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I Remember Me - The First 25 years - Frank Ifield Autobiography Volume One
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Last updated: 8 April 2014
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2014 U.K. TOUR DATES!!

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26 May 2014 Monday
An Evening with Frank Ifield
Albany Theatre
Coventry

28 May 2014 Wednesday
An Evening with Frank Ifield
Epstein Theatre
Liverpool

10 Jun 2014 Tuesday
When Aussies Ruled Britannia
Queen's Hall
Beaumont St
Hexham NE46 3LS

15 Jun 2014 Sunday
When Aussies Ruled Britannia
Princess Theatre
13 The Green, Hunstanton Norfolk PE36 5AH

16 Jun 2014 Monday
When Aussies Ruled Britannia
Shanklin Theatre
Prospect Rd, Shanklin
Isle of Wight PO37 6AJ


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STUIE FRENCH AND CAMILLE TE NAHU
Thursday 13 March 2014:
Congratulations to STUIE FRENCH AND CAMILLE TE NAHU,
winners of the 2014 Frank Ifield International Spur Award!
in association with Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club and Galston Rotary Club.
(Photo by Eyegraphics)

Tony Page and Frank Ifield with the 2014 plaque
Pictured above, Tony Page from Galston Rotary Club and Frank Ifield.
Unfortunately Stuie and Camille were airborne on the night, so their plaque
will be presented to them in-person at a later date.

The 'SPUR AWARD WINNERS SHOW' was held at Canterbury Country and featured STEPHANIE JANSEN (2013 Winner), NICKI GILLIS (2009 Winner),
WAYNE HORSBURGH (2000 Millennium Winner)

and GRAHAM TOOLE (2004 Winner).
Surprise guest for the night was KEITH POTGER (from The Seekers), who, with Frank, Nicki and Wayne, made up the cast of the recent 'When Aussies Ruled Britannia' tour.
STEPHANIE, WAYNE, FRANK, GRAHAM, NICKI
STEPHANIE, WAYNE, FRANK, GRAHAM, NICKI

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Stuie and Camille's track The First Time entered the UK Country Chart at #22 and rose to #14 in its second week and then reached #8.


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March 2014: At the showbiz 'Arrows' lunch, Frank was delighted to catch up with many long-standing friends:
Bobby Rydell, Pete Graham, Frank Ifield
Fellow 60s singing star Bobby Rydell, 2UE broadcaster Pete Graham and Frank.

Darby Wilson, Frank Ifield, Ron Martin, Laurie Bennett
When 'I Remember You' hit the top of the charts in 1962, Frank took his Aussie band to the U.K. for a hit tour. They were reunited here; Darby Wilson (guitar), Frank, Ron Martin (bass), and Laurie Bennett (drums). Steel player Kenny Kitching was to have been on the tour but had just become a father. Although not pictured, he was also at this 'Arrows' event which Frank proclaimed "...was a great reunion as this is the first time in many years that we had been all together". (Photos courtesy of John Charter)


Here are some photos from the recent 'When Aussies Ruled Britannia' show...


Tamworth Capitol Theatre: Nicki Gillis, Frank Ifield, Keith Potger, Wayne Horsburgh
(photo by Greg Sylvia)


Frank reminisces on stage about his first recordings


Opening night at the Dame Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
Glenn A. Baker, Nicki, Tracy Dann, Frank, Keith, Wayne


Frank Ifield and Keith Potger live on stage - Jan/Feb 2014
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Lockhouse Productions is pleased to announce that Mr Frank Ifield will be returning to the stage in January 2014 in a new stage production called 'When Aussies Ruled Britannia'.

The show features Frank and fellow 60s superstar Keith Potger (The Seekers) presenting stories and songs from the era when they were top of the pop charts across the world. Included will be the stories behind all of Frank's hits (sung by Wayne Horsburgh) and hits from The Seekers and The New Seekers (sung by Nicki Gillis and Keith himself).

17 January Dame Joan Sutherland PAC Penrith NSW
Box Office (02) 4723 7600 www.jspac.com.au

20 January Capitol Theatre Tamworth NSW
Box Office (02) 6767 5300 www.capitoltheatretamworth.com.au

23 January Capitol Theatre Tamworth NSW
Box Office (02) 6767 5300 www.capitoltheatretamworth.com.au

24 January Q Theatre Queanbeyan NSW
Box Office (02) 6285 6290 www.theq.net.au

25 January Wollongong Town Hall NSW
Box Office (02) 4227 5088 www.wollongongtownhall.com.au

29 January Westside Performing Arts Centre Mooroopna Vic
Box office (03) 5832 9511 www.riverlinksvenues.com.au

30 January Royal Theatre Castlemaine Vic
Box Office (03) 5412 1196 www.theatreroyal.info

1 February Drama Theatre (2 Shows) Geelong Vic
Box Office (03) 5225 1200 www.gpac.org.au

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Earlier in 2013, Frank Ifield recorded an extra three hours for 'Paul Hazell’s World Of Country' on Uckfield FM. This show aired for the first time in the U.K. on the evening of Boxing Day. It is now available for you to 'Listen Again' on demand from the station's website, along with many of Paul's specials. Click here to Listen Again...

