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Early life
Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England, to a Welsh-born father, Brinley ("Bryn") Newton-John, and a German-born mother, Irene Born (daughter of the Nobellaureate Max Born).[1] Newton-John is the youngest of three children, following brother Hugh, a doctor, and sister Rona, an actress once married to Grease co-star Jeff Conaway. Newton-John’s mother was the eldest child of Max Born, a German Nobel prize–winning physicist. Newton-John’s father was an MI5 officer on the Enigma project at Bletchley Park and was the officer who took Rudolph Hess into custody during World War II.[2] Newton-John’s family emigrated in 1954 to Melbourne, Australia, where her father worked as a Professor of German and became the Master of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne.[3]

performing at the Sydney State Theatre, September 2008

At 14, Newton-John formed a short-lived allgirl band, Sol Four, with three classmates and often performed in a coffee shop owned by her brother-in-law.[4] She soon became a regular on local Australian radio and television shows including HSV-7’s The Happy Show, where she performed as Lovely Livvy. She also appeared on the Go Show, where she met her lifelong friends Pat Carroll and John Farrar. (Carroll and Farrar eventually married.) She entered a talent contest on the television program Sing, Sing, Sing, hosted by 1960s Australian icon Johnny O’Keefe, performing the songs "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and "Everything’s Coming Up Roses." She won the contest and received a trip to England as the prize. Initially, she was reluctant to go, but her mother encouraged her to broaden her horizons. Newton-John recorded her first single, "Till You Say You’ll Be Mine" b/w "Forever," for England’s Decca Records in 1966. Newton-John was homesick in England because she missed Australia and her then-

Background information Born 26 September 1948 (1948-09-26) Cambridge, England, United Kingdom Pop, Country Singer, Actress Vocal, Drums 1963 – present olivianewton-john.com

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Olivia Newton-John AO, OBE (born 26 September 1948 in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom) is an acclaimed British-born Australian singer and actress. She is an avid activist for both environmental issues and breast cancer awareness. Her business interests have included launching several product lines for Koala Blue and opening the Gaia Retreat and Spa in Australia. To date she has sold over 100 million records.


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boyfriend, Ian Turpie, with whom she costarred in an independently produced Australian telefilm, Funny Things Happen Down Under. Her mother cancelled trips back to Australia that Newton-John would repeatedly book.[4] Newton-John’s outlook changed when Pat Carroll (singer) also moved to England. The two formed a duo and toured nightclubs in Europe until Carroll’s visa expired, forcing her to return to Australia. Newton-John remained in England to pursue solo work. Newton-John was recruited for the group "Toomorrow"[5] — the brainchild of American producer Don Kirshner, creator of The Monkees. In 1970, the group recorded an eponymous album and starred in a "science fiction musical" film also named after the group. The project failed and the group was quickly disbanded.

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and included on her Long Live Love album, her first for the EMI label. In North America, this album was released by MCA as If You Love Me, Let Me Know, with the six Eurovision songs dropped for four different, morecountry-oriented tracks to capitalize on the success of "Let Me Be There." The title track was the first single, reaching No. 5 Pop, No. 2 Country (her best country placement ever), and No. 2 AC. The next single, "I Honestly Love You," became Newton-John’s signature song. Written by Jeff Barry and Peter Allen, the ballad became her first No. 1 Pop (two weeks) and second No. 1 AC (three weeks) hit and earned Newton-John two more Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Pop Female. The success of both singles helped the album reach No. 1 on both the Pop (one week) and Country (eight weeks) Albums charts. Newton-John’s country success was reviled by purists who believed a foreigner singing country-flavored pop music did not belong in country music.[5] In addition to her Grammy for "Let Me Be There," Newton-John was also named the Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year in 1974, defeating nominees Loretta Lynn, Canadian Anne Murray, Dolly Parton, and Tanya Tucker. Newton-John’s win outraged many country artists leading to the formation of the short-lived Association of Country Entertainers (ACE). Newton-John was eventually supported by most in the country music community. Stella Parton, Dolly’s sister, recorded "Ode To Olivia" and Newton-John recorded her 1976 album Don’t Stop Believin’, in Nashville. Encouraged by expatriate Australian singer Helen Reddy, Newton-John left England and moved to the United States. Newton-John topped the Pop (one week) and Country (six weeks) Albums charts with her next album, Have You Never Been Mellow. The album generated two singles — the title track (No. 1 Pop, No. 3 Country, No. 1 AC) and "Please Mr. Please" (No. 3 Pop, No. 5 Country, No. 1 AC). Newton-John’s pop career cooled with the release of her next album, Clearly Love. Her streak of five consecutive gold Top 10 singles ended when the album’s first single, "Something Better To Do," stopped at No. 13 (also No. 19 Country and No. 1 AC). Although her albums still achieved gold status, she did not return to the Top 10 on the Hot 100 or Pop Albums charts again until 1978.

