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young John
dressed as plumber
Strings EP
Susan Jones
Moomba 1972
Col Joye Tour March 1968
John and Jill
John with Colleen Hewett
Division 4
Bobby Dazzler
Don Lane Show
with Ross Fraser
Youre The Voice
ARIA Awards
Australian Of The Year
Princes Trust
John and Glenn
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Main Event
East Timor 2000
with Tom Jones
Teen Angel
2006 Closing Ceremony
with Chris Martin
Hall Of Fame
Two Strong Hearts
Violence Free Families
with Olivia
Age Music Hall Of Fame
with Celine Dion
Fals Festival
Finding The Voice Poster

A quick look ...

Born in East london, England


Performs around Essex at charity shows

Emigrates to Australia

Begins performing on weekends with The Mavericks

Joins Strings Unlimited

Records a three track demo with Strings Unlimited

Performs his first solo show at St Clair in Adelaide followed by The Princeton Club and Halfway Out

Appears on the Adelaide pop show 'In-Time' 

Records the Susan Jones commercial for TAA airlines.

Signed to EMI Records

Records Sadie The Cleaning Lady

Sadie single goes to No.1 in Adelaide

Voted Best Male Vocal

Sadie single goes to No.1 nationally

Sadie album goes gold

Wins the Logie award for Best Teenage Personality

Tours New Zealand with the Blast Off 68 Pop Spectacular

Johnny EP

Underneath The Arches single released

Jamie single released

Rose Coloured Glasses single released

I Saw Mummy Kising Santa Clause single released

The first ever Johnny Farnham TV special was screened on TV

The single One goes to No.1

Number One EP released

Operation Starlift concert Tour

Raindrops goes to No.1

King of Pop

Performs at Melbourne's
Festival Hall

Lead role in 'Music Is Christmas', in Adelaide

Tours with Johnny O'Keefe

Guest on Easybeats TV Special

King of Pop

Hosts Good Morning Melbourne

Stars in the pantomime Dick Whittington and His Cat

Looking Through A Tear album goes gold

Comic Conversation is a national top ten hit

Hosts a five minute segment at 6.25 weeknights - Johnny Farnham's Revolution

Hosts a marathon fun spectacular on Channel 7 called 'Ideal Fun Day' 

Carols By Candlelight Mebourne

CTC Canberra produce a TV special, Meet Farnham, Kamahl and O'Keefe

King of Pop

Plays Joe in Charlie Girl

Channel 9 screens 'Johnny Farnham Sings The Shows' 

Plays the 'Prodigal Son' at St. Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne

Together album with Alison Durbin

Erik Award: Best Supporting Actor for 'Charlie Girl'

Give A Little Love is included on 'For The Love Of man' album

King of Pop

Crowned King of Moomba

Goes to World Popular Song Fesival in Tokyo where Don't You Know It's Magic wins "Outstanding Prize"

Awarded 'Most Popular Australian Male Singer' in the Go-Set Pop Poll Awards 

For Christ Sake Help The Kids single is released

King of Pop

Marries Jillian Billman

Presented with award for 'Victoria's Youth of The Year'

Ted Hamilton and Johnny Farnham Together Again For The Very First Time

Plays the lead role in stage production of Pippin

It's Magic with Colleen Hewett

Hosts first color transmission of Countdown

Performs at a benefit concert for the victims of Cyclone Tracy

Performs in 'Night Of The Stars' at Festival Theatre, Adelaide

Guest stars on 'Last Of The Australians'

Guest on 'Young Talent Time' 

The television series 'Me and Mr. Thorne' is piloted.

Stars in the musical 'Roberta'  

Johnny becomes John

John officially opens the headquarters for the Victorian Deserted Children's Assoc. 

'Music For The People' concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne 

Mo Award: Best Male Vocal

At an LRB show in Las Vegas John and Glenn Wheatley discuss management and an album

Mo Award: Best Male Vocal

TV series Farnham and Byrne

Sings Help at Royal Command Performance concert at Sydney Opera House

Help becomes John’s first national top ten hit since 1972

Uncovered LP is released

Mo Award: Best Male Vocal and Entertainer of The Year

Son, Robert Farnham is born

The JF Band set attendance records at Billboard nightclub in Melbourne and tour in support of Stevie Wonder

Invited to replace Glenn Shorrock in Little River Band

Sammy Award:, Best Variety Performer

Mo Award: Best Male Vocal

Mo Award: Best Rock Group - LRB Male Vocal

Leaves Little River Band

Joins with other artists to record Happy Christmas (War is Over) for 'Incredible Penguins'

Opens for Whitney Houston in Sydney

You’re The Voice & Whispering Jack both roar to number one.

Performs with Laura Branigan at TV Week Awards

Performs with Billy Joel at Athletic Park, Wellington, NZ 

Jack’s Back becomes the biggest Australian concert tour of all time

John receives six statues at the inaugural ARIA Awards

Flys to London to appear on Top Of The Pops

Whispering Jack is the first CD manufactured in Australia

Son, James Farnham is born

Named Australian of the Year for 1987

Headliner at Brisbane Expo ‘88

Age Of Reason single and album both at number one

Age of Reason European tour

Visits U.S.S.R. to launch the Greenpeace album Breakthrough

Princes Trust concert, London

Sings at last ever VFL final

Summer Tour

Participates in Variety Club Bash, Bourke to Broome

Chain Reaction goes to No.1

Records duet with Jimmy Barnes, When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

Full House CD goes to No.2

Wins 2nd place in the Adelaide Grand Prix celebrity race

Mo Award: Contemporary Performer Of The Year

You're The Voice enters the USA Billboard charts

Performs at Ausmusic '90 from Brisbane Entertainment Centre

John heads the 'Kickstart Concert' for the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Participated in Variety Club Bash, Bourke to Beagle

National concert production of
Jesus Christ Superstar

Celebrity driver at the Adelaide Grand Prix and performs at the Adelaide Grand Prix concert 

Singer Col Joye presents John with the Australian Music Awards' Crystal Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry.

