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Bonnie’s Laurie Allen Tribute
Bobby & Laurie
Collage of The Last Concert
The Fields Of Athenry
Thanks to Bob Bright
Thank you to Laraine Roach
For sending me this fan card.
Obviously a big Bobby & Laurie fan to have kept this for so long…
thank you Laraine
Bobby Bright and Laurie Allen started out as solo artists on The GO Show!! until someone suggested they team up, together as Bobby & Laurie they were the greatest, they had the talent, the looks and above all the humour that won over the teenagers of the 60’s.
Bobby & Laurie were very much respected by the teenagers of the 60’s and the mums and dads of the time, I guess you could say they had a squeaky cleanness about them and they intern treated their many fans in such a way that anyone who met them loved them, I know I was there, I saw the magic they created.
Bobby and Laurie had the first record on the GO label with “I Belong With You” and continued to create hysteria all over Australia.
From 1964 until 2002 there was Bobby & Laurie (off & on) they were a great team in the 60’s and later when the demand was too great they would re-unite and every time they would prove they still had it and lift the roof with the hysteria again like time stood still, right up to the last concert in 2002.
The Bobby & Laurie Diary
Two Hundred Years A week by week historical count down to Australia’s Bicentennial……Issue No.42
Yeah Yeah Yeah
It was during the sixties that young Australian musicians realised that they could write their own songs, develop an original sound and take a crack at the lucrative international market. Indeed the roots of the ‘Downunder Sound’ purveyed by the likes of Men At Work and INXS in the eighties can be traced directly back to 1965. In the year the Beatles’ visit began to influence indigenous music.
When the hypnotic sound of the Fab Four from Liverpool was first heard. Over-night, audiences demanded vocalists. The Nocturnes pulled a young footballer out of the audience and became Ray Brown and the Whispers, while The Sierras enlisted the aid of a Queensland yodeller to become Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs. In Melbourne, two featured singers with town hall/ballroom dance revue band The Roulettes became the foot stomping, mane tossing Bobby and Laurie.
If the sound of The Beatles instigated changes in the very structure of Australian popular music then their actual presence created a brand new industry.
Two Hundred Years A week by week historical count down to Australia’s Bicentennial…..Issue No.14
‘GROOVE, baby, GROOVE’
By the time Australian rockers finally made it into recording studios, the initial rabid thrust of music was on the wane in America, gradually giving way to square-jawed teen idols called Bobby, singing about first dates and senior proms. So almost before they had begun, local artists were cutting soppy serenades. As a result, Australia had precious little rock’n’roll heritage of any real worth. The odd recording by O’Keefe, Joye, Dale, Barry Stanton, Johnny Rebb, Dale Wayne, Johnny Devlin, Colin Cook and Lonnie Lee just about wraps it up. However there was no shortage at all of cute, smooth performers who presented a sedate ‘restrained’ image to the mums and dads who tuned into tame Bandstand. Although they were, in the main, carbon copies of overseas stars, the likes of Noeleen Batley, Dig Richards, Warren Williams, Bryan Davies, Little Pattie, Roland Storm, The Allen Brothers,Tony Brady, The Delltones, Merv Benton, Rob E.G., Patsy Ann Noble and Judy Stone kept the local pot simmering until the arrival of the more aggressive and exciting Easybeats, Normie Rowe, Billy Thorpe and Bobby and Laurie around 1965.
Laurie, Bev Harrell & Bobby 1966.
Parlophone Promo.photo for Sweet And Tender Romance/Down In The Valley.
Peters Australian Rock History Series.
Card No.4 in a series of 24
November 1963 Johnny Chester Teenage Show Melbourne’s top teenage idol Johnny Chester will head
A special teenage show which will be presented at the Town Hall, Benalla on Tuesday November 26.
Johnny will include in his show well known teenage idols….There will be Bobby Bright- one of Adelaide’s
Top teenage favourites and a W&G recording artist April Byron, also from South Australia and a W&G artist
Laurie Allen from Melbourne and Colin Buckley also from Melbourne…Well known group The Blue Jays will
Accompany the artists……..
November 15…. Horsham Town Hall
November 27.. Albury The Indoor Palais.
November 28….Echuca The Paramount Theatre
November 30 Mildura The Murray Room. The Ensign
1964 … Bobby & Laurie team up on the Go-Show!!