Newton-John released her first solo album, If Not For You, in 1971. The title track, written by Bob Dylan, was her first international hit (No. 25 Pop, No. 1 Adult Contemporary [hereafter AC]).[1] Her follow-up, "Banks of the Ohio," was a Top 10 hit in England and Australia, but faltered in the U.S. (No. 94 Pop, No. 34 AC). She was voted Best British Female Vocalist two years in a row by the magazine Record Mirror. She made frequent appearances on Cliff Richard’s weekly show It’s Cliff Richard and starred with him in the telefilm The Case. In the United States, Newton-John’s career foundered after If Not For You until the release of "Let Me Be There" in 1973. The song reached the American Top 10 on the Pop (No. 6), Country (No. 7), and AC (No. 3) charts and earned her a Grammy for Best Country Female and an Academy of Country Music award for Most Promising Female Vocalist.[1] The song also propelled the album Let Me Be There to No. 1 on the Country Albums chart for two weeks. In 1974, Newton-John represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song, "Long Live Love". The song was chosen for her by the British public. Newton-John placed fourth at the contest in Brighton behind ABBA’s winning "Waterloo". (Newton-John would later admit that she disliked the song.)[6] All six song candidates for the contest were recorded by Newton-John


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Newton-John’s singles continued to easily top the AC chart, where she ultimately amassed ten No. 1 singles including a record seven consecutively: • "I Honestly Love You" (1974) – 3 weeks • "Have You Never Been Mellow" (1975) – 1 week • "Please Mr. Please" (1975) – 3 weeks • "Something Better To Do" (1975) – 3 weeks • "Let It Shine/He Ain’t Heavy...He’s My Brother" (1976) – 2 weeks • "Come On Over" (1976) – 1 week • "Don’t Stop Believin’" (1976) – 1 week She also provided a prominent, but uncredited, vocal on John Denver’s "Fly Away" single, which was succeeded by her own single, "Let It Shine/He Ain’t Heavy...He’s My Brother," at No. 1 on the AC chart. NewtonJohn also continued to reach the Country Top 10 where she tallied seven Top 10 singles through 1976’s "Come On Over" (No. 23 Pop, No. 5 Country, No. 1 AC) and six consecutive (of a career nine total) Top 10 albums through 1976’s Don’t Stop Believin’ (No. 30 Pop, No. 7 Country). She headlined her first U.S. television special, A Special Olivia Newton-John, in November 1976. By mid-1977, Newton-John’s AC and country success also began to wane. Her Making a Good Thing Better album (No. 34 Pop, No. 13 Country) failed to be certified gold, and its only single, the title track, did not reach even the AC Top 10 or the Country chart. Although the release that same year of Olivia NewtonJohn’s Greatest Hits (No. 13 Pop, No. 7 Country) became her first platinum album, Newton-John was ready to move her career in new directions.