Then Again album released

Talk of the Town concert tour

Talk Of The Town CD released

Receives the Melbourne Music Festival 'Hall Of Fame' award 

Wins the Pine Lodge Indoor Equestrian Centre Celebrity Horse Reigning Competition 

Narrates at a performance of 'Peter and The Wolf' at the Melbourne Concert Hall 

Concert For Rwanda at Flinders Park, Melbourne

IndyCarnival on Gold Coast

Australia Remembers Concert

Receives Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

Romeo’s Heart album relased Jack Of Hearts tour

Tours Asia

Performs at the Melbourne Grand Prix concert

Performs 'Birthday' and 'Advance Australia Fair' at the AFL Centenary Grand Final

Performs at opening of Melbourne’s Crown Casino

Release of Anthology CD's

Every Time You Cry (w/Human Nature) - most broadcast record of the year

The Main Event tour

Highlights of The Main Event album goes No.1

Performs at Shepherds Bush Empire, London and Langelands Festival, Denmark

John turns 50

I Can’t Believe He’s 50 tour

Live At The Regent album

Performs for Australian troops in Dili, East Timor

Joins Judith Durham, Col Joye, James Reyne and others for a special concert for the AIRBORNE SERVICES RESOURCES  TRUST FUND in Perth.

Presented with the key to the city by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne 

Mo Award for The Main Event for Arena Performers of the Year

John and Olivia Newton John perform Dare To Dream at the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics

Man Of The Hour Tour

Mo Awards:
Arena Performer Of The Year

Receives a Centenary Medal for "outstanding
services to Australian music”

John Farnham Love Songs CD

Commencement of The Last Time national tour

The Last Time album launch - Esplanade Hotel St. Kilda, Victoria

Leeuwin Estate Winery, WA - two shows

Records with Queen to produce a new version of We Will Rock You for the Rugby World Cup

Inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame

Named as Victoria’s Number One Living Treasure in a poll by Radio station 3AW 

Performs at Evian Theatre, Penrith Panthers - 2 concerts

Tweed Heads NSW - 3 concerts

Inducted into the Aria Hall Of Fame

Performs at Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay NZ

John re-signs with BMG and commits to 5 albums over the next 10 years 

Performs at the Kids Under Cover Ball at the Palladium Room Crown Casino, Melbourne

Presented with the coveted James Cassius Award at the Helpmann Awards

Together In Concert tour with Tom Jones

I Remember When I Was Young – Songs From The Great Australian Songbook album reaches No.2

Plays the role of Teen Angel in Grease The Arena Spectacular 

Performs at Bec Cartwright and Lleyton Hewitt's wedding reception. Lleyton sings a duet with John

Tsunami benefit concert

Performs at Sydney Opera House with SSO, for the Creating Greener Pastures cause

Short tour sharing the bill with Stevie Nicks

Concerts with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras

Sings at the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

Performs You’re The Voice with Coldplay at Sydney Cricket Ground to open Sound Relief bushfire benefit concert

You're The Voice re-enters the ARIA charts

Fans initiate an online petition to encourage John to tour

Live By Demand tour

Kimberley Moon Experience concert in Kununurra

Luna Park's 75th Birthday

Tours to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Whispering Jack

The Acoustic Chapel Sessions live CD and DVD

Performs after the V8 Supercars race in Sydney

Performs at the opening of the Star Event Centre in Sydney

Voted as Australia’s finest singer of all time by his peers

Immortalised on a postage stamp for the second time

Co-headlining tour with Lionel Richie across Australia and NZ

Headlines Decades Music Festival at Pine Rivers Park, Qld

Two Strong Hearts Tour, CD & DVD with Olivia Newton-John

Appeared in music video for Violence Free Families

Inducted into the The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame

Day On The Green and One Electric Day concerts

Performed at the closing of Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly known as Sydney Entertainment Centre)

Headlined the River4Ward charity concert

Headline artist for Cruise N Groove 2016

Whispering Jack boxset

Friends For Christmas released

Age Of Reason reissued on vinyl.

Red Hot Summer Tour

Performs at Jupiters

One Electric Day

Performs at Woolongong and Derwent Entertainment Centre

A Weekend in The Gardens, Rottnest Island and A Day On The Green

Performs at Domestic Violence Concert

Friends For Christmas released

Chain Reaction reissued on vinyl

By The C

Red Hot Summer Tour

Watpac Race concert

Red Hot Bash

One Tropical Day

Joins Celine Dion on stage

Gardens By The Bay Singapore

Hay Mate Charity Concert


A Day On The Geen

Red Hot Summer - Series 3

John turns 70

NFSA launch an online exhibition of John's career

Mt Isa 60th Anniversary

Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers - 70th Anniversary

Singapore, Gardens By The Bay

One Electric Day - 5 shows

New Zealand

Live In The Vines

Hay Mate - Bush Christmas

Falls Festival

Falls Festival

Fire Fight Australia

Best friend and Manager, Glenn Wheatley passes away

Authorised Biopic, John Farnham: Finding The Voice

Greatest Hits re enters the
ARIA Charts

Whispering Jack re enters itunes chart

‘Finding The Voice’ Music From The Feature Documentary debuts at No.2

Greatest Hits (2009) released on 2LP bottle green vinyl

John Peter Farnham was born July 1st, 1949 to Rose and John Farnham at Mile End Hospital in East London. He has been entertaining audiences worldwide since 1967 and his impact on the Australian Music Industry is phenomenal and unrivalled.

