belowOn Ron’s Golden Oldies this Thursday…noon to 4pm…one of our feature artists is birthday boy LUCKY STARR.

Lucky Starr was born as Leslie William Morrison in 1940. He attended Canterbury High School before starting an apprenticeship as an electrician.

Two-and-a-half years later he began his rock and roll career in 1957 as Les Starr, lead singer and rhythm guitarist, of the Hepparays in Sydney. Lucky recalled how, “the guitarist in his band taught him [how to play] in five months. After winning several talent quests, “someone idly punned that he was ‘a lucky Starr’.

Late in 1959, as Lucky Starr, he signed as a solo artist to Festival Records and in December he released a four-track extended play, Sentimental Journey. For his early work he used the Hepparays as his backing band. He followed with four singles in the next year.

He was a regular performer on television music and variety shows, Bandstand and Six O’Clock Rock, and took over from Johnny O’Keefe as host of the latter for a brief period in 1960, while O’Keefe was touring the United States.

He was also the original Aussie who went to Vietnam to entertain our troops.

Lucky released his cover version of the novelty, tongue-twisting single, “I’ve Been Everywhere”, in early 1962, it was written by Geoff Mack, which name-drops numerous Australian towns. It peaked at number one in Sydney in April. “Spinner” from The Biz described the track, “It’s a hard hitting novelty number with a slight C and W flavour. Full of gimmicks it features high velocity lyrics in which Lucky recites 120 towns in the Commonwealth… [He] sings each verse in one breath and you’ll wonder how he does it when you hear it.” Adapted to American towns, it became a United States country music hit for Hank Snow after being released in September of that year.

Up to recently, Lucky was still performing in many clubs around Australia, being well received by audiences of all ages.

You can listen to Ron’s interview with Lucky below

Tune in, (or stream via northsideradio.com.au/audio-player) this Thursday, noon to 4pm right here on Northside Radio

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