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Sandy Dumbrowski to Sandy Olsson, an Australian who vacations and then moves with her family to the United States. The release of the film was preceded one month by the telecast of Newton-John’s second television special, Olivia. Grease became the biggest box-office hit of 1978[7] and remained popular enough that it was re-released in theaters on its 20th anniversary in 1998. The soundtrack spent 12 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 and yielded three Top 5 singles for Newton-John: the No. 1 "You’re The One That I Want" (with John Travolta), the No. 3 "Hopelessly Devoted To You," and the No. 5 "Summer Nights" (with John Travolta and the film’s cast). The former two songs were written by Newton-John’s longtime producer, John Farrar, specifically for the film. Newton-John became the second female (after Linda Ronstadt in 1977) to have two singles — "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Summer Nights" — in the Billboard Top 5 simultaneously. Newton-John’s performance earned her a People’s Choice award for Favorite Motion Picture Actress. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Musical and performed the Oscar-nominated "Hopelessly Devoted To You" at the 1979 Academy Awards. To this day, the soundtrack still sells several thousand copies per week and often appears on Billboard’s Soundtracks chart. Newton-John’s transformation in the film from goody-goody "Sandy 1" to spandex-clad "Sandy 2" emboldened Newton-John to do the same with her music career. In November 1978, she released the pop album Totally Hot, which became her first solo Top 10 (No. 7) album since Have You Never Been Mellow. Dressed on the cover all in leather, the album’s singles "A Little More Love" (No. 3 Pop, No. 94 Country, No. 4 AC), "Deeper Than The Night" (No. 11 Pop, No. 87 Country, No. 4 AC), and the title track (No. 52 Pop) all demonstrated a more aggressive and more uptempo sound for Newton-John. Although the album clearly de-emphasized country, it still reached No. 4 on the Country Albums chart. Newton-John released the Bside, "Dancin’ ’Round And ’Round," of the "Totally Hot" single to Country radio, where it peaked at No. 29 (as well as No. 82 Pop and No. 25 AC), becoming her last charted solo Country airplay single to date.

Newton-John’s career soared after starring in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease in 1978. She was offered the lead role of Sandy after a chance meeting with producer Allan Carr at a dinner party held by Helen Reddy in her Los Angeles home.[3] Burned by her Toomorrow experience and concerned that she was too old to play a high school senior (she turned 29 during the later 1977 filming), Newton-John insisted on a screen test with the film’s co-star, John Travolta.[3] The film accommodated NewtonJohn’s Australian accent by recasting her character from the play’s original American


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Newton-John began 1980 by releasing I Can’t Help It (No. 12 Pop, No. 8 AC), a duet with Andy Gibb from his After Dark album, and by starring in her third television special, Hollywood Nights. Later that year, she appeared in her first film since Grease starring in the musical Xanadu with Gene Kelly and Michael Beck. Although the movie was a critical failure, it was ultimately profitable and its soundtrack was certified double platinum. The soundtrack (No. 4 Pop) boasted five Top 20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including Newton-John’s Magic (No. 1 Pop, No. 1 AC), Suddenly with Cliff Richard (No. 20 Pop, No. 4 AC), and the title-song with ELO (No. 8 Pop, No. 2 AC). Magic was Newton-John’s biggest Pop hit to that point (four weeks at No. 1) and still ranks as the biggest AC hit of her career (five weeks at No. 1). The film has since become a cult classic and the basis for a well-reviewed, Tonynominated Broadway show that ran for more than 500 performances in 2007–2008.[8] In 1981, Newton-John released her most successful studio album, the double platinum Physical. The title track, written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick, spent ten weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100,[9] matching the record of most weeks at No. 1 held by Debby Boone’s You Light Up My Life. The single was certified platinum and it ultimately ranked as the biggest song of the decade. (In 2008, Billboard ranked the song No. 6 among all songs that charted in the 50-year history of the Hot 100.)[10] The song even earned Newton-John her only placement ever on the R&B Singles (No. 28) and Albums (No. 32) chart. The Physical album spawned two more singles, Make a Move on Me (No. 5 Pop, No. 6 AC) and Landslide (No. 52 Pop). To counter the overtly suggestive tone of the title track, Newton-John filmed an exercise-themed video that turned the song into an aerobics anthem (and made headbands a fashion accessory outside the gym).[11] Newton-John became a pioneer in the nascent music video industry by recording a video album for Physical featuring videos of all the album’s tracks and three of her older hits. The video album earned her a fourth Grammy and was aired as an ABC prime time special, Let’s Get Physical[9], becoming a Top 10 Nielsen hit. The success of Physical led to an international tour and the