John has sold millions of record. He holds the record for the highest selling album by an Australian artist, the record for highest ticket sales by an Australian artist in every entertainment centre across Australia and has received numerous awards and accolades.

Throughout his career John has been involved in many charities, promoted many products and been presented with numerable awards. He is Australia's most talented and popular entertainer, engaging his audience immediately he comes on stage.

An admirable, humble, humane, ethical, hardworking and devoted family man, John Farnham is truly a very special Australian Icon full of unpretentious charm whose music has held generations spellbound.

Living in Dagenham, Essex for the first ten years of his life, John grew up surrounded with music, there was plenty of love and sing-a-longs. John's Granddad would busk and could strike a tune on almost any instrument, and Uncle Alf would lull John to sleep playing record after record.

One of John's first memories of singing is from school. He was about seven and, as punishment for singing under his breath, a teacher made him stick his head out the window and belt out 'He's Got the Whole World in his Hands'.
When he was a kid, his parents would stand him on the table and say, "Sing us a song, Johnny." He often sang Blue Star, first released by Felicia Sanders in 1955. 
He loved the attention.

John had pneumonia when he was six and was confined to bed. Uncle Alf gave him a record player and one record - Jim Reeves singing 'He'll Have To Go'. His interest in music was born as he played the record repeatedly. John's first instrument followed shortly after and was a plastic, four string guitar. He struggled to play it until he heard Paul Anka's Diana. Johns early influeces also include The Everly Brothers, however he has said his biggest influences was Tommy Steele, who is regarded as Britain's first teen idol and rock and roll star.

During the late 50's John performed around Essex on charity shows staged by his Uncle Christopher.

In 1959 John's parents John Snr., and Rose, John and his sisters Jean and Jackie emigrated to Australia, sailing from Southampton on the P&O Liner Orsova.
John also has a brother Steven who was born in Australia.
When the Farnham's arrived in Australia they stayed with John's Aunt Mary in Yarraman Park in Victoria. John attended Yarraman State School and Lyndale Primary School.

John performed Elvis Presley's 'Wooden Heart' at a concert night at school, but the night didn't go well as his guitar was out of tune. By the end of the performance the audience was yelling for him to get off - an interesting start to his show business career!

John's first real step towards a musical career was when he and two school friends, John and two Mikes formed a band called The Mavericks. They didn't know many numbers but managed to get a few gigs at school socials. John only knew three chords on the guitar - C, G and E. John remembers playing at a 21st birthday party and they played Wooden Heart and Love Potion No.9 for three hours. The members progressed to Lyndale High School together and the group regularly played at school concerts and at the Dandenong Town Hall.

During School holidays John worked with family friend Stan Foster in his plumbing business at Caulfield Heating Service.
He didn't enjoy school for several reasons and took up the opportunity to leave and begin a plumbing apprenticeship with Stan. John's mathematics score was lower than needed to grant his permit. A kind assistant at the Commission changed the score and he was granted his apprenticeship.

The Mavericks auditioned for a support bracket for local band Strings Unlimited who were running a Friday night dance at the Lyndale hall in Dandenong. 'Strings Unlimited' were impressed with 15 year old John's vocal abilities and three of the members arranged to meet with him the following weekend at a 21st Birthday party 'The Mavericks' were playing.

The group members listened while the band repeatedly played the only five songs they knew until their set was finished and then the trio asked John to audition for their band. John had spent the entire week practicing and when the time came to audition his voice was too hoarse to sing very much.
The band told a tense John, not to worry about it and to come back next week after his voice had recovered.
That next week he sang 'House of the Rising Sun' and was formally asked to join the band.

Work with 'Strings Unlimited' was regular and after working at his plumbing job during the day he would go home, change clothes and race off to wherever they were playing that night.

'Strings Unlimited' were intent on breaking into the recording scene.
The band was approached by Norm Burke to record three tracks with Al Matthews, minus their lead singer. John watched this process silently seated near the exit door of Armstrong Studios. He was assured there would be tracks to record with him as lead singer and songs were reviewed with those intentions. The good intentions ran out along with the money, the project didn't eventuate. 'Strings Unlimited' did however record a 3 song demo tape at Armstrong Studios in 1966 which was produced at their own expense.

The line-up was: John Farnham, vocals, Stewart Male, lead guitar, Barry Roy, second guitar, Mike Foenander, keyboards and Peter Foggie, drums. The three tracks featured were covers of 'The Beatles', 'I Feel Fine' and 'I'm Down' and 'The Gerry And The Pacemakers' song 'Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying'. Several years later in 1974, Ian Melthoid from the Peninsular radio station 'Southern', broadcast a 'special' on John and contacted the other members of 'Strings Unlimited', he dusted off the demo tape they had recorded for airing on the show and five copies of the tape were cut to disc at Rambler Studios and each member of the band was given a copy.

'Strings Unlimited' and Bev Harrell were sharing the bill on April 29th, 1967 at the Cohuna dance in country Victoria. They were rehearsing when Bev Harrell entered with her friend, Darryl Sambell. In the middle of the bracket, Darryl approached John and asked him to sing a fast song and a couple of slow songs. Darryl said, “that was good” and asked John back to his room along with Bev for a drink when they were finished rehearsing.
Darryl said he could make John a star, and asked for his phone number. John had heard it all before and thought nothing more of it. Four weeks later Darryl phoned John and asked if he could meet with him in Melbourne. John took up Darryl's offer of management months later when 'Strings Unlimited' had broken up.

