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Robyn Archer
Roger Knox
Russell Morris
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Barbara James
Bob Dyer
Bobby Limb
Buddy Williams
Dame Nellie Melba
Florence Austral
Frank Coughlan
John Brownlee
Johnny Ashcroft
Keith Branch & His South Sea Islanders

Percy Grainger
Reg Lindsay
Shirley Thoms
Smoky Dawson
Strella Wilson
Tex Morton
Tex Morton and Sister Dorrie
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Australian Hillbilly Radio Hits
Australian Stars of the International Music Hall Voume 1
Australian Stars of the International Music Hall Voume 2
Band in a Waistcoat Pocket
Mastertouch Pianola
Strike up the Band
Stars of Australian Stage & Radio Vol 1
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Music Without Compromise


Jenny Morris
Michal Nicholas
The Lovetones
Saints of India
Screw the Pooch

Koori Classic

KOORI CLASSIC, the series that launched Australia’s great Aboriginal music. The sound, the style, the feeling – now for the first time available as download!

Born in the glow of the famous Min Min light, ROGER KNOX arrived in Tamworth from the infamous Toomelah Mission.  After singing at the legendary Joe Maguire’s Pub he was encouraged by local artist Geoff Brown and Hoedown Deejay John Minson. 

Survivor of two air crashes in one day.

He toured the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia with Brian Young in 1980 then the following year set out for more of the same but was almost killed in an air crash.   He received first, second and third degree burns to seventy percent of his body.   The rescue plane also crashed.  That same year he lost his mother, father and twenty-one year old sister. Two years later he was not the first Aboriginal artist to record but he was the first to record modern music with a strong Aboriginal content, soon to be labelled Koori Music.

As the Koori Mail told it in May ’93 “It’s hard to believe now… but when Roger Knox first visited Enrec Studios it was a radical idea to record references to Aboriginal issues.  Much to Roger’s surprise not only did these songs win high acclaim… they also created a new and much needed category of music:  Koori Music.”

TRACEY LEE GRAY from Coonabarabran in NSW was discovered by Enrec Studios Chief Steve Newton when he was hired to play in a backing band for a talent quest at the 1986 Tamworth Country Music Festival.  Tracey won $250 prize money and an unexpected recording deal. TRACEY combines Country and the Blues as if they’d never been apart.  Her songs include ‘I’m Not Your Jukebox’,  written by harmonica man and ace journalist  the late Mort Fist and Champions guitarist Robert “Cuffs” Brooks.

VIC SIMMS the first Aboriginal Rock ‘n’ Roll star, made his debut in 1957 sharing the bill with another first-timer, the future superstar Col Joye.  Many appearances on Brian Henderson’s Bandstand followed and a Festival Records hit, ‘Yo Yo Heart’.  Vic travelled extensively with Col & the Joy Boys and his songs on Koori Classic include his own version of Col’s first record, ‘Goin’ Down Town To See Miss Brown’ and ‘Hey Sheriff’, which introduced Sydney artist Johnny Rebb. Vic cut his versions for a 1988 Bicentennial tribute to Australia’s original rockers.

BUDDY KNOX is son of Roger and lead guitarist with the Knox family band Euraba.  Somehow Buddy always manages to be both laid back and exciting at the same time.  Sings like an angel, plays like a demon.

MOP & THE DROPOUTS recording was initially intended as a rough demo but it was so popular it led to the creation of the Koori Classic series.  Lead singer and chief songwriter Mop, Dennis Conlan, formed the group “to promote goodwill and understanding between black and white cultures through music.”

SHARON MANN from Rockhampton Queensland made the national charts in 1991 with ‘Reach Out’.  She appeared on three volumes of the original Koori Classic series and released several solo albums. SHARON’s tracks include the old Judy Stone hit ‘I’ll Step Down’ which really captures the sound of the fifties.  “When I first started singing,” she says, I used to try and get that echo sound by climbing into a disused water tank in my parents’ backyard!”

MAC SILVA heard here on the novelty version of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and two more prison songs, died in 1989.  These tracks were recorded when Mac was doing shows in the prisons with Roger Knox and Vic Simms. His name lives on with the Mac Silva Centre, a Sydney hostel for homeless Aboriginal men. 

MANNY WEST always sounded like a potential superstar on stage but he travelled the country unscheduled and unpublicized.  He was seldom recorded and died in 1986.

IAN “MOONIE” ATKINSON’s first record was a self-penned Hank Williams tribute ‘Hank You’re A Legend’ for Tamworth’s Hydra label.  His beautiful version of ‘Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong’ demonstrates the talent that kept him in demand as a featured artist and as a back-up singer in many records and travelling shows.

JOHNNY HUCKLE was discovered by Enrec producer Ed Matzenik. “I was playing in a pretty segregated pub out west. One bar for the blacks, one for the whites, but during the breaks the bands would hang out together in the car park.  Johnny sounded a lot better than our own singer, so we took him back to Tamworth and made a record with him.”