Olivia Newton-John at the opening of a Koala Blue store in 1988. release of her second hits collection, the double platinum Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (No. 16 Pop), which yielded two more Top 40 singles: Heart Attack (No. 3 Pop) and Tied Up (No. 38 Pop). The tour was filmed for her Olivia In Concert television special which premiered on HBO in January 1983. The special was subsequently released to video earning Newton-John another Grammy nomination. Newton-John re-teamed with Travolta in 1983 for the critically and commercially unsuccessful Two of a Kind,[12] redeemed by its platinum soundtrack (No. 26 Pop) featuring Twist Of Fate (No. 5 Pop), Livin’ In Desperate Times (No. 31 Pop), and a new duet with Travolta, Take A Chance (No. 3 AC). NewtonJohn released another video package, the Grammy-nominated Twist Of Fate, featuring videos of her four songs on the Two of a Kind soundtrack and the two new singles from Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2. The same year, Newton-John and Pat Farrar founded Koala Blue. The store was originally for Australian imports, but evolved into a chain of women’s clothing boutiques. The chain was initially successful, but eventually declared bankruptcy and closed in 1992. Newton-John and Farrar would later license the brand name for a line of Australian


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produced wines, confections, and bed/bath products.

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Hugh, the song’s arranger, subsequently released his version of the song as Talk It Over in 1989 and it became a Top 20 Pop hit.) A year later, Newton-John recorded her "self-indulgent" album, Warm and Tender, featuring lullabies and love songs for parents and their children. This album also did not revive her recording career struggling to No. 124 Pop.

Breast cancer survivor and health advocate
Newton-John was primed for another comeback in 1992 when she compiled her third hits collection, Back To Basics - The Essential Collection 1971–1992 (No. 121 Pop), and planned her first tour since her Physical trek ten years earlier. Shortly after the album’s release, Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer, forcing her to cancel all publicity for the album, including the tour. (Newton-John received her diagnosis on the same weekend her father died.)[15] NewtonJohn recovered[16] and has since become a tireless advocate for breast cancer research and other health issues. She has been a product spokesperson for the Liv-Kit, a breast self-examination product. She is coowner of the Gaia Retreat and Spa in Byron Bay, Australia, which is advertised as "the ideal place to renew, refresh, and restore your mind, body and soul."[17] Newton-John’s cancer diagnosis affected the type of music she recorded. In 1994, she released Gaia: One Woman’s Journey, which chronicled her ordeal. This was the first album on which Newton-John wrote all of the songs, encouraging her to become more active as a songwriter thereafter. In 2005, she released Stronger Than Before, sold exclusively in the United States by Hallmark. Proceeds from the album’s sales benefited breast cancer research. The album featured the song Phenomenal Woman based on the poem by Maya Angelou that featured guest vocals from Diahann Carroll, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Delta Goodrem, Amy Holland, Patti LaBelle, and Mindy Smith who were all cancer survivors or whose lives were affected by the disease.[18] The following year, Newton-John released a healing CD, Grace And Gratitude.[19] The album was sold exclusively by Walgreens, also benefitting various charities such as Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, and was the "heart" of their "Body - Heart - Spirit" Wellness

Newton-John at the 1989 Academy Awards. Newton-John married long-time boyfriend Matt Lattanzi in December 1984.[13] The couple had met four years earlier while filming Xanadu. (They divorced in 1995.)[14] Newton-John resumed recording in 1985 with the release of the gold Soul Kiss (No. 29 Pop). The album’s only charted single was the title track (No. 20 Pop, No. 20 AC). Newton-John’s pregnancy with daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi (b. January 1986) limited her publicity for the album. The video album for Soul Kiss featured videos of only five of the album’s ten tracks, and the album’s second single, Toughen Up, failed to even chart. After a three-year hiatus to raise Chloe, Newton-John returned with 1988’s The Rumour. The album was promoted by an HBO special, Olivia Down Under, and its first single, the title track, was written and produced by Elton John. Both the single (No. 62 Pop, No. 33 AC) and the album (No. 67 Pop) fizzled as the nearly 40 year-old Newton-John seemed "old" when compared with the teen queens Debbie Gibson and Tiffany ruling the charts at that time. The second single, the Sandy Linzer/Irwin Levine–penned Can’t We Talk It Over In Bed, did not chart. (Grayson