John took a two year leave from the plumbing apprenticeship he would never return to. It was time to pursue his singing career.

Darryl Sambell was from Adelaide and knew the music scene better there than in Melbourne, therefore John's first gigs were booked at St Clair, The Princeton Club and Halfway Out. Three gigs on the same night and he received $20 for each performance. John's first appearance was also in Adelaide on the Channel 10 daily pop-mine show 'In Time'.

Darryl scored John a session for the Ansett-ANA commercial Susan Jones.
The theme was written by Peter Best and was recorded by four different artists.
These were pressed to an EP by Astor and distributed in a picture sleeve.

The EP's were used for promotional purposes and given to customers who flew Ansett-ANA at the time. Apparently John was paid only $40 for what has today become a mega rare EP.

EMI producer, David McKay first became aware of John from his regular appearances on the pop show,' Kommotion' and immediately recognised his talent. John’s signing to EMI for release on the Columbia label was facilitated by a private performance before McKay, backed by the band, Zoot. This was when his career really started to take off and he recorded Sadie The Cleaning Lady.

Life would never be the same for John Farnham. Sadie was very cleverly marketed. Publicity stunts included advertisements placed in newspapers for cleaning ladies, and an Electrolux vacuum cleaner making an appearance at the launch.

A huge success, Sadie reached No.1 on December 22nd 1967 in Adelaide, 12th January 1968 in Brisbane, 16th February in Perth, 25th February in Melbourne. Go-Set National Charts lists the following - Charting period: 13 Dec 1967 to 22 May 1968 (24 weeks total, 14 weeks in the top 10).
Peak position: 1 (achieved 31 Jan 1968, for 5 weeks).
Sadie The Cleaning Lady was the largest selling single by an Australian artist in the 60's, selling a huge 180,000 units.

Following the success of Sadie The Cleaning Lady, EMI/Columbia issued Johnny's first album, Sadie which achieved Gold Status.

Johnny embarked on his first national tour of New Zealand with The Rebels for the national Blast Off '68 Pop Spectacular.

Johnny's second album Everybody Oughta Sing a Song was also released in 1968. On April 15th, 1969 the ABC screened a one hour 'Johnny Farnham' TV special.

In June 1969 John becomes King of Pop - a title he held for five years.

In September 1969 One went to number one and John hits the road around Australia on the Operation Starlift concert Tour with Russell Morris, Ronnie Burns, Johnny Young, Zoot, Doug Parkinson In Focus, and Masters Apprentices.

In December 1969 Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head becomes John’s third number one smash hit.

In January 1970 John starred in the pantomime Dick Whittington and His Cat, playing the lead role of Dick Whittington.

During the May school holidays John made his TV hosting debut on Good Morning Melbourne. During the first week he was also performing at night in Perth. He would fly to Perth after the show and then take an overnight flight back to Melbourne for the 7am start.

In June the Looking Through A Tear album went gold within weeks of its release and in October Comic Conversation became a national top ten hit

Looking Through A Tear was followed by Christmas Is Johnny Farnham.
Many singles were released but failed to chart, in fact, he was kept out of the charts until October 1972.

However, John, ever popular still won many awards.

Four more albums in 1971 – Johnny, The Best Of Johnny Farnham (World Record Club with two different covers) and Everybody Oughta Sing A Song was re-released with an on-stage picture cover Together was recorded with Allison Durbin.
Several singles were also released but failed to chart.

John also recorded a track for the UNICEF 25th Anniversary album. In 1971 John starred in the musical Charlie Girl where he met his future wife, Jillian Billman.

In 1972 John was crowned King Of Moomba and released the album Johnny Farnham Sings The Shows.

Finally, the single Rock Me Baby gave John his first chart success in nearly three years, climbing to No.13.

The single that followed, Don't You Know It's Magic also made the top 20 and won an award for 'Most Outstanding Performance' of a Composition award at the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo.

On April 11th, 1973 John married Jillian Billman at St. Matthew's Church Of England in Glenroy, Melbourne. Details had been leaked to the press and screaming fans were everywhere. Jill had to be carried in as fans tried to rip at her dress. The photographer hired for the day disappeared with the negatives and was never seen again.

Released shortly after his wedding, the album Hits Magic Rock N'Roll was released and later that year, the live album Johnny Farnham Sings The Big hits of '73 Live.

John spent most of 1974 performing in Pippin.
He also starred along with Colleen Hewitt in a 13 part variety show called It’s Magic.
Johnny Farnham Sings The Shows and Hits From The Movies was released.

In January of 1975 John hosted the first colour transmission of ABC's Countdown.

There were initial plans to go to the United States in 1975 to try to give his sales and career a boost, but those plans were shelved and John stayed in Australia.

John travelled to Darwin in May to perform in a relief concert to aid victims of Cyclone Tracy. Although extremely popular, the record buying public deserted John and once again singles failed to chart. Groups rather than solo artists were the flavour of the day.
John recorded his last album for EMI, JP Farnham Sings in July.

In September 1975 John guest starred as bank robber Tom in an episode of the TV Cop Series Division 4.

Personal differences began to stifle the relationship between John and manager, Darryl Sambell. The rift that had been slowly growing between them ended the partnership nine years and three days after it started. On 12th January 1976, it was made public that John and Darryl had split.

In June, 1976 John did a fundraising show along with other celebrities to help Italian earthquake victims.
EMI no longer wanted to record John, however they released Johnny Farnham's Greatest Hits album to cash in on John's previous success.

