John Farnham has made chart history. With this week’s ARIA chart #1 debut with Two Strong Hearts Live, John Farnham has made history by being the only artist to have Australian #1 albums spanning the last six decades.
Music and Chart Historian Gavin Ryan has researched John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John’s incredible careers and detailed the enormous chart success of each artist below:
John Farnham has received over his career 60 x Platinum Album awards (WHISPERING JACK alone sold 24 x Platinum), 3 x Platinum Single awards, 4 x Gold Single awards, 21 x Platinum DVD awards and 2 x Gold DVD awards. John’s #1 singles include ‘Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)’ (1968), ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ (1970), ‘You’re The Voice’ (1985) and ‘Age of Reason’ (1988). His #1 albums include WHISPERING JACK (1986), AGE OF REASON (1988), CHAIN REACTION (1990), THEN AGAIN (1993), ANTHOLOGY #1 (1997), THE MAIN EVENT (HIGHLIGHTS)with Olivia Newton-John(1998), 33 1/3 (2000) and THE LAST TIME (2002)
Olivia Newton-John has received 8 x Platinum Album awards, 3 x Gold Album awards, 3 x Platinum Single awards, 1 x Gold Single award and 1x Platinum selling DVD award. Olivia’s #1 singles include ‘Banks Of The Ohio’ (1971), ‘I Love You, I Honestly Love You’ (1974), ‘You’re The One That I Want’ (1978), ‘Physical’ (1981) and ‘Grease Megamix’ (1991). Her #1 albums include XANADU SOUNDTRACK (1980), GREATEST HITS VOL. 3 (1983) and THE MAIN EVENT (HIGHLIGHTS)with John Farnham (1998).
Two Strong Hearts Live, the new live album from John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John, has debuted at #1 on the Official ARIA Albums Chart.
Everyone who experienced this amazing show would attest that this was more than two artists simply sharing a bill. This was two long-time friends embracing each other’s vast catalogue of monster hits and fan favourites, delivered with a wit and emotion only ascertained through a close personal relationship.
John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John are both multi-ARIA Award Winners and have both been inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame – an industry recognition reserved only for those who have achieved greatness through dedication, perseverance and artistic evolution.
Two Strong Hearts Live has struck an accord with both industry peers and the public alike, with glowing reviews for the new album:
“John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John have a chemistry and friendship you just can’t fake. And zero egos. Some stars wouldn’t let their signature hits and show-stopping anthems become duets. But on this live souvenir of their recent joint tour you have Farnham getting Physical and ONJ even starts national anthem You’re the Voice. The fact these two were having serious fun is not lost in the recorded translation… Welcome to double happiness.” 4 and a half stars – News Ltd
“Fans of John Farnham will love this one. Fans of Olivia Newton-John will feel the same, and fans of both are likely to find themselves in some sort of musical heaven.” 3 Stars – The Examiner
Recorded in Melbourne with Philharmonia Australia, the twenty-one track album features sixteen duets with two of Australia’s most iconic singers.
With a 60-piece orchestra behind them, Farnham and Newton-John recently sold out houses around the country. With Chong Lim leading the orchestra alongside Farnham’s core band and singers, audiences were treated to a thrilling series of gigs that saw each artist dig into their own personal songbook with stunning results.
Highlights on the album include ‘Two Strong Hearts’, ‘Let Me Be There’, ‘Xanadu’, the Peter Allen penned ‘I Honestly Love You’ and a sublime ‘Tenterfield Saddler’, ‘Dare To Dream’, ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, ‘Burn For You’ and the jazz/blues hybrid of ‘Hit The Road Jack’ and ‘Fever’. Hearing Farnham and Newton-John work through ‘You’re The One That I Want’ and ‘Summer Nights’ from theGreasesoundtrack is joyous, funny and downright brilliant. Throw in a powerhouse ‘You’re The Voice’ and a stunning cover of AC/DC’s‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock And Roll)’, where the mix of rock n’ roll electricity and orchestra absolutely rocks, and you have one amazing live album!
Together, Farnham and Newton-John’s voices are bound up in the collective DNA of Australian music lovers. Recorded in Melbourne with the Philharmonia Australia, the twenty-one track album features sixteen duets with two of Australia’s most iconic singers
Today, in 2015, Farnham and Newton-John remain our ‘King and Queen of Pop’. Both are national treasures and, together on stage, they’ve got a helluva set list between them.