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Collection. The collection also featured a rebranded Liv-Kit and breast-health dietary supplements. In 2008, Newton-John raised funds to help build the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia. She led a three-week, 228 km walk along the Great Wall of China during April joined by various celebrities and cancer survivors throughout her trek. The walk [1] symbolized the steps cancer patients must take on their road to recovery. Newton-John released a companion CD, A Celebration In Song, the following month in Australia and later worldwide [20] featuring new and previously recorded duets by "Olivia Newton-John & Friends." Her "Friends" included Jann Arden, Jimmy Barnes, John Farrar, Barry Gibb, Delta Goodrem, Sun Ho, Richard Marx, Cliff Richard, Melinda Schneider, Amy Sky and Keith Urban.[21] In October, Newton-John helped launch the www.liv.com website and teamed with fitness franchise Curves to distribute one million Liv-Aid breast self-examination aids for Breast Cancer Awareness month.[22] Newton-John’s spirituality also extended to the release of several Christmas albums. In 2000, she teamed with Vince Gill and the London Symphony Orchestra for ’Tis The Season, sold exclusively through Hallmark. The following year, she released The Christmas Collection, which compiled seasonal music previously recorded for her Hallmark Christmas album, her appearance on Kenny Loggins’ 1999 TNN Christmas special, and her contributions to the Mother And Child and Spirit Of Christmas multi-artist collections. In 2007, she re-teamed with her Grace And Gratitude producer, Amy Sky, for Christmas Wish (No. 187 Pop), which was sold exclusively by Target.

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Country Sales chart. The album track, Love Is A Gift, won Newton-John a 1999 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song after being featured on the daytime serial, As The World Turns. Newton-John’s subsequent albums were all released primarily in Australia. NewtonJohn, John Farnham and Anthony Warlow toured Australia as The Main Event. The live album won an ARIA Award for Highest Selling Australian CD and was also nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Album. She and Farnham performed Dare To Dream at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.[14] In 2002, Newton-John released (2), a duets album featuring mostly Australian artists including Darren Hayes, Tina Arena, Jimmy Little, Billy Thorpe and Johnny O’Keefe as well as a heartfelt "duet" with the deceased Peter Allen. The same year, Newton-John was inducted into Australia’s ARIA Hall of Fame. 2004 brought the release of Indigo: Women of Song, a tribute album covering songs by The Carpenters, Minnie Riperton, Doris Day, Nina Simone, Joan Baez and others. Newton-John dedicated the album to her mother who died the previous year. Newton-John acted occasionally since Two of a Kind. She appeared in a supporting role in the 1996 AIDS drama, It’s My Party - her first feature film since Two Of A Kind. In 2000, she appeared in a dramatically different role as Bitsy Mae Harling, a lesbian excon country singer, in Del Shores’ Sordid Lives.[14] Newton-John’s television work included starring in two Christmas movies, A Mom For Christmas (1990) [23] and A Christmas Romance (1994) - both Top 10 Nielsen hits. Her daughter, Chloe, starred as one of her children in both A Christmas Romance and in the 2001 Showtime film The Wilde Girls. Newton-John guest-starred as herself in the sitcoms Ned and Stacey, Murphy Brown and Bette. In Australia, Newton-John hosted Wild Life, a show about animals and nature - two major interests for Newton-John. She also guest starred as Joanna on two episodes of the Australian series The Man From Snowy River. After her 1995 divorce from Matt Lattanzi, Newton-John met gaffer/cameraman Patrick McDermott the following year. The couple dated on and off for nine years until he went missing following a 2005 fishing trip off the California coast. Various theories abounded