Festival records signed John. The relationship was short lived with only two singles being released.

Musical taste had changed in Australia. John really just wanted to stay home with Jill, buy a house, a car and settle down. He believed if the worst came to the worst he could survive in the industry by playing the clubs and doing TV spots.

John approached Kenn Brodziak to take over as his manager and received a fairly regular income under Kenn's management.

By 1977 John's career was starting to pick up, he was hosting Opportunity Knocks' and narrating the ABC wildlife series Survival.

John starred in Bobby Dazzler, (1977-1978) his own sitcom on the Seven Network about a young singer on the verge of a major career breakthrough. He played the part of pop star Bobby Farrell.

John continued his ongoing commitment to 'good causes' by participating in the 'Yooralla Telethon’; he did two commercials, the 'Red Cross Doorknock Appeal', and the 'Channel 10 Christmas Appeal’.

John was performing regularly on the 'Don Lane Show' and 'Denise Drysdale Show'.
His last performance in 1977 was the Melbourne 'Carols By Candlelight'.

John and Jill were able to spend a lot of time together, even holidaying overseas. But John still couldn't get a recording contract. He began to feel unhappy with himself, playing the same old songs, in front of indifferent bands. Things were slowly going downhill, and he began to stagnate, he wasn't being fulfilled. John really wanted to sing, that's what he was, a singer. It was fast becoming frustrating for him and a dead end.

The only work John could get was acting roles. He appeared in a play called 'Roberta' which Kenn did not really want him to do, so he quoted an enormously high payment figure, asked for the No.1 dressing room and a part for Jill. It was accepted.
In 1978 he narrated 'Survival' a wildlife series on the ABC.

John and Jill visited their friends Colleen Hewett and husband Danny Finlay in the USA in 1978. After negotiations, Danny took over as his manager. Danny believed John's act was tired, and that he needed new songs. Danny cut down John's exposure to re-shape his career. To earn a decent living, John made numerous appearances on 'The Don Lane' show and played the Sydney clubs.

John was still dissatisfied and wanted to get into rock, rather than cabaret. A business venture between Danny, Colleen and John, Backstage, a restaurant in Melbourne, failed miserably, and they suffered badly financially. John lost his holiday farm, but his accountant managed to save the family home. John was hit with an outstanding tax bill. The financial pressure was mounting.

1979 John and Jill returned to the USA on holiday and visited Las Vegas where 'The Little River Band' was playing at the Aladdin on August 17th'. They met up with old friend Glenn Wheatley, LRB's manager, who arranged for them to see the show.
John was really impressed with LRB's success and after the show he went backstage.

At midnight, while the crew were loading out, John and Jill sat on the back steps of The Aladdin with Glenn. John was full of questions about LRB's success. It was suggested that Glenn take over Johns management. John was very loyal, it would be difficult for him to parts ways with Danny Findlay. After six months of thought, John told his close friend Danny that he was going over to the 'Wheatley Organisation'.

John and Jill’s first son Robert was born on 27th September.

Glenn signed John to the WBE Records on January 1st, 1980 and suggested Graeham Goble do an album with John.
At the time John was perceived as a Cabaret artist, and Graham was locked into the current music scene. The 1980 album Uncovered made everyone think twice about John Farnham; he still had 'the voice'. The album sold 55,000 copies. It had taken only three weeks to record.

The first single from the album was Help, John's own incredible arrangement of 'The Beatles' hit gave John his first chart success in nearly seven years.

It also changed a lot of people's minds about John. He had shown them that he was no longer just that fresh-faced plumber’s mate who sang Sadie. It made everyone, the public and those in the music industry take note.

John's popularity was rising again. John and Glenn put together 'The John Farnham Band' and they went on the road to do a tour of the pubs.

In 1980 John starred with Debbie Byrne in Farnham and Byrne. Two more singles were released and John was presented with the Mo Award for 'Entertainer Of The Year'. The Best Of John Farnham (CD) and The Best Of Johnny Farnham (LP) with the same tracks but different covers was released by AXIS.

On February 2nd, 1981, the Little River Band, were having some in-house problems and held a meeting which resulted in them agreeing that they wanted John Farnham as their new lead singer. John was approached by Glenn and accepted.

November 1982 the LRB single The Other Guy was in the ten.

1984/1985 John sang title and soundtracks songs for American films Fletch, The Sluggers Wife, Rad, Savage Streets, Voyage Of The Rock Aliens, Beyond My Reach and Hell Tracks.

In February 1985 John’s composition Playing To Win titles LRB’s second album with him as lead singer.

LRB released 3 albums with John and toured the world. They received popular acclaim, but after what was four turbulent years, John announced he was leaving the band to pursue a solo career. John's time with LRB had left him in debt.

While Glenn searched in vain for a record deal and a record producer, John began the search for songs wiith Ross Fraser. Months later they had listened to more than two thousand songs and still no producer in sight. Ross took a chance and asked Glenn if he would let him produce the album.

The last song they found for the album was You're The Voice. Two weeks before the completion of the album a staff member of Glenn's, Doris Tyler found the song and passed it on. John and Ross listened to it and it went to the top of their list. John turned to Ross and said it had to have a bagpipe solo, he had heard the bagpipe solo in his head. They tried it and the rest is history.
John felt You're The Voice had been written for him.

When one of the writers, Chris Thompson heard that John wanted to record You're The Voice he refused permission. All Thompson knew about John was his Sadie days. He felt the song was too important to go to someone without credibility.
John wanted it, Chris said no. They recorded it anyway.

