Page 10 - Melbourne Observer - Wednesday, August 12, 2009 www.MelbourneObserver.com.au Melbourne Extra Whatever Melbourne Observer Happened To ... News Briefs Fev PHOTO EXPO AT RAW GALLERY ■ Music always inspires me, classical, jazz and rock, The Raw Gallery in South Melbourne is present- John Roberts and photographic exhibitions inspire me, so when the ing its debut Photographic Exhibition commencing By Kevin Trask two collide its even better, for four weeks from Friday, August 21 to Wednesday One exhibition that looks very inviting is Solid September 16. of 3AW and 96.5 Inner FM Rock: A Visual History of Australian Rock Music It will present a showcase aimed at celebrating iconic Australian musicians from the 1960s through to today. McGowan’s The free exhibition will feature works by some of Australia’s best rock photographers, including Kim Tonelli, Phillip Morris, Wendy McDougall and Melbourne Greg Noakes and many more. it’s a great idea by the Gallery Director Kirsty Umback who also has some of her pics on show. ● Brendan The Raw Gallery will be displaying over 30 ar- Fevola with chival quality prints, featuring subjects Nick Cave young Aidan Let’s do coffee and The Birthday Party, AC/DC, The Church, Cold Chisel, Paul Kelly, The Easybeats, INXS and more. ■ Carlton foot- This is the first exhibition of its kind in Australia. baller Brendan Fev- I ove the pic of Peter Garrett that went on to be- ola was at the cen- come the album cover for Midnight Oil’s 1979 tre of celebrations for “Head Injury’s” LP. This is a pic by Philip Morris. the re-launch of the - Di Rolle expanded Office- works at Doncaster on Saturday. Peter Blasina of ● John Roberts Seven’s Sunrise show was there on ■ John Roberts began singing at the age of six Sunday. and was invited to join the radio program Chatterbox Corner on 3AW with Nicky and Nancy Lee. $100,000 At the age of fifteen he got a job singing at the dances at the Brunswick Town Hall where he be- came friends with another famous vocalist, Lennie Holmes. This led to work at the Galleon Coffee Lounge in St Kilda and dances such as Ziegfelds, Moonee Ponds Town Hall and the Hawthorn Town Hall. When the dance venues closed down John tried his hand at boxing. In 1963 John went on Graham Kennedy's television show In Melbourne Tonight as a con- ● Peter Garrett, 1979 testant in a talent quest. He won the quest and as a result became a regular singer on the program. ● Steve Bedwell In 1968 Graham gave John his own segment ■ A target of ● Elias Sahely From The Outer singing romantic songs for honeymoon couples. He was with IMT for nine years. $100,000 for the ■ I do not remember my first cup of coffee, but I During the 1960's, ‘Veritas’, who in those days Neo-Natal depart- suspect it was at Pellegrini’s on Bourke Street, appeared in Truth newspaper, voted John Rob- ment of the Royal opposite 3UZ in 1957 or 58. erts the best male singer on television for three Children’s Hospital I remember Pellegrini’s very well, because 50 consecutive years. has been set by years ago it was pretty much one of a kind. I know John joined Channel Seven in the 1970s and organisers for a I enjoyed my first Gelati ice cream there, and Granita Melbourne was a regular singer on the Penthouse Club with Gala Ball on Thurs- day, September 10 as well, so I guess coffee would complete the Observer Mike Williamson, Mary Hardy and in later years Ernie Sigley. at Crown Palladium. trifecta. kojak@ There was never coffee at home when I was a mmnet.com.au He was also a regular on Bert Newton's Good Tickets are $220 per kid, except for "essence", a gooey thick stuff that Morning Australia on Channel 10. The late John person. The ball will was supposed to turn into coffee when boiling wa- With John Pasquarelli McMahon handled bookings for John Roberts be hosted by former ter was added. and he worked as a singer compere in Melbourne Olympian Jane ■ It’s only a matter of time. The raids on These days coffee has become an important part terrorists will scare the socks off mainstream venues for many years. He also ran his own taxi Flemming and of my day. Each morning after I wake, I wander up business. former radio man Australians and