Later career
Newton-John’s spiritual, contemplative music was complemented by her pop-oriented releases. In 1998, she returned to Nashville to record Back With A Heart (No. 59 Pop). The album returned her to the Top 10 (No. 9) on the Country Albums chart. Its only single was a remake of I Honestly Love You produced by David Foster and featuring Babyface on background vocals that charted Pop (No. 67) and AC (No. 18). Country radio dismissed the song, although it did peak at No. 16 on the


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regarding his disappearance ranging from his death by accident or foul play to McDermott staging his disappearance to avoid child support payments to his ex-wife, actress Yvette Nipar. Newton-John, who was in Australia at her self-owned Gaia Retreat & Spa at the time of his disappearance, was never a suspect[24] and refused to comment on any speculation. A US Coast Guard investigation released in 2008 "suggest[ed] McDermott was lost at sea."[25] Newton-John returned to the tabloid headlines again in 2007 when it was revealed that her daughter was recovering from anorexia.[26] Newton-John released another concert DVD, Olivia Newton-John and the Sydney Symphony: Live at the Sydney Opera House, and a companion CD, Olivia’s Live Hits, in January 2008. An edited version of the DVD premiered on PBS station, WLIW (Garden City, New York), in October 2007 and subsequently aired nationally during the network’s fund-raising pledge drives. This was Newton-John’s third live album after the 1981 Japanese release, Love Performance, and her 2000 Australian release, One Woman’s Live Journey. In June 2008, Newton-John secretly wed John ("Amazon John") Easterling, founder and president of natural remedy firm, Amazon Herb Company. The couple met 15 years earlier, but only became romantically involved in 2007. (Like Newton-John, this was Easterling’s second marriage.) The couple married alone in a private Incan spiritual ceremony in Cuzco, Peru on June 21 [27] followed nine days later by a legal ceremony on the Jupiter Island beachfront in Florida. There were no guests at either service since the couple preferred to marry simply and privately. Only Newton-John’s daughter, Chloe, was aware of the nuptials. The couple did not announce their marriage until a July 4 barbecue at Newton-John’s Malibu, California home where guests were surprised with the news.[28] The wedding was confirmed thereafter by HELLO! magazine which published exclusive pictures of both weddings. [29]

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performed a medley of Memphis soul songs at the concert.[30] • Newton-John joined Judy Brooks and Roy Walkenhorst as co-host of the health and well-being series, Healing Quest, currently airing on PBS.[31]\ • Newton-John reprised her role as Bitsy Mae Harling for Sordid Lives: The Series which airs on the LOGO television network . The series features five original songs written by Newton-John specifically for the show.[32] Newton-John helped launch the series by performing a nine song concert at Los Angeles Gay Pride on June 8. [33] • Newton-John performed as part of the "Australia Plays Broadway" concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall on January 20, 2009. The event was part of "G’day USA: Australia Week 2009." [34] • Newton-John resumed touring in 1999. Her current tour schedule can be found at http://olivianewton-john.com/tour.html • In 2003, Newton-John spoke out against the use/abuse of animals in entertainment; more specifically, the use of a boxing kangaroo in a circus [2]and elephants in Thailand’s tourism industry [3] • On 14 March 2009 Newton-John teamed with Barry Gibb to present the 1-hour finale performance at a star studded 12-hour live concert at Sydney’s Sydney Cricket Ground, part of Sound Relief. Sound Relief was a fundraiser organised principally to aid victims of the February 2009 Victorian Bushfires. The bushfires devastated large tracts of heavily wooded and populated south-eastern Australia. Sound Relief, to a lesser extent, also raised funds to aid victims of the Queensland tropical floods that occurred across January/February 2009. The concert was televised live nationally across Australia on the Max TV cable TV network.

