Story on surviving success

New book: Glenn Shorrock will perform at Club Sapphire next Friday and is looking forward to bringing along his newly published autobiography Now, Where Was I? to the audience of Merimbula. Picture: Supplied.
New book: Glenn Shorrock will perform at Club Sapphire next Friday and is looking forward to bringing along his newly published autobiography Now, Where Was I? to the audience of Merimbula. Picture: Supplied.

With a career spanning over 50 years, Glenn Shorrock is one of the Australia’s most famous veterans of showbusiness.

On Friday, July 20, Glenn will be performing at Club Sapphire Merimbula and has an exciting treat to share which only hit stores last Friday – his autobiography, Now, Where Was I?

Born in England’s Kent in 1944, before emigrating with his family to Adelaide as a ‘tenpound Pom’ in the 1950s, his success story is one that took him around the world to international stardom.

From his days with Sixties pop band The Twilights, his work with Brian Cadd and Axiom in 1970 to fronting chart-topping Little River Band, Glenn tells his story in an intelligent, witty style that recalls the hedonistic days of the 1960s and international fame in the 1970s and 80s. Now, Where Was I? is Glenn’s story in his own words.

He writes of his colourful childhood in the UK and his family’s decision to emigrate to Australia in the 1950s. In the northern suburbs of Adelaide, Glenn eventually formed a ‘doo-wop’ acapella group, which later became the nucleus for the chart-topping pop group The Twilights.

Winning Australia’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ in 1966, Glenn and the boys found themselves in England at the end of the year, recording at Abbey Road while The Beatles wrote Penny Lane in the studio next door.

After The Twilights, Glenn found fame with Brian Cadd’s group Axiom, with their hit A Little Ray of Sunshine becoming an international bestseller.

In 1975, Glenn was seconded by Beeb Birtles and Grahame Goble to be the front man of their new group Little River Band.

For the next five years, the band travelled and performed all around the world and had enormous success in the US and Europe with a string of popular hits.

In 1980, he decided to take a break from touring but the group replaced him with John Farnham.

Although he later returned to front the group in the mid-1980s, the band disintegrated, and the founding members lost the right to perform under the Little River Band name.

Glenn recounts his story in surviving success and much more – the big names, the long tours and the bitter controversies while not losing his unique sense of humour and touch of irony.

Glenn’s credentials extend to all fields of show business, notably in theatre and cabaret where he starred in Evita, The Rocky Horror Show, One for the Money, Go Cat Go and Two Up. The 74-year old still has some kick on stage and is looking forward to meeting the Merimbula crowd.

Tickets cost $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Doors open at 8pm and the event is for ages 15+.  For more information contact Club Sapphire reception on 6495 1306.

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