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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
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
Top teenage favourites and a W&G recording artist April
Byron, also from
Laurie Allen from
Accompany the artists……..
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
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
Admission charge for the
And based on travelling costs.
Email from Darryl
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.
1965 Top 40 Dancing at
April 3rd In person at In person at Herrods
Laurie Allen & Bobby Bright… Get your record autographed at Herrods.
May 1965 POLICE
TV- THE HAIRCUT Veritas-
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 “
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.
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
At which a crowd of 10,000 is expected.
TV Times ..
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
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
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…
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
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.
& Laurie as Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee in “
in 1965 not to be mistaken for
Twoddle & Boddle below.
Bobby Bright hails originally from
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
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
as well as for the “ Best Australian Composition” Last month , Bobby and Laurie also won the coveted
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
“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
.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
January 1992 The “Rockin Back
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..
& Laurie with Kevin “Bloody
April 1966. Australian Beat.
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
Everybody’s April 13 1966 by Maggie Makeig.
April 1966. Where It’s Happening.
Bobby & Laurie
planned to hitch-hike from
are a good bet for a lift. Now perhaps you can see why they had to fly.
Everybody’s April 13 1966
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
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
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”
Bobby & Laurie at The Entertainment Centre 1997
with Doug Parkinson, Ross D Wylie & Marcie Jones
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.
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
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.
1969 Bobby & Laurie win Best Country Award for “Carroll County Accident”
“ The Bobby and Laurie Levis Show”.
Sir Robert Helpmann and Vi Greenhalf.
compere Bobby Shaw.
Also appearing Ian Turpie,The Strangers,Pat Carroll,Buddy
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.
the dates from 1969 to 1971 I was with them at all the places in
How did you find out about the gigs at Kentucky Fried Chicken, I remember the one we did at Sandown
Park on the
And Laurie had the
audience sing happy birthday to him, another time at
Was playing with
the JoyeBoys and it was Cols birthday,
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.
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
singing “Folsolm Prison Blues” and Tennessee Flat Top Box”, also on the show,
The Troubadoors, Lynn Rogers and Kamahl.
November 1969.. Bobby & Laurie win the Major Broadcasting Award for
“The Best Country Record for 1969” for “
presented at the Menzies Hotel by 2UE.
And “Folsolm Prison Blues”
“Swinger Central” Lands office.
TV filming with 5,000 kids.
also on the show.
Laurie appear at Beer Festival at Surfers
for “Carroll County Accident” presented at The Menzies Hotel Sydney by 2UE.
March 1970 Bobby & Laurie names reported to
be published in “Cash Box”
October 21 & 22 1970.. Bobby & Laurie at Southside Six.
November 1970..Bobby & Laurie have
regular shows at
December 1970.. Bobby &
Laurie start regular gigs at Sandown park,
The Sportsmens Club and
feature Ronnie Burns, Masters Apprentice, Mixtures, Town Cryers, John Williamson and Bobby & Laurie.
Go-Set!! Vol.5.No 51
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
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.
radio work still keeps him pretty frantic, he’s a
disc jockey on 3XY in
Go-Set!! Vol.5 No.51
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
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
And Bobby, who has
been active in studio work at
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
1986 Bobby and Laurie team up again for
appearances at the Roxy Hotel in
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
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
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
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
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
August 2001.. The Beatles Downunder Film Festival.
Bobby & Laurie
return to The Paramount Cinema –Club 43 Melville rd
November 2001.. “Return To The
Barry Stanton & Bobby & Laurie.
for the “Don’t Let The Music Die “ Concert with Billy Owens.