Current endeavours
Newton-John performed with Guy Sebastian at this concert for her special charity, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal. They performed her iconic hit from Grease, Summer nights. Sebastian also

Discography and videography Honors
1979 • Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II [35]


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1981 • Hollywood Walk of Fame 1990 • Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme [35] 1998 • Cadillac Concept to the world Humanitarian Award for breast cancer research[36] 1999 • Red Cross - Humanitarian Award for breast cancer and environmental charity work [36] • Women’s Guild of Cedar-Sinai Hospital "Woman of the 21st Century" Award for breast cancer and environmental charity work [36] 2000 • Environmental Media Association "Ermenegildo Zegna International Environmental Award" for increasing public awareness of environmental problems [36] • Rainforest Alliance - Green Globe Arts and Nature Award for her contribution to the preservation of rainforests [36] 2002 • Australian Recording Industry Association - Hall of Fame [37] 2006 • Australia Day at Penfolds Black Tie Gala Lifetime Achievement Award [38] • Decatur Memorial Hospital (Illinois) Humanitarian Award for her breast cancer awareness work from the [39] • Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for "service to the entertainment industry as a singer and actor, and to the community through organisations supporting breast cancer treatment, education, training and research, and the environment" [35] 2007 • American Australian Association Black Tie Gala - Lifetime Achievement Award [40] • Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA) - Valor Award for raising funds for cancer research [41] 2008 • Project Angel Food - Marianne Williamson Founder’s Award for her commitment to breast cancer awareness [42]

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Win: • 1973 – Most Promising Female Vocalist Nomination: • 1974 – Top Female Vocalist AGVA • 1974 – Rising Star of the Year American Music Awards [44] Wins: • 1974 – Favorite Album – Country: Let Me Be There • 1974 – Favorite Female Artist – Country • 1974 – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock • 1974 – Favorite Single – Pop/Rock: "I Honestly Love You" • 1975 – Favorite Album – Pop/Rock: Have You Never Been Mellow • 1975 – Favorite Female Artist – Country • 1975 – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock • 1976 – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock • 1978 – Favorite Album – Pop/Rock: "Grease" • 1982 – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock Nominations: • 1975 – Favorite Album – Country: "Have You Never Been Mellow" • 1979 – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock • 1980 – Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Awards [45] Win: • 1999 – Highest Selling Album: "Highlights From The Main Event" Nomination: • 1999 – Best Adult Contemporary Album: "Highlights From The Main Event" Billboard Awards • 1974 – Top Pop Singles Artist (Female) • 1975 – Top Pop Albums Artist (Female) • 1976 – Top Adult Contemporary Artist • 1979 – Top Soundtrack: "Grease" • 1982 – Top Pop Single: "Physical" • 1982 – Top Pop Singles Artist • 1982 – Top Pop Singles Artist (Female) • 1997 – Top Pop Catalog Album: "Grease" • 1998 – Top Pop Catalog Album: "Grease" Cashbox Awards • 1974 – No.1 New Female Vocalist, Singles • 1975 – No.1 Female Vocalist, Singles • 1975 – No.1 Female Vocalist, Albums Country Music Association (CMA) Awards [46] Win: • 1974 – Female Vocalist of the Year Nominations: • 1974 – Album of the Year – If You Love Me Let Me Know

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• 1974 – Entertainer of the Year • 1974 – Single of the Year – "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)" Daytime Emmy Awards [47] • 1999 – Outstanding Original Song – "Love Is A Gift" Grammy Awards Wins: [48] • 1973 – Best Female Country Vocal Performance: "Let Me Be There" • 1974 – Record of the Year: "I Honestly Love You" • 1974 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: "I Honestly Love You" • 1982 – Video of the Year: "Olivia Physical" Nominations: [44] • 1975 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Have You Never Been Mellow" • 1978 – Album of the Year: Grease • 1978 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Hopelessly Devoted to You" • 1980 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Magic" • 1981 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Physical" • 1982 – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Heart Attack" • 1983 – Best Long Form Music Video: Olivia in Concert • 1984 – Best Short Form Music Video: "Twist of Fate" National Association of Retail Merchandisers (NARM) • Best Selling Album by a Female Country Artist: "If You Love Me, Let Me Know" • Best Selling Album by a Female: "If You Love Me, Let Me Know" People’s Choice Awards • 1975 – Favorite Female Musical Performer