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Dec 2013: The photos below are from The Coventry Music Museum which is currently ranked #1 of 31 attractions in Coventry by TripAdvisor.co.uk.

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Colin Ifield in 2002
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COLIN IFIELD
1943-2013

Dear Departed Brother and Irreplaceable Friend
Passed Away with Cancer - 12 November 2013

From Frank's eulogy:

Colin lived a multi-faceted life as a singer; hydraulic engineer and Deep Muscle Therapist. His stature was of a tall handsome man with an engaging smile and outwardly very friendly but he was essentially quite shy. His deep resonant quality of voice made him a natural for a career as a singer and in 1963 he appeared on Sydney's top rating Television shows such as Australian Bandstand and ABCTV's Six O Clock Rock Show with the legendary Johnny O'Keefe.

Colin then turned his hand the family business in Dural of Hydraulic engineering and then took on the management of its highly successful Queensland division when he met with an automobile accident which almost took his life but Colin fought his way back against all odds.
Due to these experiences, bouts of ill health and dealing with adversity Colin found a new strength. His underlying passion to help others deal with their suffering found him establishing himself as a Deep Muscle Therapist in Glenorie where his great empathy for others ensured there were many satisfied clients.

If a life well lived can be measured by the amount of true and loving friends one has in life then my brother is truly blessed both here and in the great beyond.
Farewell my friend; May you rest in peace.

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'Frank Ifield Rarities' is now released globally on Parlophone Records (a Warner Music Group Company) and is available from Amazon UK, Amazon USA and iTunes.

You can also still order a limited autographed copy of the double CD right here at Frank's website! Click here for more...

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On Monday, 30th September, legendary singer Frank Ifield re-launched the Uckfield Volunteer Centre at Uckfield, East Sussex in South East England. CLICK HERE to listen to a replay of the live broadcast or watch a video of the opening and view photos. There are also more photos here...

Frank Ifield and Paul Hazell
Frank cuts the ribbon at Uckfield Volunteer Centre while Paul Hazell broadcasts the event.
(Photo by Ron Hill)

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Uckfield FM presented Frank with a commemorative plaque (pictured left) "In recognition of the 60th anniversary of his first commercial recording and his continuing influence in the music industry".

 

On the previous night Sunday 29th September 2013, Frank Ifield was on air for the full three hours of 'Paul Hazell’s World Of Country' on Uckfield FM. The theme for the night was 'The International Pioneers Of Country Music' and you can hear a replay of the entire show at via the station's website!

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RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!

'Frank Ifield Rarities'

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Double CD now available here!

This is a limited pre-release that features 59 Stereo tracks from the vaults of EMI.
Each CD is autographed by Frank himself and costs only $20 (Australian) plus $5 shipping & handling. Remember it is limited, so buy now!
Track Listing:
Disc 1
1. Fireball Mail
2. Cold Cold Heart
3. (Yes) I'm Hurting
4. Dark Moon
5. Roses From A Stranger
6. Devoted To You
7. Take Good Care Of Her
8. Long Gone
9. Love Song Of The Waterfall
10. Who Cares (For Me)
11. Lights Of Home
12. After The Heartaches
13. Here Comes My Baby Back Again
14. Rovin' Lover
15. Wolverton Mountain
16. Just Let Me Make Believe A While
17. I'm Learning Child
18. Give Myself A Party
19. Before This Day Ends
20. Good Morning Dear
21. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
22. Don't Forget To Cry
23. I'd be A Legend In My Time
24. Rainbows And Roses
25. You've Still Got A Place In My Heart
26. In A Mansion Stands My Love
27. Cool Water
28. Rover No More
29. Streets Of Laredo
      Disc 2
1. Maurie
2. When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
3. A Stranger To Me
4. Cattle Call
5. Sweet Memories
6. Riders In The Sky
7. You And Me And Happiness
8. Just One Time
9. I'm A Fool To Care
10. Half As Much
11. Look What Thoughts Will Do (Tu Ne Me Verras Pleurer)
12. I Forgot What It Was Like
13. Blue Bayou
14. Innocent Years
15. Funny How Time Slips Away
16. Lost Love
17. A Hundred Days
18. Gonna Find Me A Bluebird
19. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
20. San Antonio Rose
21. Hey Little Bird
22. If It Comes To That
23. Love Me
24. Happy Tracks
25. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
26. It Don't Work That Way
27. I Just Can't Lose The Blues
28. Nottingham Fair
29. Old Man Duff
30. Pecos Bill

