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Home 26 Results: johnny o'keefe in Australia. Filters List. Price Minimum Price. Maximum Price. Price Type Fixed Price 23 Negotiable 3. Offer Type Offering A corner has been ripped off, some staining, another corner torn, some writing and a stamp. Front cover — Fair. In conclusion a great opportunity to purchase a genuine rare Australian rock and roll relic. The vinyl is in most acceptable condition but the cover is only a gap filler.
Good luck trying to find another copy of this album let alone one in better condition as it is almost impossible. Casch's contribution to O'Keefe's sound, both live and on record, was considerable. He was born in Ambon in , grew up in Aceh and Jakarta , began playing guitar at an early age, and became a dedicated jazz musician. He was introduced to O'Keefe by Keith Williams, whom he had known from a jazz trio in which they played. At their first meeting O'Keefe played Casch a selection of rock'n'roll records and asked him to imitate the guitar playing, which he was easily able to do.
Impressed, O'Keefe offered him the job and handed him a pile of records, saying "Here, learn these. The dance is on Saturday night. Their first performance was at Stones Cabaret in the beach side suburb of Coogee , and by early they were playing four dances a week and also performing on Saturdays in the interval between films at the Embassy Theatre, Manly.
O'Keefe and the Dee Jays quickly attracted a strong local following, due in large measure to O'Keefe's magnetic personality and his dynamic stage performances. O'Keefe's 'trademark' was his flamboyant stage attire, which included gold lame jackets and brightly coloured suits trimmed with fake fur. Many of these outfits were made for him by Sydney 'showbiz' costumier Len Taylor , although one famous red suit trimmed with leopard-print velvet cuffs and lapels now in the collection of the Powerhouse Museum , Sydney was reputedly made by his mother Thelma.
At the time Casch joined the band, they were promoting their own dances at local venues such as the Balmain Workingmen's Institute and Stone's Cabaret. The enterprising O'Keefe was involved in every aspect of the group's career including hiring the halls, placing ads in the local newspapers and putting up posters. At the time, rock 'n' roll and its followers in Sydney often found themselves at odds with non-aficionados.
According to Lou Casch, on one occasion, while O'Keefe and the Dee Jays played at an upstairs dance venue in Newtown , an "Italian wedding" reception was also taking place downstairs.
Some of the dance patrons came to blows with wedding guests in the men's toilets, and within minutes the fight had erupted into a full-scale riot that spilled out into the street, with police eventually calling in the Navy Shore Patrol to help restore order. Taylor, however, failed to act on Haley's advice, so O'Keefe then famously took matters into his own hands and began telling the local press that he had in fact been signed to Festival. Anxious not to lose face, Taylor auditioned O'Keefe and signed him to the label.
By this time O'Keefe had become a close friend of the music concert promoter, Lee Gordon , and their popularity really took off when O'Keefe and the Dee Jays were installed as the featured support act for Gordon's famous "Big Show" concert bills at the Sydney Stadium. These "Big Show" concerts were landmarks in Australian popular entertainment, being among the first tours to feature leading overseas rock'n'roll stars, including Little Richard , Bo Diddley , Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis ; Gordon also toured many top jazz acts of the day, including the first visits to Australia by black jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong.
When Gene Vincent and his band were stranded in Honolulu on their way to Australia, Gordon contacted O'Keefe and asked him to fill in for Vincent for the first night of the tour in Wollongong. During this period The Dee Jays also acted as the backing band for many of the international acts that Gordon toured, since they were at the time the only rock'n'roll band in the country who could read music. Saw him in concert and met him.
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