13 December, 2006

Blackfeather & Bon Scott

1970 Australian prog rock classic -
also covered by Fraternity ( with Bon Scott ) -
John Robinson :
" By the time the LP was released I had become a very good friend with Bon and all the members of Fraternity. They had wanted to cover Seasons of Change in the style of King Crimson, using mellotrons and such. So before they left to live in Adelaide, Bruce Howe, the leader, approached Sinclair for permission to cover the song. Bon, Bruce and I sat in the A&R office and extracted a verbal agreement from David that Festival would at no time release Blackfeather's version as a single in competition to Fraternity's. Guess what? ... Festival broke the agreement as soon as they saw Fraternity's version top the Adelaide charts. "

If nothing else, it was an opportune commercial decision -- Blackfeather's version was an immediate hit -- #15 nationally, #39 in Sydney, and it charted for 16 weeks


Boppin The Blues

Aussie 70's band Blackfeather on aussie TV show HitScene



FRATERNITY - Bon Scott - 1971 hippy psych


VALENTINES - Bon Scott pre AC/DC bubblegum 1960s pop
{build me up buttercup}

The Valentines were an Australian rock 'n' roll band active from 1966-1970, chiefly noted for their lead singers, Bon Scott, who later went on to great success as lead vocalist with AC/DC, and Vince Lovegrove, who subsequently became a successful music journalist and manager of Divinyls.

The band was formed in late 1966 with the amalgamation of Perth groups The Spektors and The Winstons. They capitalised on the success of both the former bands, plus the interest created by having two lead singers in Scott and Lovegrove. Inspired by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and local stars The Easybeats, they enjoyed considerable local success and released a few singles.

In late 1967, The Valentines moved to Melbourne in search of greater success, and soon toured other major cities. With a development towards the popular Bubblegum sound late in 1968, the band became more in demand, particularly from teenage girls. However as the fashion for bubblegum music wore off, The Valentines struggled to retain their musical credibility despite a turn towards rock music. With differing opinions within the band concerning musical direction, and a much-publicised drugs bust in September 1969, the group began to suffer. Although they still had a strong fanbase in certain areas of the country, especially back home in Perth, The Valentines decided to disband amicably in August 1970.

Scott had built a strong reputation as a powerful vocalist, and soon joined Fraternity. Lovegrove found success as a music journalist, and guitarist Wyn Milson became a sound engineer.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the albums of Bon Scott & Fraternity and the bon scott & the valentines here