For 50 pounds Bobby & Laurie would appear before more than 1500 crazed fans (without security)
Part liner by Glenn A. Baker from Bobby & Laurie’s album The very best Of Bobby and Laurie
1964 Hamilton Concert. Rock ‘n’ Roll singers Laurie Allen and Bobby Bright will give a dance-concert
in Hamilton on May 4, Bobby Bright said yesterday “The dance-concert is something new in the country
it is run like a dance except that every 20mins an act is brought out” They said that the problem in the country
was to find a hall big enough to hold all the people who wanted to see the show.
At Easter they held a show in Bendigo and 3,500 people wanted to see them but the hall had a capacity of 1,400.
Admission charge for the Hamilton dance will be 10/- . Bobby said the charge was worked out by an accountant
And based on travelling costs.
Email from Darryl Scott (Queensland). I was at that show in Hamilton 1964, the very first live show I had ever been to. I was 13 and Bobby & Laurie were a big influence on my life then, which started me on my career in music. Thank you for bringing these memories back to all us fans, Laurie will never be forgotten, by a lot of people….. Darryl Scott 5/4/2005
Thanks Darryl I am glad my little page brought back good memories for you, they were the best times, we were so lucky…Thanks for your contribution……Bonnie
January 1965 Johnny Chesters “Teen Scene” is getting a shot in the arm after a spate of criticisms
about the show’s general production. One of the biggest boosts was Bobby Bright and Laurie Allen’s
performance on a recent “Teen Scene” when yelling female fans dragged them off stage.
TV Week January 23 1965.
April 1965 Top 40 Dancing at Coburg Town Hall…..Laurie Allen and Bobby Bright.
April 3rd In person at 9.15am In person at Herrods Record bar 813 Pascoe Vale Rd Glenroy
Laurie Allen & Bobby Bright… Get your record autographed at Herrods.
May 1965 POLICE August 11 1964 .. “I Belong With You” by Bobby & Laurie is released.
September 12 1964… Teenage pop group The Rondells are introducing an exciting new gimmick to
TV- THE HAIRCUT Veritas- The Melbourne Truth Newspaper
November 28 1964.. TV Week has hired the Myer Music Bowl in the Domain to present a special lunch hour show, more than 30,000 are expected to pack the lawns around the bowl. Compering the show will be Alan Field, others on the bill include Ian Turpie, Merv Benton, Pat Carroll, Bobby Bright and Laurie Allen, Marcia Jones and Paul Wayne backed by The Strangers. An ATV0 spokesman said this would be the most ambitious telecasts attempted. Director Godfrey Phillip and Producer Julian Jover will be operating fron ATV0’s giant 150,000 pound mobile studio, using four camera’s to capture the scene, a helicopter will take aerial shots of the Myer Music Bowl during the performance.
TV Week…November 28 1964
December 1964 Bobby and Laurie star in pantomime Alice In Wonderland, as Tweedle Dee &
January 1965 Pantomime-Alice In Wonderland….Theatre-Tivoli
Pat Carroll is a polished “Alice”, she seems to have captured with ease. Tweedledum (Bobby Bright) and Tweedledee (Laurie Allen) got big bursts of applause for the numbers they belted out in Beatle style with guitar accompaniment.
January 1965 ATV0’s New childrens show “The Magic Circle Club” will start on Monday February 1. The new show will be set in an enchanted forest with a magic cottage for Nancy Cato, a wishing well outside and a picturesque castles in the background. The show will be aimed at children from 5 to 12 and 50 will participate each night. Scriptwriter John Howson is writing original songs for the programs. There will be puppets such as Leonardo D Funbird, Cuckoo(I’m the greatest) Cassius and Marlene De Witch and artists will include musicians Bruce Rowlands, Geoff Wightman and John Lesley and Bobby Bright, Laurie Allen and Pat Carroll.
TV Week..January 23 1965
GUARD FOR POPS
Pig-tailed popsters Bobby Bright & Laurie Allen will be guarded by six policeman when they sing at the
Carlton Football clubs rock ‘n’ roll show on May 9.
At the beat-meet several weeks back Bright & Allen were mobbed by more than 2,000 fans and lost most
Of their clothing, the boop-de-duo have insisted on a police escort before they would sing at the Carlton show
At which a crowd of 10,000 is expected.
TV Times ..May 5 1965
May19 1965…Melbourne Talent..
Bobby Bright and Laurie Allen (due for the Dave Clark Five/Seekers tour) will have their new record released on May 27. As Promised we got a fine color shot of the boys. It will be coming up in Disc soon. It seems as you’ve all kept telling me, they’re the hottest pop property in Melbourne. They’re due for Sydney teenage dances soon.
Everybody’s May 19 1965.
