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Over 50 and Lovin' It

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Geoff Helisma

Lucky Starr and Rodney Vincent are Australian music industry stalwarts – age has not wearied them, or as Vincent says, “We’re not here for a long time; we’re here for a good time.”

Add someone like the evergreen Lucky Starr, of I’ve Been Everywhere Man fame, into the mix and you have a recipe for a great night’s entertainment.

Starr says he is perennially grateful for the success he enjoyed with his 1962 hit I’ve Been Everywhere Man because … well, it’s taken him everywhere, man! Like, to the US where he worked the Nevada Circuit, The Flamingo in Las Vegas, The Mapes in Reno and Harvey’s in Lake Tahoe. Also, in the same year, Starr signed a recording contract with Dot Records in Los Angeles, releasing five singles.

He is one of the founding members of the Australian pop music industry; he was regular on television shows such as Bandstand, hosted Six O’Clock Rock for one season and made regular appearances on Mavis Bramston, In Melbourne Tonight, Sing Sing Sing and other entertainment shows.

 

Vincent is a seasoned performer who first surfaced on New Faces many moons ago. Soon after, he was a member of the Channel 9 singers on In Melbourne Tonight, which featured Australian television icons Graham Kennedy, Ugly Dave Grey and Bert Newton, among other house hold names.

His story continued as he hit the television and the cabaret circuit around Australia. A one-night special guest performance with legendary rock ’n’ roller Gene Pitney led to a personal invitation to be his guest on his last three Australian tours. Vincent ended up co writing What a Big Surprise with Pitney.

Pitney said: “Rodney put down his vocal on [in] Melbourne with some great musicians and sent the tape to me in the US. I recorded my harmonies in my studio at home and mixed the final version, which was sent back to Australia.”

Performing their music and entertaining are like oxygen for these two well-seasoned Australian music legends – “Our show is a mixture of country, comedy and rock and roll,” says Vincent, “a fun night for all.” – so make a date to catch them at these venues when they tour the north coast: Lismore Workers Club at 10.30am on August 15; Yamba Bowling & Recreation Club August 17 at 8.00 pm and Evans Head R S L Club August 18 at 3 pm.

Tickets are available at the clubs or online through their websites.