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Frank's good friend Wayne Horsburgh was on air for the full three hours of 'Paul Hazell’s World Of Country' on Uckfield FM, Sunday 1st September.
The show featured Wayne and many special guests (including Frank during the last half-hour) and can now be heard again on demand...CLICK HERE.
Frank will be the featured guest of the show again very soon...watch this space for details!
John Waters and Frank ifield 13 May 2013:

At the May ‘Break A Leg Lunch’, raising money for Support Act Ltd.

Pictured left: Frank with the guest speaker at the lunch - Australian actor and musician JOHN WATERS. John’s many roles include playing JOHN LENNON in the show he wrote himself, Looking Through A Glass Onion. He is currently playing Gomez in The Addams Family musical and Darcy Proudman in the television series, Offspring.

Pictured below:
(back row, L to R:) George Bruno, Frank Ifield, Jim White, Rachel Joy
(front row, L to R:) Wayne Horsburgh, Bob Howe and Karen, Meryl Gross
lunch table guests

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Wayne Horsburgh, Frank Ifield, Jim Haynes
10 May 2013 at Wests Cardiff: A great show by The Three Caballeros,
Wayne Horsburgh, Frank Ifield, and Jim Haynes

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Farewell to Larry Memery

"Larry is an unsung hero who was both my friend and mentor and I treasure the times we spent together.
He brought many aspiring young talented performers to my notice and together we did what we could to help them on their way to realizing their dreams.
Whatever he tackled was done with passion, enthusiasm, and unselfishness; but most of all, in giving of himself, he inspired us all with love."

Larry Memery

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Frank on the radio:

Colin Bunyan presents Vintage Vinyl on BBC Tees. During April, the featured artist on the show is Frank Ifield and you'll hear three of Frank's tracks each week. Listen live on Sunday afternoons, 2 - 5pm UK Time via the BBC Tees website or check their 'Listen Again' link for a replay.

Frank recently spoke to Louise Maher on 666 ABC Canberra and you can hear or download that excellent interview at their website...

Did you miss the fabulous interview when Frank Ifield appeared live on Paul Hazell's 'World Of Country' on Uckfield FM back in June 2012? Never fear! Now you can hear the entire three hours again, complete with many rare recordings. Just CLICK HERE...

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Chloë and Jason RowethFrank onstage
Chloë and Jason Roweth (from Battlers’ Ballad) singing and Frank story-telling...
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Frank Ifield

In association with the
National Folk Festival

There are not many artists who can say they’ve had the Beatles as their support act or been the first to have three consecutive hits on the British charts. Frank Ifield can lay claim to both. Yet this world-renowned performer had his roots in Dural, 36 kilometres north-west of Sydney, where he learnt to play the ukulele, set Australian poetry to his own tunes and listened to the yodelling of Tex Morton—a true ‘folk’ background.

Frank Ifield performed with musicians Chloë and Jason Roweth and in conversation with folklore collector Rob Willis.

Thursday 28 March 2013, 12.30 pm
Theatre, National Library of Australia, Canberra


Frank talks to Rob Willis
Frank talks to Rob Willis (Photos courtesy of the National Library of Australia)

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Frank Ifield and Stephanie Jansen

 

Thursday 14 March 2013:

Congratulations to
STEPHANIE JANSEN

Winner of the 2013
Frank Ifield International Spur Award!

 

STOP PRESS: Stephanie's track Shoes has moved up to #3 on the UK Country Chart, the spot previously occupied by Frank's
Roses From A Stranger.

FRANK IFIELD, STEPHANIE JANSEN and TONY PAGE (Galston Rotary) onstage
FRANK IFIELD, STEPHANIE JANSEN and TONY PAGE (Galston Rotary) onstage
Photo courtesy of Mark Turnbull

onstage presentationMEDIA RELEASE - 15/3/2013: Stephanie Jansen Awarded the Frank Spur Award - 'Shoes' debuts at 9 on the UK Country charts.
On Thursday evening March 14, Stephanie Jansen was awarded the coveted Frank Ifield International Spur Award for 2013. Stephanie gratefully accepted the award last night at 'Canterbury Country' from Frank Ifield OAM, in association with The Rotary Club of Galston and Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL. In a stealth manoeuvre with Stephanie's management, Mr Ifield was able to release the single 'Shoes' off Stephanie's 2012 Australian debut E.P 'Risky' to over 1000 radio stations across the UK and Europe. Ms Jansen was bowled over, on receiving the award, to hear that her single had on the first week entered the UK and European Country Music Charts debuting at number 9.