The Rondells will be third to record on the Go label, then comes Terry Dean as the fourth. The Henchmen (winners of the 3UZ Sound Spectacular) were second and of course Bobby and Laurie were first.
Everybody’s May 19 1965
July 7 1965. Sydney puts on a Gala Night Of Stars, starring Bobby & Laurie from Melbourne, also starring Johnny O’Keefe, Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs, Col Joye and The Joy Boys, The De Kroo Brothers, Tony Worsley & The Blue Jays, Judy Stone, Little Pattie, The Showmen, Jay Justin, Pam Oakley, Johnny Devlin & The Devils, The Rajahs, The Bee Gees, Johnny Rebb, Max Merritt, The Easy Beats, Marlene Atcheson, Brian Witting, Tony Brady & Sharon Black.
1965 . .Bobby and Laurie’s “I Belong With You” (written by Laurie Allen) wins Australian Record Award “Best Composition”
May 1965 .. Bobby & Laurie tour with The Dave Clark Five and The Seekers…
May 27 1965.. Showers Of Rose Petals…”put your hands on your ears, it blocks out the screaming. The music comes through, the vibration comes up through the floors”. This was the advice a teenage redhead at The Capitol Theatre last night-and she was right. From the moment the curtain began to rise it was on. They screamed, they stamped, they leapt into the air, they sent streamers whirling through the spotlights on the stage. They showered their favourites with rose petals and when the petals ran out, screwed up paper bags aimed at the performers. And the artists were The Seekers, The Dave Clark Five, Tommy Quickly, long haired Bobby & Laurie and the frames…..With a battery of five microphones to help them they matched the ear-shattering screams with the explosion of rhythm from banjos, bass cymbals, drums and guitars…. CM The West Australian May 27 1965
July 1965 The Sound That’s Come Is Go. What makes GO go? Partially it’s the sound mixed and cooked in the recording studios. Partially it’s the fine delivery of artists like Bobby Bright and Laurie Allen. Partially it’s professionalism at executive levels. But whatever it is, the Go label has gone on to the charts all over the country and swept the pop spotlight on to Melbourne. One of Go’s staunchest supporters since “I Belong With You” launched both the label and Bobby & Laurie has been 2UW DJ Tony McLaren. So when Billy Adams. Melbourne’s newest long-haired singer, was due to record his first single for Go. Tony was invited to be along. Everybody’s July 7 1965
PJ Proby Tour 1965
1965.. Bobby & Laurie join The PJ Proby Tour
At the peak of their popularity all Bobby & Laurie’s birthdays came at once when they were signed along with The Easybeats (who backed them) as support to an Australian tour by their idol PJ Proby. Everything they had ever tried to be on stage was suddenly manifesting before their eyes. the tour had a profound effect on their careers, even to the point of them recording “Hold Me” as a tribute to the man.
Part liner by Glenn A. Baker on Bobby & Laurie’s album “The Very Best Of Bobby and Laurie”.
The PJ Proby Tour Program 1965
Thank you to Leanne Thomas for sending me a copy
of this..very much appreciated.
Bobby & Laurie as Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee in “Alice In Wonderland”
in 1965 not to be mistaken for
Twoddle & Boddle below.
TV Times January 6 1965
Bobby Bright hails originally from Adelaide where he had a certain amount of Success
singing in dance halls and on TV. With a number of Appearances on “In Adelaide Tonight”. He moved to Melbourne late 1963 and it was while he was working for a leading Victorian Dance circuit that he met Laurie Allen who was also doing quite well and had appeared on television in Melbourne
The big break came when the boys decided to team up. These two very personable young
men have demonstrated amazing versatility by appearing successfully on television in various teenage pop shows,a children’s television series and a very successful stint in “Alice In Wonderland’ at the Melbourne Tivoli.
Their first disc “I Belong With You” proved a chart-topper throughout Australia.
Trying To separate Bobby and Laurie is just about as difficult as an operation on Siamese twins. Preserving their
image as a “group” seems to be a fetish with them…..and they make it known that they are the closest of friends.They always appear together. They are never photographed individually.
Bobby and Laurie, who appear as one of the featured stars in The Big Show’s presentation of
The Dave Clark Five, have just won Melbourne’s 3UZ 1965 Sound Awards for “Best Vocal Group”
as well as for the “ Best Australian Composition” Last month , Bobby and Laurie also won the coveted
5KA Award in Adelaide.
June 1966 The Listener-In Melbourne Vic.
