somewhere deep down inside. . WHERE TO GET THE ROCK-ITT Calabria Club Manly Vale, Warringah Mall, Medical Centre War ringah Mall, HCF Dent al Warringah Mall, HCF Eyecar e Warr ingah Mall, Cash Traders Dee Why, BSW Bottle Shop Newport, Terry Hills Tavern Mona Vale Rd Terrey Hills, Time & Tide Hotel Campbell Ave Dee Why, Old Manly Boatshed The Corso. Yo Yos Youth Club Forest Way, Subway Avalon, Subway Skyline Subway DY Shops, Parkway Hotel Frenchs Forest, Mona Vale Hotel Old Barrenjoey Rd, Curl Curl BSW Bottle Shop, Fishos Raglan St Manly, Warriewood Square, Eco-Spray Car Wash Cafe, Beacon Hill, Pie Shop Terrey Hills Shops, Coffee Shop Terrey Hills Shops, The Beach Club Collaroy, George the Barber, Roger St Brookvale, (George also keeps back issues) JB Hi-Fi Warringah Mall. 70s Rock Artists Aussie Rocker Dinah Lee & NZ Too Dinah was also a fashion icon to a whole legion of young female fans who would emulate her hairstyle and what she wore. I can remember seeing one performance of Dinah’s doing Yokomo. I can’t remember whether it was at the famous old Trocadero in Sydney or on television but Dinah was wearing Bermuda shorts while performing, which at that time was never heard of. Next day just about every young girl 21 years of age and under were wearing bermuda shorts and sporting a Dinah Lee hair style. We have only touched on the phenomenal career of one of our finest female entertainers of the 60s & 70s, and because of her zest for life, energy and vitality, Dinah still performs and very well at that. That one off meeting outside the sailing club an age ago still remains in my long term memory as though it were yesterday and brings back a time of youth, great music, fun and of course Dinah Lee. Reet Petite (by Dinah Lee with Max Merritt & His Meteors Do the Blue Beat (The Jamaica Ska) Who Stole the Sugar (by Dinah Lee & The Kavaliers) I'm Walkin (by Dinah Lee & The Kavaliers) Johnny I'll Forgive You Then Forget You The Birds and the Bees Hey, Chickie Baby That's It, I Quit / Pushing a Good Thing Too Far He Don't Want Your Love Anymore The Right Time Not in This Whole World Sorry Mama Tell Him Dinah embraced by Ronnie Bur ns, far left Molly M eldrum, (possibly) Col Joye and Judy Stone far right Some of Dinah’s Hits