The producers and session musicians are also a Who’s Who of their era. The original credits read:

Featuring EURABA; Michael Knox, George Graham, Buddy Knox, Steve Graham, Lloyd Hippi, Gene Knox and the ENREC STUDIO BAND: Dave Adams, Steve Berry, Angelika Booth, Geoff Brown, Nick Burrell, Andrew Clermont, Laurie D, Dan Duffin, Peter Grech, Rob Gilchrist, John Green, Paul Green, Lois Hall, Matt Harrison, Paul Henderson, Theresa Hughes, Dee Lane, Mick Liber, Tim Martin, Leon McGovern, Ed Matzenik, Lawrie Minson, Steve Newton, Ken Pope, Dale Stevans, Garry Steel, Eli Widolf, Randall Wilson, Steve Young.

Producers:  #1 #9 #10 #15 #17 #20 Randall Wilson, #3  #29 Mick Liber, #4 #5 #11 #16  # 18 #19 #22 Steve Newton, #32 Lawrie Minson, #34 Paul Green. All other Tracks produced by Ed Matzenik

Engineer:  Steve Newton

Koori Classic
'Best of Koori Classic
The Early Years Aboriginal Collection'
Catalogue Number RRR55

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The “Best Of” collection was released through Larrikin / Festival as two CDs (Classic Aboriginal Country & Early Years Aboriginal Rock ‘n’ Roll) in 1996. 

The new ROUSEABOUT RECORDS re-release can be downloaded from iTunes.

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Walk A Mile In My Shoes – Roger Knox

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I'm Not Your Jukebox – Tracey Lee Gray

Track Listing

Classic Aboriginal Country

  1. Blue Gums Calling Me Back Home – Roger Knox
  2. Joelene – Sarina Andrew
  3. Branded Man – Vic Simms
  4. Used To Be A Gold Song – Tracey Lee Gray
  5. Clicketty Clack – Tracey Lee Gray
  6. Racial Discrimination - Mop & the Dropouts
  7. Brisbane Blacks - Mop & the Dropouts
  8. Malabar Mansions - Mac Silva
  9. Our Reserves - Roger Knox
  10. Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Roger Knox
  11. Gospel Medley - Roger Knox
  12. Lonesome Jailhouse Blues - Mac Silva
  13. You’re An Angel Disguised As A Girl - Manny West
  14. Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong - Moonie Atkinson
  15. Searching For The Morning Sun - Roger Knox
  16. Darling Street - Sharon Mann
  17. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Roger Knox
  18. Take Me As I Am - Sharon Mann
  19. Streets Of Tamworth - Tracey Lee Gray
  20. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Roger Knox

Early Years Aboriginal Rock ‘n’ Roll

  1. Nadine - Roger Knox
  2. I’m Not Your Jukebox - Tracey Lee Gray
  3. Hey Sheriff - Vic Simms
  4. One Night - Buddy Knox
  5. Mr Moonlight - Mop & the Dropouts
  6. I’ll Step Down - Sharon Mann
  7. Goin’ Down Town To See Miss Brown - Vic Simms
  8. Brown Eyed Handsome Man - Roger Knox
  9. Riot In Cell Block No.9 - Vic Simms
  10. I Found A New Love - Roger Knox
  11. Oh Yeah Uh Huh - Roger Knox
  12. Midnight Special - Mac Silva
  13. Jailhouse Rock – Simms, Silva & R. Knox
  14. Folsom Prison Blues - Roger Knox
  15. Great Balls Of Fire - Buddy Knox
  16. Sweet Little Sixteen - Buddy Knox
  17. I Saw Her Standing There - Johnny Huckle
  18. Shake Rattle And Roll - Roger Knox
  19. Johnny B. Goode - Roger Knox
  20. It’s All Over Now - Johnny Huckle

What the media are saying...

Koori Classic is the series that launched Australia’s great Aboriginal music. This reissue has a wealth of our indigenous talent and I am thrilled to see it being made available again thanks to Rouseabout Records.”
(Lorraine Pfitzner, Capital News, April 2012)

“A man of the Gomeroi Nation, Roger Knox is widely regarded as “the Black Elvis” or the Koori King of Country.”
(Anna Rose, Capital News, April 2012)

(Warren Fuller, 2NUR)

“I received the sampler CD today and it’s fantastic – it’s great music and something we will be pleased to promote. If only today’s music could be so enjoyable.”
(Merle Scott, Sweet FM)

“I can’t wait to hear the whole album. The sampler is great...”
(Anna Rose, Capital News/Northern Daily Leader)

“Thank you for sending Koori Classic with selected tracks. It’s good to hear some Roger Knox performed/recorded songs. Also the other tracks will make for airplay.”
(Raymond Phillips, Country Harvest radio programs)

News Clippings

Country Music Capital News Review 1 (PDF)

Country Music Capital News Review 2 (PDF)

Country Music Capital News Review 3 (PDF)

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