Protests from a charity organisation about collecting tins of food seem to have been in vain. The idea is spreading instead of stopping. Admission to the Frankston Modville dance on Saturday night June 4 will be 50c, plus a tin of food for charity. Big guest list for the dance will be Ian Turpie, Bobby & Laurie,Yvonne Barrett, Buddy England, Ronnie Burns, Terry Dean, The D-Coys,The Wild Colonials,and The Lincolns. The dance will be filmed and sequences will be included in ATVO’s “GO!!”
September 6 1965 The Return of The PJ
“Life” I reflected yesterday, as trembled in the air and the birds sang “Life “has become immeasurably more meaningful since PJ visited our fair city. More birds sang and somewhere a celestial choir seemed to be humming happiness as I mused further. And to think he’ll be back at Festival Hall next Friday. It’s as if Santa came twice a year, better really. I mean Santa’s red suit and Ho Ho’ is pretty funny but it can’t compare with PJ’s baby blue velvet ensemble and his superb impressions of a pantomime Dame hopping about on hot coals. PJ has got something for everyone, he sets biology students re-reading, gives would be dentists an idea of what it would be like to spend most of their working years gazing into gaping mouths and provides new hope to the clothing industry’s dream of planned obsolescence…that’s his secret, I suppose- audience participation, who of us there will ever forget the way be brought the audience into his act, not once but many times, with that great line, “ Yo hot? It’s hot under these hot lights Yo Hot” but that’s the electrifying PJ… he’s so unpredictable.
Also appearing on next Friday’s program with PJ are Bobby & Laurie who could fairly claim that, on the basis of sustained audience squealing, they matched the great man. Of course, theirs is a different sort of entertainment. For one thing they didn’t bother with those interminable lovesick ballads. They simply threw themselves into numbers that really rocked, didn’t waste time asking the audience personal hygiene questions and showed why many believe they’re the top pop talent in Australia and points beyond. And to boot, they’re nice blokes. Both are as funny off-stage as they are on, but neither goes in for the cocky humour favoured by many pop groups that reporters used to call “zany” until the joke wore thin. F’rinstance, Laurie talking about the hundreds of letters the pair gets each week, said they made it a point to reply to them all. The replies are stereotyped and handled by their manager but they sign them and often add a line or two. What sort of reply would a girl get, who wrote insisting on one or both of you married her? I asked Laurie…”Something like” “ Thank you for your interest” he said…Laurie added Bobby Bright (not to be confused with Charley Chuckles) is slowly changing the pair’s image. He designs their clothes and has decided to forget leather suits and such and concentrate on introducing more comedy into the act. They’re going to the barbers more often…eventually, said Laurie they might give up singing and do straight comedy but with things the way they are now…theres no hurry. Paul Taylor …The Sun September 6 1965
January 23 1965 ..Children’s show “The Magic Circle Club” starts tonight on ATV O starring Bobby And Laurie as Twoddle and Boddle
.March 1965 .. Success for Bobby and Laurie is like riding on a runaway express train these days, most artists
claim to be in big demand but when you learn that these two boys appear at six different dances each Saturday
Night you know they are not kidding
( Listener In-TV March 27-April 2 1965.)
1969 at the opening of a department
store in Melbourne
January 1992 The “Rockin Back
The Clock Show.” Melbourne.
A Big thank you to Bryan, Diana and
Matthew for this photo and all the other treasures you so kindly gave to me, I
loved those shirts..
Bobby & Laurie with Kevin “Bloody Wilson
April 1966. Australian Beat.
M.P.D.LTD., and Bobby & Laurie are wild about their ad. in American “CashBox” it announces the advent of “Little Boy Sad” and “I Belong With You” on the L.T.D. label for national distribution in the U.S. Both discs got good press reviews, which automatically means that thousands of dollars will be spent on getting the discs spun across the country. At the same time M.P.D. Ltd heard that “Little Boy Sad” was No.2 in New Zealand and that a midnight to dawn DJ was playing Bobby & Laurie’s “Hitch Hiker” for M.P.D. fans.
Everybody’s April 13 1966 by Maggie Makeig.
April 1966. Where It’s Happening.
Bobby & Laurie planned to hitch-hike from Melbourne to Sydney to publicise their newest disc, “Hitch Hiker” got cold boots and only hitched a ride for 10 miles before transferring to a nice comfortable plane. Bobby & Laurie showed us the best way to convince motorists that boys with long hair, tight pants and velvet jackets
are a good bet for a lift. Now perhaps you can see why they had to fly.
