AUTOBIOGRAPHY VOL. 1
ROLL OF RENOWN
The 2002 NEWS ARCHIVE
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- MILDURA FESTIVAL: Frank Ifield Spur Award winners Wayne Law and Karen O'Shea have continued their run of well-deserved success. On 5th October 2002 they were awarded the Independent Male Vocalist of the Year and Independent Female Vocalist of the Year respectively at the Sixth Australian Independent Country Music Awards (2002)
- NEW CD: CLICK HERE for details of Frank Ifield Sings Country & Classics, just released in the UK! This 30 track album includes all 12 tracks from the super-rare Yours Sincerely album. All cuts were made in the 1950s for Regal Zonophone and Columbia in Sydney and some of Australia's best known session players are featured. The CD will include unknown photographs and track-by-track notes. It has been compiled by noted UK Writer and Broadcaster PAUL HAZELL. Some of Frank's recent radio interviews about the album are available here!
- TRIBUTE TO MICKEY NEWBURY: from Frank: "A very dear friend of mine was singer-songwriter Mickey Newbury who passed away recently. Mickey was perhaps best known for arranging the American Trilogy which was a massive success for many people including Elvis Presley. He was a modest man who just wanted to be known as a songwriter. He passed away following a long illness in his home of Oregon at the age of 62. His catalogue includes the classics Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings, a hit for both Don Gibson, Tom Jones and Kenny Rogers the First Edition's Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).
Along with The Everly Brothers, Don Gibson and Roy Orbison, Mickey and I were in the same stable in Nashville of Acuff/Rose Publishing Company and Hickory Recording label under the direction of Wesley Rose and I have recorded several of his songs. He wrote a song especially for me called Maurie and I also recorded his Good Morning Dear, Sweet Memories, You Only Live Once In A While and Looking For The Sunshine.
We shared many memorable times together: Whether it was just drifting and dreaming while fishing from his boat on the Hickory Lake, or in England where I was privileged to have him stay with me at my home when we last worked together at the Wembley Country Music Festival. He will go down in my memory as a dear friend and an extremely gifted and warm human being whose loss will be greatly felt by all those who were lucky to have known him and by those who simply listened to his beautiful songs."
- BBC Radio Suffolk - Last year The Country Music programme with Brian Mann featured an hour of Australian music along with guests Paul Hazell and Frank Ifield. Missed the show? Click here!
- Celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the UK Singles Chart: The official UK Singles Chart was fifty years old in November 2002. The Official Chart Company (Owned by BPI/BARD) commemorated this major landmark in pop history with a number of high profile celebrations, promotions and broadcasts.
The flagship event at the heart of all this activity was the unveiling, for the first time, of the official Top 100 singles of all time (based on the actual sales) in a three hour primetime, network television extravaganza. With Frank's song I Remember You being in the official Top 100, he appeared on the program in November 2002.
- The Galston Country Music Festival: Frank is proud to be the Patron of this exciting event. This year's Festival was another huge success and incoporated a celebration of Frank's 50th Anniversary in showbiz. Frank tells the story with pictures on the new CELEBRATION page.
Also included is Frank's account of his recent radio broadcast for BBC West Midlands with one of Britain's top DJs, Ed Doolan.
|CHARITY AUCTION: On the 17th May at the Aegean Seafood Restaurant Dural, a fundraiser was held for Joe Gallo who is suffering from a brain tumour. The object was to raise sufficient money to send him to Lourdes. One of the items on auction was a recording of 'Frank Ifield - Remembering The Sixties', a triple CD set released in the UK to commemorate EMI's 100th anniversary. The recording was sold to Vince Pettito for the princely sum of $A700 - (190 UK pounds approx). In total the event raised approx. $A24,000 which ensured Joe of an all-expenses-paid trip, which will now include a visit to his family in Italy.
Frank is pictured right, at the auction with Elvis' road manager and friend Joe Esposito who was touring Australia at the time, accompanied by Mick Gerace, one of the top
Elvis impersonators. Frank tells us, "Joe Esposito and I talked
at great length of my time in Las Vegas at the 'International Hotel' where I
was playing in the lounge room just as Presley had finished his show in the
Main Concert Hall, which was followed by Ann-Margret. However, her show
lasted but a few weeks and was replaced by Bill Cosby and myself. Here I
meet with Colonel Tom Parker, who asked to manage me. I could not bring
myself to agree to his terms so it didn't materialise, but I did receive a
'record box' signed by Elvis & The Col which I still treasure as a memento
of the occasion."
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