Re-Live the magic that was the Two Strong Hearts live show, grab your copy of the album now on iTunes, Sanity or JB Hifi.
John Farnham has been announced as an inductee to The Age and Music Victoria Announce Hall of Fame for their 10th Anniversary, to be celebrated at one-off concert event in November!
First introduced in 2006, The Age Music Victoria Awards (formerly The Age EG Awards) are the largest publicly voted music awards in Australia and at a media launch held this morning at The Palais Theatre, Music Victoria’s CEO Patrick Donovan, and The Age’s Shortlist Editor Martin Boulton announced the ten legendary Victorian musicians and industry icons who will be celebrated at the event’s 10th Anniversary concert.
Unlike the annual Awards, the selection of the The Age Music Victoria Awards 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame inductees was made by a voting panel including former inductees, musicians and music professionals, all of whom had their work cut out for them in selecting just ten inductees from Victoria’s long and illustrious musical heritage. Eligibility required inductees to have been Victorian residents when they made a significant contribution to Victoria culture. The one night only concert event on Friday, 20 November, 2015, will be hosted by RocKwiz’ Brian Nankervis with musical backing by the EG Allstars featuring Pete Luscombe (musical director), James Black, Bill McDonald and Ash Naylor.
The Age Music Victoria 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame inductees John Farnham (30 minute set) and Archie Roach will be joined on stage at The Palais Theatre by a few of their friends and fellow Victorian musical stars including Kate Ceberano, Brian Cadd, Normie Rowe, Colleen Hewett, Vika Bull, Angie Hart and Mark Seymour with more to be confirmed.
”These inductees are the architects of Victorian music and we are privileged to have the opportunity to pay tribute to them all in this one never-to-be-repeated event,’’ said Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan. Andrew Holden, Editor of The Age, added “The only way to celebrate this fantastic milestone is with 10 outstanding inductees, each one thoroughly deserving of the recognition that comes with being welcomed into the Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all our inductees.”
$5.00 from every ticket sold will be donated to the events charity partner, Support Act Limited, to help musicians in need.
Tickets for The Age Music Victoria 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame go on sale at 9.00am on Friday, 19 June, 2015 and are expected to sell FAST!
Without further ado, The Age Music Victoria Awards’ 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame inductees (in alphabetical order) are:
AC/DC, Bill Armstrong, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, The Palais Theatre, Archie Roach, Stan Rofe, The Seekers (Judith Durham, AO; Athol Guy, AO; Keith Potger, AO; Bruce Woodley, AO) Sunbury Festival and The Thunderbirds.
Want to win the ultimate prize pack of merchandise from the #TwoStrongHearts tour? All you have to do to be in the running, is pre-order a copy of #TwoStrongHeartsLive and email a scan or a photo of your receipt (or your iTunes check out receipt) to [email protected] with you answer to the following question:
“If you had to pick your favourite John Farnham lyric, what would it be and why?”
The most creative entry will take home a prize pack, with 5 runners up receiving a Two Strong Hearts tour shirt!
One entry per pre-order, multiple pre-orders on one receipt receives an entry for each!
The competition ends on Thursday, June 25 at midnight! Good Luck!
Following on from their incredible Two Strong Hearts Live Tour, comes the announcement of their new album – a collection of the magical moments from their tour.
With a 60-piece orchestra behind them, Farnham and Newton-John recently sold out houses around the country. With Chong Lim leading the orchestra, alongside Farnham’s core band and singers, audiences were treated to a thrilling series of gigs that saw each artist dig into their own personal songbook with stunning results.
Highlights on the album include ‘Two Strong Hearts’, ‘Let Me Be There’, ‘Xanadu’, thePeter Allen penned ‘I Honestly Love You’and a sublime ‘Tenterfield Saddler’, ‘Dare To Dream’ (first heard attheSydney OLYMPICS 2000), ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, ‘Burn For You’and the jazz/blues hybrid of ‘Hit The Road Jack’ and ‘Fever’.
“Olivia and I opened the show together,” explains John, “we finished the show together and there was lots of interaction in between. It’s terrific singing with Olivia.”