Everybody’s April 13 1966
May 25 1966. Growlings From The Fur Bear. .. While larking around at channel “0” I happened to get a chance to talk to Bobby Bright, who told me that Laurie Allen and Bobby Bright were really a teenage Laurel and Hardy to which Laurie added “ and I’m Hardy-Hardy there at all that is” hardy ha ha ha !!..Personally, I think Bobby Brights a scream, the way he takes off Bob Dylan breaks me up.
Mike Furber….. Go-Set Vol.1 No.17
July 1966 New Teenage Show Planned.
ABC-TV plans to introduce a new national pop show built around this year’s big entertainment successes, Bobby and Laurie. The pilot for the proposed show in which Normie Rowe will guest star will be produced at the ABC’s Melbourne studios on July 15. The pilot will be one of the most lavish for any local production. Theshow is planned to have a big running budget. The pilot show also features Lynne Randall and Ronnie Burns.
Bobby and Laurie have one of the best stage presentations of Australian pop stars. They should adapt smoothly to TV stardom. The show will be produced and directed by Barry Langford, who announced last week that the Willard King Organisation had released him to do freelance producing and directing. Bobby and Laurie have some definite ideas for TV shows-including plenty of spontaneity and a fast pace. Both are zany humorists and should have a breezy TV manner… Robin Strathdee TV Week Melbourne
July 1966.. Bobby & Laurie get their own TV show on the ABC called “It’s A Gas”
later retitled “Dig We Must”
July 1966.. Bobby & Laurie get their own TV show on the ABC called “It’s A Gas”
later retitled “Dig We Must”
August 28 1966 Dig We Must, the ABC’s belated re-entry into the pop field should get the kids in, Bobby and Laurie the stars, rightly so did not hog the screen. The whole thing has enormous vitality
Bobby & Laurie at The Entertainment Centre 1997
with Doug Parkinson, Ross D Wylie & Marcie Jones
October 5 1966…. 3UZ Stan The Man Bobby & Laurie.
Bobby & Laurie with their new found popularity thru “Dig We Must” success and “High Noon” sales make one of their few live appearances next Saturday at Teenrage” Broadmeadows- go along and you’ll see why they were voted “Best Stage Act In Australia” Stan Rofe…….. Go-Set Vol.1 No.36.
October 10 1966… Cohuna Thursday & Saturday Night Dances with The Rondells
November 23 1966 Dig We Must…..In Three months “Dig We Must” has become ABC-TV’s top rating show, it stars popular singing duo Bobby & Laurie with special guests each week. No one can quite pin point just why the program is riding on such a high but Barry Langford puts it this way- “It has youth, vitality and the big band sound which is back in”. It is a teenage show made for adults- We try to cater for the young as well as adults. It’s the music that you don’t always hear on record but it’s the type of music people want” .
This is the formula that worked for Langfords successful English series before coming to Australia and stamped him as a highly talented producer. Go-Set!! Vol.1 No.43.
May 1967… Bobby & Laurie will not reform….Rumor is rife that Bobby and Laurie are considering reforming. A leading national TV magazine even carried a front page story confirming it. But Laurie said to Go-Set!!.” The thought of again being a duo hasn’t occurred to me, I’m completely happy with my own group and I know Bobby is satisfied with his TV show. We have not discussed any such move. I can’t see how the story started. Our sound is beginning to work out as planned- especially with the backing of Michelle and Colleen”. Everything does seem to be smooth sailing. On this weeks Go!! Show the group do a continuous 12 minute spot, this is the first time in many months anyone has been given such a space. So nothing is further from Laurie’s mind than joining Bobby. After a slow start he is again finding his feet in the pop world.
GO-SET!! Vol.2 No.18. May 3 1967
1969 Bobby & Laurie win Best Country Award for “Carroll County Accident”
February 8th 1969… Bobby & Laurie featured in “TV Times”.
February 15 1969… Bobby & Laurie flashback on “Uptight” singing “ You’ll Come Round”.
February 8 1969.. Bobby & Laurie get their first radio show on 3XY Saturday Mornings
“ The Bobby and Laurie Levis Show”.
February 19 1969… Bobby and Laurie Back Together, one of the great pop duo’s of the early 60’s, they were the first Australian group to record a nationwide hit- their single “I Belong With You” topped the charts in all states. Bobby a full fledged 1420 music man has his former partner Laurie Allen with him on 3XY every Saturday morning between 9 and 10. Go-Set!! Vol.4 No.8
February 22 1969 … Bobby & Laurie at Powerhouse & The Savoy.
March 15 1969 … Bobby & Laurie meet Roger Miller in Sydney, Roger sings “Hitchhiker” to them.
