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Rockwiz salutes Vanda and Young

Posted on 26 Sep 2013

The RocKwiz team is assembling a cavalcade of stars with 3 shows to celebrate the music of Australia's most famous songwriting and production team Vanda and Young.

Harry Vanda and George Young are responsible for writing and producing some of Australia’s biggest hits: Friday On My Mind, Good Times, Love Is In The Air, Hey St. Peter, St Louis, Walking In The Rain, Evie (Parts 1, 2 and 3) and the list goes on and on and on. These songs have become part of our pop history with some becoming international hits for artists like Bay City Rollers and Grace Jones

As producers, Vanda and Young shaped the sound of Aussie Pub Rock, producing and guiding bands like The Angels, Rose Tattoo, Choirboys and AC/DC no less!

Harry Vanda and George Young met at the Villawood Migrant Hostel in Sydney in 1963. They were founding members of The Easybeats, with Vanda on lead guitar and backing vocals and Young on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, along with Stevie Wright, Dick Diamond and Gordon Fleet. Vanda and Young co-wrote many of The Easybeatshits and produced the group from 1967.

After The Easybeats disbanded in 1969, Vanda and Young were songwriters and producers for their own projects such as The Marcus Hook Roll Band, Haffey's Whiskey Sour and Flash and the Pan. They produced the first six albums for AC/DC and were staff producers for Albert Productions from 1973, producing and writing Stevie Wright’s #1 single Evie (Parts 1, 2 and 3), along with Ted Mulry, Rose Tattoo, William Shakespeare and The Angels.

They wrote and produced hits for John Paul Young songs including I Hate the Music, Yesterday’s Hero and the international smash hit, Love Is In The Air.

In 1988 Harry and George were inducted into the inaugural ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association surveyed 100 music industry personalities and declared ‘Friday On My Mind’ the best Australian song of all time

ROCKWIZ SALUTES VANDA AND YOUNG will feature an eclectic mix of Australian heritage artists alongside contemporary stars, performing songs written, played or produced by Vanda and Young, to create an un-missable live event.

ROCKWIZ SALUTES VANDA AND YOUNG will of course be hosted by the wonderful Julia Zemiro and wrangled and adjudicated by Brian Nankervis. The legendary RocKwiz Orkestra; James Black, Peter Luscombe and Mark Ferrie will back the artists and play those Million Dollar Riffs and Australia’s favourite roadie, Dugald, will hold up the scores and tune the guitars.

And of course … it wouldn’t be a RocKwiz show without contestants being drawn from the audience to hit those buzzers and answer curly questions. It could be you, up there on stage!

Rockwiz Salutes Vanda and Young dates

Wednesday 4th Dec - Thebarton Theatre Adelaide

Friday 6th Dec - Enmore Theatre Sydney

Sunday 8th Dec - Palais Theatre Melbourne 

For  more information visit the Rockwiz website 

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