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John Farnham

In a country of over 20 million people, John Farnham is the one Australian artist who stages arena-sized concerts whenever he tours to satisfy the demand. He is, without challenge, Australia's most successful solo artist, on-stage and on record. His Whispering Jack album was the first album to sell over a million copies in Australia alone.

In September 1967 at the age of 18, he was signed to a recording contract and in December of that year released the novelty single "Sadie the Cleaning Lady," which became the biggest-selling single in Australia at that time. As a song, the record's success almost defies logic. What fans were responding to was "Johnny" Farnham's bright boy-next-door personality. He was someone both teenage girls and their mothers could both like. Farnham was also a fine singer and survived "Sadie" to release a long string of pop hits between 1967 and 1973, including the local hit versions of Three Dog Night's "One," B.J. Thomas' "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" (number one), and David Cassidy's "Rock Me Baby." He also starred in the stage musicals Dick Whittington & His Cat, Charlie Girl, and Pippin. His schedule prevented Farnham trying his luck internationally or developing on record. Success continued on the basis of his talent his personality, but by the late to mid-'70s, his career was reduced to night club and cabaret performances trading on his past. Even his record company lost faith in him and dropped him.

In 1980, changing from "Johnny" to the more mature John Farnham, he set about resurrecting his career. The trigger was a dramatically rearranged, impassioned performance of the Beatles' "Help" on a nationally broadcast Royal Command TV concert. He reminded everyone what a fine singer he was, and in July, he released Uncovered, a well-received comeback album recorded under the production eye of Little River Band's Graham Goble. In September 1982, longtime Farnham fan Goble was inspired to convince the rest of LRB they should take the radical move of removing Glenn Shorrock, singer of all the band's hits, and making Farnham their lead singer. The band's American record company was in shock. So were non-Australian fans. It was a hurdle Farnham could not overcome, and at the end of 1985, he left LRB and began work on a new make-or-break solo album.

The anthemic single "You're the Voice" restored Farnham to number one for the first time in 17 years. The carefully crafted adult contemporary October 1986 album Whispering Jack was number one 18 weeks, and became the biggest-selling album in Australian history. "You're the Voice" sold a million copies in Europe and reached the Top Ten in England. A consummate singer and performer since 1986, Farnham has been Australia's number one attraction, with successive big-selling albums and sold-out concert tours. International interest has continued to beckon, but the dedicated family man is happy with his career as it is. ~ Ed Nimmervoll, Rovi
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puppylions12 3 9 8 7
Fuckk you for copying Queeen fuckkkkkk youuu
As I go to football I listen to the better one
Wtf is this doing in 1D station??
Copy and paste this on 10 different songs you will have the best day of you're life tomorrow. You will get kissed or asked out be if you break the chain there will be a dead girl in you're room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I'm sorry or I love you.
jordan.brand e n
Like We Will Rock You
queen is better
but the one by John Farnham suches
but the one from queen is awesome
this song is not good
Go Blue Rock's
Go Red Sox
ahdz27
Hughesj355 calm down its a good song don't be a grump
You rock
I guess this was a good attempt.
Get a sense of humor -- and a life -- already...
ONCE AND FOR ALL --- THIS IS A STUPID SONG FROM QUEEN, A REALLY STUPID BAND, AND DESERVES TO BE HOOTED OFF CONCERT STAGES FOREVER. THIS, ON THE OTHER HAND IS HILARIOUS !!
OMG I LOVE THIS SONG
stosstheboss
Did you John Farnham was gay?

jandy_844
I like different versions of a song I enjoy the different interpretati o n s
Queen sang it way better.
I really like this song it has a good rock to it plz follow me
Queen sang it better
Kiss your hand then say your crushes name then post this on 2 videos then look at your hand
Kiss your hand then say your crushes name then post this on 2 videos then look at your hand
We will rock you. :-)
Best song ever
I thnk dis is an excellent rendition of the song. Granted nutin can compare 2 de original but hey....hater s guna hate.
No where near queen and never will be
Cheap knock off
he is mocking Queen
colepowell36 0
cheap mock up doesn't deserve to be on pandora
Take him AWAY he is Mocking Queen That Biach
This is Crap
WTF is this crap?
I luv this song
Give him a chance. ._.
WE WILL ROCK YOU
Ok people ok calm down anyone can sing abusing so lay off Jesus people, calm down will you?
Best in the world
FRIKING AMETURE HES DISGRACING THE NAME OF QUEEN CALL 911!!!!!!!!
911 there is a loser signing we will rock you -police:omg we our on our way
YOU'RE THE VOICE TRY AND UNDERSTAND IT
ARGH! He's shaming Queen!
hunterbrowni n g 1 2 3
Kiss your hand then say your crushes name then post this on 2 videos then look at your hand
John Farnham sang Please Don't Ask Me better than Help.
It's sad that I can sing this whole song ... From a movie a nights tale ... I think it's called
We will we will win
queen is better
Cool
manicely2
U are so good dude but u are awesome
Pretty good, but I like Queen better.
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