March 18 1969… Bobby & Laurie filmed at ATV0 for “New Talent Time” with Jimmy Hannan,
Sir Robert Helpmann and Vi Greenhalf.
March 22 1969 … Bobby & Laurie kill them at the Shoreline Hotel in Tasmania.
April 3 1969… Bobby & Laurie appear at The Council Club in Melbourne with The Blue Echoes,
compere Bobby Shaw.
April 4 1969 … Bobby & Laurie appear on the 3DB Good Friday Appeal HSV7 singing Hitchhiker.
Also appearing Ian Turpie,The Strangers,Pat Carroll,Buddy England,Selena Jones and Johnny Farnham.
April 11 1969.. Bobby & Laurie perform at “The Reis Oriental with “Ram Jam”
May 6 1969 .. Bobby & Laurie start season at Winston Charles.
As I remember this was a 2 week season and at one stage I was part of the show coming on stage
dressed as a butler carrying a violin case which only contained a harmonica for Bobby to play.
The first night we did this Bobby knew nothing about it and the look on his face, well you had to be
there to see it…just one of many zany ideas Laurie came up with.
Looking through the dates from 1969 to 1971 I was with them at all the places in Melbourne.
How did you find out about the gigs at Kentucky Fried Chicken, I remember the one we did at Sandown
Park on the Princes Highway. One night at the Dorset Gardens it was Jacks birthday(Laurie’s dad)
And Laurie had the audience sing happy birthday to him, another time at Dorset Gardens when Laurie
Was playing with the JoyeBoys and it was Cols birthday,Col did not know that we knew,during the show
His brother Keith started playing happy birthday and everybody joined in.
Memories of good times by Barry Maddock
(Road manager for Bobby & Laurie 60’s to early 70’s)
Bobby & Laurie with Bernie O’Brien at The Paramount Club 2000.
The Last Concert ‘One week before Laurie passed away, they did it again.
June 19 1969 … Bobby and Laurie pack them in at the Reservoir Hotel.
June 26 1969 … Bobby & Laurie sing “ My Elusive Dreams” on IMT GTV9.
July 14 1969 … Bobby & Laurie appearing at Winston Charles.
July 21 1969 .. Man lands on the moon and Bobby & Laurie open at The Chevron,
singing “In The Summertime”, “Tennessee Flat Top Box”,
“Tulips”,”Rockin Boppin Waltz”,”High Noon”, “Bucks Polka”, “Hitchhiker”, “Don Gibson Medley”
August 9…. Johnny Young … Raves On.. Where Have All The Pop Stars Gone?
Well I asked myself the other day, whatever happened to all the stars of the Go-Show days and after a bit of research I came up with some interesting information.
Bobby and Laurie
After a long split Bob and Laurie have returned to the public and have in my humble opinion, the best night-club act in Australia.they are killing them at the Chevron, should have top billing.
P/S Bobby is also a very successful DJ on 3XY of course. Go-Set Vol.4 No32
August 23 1969..Bobby & Laurie on “Uptight” singing”Tennessee Flat Top Box” and “Hitchhiker”.
August 25 1969 …Country Soul (ABC) film Bobby & Laurie singing “Tennessee Flat Top Box”.
September 15 1969.. Bobby & Laurie arrive in Perth.
September 16 1969.. Bobby & Laurie appear on Don Spencers “Tonight Show”
singing “Folsolm Prison Blues” and Tennessee Flat Top Box”, also on the show,
The Troubadoors, Lynn Rogers and Kamahl.
September 17 1969.. Bobby & Laurie take part in the Royal Show Parade.
September 25 1969 .. Bobby & Laurie sing “Carroll County Accident” on IMT GTV9.
September 26 1969 …Bobby & Laurie sing Carroll County Accident” on Fred Bear Au Go Go.
September 30 1969.. an interview with Bobby & Laurie in the first edition of “Newsday”.
October 3 1969 … The Carlisle Hotel, Booked Out for Bobby & Laurie appearance.
October 11 1969 … Bobby & Laurie filmed on “Dick Williams Hit Parade” Channel 2.
October 13 1969 .. Bobby & Laurie’s record “Carroll Country Accident” is released.
October 19 1969.. “Carroll County Accident” on Dick Williams Hit Parade ABC.
November 1969.. Bobby & Laurie win the Major Broadcasting Award for
“The Best Country Record for 1969” for “Carroll County Accident”
presented at the Menzies Hotel by 2UE.
November 7 1969.. Bobby & Laurie tours Adelaide.
November 11 1969.. Bobby & Laurie appear on “ The Johnny Mac Show” Country Style Channel 7.
