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									Page 10 - Melbourne Observer - Wednesday, August 12, 2009                                                                                        

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                             PHOTO EXPO AT RAW GALLERY
                             ■ Music always inspires me, classical, jazz and rock,       The Raw Gallery in South Melbourne is present-
                             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.

                                                                                         The free exhibition will feature works by some of
                                                                                      Australia’s best rock photographers, including Kim
                                                                                      Tonelli, Phillip Morris, Wendy McDougall and

                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                     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                                                   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 and follow the
   and Jimmy Barnes.                   of the 3AW Overnighters program                                                                                         prompts.

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