"This is an incredible surprise and completely unexpected. I feel so honoured to receive this special award. 'Shoes' is a song I hold particularly close. I wrote it with a dear friend (Allan Caswell) and it spins me out that right now our song is being heard by millions of people in the UK and all across Europe!" said Ms Jansen.

STOP PRESS: Stephanie's track Shoes has moved up to #4 the UK Country Chart, while Frank's Roses From A Stranger has moved up to #3.

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Canterbury Country
Thursday 14th March 2013
Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club
8pm in the Starlight Auditorium
'AWARD WINNERS SHOW'
featuring
EMMA HANNAH (2012 Spur Winner)
JOHANNA HEMARA (2010 Spur Winner)
NICKI GILLIS (2009 Spur Winner)
TRAVIS LIST (from Nashville)
plus FRANK presenting the 2013 Frank Ifield International Spur Award (in association with Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club and Galston Rotary Club)
Hosted by BOB HOWE with the Hillbilly Heaven band.

FRANK, EMMA, NICKI, STEPHANIE, JOHANNA, TRAVIS
FRANK, EMMA, NICKI, STEPHANIE, JOHANNA, TRAVIS (Photo by Bob Howe)

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Frank Ifield and Roy Cooper
Frank Ifield and Roy Cooper

From Frank: "On the evening Monday 4th of March 2013 we were cruising on Sydney Harbour for the Mo Awards Nomination Night. I met many of my old friends and after these many years I was sitting with my old pal Roy Cooper. Roy and I share a lot in common apart from both being survivors of Heart Attacks, we worked together at his Sydney recording studios on my CD released on ABC called 'The Fire Still Burns'.

Bob Howe had done some wonderful guitar picking on the original tracks back in the UK and here Roy added some drum and guitar licks on other tracks in Australia. When we first met I was delighted to learn that he was the drummer for my favourite English star of the 50s & 60s Lonnie Donegan and I am so pleased to see Roy looking so well and happy with his wife Carol.

Also sitting at our table on the cruise was Wayne Horsburgh and the lovely Nicki Gillis who I thank for taking this picture and it thrilled me to hear that not only Nicki and Wayne but Bob Howe as well have been nominated for the coming Mo Awards - We wish you all good luck!"

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Tamworth Festival 2013:

"What a great time I had at this years Tamworth Country Music Festival. One thing that made it a stand out was that apart from the very successful shows with John Stephan at the Town Hall, I learned that my friend WAYNE HORSBURGH had been duly inducted into the 'Roll Of Renown'. Swept up with excitement, I could not wait to see it. So we made arrangements to meet up along with our mutual friends Bob Howe and his bubbly enthusiastic wife Karen to take pictures of the occasion so we could share the good news with you all.

Frank and Wayne at the Roll Of Renown
You will no doubt notice that Wayne and I appear together on the same chunk of rock albeit with ten years of separation and also appearing there is our mate; the legendary steel guitarist Kenny Kitching. There we stood in the blazing heat while our images were being photographed for perpetuity.

Meanwhile after working up a raging thirst that only could be quenched by a cold beer at the Longyard Hotel, Karen suggested going to visit The Big Golden Guitar – Gallery of Stars Wax Museum - so quickly I agreed to tag along. It had been many years since I last went there and I wondered had my wax dummy survived the ravages of time. Much to our mirth and surprise it had. So I had to put my smiling face, which shows the result of the intervening years in front of the dummy - Which is the real one?

Frank in Wax!
I also enjoyed visiting the effigies of many dear departed friends such as the man that gave me my first professional engagement Tim McNamara.

Then I looked up to see my idols Rick & Thel Carey who had left such a lasting impression with me and whose encouragement and advice set this young fourteen-year-old greenhorn on the road to making dreams into reality.

Tim McNamara in waxRick and Thel Carey in wax

Smoky in wax
 
As a young child I recall sitting with my Gran to hear the radio adventures of the great Smoky Dawson.

Next to him was the father of Australian Country Music Tex Morton and the Balladeer Bushman himself Buddy Williams.

 
Jimmy Little in wax
 
Last year saw the sad passing of my dear friend of over 60 years: Gentleman Jim - the unforgettable Jimmy Little. I could not help a moment of sadness sweep over me in wishing that they were all still flesh and bone instead of wax and we could sit a spell and chat once again for old times sake."

(With thanks to the staff of The Big Golden Guitar – Gallery of Stars Wax Museum)
 

Raising a glass to Wayne!
Raising a glass to Wayne!
(Dulcie, Wayne, Karen, Bob, Frank)

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