November 20 1969 ..Bobby & Laurie on “Big Country” ABC TV. And The Mike Walsh Show. HSV7
November 25 1969.. Bobby & Laurie back for another season at “Winston Charles”
December 8 1969.. Bobby & Laurie on “Uptight”, singing “Carroll Country Accident”, Tennessee Flat Top Box”
And “Folsolm Prison Blues”
December 9 1969.. Bobby & Laurie arrive in Brisbane, to start Queensland tour. Worked
“Swinger Central” Lands office.
December 10 1969.. Bobby & Laurie did Record Panel Show at 4BC with Michael A’hern.
“Carroll County” No.33 on BC Chart.
December 13 1969.. Bobby & Laurie appear at “The Chevron Hotel “Surfers, Festival Hall ,
TV filming with 5,000 kids.
December 17 1969.. Bobby & Laurie perform in Rockhampton with “The Masters Apprentices”
also on the show.
December 18 1969..Bobby & Laurie killed them in Toowoomba.
December 20 1969.. Bobby & Laurie perform to about 4 to 5,000 kids at Festival Hall.
Bobby & Laurie appear at Beer Festival at Surfers Paradise….Killed them(almost).
February 9 1970.. Bobby & Laurie win Major Broadcasting Award for “ Best Country Record For 1969”
for “Carroll County Accident” presented at The Menzies Hotel Sydney by 2UE.
February 19 1970.. Bobby & Laurie sing “ Carroll County Accident” on IMT.
February 20 1970.. Bobby & Laurie sing “Carroll County Accident”, “Hole In The Ground”
“Tennessee Flat Top Box”on Uptight.
May 4 1970 .. Bobby & Laurie mimed through “The Eyes of Love” on “Uptight” using 2 Martin Guitars.
March 8 1970.. Bobby & Laurie on Dick Cranbourne’s 3DB Hillbillies.
March 22 1970.. Bobby & Laurie doing their own floor show in Adelaide.
March 1970 Bobby & Laurie names reported to be published in “Cash Box” USA.
March 9 1970.. Bobby & Laurie film at channel 2 with Dick Williams…. “Eyes Of love”
September 26 1970.. Bobby & Laurie at Council Club Preston.
September 30 1970.. Bobby & Laurie appear on Jimmy Hannan’s IMT, singing “Through The Eyes Of Love”.
October 21 & 22 1970.. Bobby & Laurie at Southside Six.
November 1970..Bobby & Laurie have regular shows at Sandown Park.
November 28 1970.. Bobby & Laurie at Geelong Palais.
December 10 1970.. Bobby & Laurie at The Tottenham Hotel.
December 11 1970.. Bobby & Laurie at The Myer Music Bowl for “Walk From Want” charity.
December 1970.. Bobby & Laurie start regular gigs at Sandown park, Dorset Gardens and
The Sportsmens Club and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
December 23 1970 a concert at the Town Hall to raise money for The Lord Mayor’s Red Cross Appeal will
feature Ronnie Burns, Masters Apprentice, Mixtures, Town Cryers, John Williamson and Bobby & Laurie.
Go-Set!! Vol.5.No 51
December 26 1970..Bobby and Laurie Keep rolling along.
As a team Bobby and Laurie Have lasted longer than many marriages do. Their partnership dates back to 1965
when they first got together on the old Go-Show, they broke up about a year and a half back and the split lasted
twelve months. Their come-back was cemented with the success of “Carroll County Accident” and “Through The
Eyes Of Love” currently No.3 on the Australian chart is another smash hit for the duo.
“The song isn’t original” Bobby Bright complains, “It’s and old German folk with new lyric, the melody has been
used for a lot of songs, we decided to record it because it’s so catchy”.
Bobby and Laurie spend their time performing at several Melbourne hotels as well both of them do a lot of work individually.
Laurie Allen has just finished writing and producing a new album for Lionel Rose and is currently working with Bobby on their own forthcoming LP, it will be completely made of original compositions.
Bobby Bright’s radio work still keeps him pretty frantic, he’s a disc jockey on 3XY in Melbourne. I also write commercials and I’m involved in other facets of radio so you can say that I’m pretty well occupied.
Go-Set!! Vol.5 No.51
January 9 1971… Meldrum ..Bobby and Laurie (old surfers from way back) have proved that they have not lost their touch with “Through The Eyes Of Love”… Go-Set!! Vol.6 No.2.
March 6 1971.. Stan Rofe’s Racing form of hits…. No.15. Through The Eyes Of Love..
