Gavin Wood's Countdown Podcast

Gavin Wood's Countdown Podcast

COUNTDOWN the Australian music television show broadcast by the ABC from 1974 until 1987. Countdown was the most popular music program in Australian TV history which exerted a strong sway on radio programmers. Countdown attracted local and International acts and reflected the musical cultural influences of the day. Gavin Wood was the program's voice over announcer and offers an insight to the artists who performed on the show.

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July 15, 2021 44 min
John Swan OAM (born 15 March 1952), better known as Swanee, is an Australian rock singer.He was born John Archibold Dixon Swan in Glasgow, Scotland in 1952. He is the older brother of singer-songwriter Jimmy Barnes, and an uncle of stage performer David Campbell.In 2015, Swan was announced as South Australia's Senior Australian of the Year. and in 2017, was appointed an Order of Australia Medal (OAM).
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Mark Ronald Holden (born 27 April 1954) is an Australian singer, actor, TV personality, record producer, songwriter, and barrister. He was a pop star in the 1970s and had four top 20 hit singles, "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again", "I Wanna Make You My Lady", "Last Romance" and "Reach Out for the One Who Loves You. Holden is remembered for his clean-cut image, his white dinner suit and his penchant for han...
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Grant Rule has a very impressive career working in television, both in the commercial space and for the ABC. For the ABC Grant was responsible as Producer/Director - Drama and Countdown. He was EP for Award shows, Rock Arena, Oz for Africa - which was Australia's contribution to Live Aid and the list goes on. Some titles for Commercial Television include Ten Network - Head of Entertainment & Victorian Head of Production as ...
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Grant Rule has a very impressive career working in television, both in the commercial space and for the ABC. For the ABC Grant was responsible as Producer/Director - Drama and Countdown. He was EP for Award shows, Rock Arena, Oz for Africa - which was Australia's contribution to Live Aid and the list goes on. Some titles for Commercial Television include Ten Network - Head of Entertainment & Victorian Head of Production as ...
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Ivor Arthur Davies, AM, known professionally as Iva Davies is an Australian singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is known for his distinctive singing voice, which was influenced by contemporary glam rock singers.Davies' music career spans more than 40 years. He came to prominence in the early 1980s as co-founder and lead singer of rock band Icehouse, becoming one of Australia's top roc...
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Grace Ethel Knight is an English-born Australian vocalist, saxophone player and songwriter. During the 1980s she was a mainstay of Indie pop group Eurogliders. Knight later became a solo jazz singer and musician based in Sydney.Since Eurogliders disbanded in 1989, Knight has had a successful career as a jazz singer. Knight made a cameo appearance in the 1990 TV series Come In Spinner and sang on its soundtrack. This launched a new ...
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Joe Camilleri is a Maltese Australian singer-songwriter and musician. Joe has recorded as a solo artist and as a member of Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons and The Black Sorrows. The biggest hit for Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons was 'Hit and Run' and the biggest hit for The Black sorrows was 'Chained to the Wheel'. Listen how Joe describes the journey from Malta to the top of the charts. The many different bands that he mature...
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Sharon O’Neill is a self-taught guitarist who started putting chords to her poetrywhilst in her teens in her native New Zealand.Sharon crossed the pond with her music in Australia, securing herself in the industrywhere she won the APRA Top Female Vocalist Award in 1978, 1979 and 1980. Shealso won the Countdown Rock Awards three times between 1980 and 1985 and theSounds Pop Poll in 1983 and 1984.Her 1983 song Maxine won hearts and m...
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March 16, 2021 36 min
We bring Doug Parkinson in Focus. Doug Parkinson conveyed considerable charisma with his imposing presence; his voice was sweet and soulful resonating in a way that few of his contemporaries could match. Doug Parkinson is a friend, this is an insight into his beginnings into Australian Music Industry. His career began is the 60’ when he had a massive hit with a cover of The Beatles ‘Dear Prudence’. He came to the fore in the 1970’s...
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"These Here Are Crazy Times" sings Dale Ryder of Boom Crash Opera.In this Countdown Podcast, Dale talks about his early childhood in Indiaand living the simple life. He then had to adjust moving countries to MelbourneAustralia. The struggle of fitting into a new society and how to overcomebullying at an early age and his deep shyness. This is a fascinating chatwith one of the most charismatic singers this country has produc...