John had set himself very high standards for the album. They worked for nine weeks in the studio for up to eighteen hours a day. John was at breaking point. Emotionally, financially and vocally this was probably his last chance. So much was riding on it and the pressure was intense. He needed it to work. Jill had to drag John to the listening party at BMG. She told him that if he didn't go the album would have no chance of success. She put him in the car and made him go.

No record company would commit to the album so in the end Glenn Wheatley mortgaged his house to bankroll Whispering Jack. He eventually signed a distribution deal with BMG. The first single You're The Voice restored John Farnham to Number One for the first time in 17 years. It didn't come easy though. Glenn struggled to find a radio station that would play the song. They sent out white label nameless copies. Slowly the song was played and eventually stations had no choice but to play it due to public demand.
You're The Voice
hit No.1 on the Australian charts on November 9 1986.

John opened for Whitney Houston at The Sydney Entertainment Centre on 16th and 17th October. The house was packed and as they waited in the dark to play the first song, the crowd roared for John. It was a defining moment, Jack was definitely back. He received ovations and calls for an encore. John was now the major force in the Australian music industry.

On 20th October 1986, John's first solo album in six years, Whispering Jack was released and was a huge success, spending an incredible 25 weeks at No.1 and at last count has sold in excess of 1.7 million albums, 17 times platinum in Australia alone.

John scooped the awards at the 1987 Aria Awards, winning a total of six awards. The album was also an international success, reaching the top three in Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. It remains Australia's highest selling album by an Australian artist.

In April 1987 You’re The Voice reached the U.K. top ten. John achieved number ones in West Germany, Scandinavia and Canada and the top ten in Italy and Spain.

In May Whispering Jack was the first compact disc manufactured in Australia and celebrated by a special release made of Kalgoolie gold.

1988 was a busy year and another special one for John as his second son James, was born on 17th January.

John was announced Australian Of The Year for 1987 on Australia Day 1988.

His next album, Age Of Reason was released in 1988 which debuted at No.1.
John toured nationally as well as in Scandinavia, Germany and the U.K.

In March 1989 John visited U.S.S.R. to launch the Greenpeace album Breakthrough, alongside The Edge, Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Chrissie Hynde and David Byrne

In July at the Princes Trust concert in London, John performed Age Of Reason and You're The Voice before the Prince and Princess of Wales.

In August Communication, a collaborative single with Danni’Elle Gaha, reached No.13.
Waltzing Matilda was performed by John at the last-ever VFL Grand Final in 1989.

Chain Reaction was released in 1990, it followed its predecessors and debuted at No.1. The Chain Reaction tour broke attendance records across the country.

In 1991 an album of live performances from between 1985 and 1991 was released titled Full House.

John took on the role of Jesus in the 1992 production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Both the arena spectacular and the album were highly successful.

John was awarded the Australian Music Awards Crystal Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry.

John continued to release albums and tour in the 90's. First 1993's Then Again followed by Romeo's Heart' in 1996. He toured in support of both albums with the highly successful 'Talk Of The Town' and 'Jack Of Hearts' tours.
1996 also sees John honoured with the Order Of Australia for Services To Music and Charity.

In 1997 John's 30 year career was celebrated with the release of the albums Anthology 1, 2 and 3. In the same year he is recognised as the Most Broadcast Australian Recording Artist by the Phonographic Performance Company Of Australia.

In 1998 he toured with Olivia Newton-John & Anthony Warlow in The Main Event.
The Main Event CD reached 4x platinum sales within weeks of its release.

John celebrates his 50th birthday in 1999 with the I Can't Believe He's 50' tour and the album Live At The Regent Theatre. A concert on John's birthday at The Regent Theatre was a huge event in Melbourne; large screens projected the concert to the adoring crowds in the street and it was televised nation wide.

John was awarded 'The Key To The City' by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne and he ended the year with a concert held in East Timor for the INTERFET troops.

In July 2000 33 1/3 was released and debuted at No. 1.

Along with Olivia Newton-John he performed Dare To Dream at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.

The Man Of The Hour tour followed in November and December. The concerts sold out across the country.

The Last Time album was released on October 7th, 2002 and sold 350,000 copies.
John embarked on his final large scale tour also titled THE LAST TIME in Melbourne on November 7th.
The concerts showcased John's amazing career. It was the biggest tour ever undertaken in Australia, crossing the nation for 210 days before concluding at Rod Laver Arena on 15th November 2003. It was quoted in Billboard as the 7th highest grossing touring act of that year …in the world.

John concluded major touring holding every attendance record in the country, in fact more than 1,000,000 people have seen him perform at Rod Laver Arena alone and he continues to maintain the record for the highest selling Australian album of all time, Whispering Jack.

John said at the beginning of The Last Time tour that he still intended to perform live to audiences in the future, and to continue to record ... he just wouldn't ever tour on a large scale again.

John was asked to join Queen after the death of Freddie Mercury. It didn't happen but John did record the amazing version of We Will Rock You with them in September 2003.

The One Voice CD & DVD showcasing John's greatest hits was released on October 20th, 2003 and has sold over 400,000 copies.

John was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by Glenn Wheatley. On the night he performed a mind blowing version of You're The Voice.

Luckily for his fans, John Farnham was true to his word, and in December 2003 he performed at Twin Towers for 3 shows.

It was New Zealand's turn in February 2004 when John performed at the annual Mission Estate Winery concert.

In March he took to the stage at Tempus Two winery and Barossa Under The Stars, followed by Sirromet Winery in May.