they rightfully mourn the loss to the MBar in Toorak Village. of the safety and security they once enjoyed. During his career John became friends with in- Steve Bedwell, who Like all those who drop into MBar, I'm greeted ternational artists such as Matt Monroe, Ernest both had babies re- Since the days of Whitlam and his crimi- by Elias Sahely, a Lebanese-born Australian who nal lickspittle Al Grassby, followed by Borgnine, Shirley Bassey, Sir Cliff Richard, Des quiring neo-natal has run the restaurant first as Manhattan, now as O'Connor and Vic Damone. care. Malcolm Trousers and Keating who made MBar, for 22 years. sure we all knew what a ‘scumbag’ was, He moved to Queensland in 1989 and per- Ex-Bulldogs cap- Elias gets plenty of help from his children Loren, formed in the casinos, clubs and retirement vil- tain Chris Grant will Australians have been sold out – sacrificed Kael, and Matthew but none from his wife on the altar of multiculturalism – the evil lages. John worked in Queensland for 15 years be guest speaker. Vivienne who loves being at the MBar, but only to before returning to Melbourne in 2006. policy that has given us the ‘new’ Australia enjoy the food and coffee like the rest of us regu- with its ethnic ghettoes. He thanks God for the gift for his voice and Motown lars. Sahely arrived in Australia with his two broth- John Howard rubbed our faces in it when he and his cabinet signed off on allowing Af- every now and then he will pay a visit to a church to say a quiet prayer in gratitude. ■ Tickets go on sale ers, one a twin when he was seven years old. The rican refugees in – a total surrender to the These days John enjoys the company of his on Tuesday (Aug. other lad was 12. UN. wife Florence, his children four children and six 18) for a concert in They were met by another brother aged 18. His We have had to endure the prattlings of grandchildren. Melbourne, cel- education was at Hawksburn State, Prahran High Police Command officers reassuring Mus- John recently celebrated his 80th birthday and ebrating 50 years of and the streets and back lanes of Prahran. A far lims that they are ‘valued members of soci- he was performing on the day. He still has a great Motown Hits cry from the lifestyle of his own children. ety’ and defining them as ‘integrated’ – ob- singing voice. The February con- In a few days Elias and Vivienne are travelling viously these geniuses haven’t been out to I have been working with John Roberts on cert will star The to Lebanon where they will meet up with Lakemba and beyond recently, nor have they shows at various retirement villages. We have just Four Tops, The Jacqueline, a sister seen only once in 50 years. They studied the Middle Eastern crime stats. launched a new show with John, Reg Gorman, Temptations, Mary will also visit Turkey and Syria. Sheik Hilaly(saved from deportation by Andrea Lees, Peter Sullivan and myself. Wilson of the The MBar is a stop off for an assortment of me- Keating) and his mouthpiece Kayser Trad are I love working with John Roberts. Supremes, Martha dia folk, actors including Daniel Radcliffe (Harry outstanding examples of assimilation. - Kevin Trask and the Vandelas Potter), singers, footballers currant and former, and Meanwhile the Libs are in a deadly spiral The Time Tunnel - with Bruce & Phil - and The Miracles. of course the socialites of the area. into a political wasteland where they will Sundays at 8.30pm on 3AW Publicist Julie It has been a long time since my first coffee, but wander aimlessly for years and where That's Entertainment - Sundays at Noon Cavanagh says the if you would like to know what Pellegrini’s was Malcolm Turnbull can mull over being a vic- on 96.5FM show will also in- like 50 something years ago, visit them today. Little tim of the hapless Godwin Grech. For our country readers, 96.5FM is now clude Joan Os- has changed. You can send an e-mail streaming on the internet. To listen, just borne, Ian Moss An occasional column by Keith McGowan to John Pasquarelli: put in www.innerfm.org.au and follow the and Jimmy Barnes. of the 3AW Overnighters program email@example.com prompts.
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