“It’s a perfect blend of songs,” continues Olivia. “The show just flowed so well. We do duets and sing parts of each other’s songs as well as our own. It was a wonderful experience.”
Throughout the album the hits keep coming. Hearing Farnham and Newton-John work through ‘You’re The One That I Want’ and ‘Summer Nights’fromtheGreasesoundtrack is joyous, funny (thanks to JF’s build up to the high notes) and downright brilliant.
In the final furlong you’ll hear ‘Hearts On Fire’, ‘If Not For You’and a re-working of John’s hit with Human Nature, ‘Every Time You Cry’. ‘Physical’ had every room the
pair played whilst on tour on their feet. Throw in a powerhouse ‘You’re The Voice’ and a stunning cover of AC/DC’s‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock And Roll)’, wherethe mix of rock n’ roll electricity and orchestra absolutely rocks, and you’ve got a night that will remain burned into the memory banks.
NEVER let it be said John Farnham does not fully commit when it comes to singing Grease hits with Olivia Newton-John.
It was Farnsey, not ONJ, who donned the trademark leather pants for their joint tour, which charmed Rod Laver Arena last night.
And in a night which was full of extreme joy, the Grease songs upped the fun factor to 11.
Farnham fans disappointed by the interaction-free joint tour with Lionel Richie last year get double happiness this time around.
These long-time friends quite clearly love each other’s company and spend around half of the concert singing together. And it is wonderful each time.
Farnham steps in for Cliff Richard on ONJ’s Xanadu duet Suddenly and it’s better than the original.
Livvy subs in for all of Human Nature on Every Time You Cry and the song takes on a whole new dimension.
They turn his ballad Burn For You into a duet which brilliantly changes the dynamics and both lose themselves in the moment singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow and it’s a reminder how neither has lost any vocal power.
But it’s those Grease anthems that see the crowd finally stretch their legs — particularly Summer Nights. Farnham’s loving channelling his inner Danny Zucco so much he forgets a key lyric at one point — he’s one of the few artists whose audience actually applaud that. He even busts out a few dance moves.
As any joint tour should, they bring out the best in each other.
She’s there to clean things up when Farnsey’s working a bit blue (a saucy dad joke about not being able to get up), he’s there to loosen her up as he unexpectedly jumps up behind her after their sassy mashup of Fever and Hit the Road Jack.
When another dud dad joke sees Farnham lose his spot in their stunning interpretation of Peter Allen’s Tenterfield Saddler, Livvy quickly gets him back on track (as does his trusty teleprompter — he’s the first to make jokes about having too many words to remember).
Most importantly, you’re watching two people having immense fun on stage and it’s infectious.
There’s just enough time for them to sing separately to make you miss the interactions.
We don’t get to see Olivia sing live on stage in Australia enough, and you’re truly spoiled when she’s got a huge orchestra behind her breathing new life into classics like Magic, Xanadu, Have You Never Been Mellow, I Honestly Love You, Hopelessly Devoted to You and the underrated A Little More Love.
And the trimmed-down Farnham is in his element with his mighty band (and that orchestra) powering through choice album cuts (No One Comes Close, Love to Shine) and national treasures (That’s Freedom, Pressure Down, Playing to Win andAge of Reason).
The concert ends with three things you never expected to see. There’s John Farnham, still in his leather strides, grinding against Olivia Newton-John as he takes the dirtier lines in Physical. And Livvy shines with her a cappella kick off to the national anthem You’re the Voice.
It speaks volumes about the lack of ego of these two superstars that they turned arguably their biggest individual hits into duets. And they provided the once-in-a-lifetime moments this show promised on paper.
The third surprise? Seeing Olivia Newton-John singing Bon Scott’s words on the final duet, John Farnham’s favourite rock song of all time, AC/DC’s It’s a Long Way to The Top. You can see in his face he lives for singing that song — he has always had good taste in music.
Farnham’s role as the Pope of Australian pop continues with a string of fans (politely) rushing the stage to get their hand kissed by The Voice, which he impressively manages to do while using said voice.
Forget what happened last year, this three hour hitfest may well be the most enjoyable joint tour you’ll ever see on our shores.