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• 1975 – Top Pop Female Vocalist (Albums) • 1975 – Top Pop Female Vocalist (Singles) • 1976 – Top Country Female Vocalist (Albums) • 1976 – Top Pop Female Vocalist (Albums) • 1978 – Top New Pop Duo (Singles) with John Travolta

Early and important British influences
Aside from John Farrar (now resident in Malibu, USA), Olivia Newton-John (now resident in Australia) has kept silent over the influence of The Shadows who helped lay the foundations of her career during her full-time residency in the UK (London) during 1966-1974. This is ironic as Hank Marvin has been a resident in Perth, W.Australia since 1985: she was a bridesmaid at his wedding in the UK. During 1966-1972 she was engaged to her co-producer and fiancee, Bruce Welch. This couple were seen in the UK tabloid-press as an ’item’ paired to be married soon. This relationship was a key event in her life which broke up publicly resulting in John Farrar taking over as her producer full-time. Most of the members of The Shadows eg Bruce Welch, John Rostill, Alan Tarney, etc were significant musicians, producers, arrangers, songwriters, etc during this period of her life which she has not publicly acknowledged. From 1971-76 her 1st six studio (3.Pye & 3.EMI) albums, all recorded in the UK, feature most of the members of The Shadows. From then on all her Farrar produced albums would use session musicians in the USA. Her residency move from London to USA in 1974 was only delayed after 2 major hit singles written by John Rostill as Bob Dylan’s "If not for you" was only a minor chart hit in the USA. After emigrating from the UK, and throughout her career, John Farrar continued to maintain contact with and source material written by key members of The Shadows eg "Sam" written by Hank Marvin. From 1972-74 Olivia’s remaining residency in the UK was increasingly successful although set against a backdrop of increasingly higher personal income taxes and the UK becoming a country most people would prefer to emigrate from due to the political

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Record World • 1974 – Top Most Promising Country Albums Artist (Female) • 1974 – Top Most Promising Country Singles Artist (Female) • 1974 – Top Pop Female Vocalist (Albums) • 1974 – Top Pop Female Vocalist (Singles) • 1975 – Top Country Female Vocalist (Albums)


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instability at that time from international affairs, trade unions and IRA bombings. Today, Olivia’s appearances in the UK are minimal except to maintain contact with her life-long friend Cliff Richard and a UK/ European tour is increasingly unlikely as she last toured the UK in 1978. Her home in London was recently sold to offset loses incurred in the Koala Blue company’s demise during the 1990s. Her recent TV-interview with Andrew Neil during the early 2000s in the UK was an uncomfortable trip down memory lane for her although the questions about her stay in the UK until 1974 were not exactly unanticipated by knowledgeable viewers. In 1998 saw a re-launch of film Grease in Central London which was well supported by hard-core members of her UK fan club, OnlyOlivia. She recently mooted an auto-biography during the late 1990s but this project was without warning suddenly cancelled possibly due to the recent Bruce Welch auto-biography. Had it materialized it would have given her an opportunity to give her fans her side of the story to possibly contradict Welch’s account of and the underlying reasons behind their increasingly unstable relationship during the early 1970s. Her more recent career has been occasionally punctuated with other projects being mooted but then inexplicably cancelled without warning. eg an album of disco music has still to materialize. Since 1975, her management and various biographies have down-played certain career aspects preferring her happier friendship and professional relationship with Cliff Richard as being the only reason for her success in the UK during 1966-74. Her manager in London was (Australian) Peter Gormley who also managed The Shadows and Cliff Richard.

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See also
• • • • • Eurovision song contest Cliff Richard Marvin Welch & Farrar John Farrar (musician) Pat Carroll (singer)


Un-issued Olivia NewtonJohn album
It is rumoured that EMI records (London) still holds an un-issued album of Olivia Newton-John music which features John Farrar and Hank Marvin on guitars, recorded circa 1973-74. It is likely that this album features material written by both Farrar and Marvin. This album is probably unfinished and it is not certain if Olivia finished her vocal recordings on it.

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External links
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Preceded by Cliff Richard UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 1974

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Succeeded by The Shadows

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