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Marcia Hines AMAustralian/American soul singer, actress and TV personality Marcia Hines arrived in Australia at the age of 16 and the rest is music history. Marcia rose to the top of the charts with14 studio albums,1 live album and 9 compilation albums to her credit.From the early stage production of Hair at 16 and to go on to play Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Marcia’s career was assured.Marcia was inducted into the AR...
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Martha Davis - The Motels
American rock and new wave singer, songwriter Martha Davis got her start on Countdown. Her song Total Control from the Motels became a hit after Countdown started playing it. Australia fell in love with Martha Davis. Molly fell in love with her too. Remember on Countdown when Martha threw her legs over Molly’s legs on camera. It was a memorable moment on Australian television. Martha toured with us on our l...
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Ross Wilson
Singer, songwriter, musician and producer Ross Wilson has achieved everything but the good news is, there is still more to come. After 55 years in the music business starting with the schoolboy band The Pink Finks then Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock and many different formations of bands throughout his career, Ross also does solo performances as well. With his big hit song from the 60’s Eagle Rock turning 50 this year you can s...
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John Paul Young.
John Paul Young OAM, is a Scottish-born Australian pop singer who had his 1978 worldwide hit with "Love Is in the Air”. His career was boosted by regular appearances as a performer and guest host on national broadcaster, ABC's 1974–1987 TV series, Countdown. Besides "Love Is in the Air", Young had top ten chart success in Germany and the Netherlands with "Standing in the Rain" and four other ...
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Glenn Barrie Shorrock AM is an English-born Australian singer-songwriter. He was a founding member of rock bands the Twilights, Axiom, Little River Band and post LRB spin-off trio Birtles Shorrock Goble, ‘Blazing Salads' a duo with his mate Brian Cadd as well as being a solo performer.Having been front man in those iconic Australian bands Glenn has many stories to tell.Glenn and his band Little River Band conquered the American...
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LEO SAYER.Leo Sayer launched his career in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s, and became a top singles and album act on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1970s. His first seven hit singles in the United Kingdom all reached the Top 10 His songs have been sung by other notable artists, including Cliff Richard, Roger Daltrey and Three Dog Night.We are very lucky that Leo wanted to live in Australia. He is an official Aussie and is...
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COUNTDOWN the Australian music television show broadcast bythe ABC from 1974 until 1987. Countdown was the most popularmusic program in Australian TV history which exerted a strongsway on radio programmers. Countdown attracted local andInternational acts and reflected the musical cultural influences ofthe day. Gavin Wood was the shows voice over announcer andoffers an insight to the artists who performed on the show.In this Episode...
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BRIAN MANNIX.
Australian rock music singer and actor.Brian was the lead singer of 1980s band Uncanny X-Men, and in 2006 performed in the Countdown Spectacular and also at the 2006 AFL Grand Final. Uncanny X-Men are known for their hits such as "The Party", "How Do You Get Your Kicks?", "50 Years" and "Everybody Wants to Work”.Brian also wrote the 'Countdown Musical' and was involved writing the mu...
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In this Episode Gavin chats with Russell Morris AM.Russell is a singer songwriter and guitarist, with a staggering 50year career & counting. Russell had 5 Australian Top 10 singlesduring the late 1960’s and early 70’s. The Real Thing was addedto the National Film and Sound Archives – Sounds of Australiaregistry in 2013. His most current album Black and Blue Heart.Let’s chat to the Real Thing – Russell Morris AM
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In this Episode Gavin chats with Brian Cadd AM.In 2007 Brian Cadd was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame forhis 50 years of service to the music industry as a singer,songwriter, instrumentalist, mentor and producer. Brian is one ofthe greatest singer songwriters Australia has produced with asuccessful career in the USA and Europe. Brian speaks to usfrom New York about his 50 years in the business.Let’s get talking to Brian Cadd AM
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