In 2004 John was approached by the Office Of Australian War Graves to sing at the 90th Anniversary Anzac Service at Gallipoli in Turkey. However, Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark vetoed the plans.

In February 2005 John did a series of concerts with Tom Jones.
Their Together CD was released on 20th March followed by the DVD release on 24th April.

Planned to be billed Two Great Voices, three concerts scheduled for Sydney and Melbourne with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in February 2005 were cancelled. Dame Kiri was uncomfortable at the prospect of female fans throwing knickers on stage..

From May to June John starred as Teen Angel in the highly successful Australian production of Grease, The Arena Spectacular.

Dairy Farmers chose John Farnham for their "Creating Greener Pastures" campaign to provide support for farmers, rural and regional communities across Australia.

I Remember When I Was Young: Songs From The Great Australian Songbook was released on 6th November 2005, a collection of interpretations of Australian classics that were written and performed by Australian artists over the last 40 years.

A series of concerts was performed in early 2006 with The SSO and MSO orchestras, a percentage of revenue received from the 'I Remember When I was Young' concerts went to the Dairy Farmers 'Creating Greener Pastures' program to help farmers and their communities.

February 18th saw John perform at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre with the Farnham Band. Following shortly after, John and Stevie Nicks joined forces for magical double-bill shows in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and New Zealand.

John performed four songs at the finale of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony.

100% of proceeds of the Spirit Of The North concert in June 2006 went to assisting recovery of cyclone devastation through the Dairy Farmers Creating Greener Pastures Program.

March 14th 2009 saw John perform at the Sound Relief concert in Sydney to raise funds for bushfire ravaged Victoria and flood victims in Queensland.
A roar went up when the crowd heard the opening thunderclaps of “You're The Voice” and Coldplay's Chris Martin announced.....“Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome to sing the Australian national anthem, John Farnham. The whole stadium sang along to You're The Voice.
It was an incredibly spine tingling experience and the highlight of the entire day.
John later commented about the day; Singing You're the Voice with Coldplay at Sound Relief, in 2009, was like nothing else. There I was, an old fart coming out to sing an old song. Before we went on, I said to them, "No pressure, lads. You're the biggest band in the world." To his credit, Chris Martin said, "We're only the second biggest band in the world."
It took my breath away. I barely sang, I just held the mike out to the crowd. It inspired me and made me think, 'OK, there are still people interested in me and what I do'.

After an absence of more than two decades You're The Voice re-entered the ARIA charts in April 2009.

Fans started an online petition to encourage John to tour. The WE WANT JACK BACK petition had more than 21,000 signatures in 10 days.

On May 27th 2009 at the Lyrics Theatre in Sydney, John announced his Live By Demand tour to take place during September and October of 2009.
Plans for a new album were also announced as well as a 3 box set titled The Essential John Farnham.

On 29 May 2010 John performed at the Airnorth Kimberley Moon Experience concert in Kununurra.

In July it was announced that John has been chosen for the entertainment at Luna Park's 75th Birthday in October.

Following that John performed his first ever a Day On The Green shows with three concerts in VIC, NSW and WA. The tour also included two new outdoor concert venues, RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast QLD and Coopers Brewery in SA.
Indoor shows included Canberra, Wollongong, Newcastle and Tamworth.

JACK, John's first studio album in 5 years was released on October 15th and debuted at No.2.

It was announced on June 8th 2011 that to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Whispering Jack, John would embark on a national tour from October – November. Commencing in Adelaide on Tuesday October 4th the tour took in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Ten concerts quickly grew to twenty-eight.
John as always, was still in demand!

Before taking to the stage, John entered the studio in July to put down tracks for an acoustic/unplugged album of hits from all eras of his career. The Acoustic Chapel Sessions along with a DVD was recorded live and released on September 30th.

To top off 2011, John and the band performed after the V8 Supercars race in Sydney on December 3rd. The last song of the night, Long Way To The Top left the crowd cheering as loud as the cars had roared around the track!

2013 began with a performance at the opening of the Star Event Centre at Star City in Sydney on January 24th and due to demand a second show was added on the 25th.

2013 continued with John being voted as Australia’s finest singer of all time. The votes were submitted by a panel of his peers and in response John said "Just to be in the company of the people on that list will do me .. I'm blown away”.

He was amongst the faces of 10 famous bands and artists to be immortalised on Australian postage stamps (John for the second time) and the stamps sold out almost immediately.

The Dainty Group announced in November 2013 that John would perform in a co-headlining tour with Lionel Richie across Australia and New Zealand in March 2014, opening in WA on March 2nd and concluding in Auckland on 23rd March.

On October 18th, 2014 John headlined the Decades Music Festival at Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine QLD. The act on before him was none other than The Seekers.

John had a busy 2015, he shared the stage with Olivia Newton-John on The Two Strong Hearts Tour which began on the 4th April at the Sandalford Winery in Margaret River concluding in Sydney on 19th April.

With no time for resting, John headlined the River4Ward charity concert on 23rd April on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne. Monies raised were directed towards the building of a specialised youth cancer centre in Melbourne.

June 15th saw John inducted into the The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame, which was celebrated on November 20 with a concert at the Palais Theatre headlined by John."I am extremely proud to be on this list. I am a proud Victorian, now I am even prouder," Farnham said at the launch at the Palais Theatre.

The "Two Strong Hearts Live" DVD was released on August 21st and reached No.1
2015 concluded with concerts in November and December, two for One Electric Day, five Day On The Green Concerts and the closing of Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly known as Sydney Entertainment Centre).

Colleen Hewett asked John to be involved in a music video for Violence Free Families, the Rotary Initiative, he didn't hesitate!