Rider.. Bobby and Laurie…Form.. Useful gallopers with some claims. Go-Set!! Vol.6 No.10
February 1971.. Bobby & Laurie receive award for The Best Country & Western Record for
“Through The Eyes Of Love” by 2UE in Sydney.
1971 Bobby & Laurie release “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday” with “Train Of Love” On the B side.
1972 August… The Peanuts Gallery (Swanston St.City) Thursday to Sunday nights Bobby Bright and The Bright Band
1983 Live Review from The livin’ End….vol.1
The Line Up…Colin Cook, Lynne Randall, Ross D.Wylie, The Rondells & Bobby & Laurie.
The Last Great 60’s Show
Colin Cook sang many of his hits including his biggie “Heart”.Lynne Randall finished with a fab
The Rondells came on and played a good tight set. They were very close to the Rondells lineup
with Phil Manning on guitar to help out. By now I was getting restless and when Bobby & Laurie
burst on to the stage the whole night immediately became worthwhile…
Laurie’s hair had gone grey and he’d put on a little weight but he still gave off the sort of flamboyance
“youngies” like me had only read about. Bobby still looked 25 and it was like they had never been away.
They literally stormed through all their greatest hits kicking off with “I Belong With You” and
“Tender Romance” “High Noon” “Hitchhiker” “Through The Eyes Of Love’.The band were really cookin
and they did a pounding version of “Tobacco Road’. They finished with “I Belong With You”
and I went home a very happy Man…MORE PLEASE.
1983 Homeward Bound For Sixties Duo… Legendary sixties rock duo Bobby & Laurie have done a
Skyhooks- they are reforming for a special concert in their hometown.
But this time around Laurie Allen 40, won’t be dying his grey hair black. “There were grey streaks in my hair at 18”
said Laurie, who is still recovering after a serious car accident in 1980. Laurie who now plays with Cowboy Bob
Purtell on the Sydney pub and club circuit, has not played with Bobby Bright for more than 12 years.
And Bobby, who has been active in studio work at Coffs Harbour was also coaxed to return by an offer he couldn’t refuse.
The duo, whose anthology album was released recently, will perform at Billboard nightclub on May 12. Their big hits, between 1965 and 1970, include I Belong With You, Judy Green, Crazy Country Hop, Hitchhiker, High Noon, Carroll County Accident and Through The Eyes Of Love.
“We will be wearing our R.M.Williams boots, out tailor made blue and white polka dot mod shirts and dazzling dacs” Laurie said.
Bobby & Laurie will be backed by their original band The Rondells. Also on the show are Lynne Randall, Colin Cook, Ross D. Wylie and the Jealous Guys. Written by Dave Dawson …… Daily Mirror May 5 1983
1986 Bobby and Laurie team up again for appearances at the Roxy Hotel in South Melbourne
1990 Bobby and Laurie were one of the first acts to appear on the The Go! Show and their zany stage act
ensured a huge following, firstly in Melbourne, then nationwide, it was their debut Go! 45 “ I Belong
With You” from February 1965 that really changed the course of Australian music, with it’s original
‘beat’ sound and just a hint of the country style that unfortunately developed later in their career, the single
went straight to No.1 in Melbourne, It subsequently gained recognition in other states and reached No.15
in Sydney…. Brett Leslie “The Go Label”…The Vault Vol.2 No.3. 1990
January 1992.. “Rockin Back the Clock Show” at The Melbourne Concert Hall
attracted 1400 rockers to with Bobby & Laurie getting together again after 10years
with Bev Harrell, Grantley Dee who dedicated his performance to his wife Jenny ,
Warren Williams and others…It was a great night enjoyed by all.
1997… Bobby and Laurie appear in all 60’s show at The Entertainment Centre.
1997 .. Bobby & Laurie release new cd called “Turning point”
February 1998 … Bobby & Laurie put on A Night To Remember at the Moorabbin Town Hall
to a packed house.
December 1999.. Bobby & Laurie together again for The Nu Country Christmas
bash at The Bush Inn.
December 2000.. The Oz-Rock Film Festival.
Bobby & Laurie appear at The Paramount Cinema- Club 43 Melville rd Brunswick.
August 2001.. The Beatles Downunder Film Festival.
Bobby & Laurie return to The Paramount Cinema –Club 43 Melville rd Brunswick.
November 2001.. “Return To The Adelaide Palais 2” with Special guests
Barry Stanton & Bobby & Laurie.
June 1 2002. … Bobby & Laurie bring the house down at the Kingston City Hall
for the “Don’t Let The Music Die “ Concert with Billy Owens.