John was the headline artist for Cruise N Groove 2016, setting sail October 9th.
John performed two shows, one each on October 15th and 16th.

John and his long-time friend Olivia Newton-John, collaborated on a Christmas Album, Friends for Christmas, which was released on November 11th. Duets include  Have Yourself a Merry Little ChristmasBaby It’s Cold OutsideSilent NightWhite Christmas and Winter Wonderland.

A busy 2017, John was the headline artist for the Red Hot Summer Tour 2017, performing nine shows across Australia between January and March. He also squeezed in a special show at Jupiters, Gold Coast on Feb 23rd.

There was also One Electric Day, two shows at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre, one at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, A Weekend In The Gardens in Melbourne, Rottnest Island and two A Day On The Green shows.

Sadly Stuart Fraser was diagnosed with cancer and John headlined a fundraising concert on June 28 to support Stuart, Olivia's Wellness Centre and Support Act.

On July 30th the Queensland Music Festival held a special concert to raise awareness for Domestic Violence. It was titled You're The Voice. In a well kept secret, John appeared at the end of the night to sing You're The Voice, backed by an amazing choir of hundreds, it was a spine chilling experience.

On August 18th, Age of Reason was reissued on vinyl.
John once again performed at Olivia's ONJ Gala held on September 8th.

Later in the year he performed in Geelong, Werribee, Wollongong, Barossa Valley & Kings Park.

2018 proved to be just as busy, starting with By The C in Hervey Bay in February, followed by seven Red Hot Summer Tour dates up to the end of March. In July there was The Watpac race concert in Townsville, the incredible Red Hot Bash in Birdsville and One Tropical Day in Darwin.

Chain Reaction was reissued on vinyl.

In August, John was a special guest at Celine Dion's concert in Melbourne on August 8th and performed a duet of "You're The Voice" with her.

Later in the month John joined Client Liaison in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane for three songs during their Client Liaison Expo Tour. The response to John was overwhelming with the crowd singing along and giving him a standing ovation.

In October John performed an exclusive concert at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore for Imagine Cruising culminating in a spectacular light show at the end of the concert.
Hay Mate: Buy a Bale — A Concert For The Farmers’ was held at Scully Park in Tamworth, on Saturday, 27th October. The concert organised by Glenn Wheatley and headlined by John was to support Australia’s drought-stricken farmers, and raised over $2 million.

The inaugural music festival, Anthems was held at the National Arboretum in Canberra in November where John was the headliner, followed by four A Day On The Green concerts in SA, NSW and Qld and the last concert of the year in the Yarra Valley.

2019 began with the cancellation of The Eagles show in Dunedin and the postponement of shows in Auckland and Wellington and the cancellation of By The C concerts due to illness. John bounced back quickly and was soon headlining Red Hot Summer Shows in Batemans Bay, Baulkham Hills, Mt Gambier, Noosa, Rockhampton & Cairns, bringing us to the end of April.

John turned 70th Birthday on 1st July and celebrated with a private dinner at his favourite restaurant in Melbourne.
The National Film & Archives produced an exhibition to honour the occasion.

John performed at the Mt Isa Rodeo 60th Anniversary in August and the 70th Anniversary of The Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers in September.
In October John returned to Singapore where he performed two shows at Gardens By The Bay for Imagine Cruising.

John was the headline act for the One Electric Day and Live in the Vines concerts across Australia. After the cancellation of his shows earlier in the year, John finally made it to New Zealand and played to packed houses in Auckland and Wellington.

Hay Mate - A Bush Christmas Concert which was organised by Glenn Wheatley, was held at Mornington Racecourse in mid December. It raised a staggering $4.60 million; John's set was said to have sparked at least $1 million alone.

Falls Festival was held between December 2019 and January 2020. John was the oldest artist to ever perform at the popular festival. Despite being almost four-times the average age of his crowd, he put on a legendary show!

At the fundraiser concert Fire Fight Australia on 16th February 2020 in Sydney, John was joined on stage by Brian May, Olivia Newton-John and Mitch Tambo for a very special performance of You're The Voice, where Birri Gubba man Mitch Tambo sang the second half of the song in Gamilaraay.

In February, 2022 John's long time friend and manager, Glenn Wheatley passed away from Covid complications. He was John's best friend & biggest champion.
Glenn's wife Gaynor now manages John.

Late in 2022 in a cruel twist of fate it was announced that John had mouth cancer.
He continues on the road to recovery and the Farnham family and Gaynor have provided regular updates reassuring his fans worldwide that he is doing OK.

In May 2023, the thing that had been on top of Glenn's to do list was realised.
Glenn was the force behind John Farnham: Finding The Voice and it is a wonderful testament to not only John's career but to the friendship the pair shared.
It is also a tribute to Glenn from Gaynor who picked up the project that her husband couldn't finish. The film premiered in Melbourne on May 9th and was released in cinemas nation wide on May 18th.
In its first week, Finding The Voice broke the record for the highest selling theatrical release of an Australian music documentary.

To quote Glenn talking about John,
"You don't like to think of yourself as a legend, but you are."

On May 19th ‘Finding The Voice’ Music From The Feature Documentary was released and debuted at No.2

Following the release of Finding The Voice, John's Greatest Hits album (2009)
re-entered the ARIA Charts. That week John had three albums in the iTunes chart:
John Farnham: Finding The Voice, Greatest Hits and Whispering Jack.

On July 21st 2023, Greatest Hits was released on two LP bottle green vinyl.

The Australian TV premiere of John Farnham: Finding The Voice screens on Channel 7 and 7plus on July 24.