John Farnham

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John Peter Farnham AO (born 1 July 1949, Dagenham, Essex, England), (formerly billed as Johnny Farnham from his professional debut 1967 until 1980), is an English-born Australian pop singer. Farnham was a teen pop idol from 1964 to 1979, and has since forged a career as an adult contemporary singer. His career has mostly been as a solo artist although he temporarily replaced Glenn Shorrock as lead singer of Little River Band during 1982–1985. In September 1986 his solo single, "You're the Voice" peaked at No. 1 on the Australian singles charts. The associated album, Whispering Jack, held the No. 1 position for a total of 25 weeks, and is the highest-selling album in Australian history. Both the single and the album had Top Ten success internationally including No. 1 in Sweden.

Domestically he has remained one of Australia's best-known performers with a career spanning over 45 years, and he is the only Australian artist to have a number one record in five consecutive decades (echoing that of Cliff Richard in the UK) with singles: "Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)" in 1967, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" in 1969/1970, and "Age of Reason" in 1988; and albums: Age of Reason, Chain Reaction in 1990, Then Again... in 1993, Anthology 1: Greatest Hits 1986–1997 in 1997, 33⅓ in 2000 and The Last Time in 2002.

Farnham has been recognised by honours and awards including 1987 Australian of the Year, 1996 Officer of the Order of Australia, and 19 ARIA Awards including his 2003 induction into the Hall of Fame. From 1969 he was voted by TV Week readers as the 'King of Pop' for five consecutive years. Aside from his recording career, Farnham performed on stage with lead roles in Australian productions of Charlie Girl, Pippin and 1992's Jesus Christ Superstar. He starred in his own TV series and specials including It's Magic (With Colleen Hewett) and Bobby Dazzler and as a guest on numerous other popular shows such as Countdown and Hey Hey It's Saturday. Australian rock historian, Ian McFarlane described him as "the most successful solo artist in the history of Australian rock and pop [...] Farnham has retained an affable sense of humour and a simple, unpretentious 'everyman' charm which also makes him one of the most respected celebrities in Australian entertainment history."

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1968 Sadie John Farnham 1
1970 Christmas Is... John Farnham 1
1980 Uncovered John Farnham 1
1986 Whispering Jack John Farnham 3
1990 Age of Reason John Farnham 2 1
1990 Chain Reaction John Farnham 1
1993 Then Again... John Farnham 2
1996 Romeo's Heart John Farnham 1
1998 Johnny Farnham John Farnham 1
2000 33 1 John Farnham 1
2002 The Last Time John Farnham 1
2005 I Remember When I Was Young: Songs From the Great Australian Song Book John Farnham 1
2009 The Essential John Farnham Limited Edition 3.0 John Farnham 1
2010 Jack John Farnham 1
2011 The Acoustic Chapel Sessions John Farnham 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1988 The Farnham Years Compilation John Farnham with The Little River Band 1
1988 Time Brings Change Compilation John Farnham 1
1995 The Classic Gold Collection - Through the Years (1967-1985) Compilation John Farnham 1
1997 Anthology 1 Compilation John Farnham 1
1997 Anthology 2 Compilation John Farnham 1
1997 Greatest Hits Compilation John Farnham 2
2001 Anthology 3: Rarities Compilation John Farnham 1
2003 One Voice: The Greatest Hits Compilation John Farnham 1
The Best of John Farnham Compilation John Farnham 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Full House Live John Farnham 1
1999 Live at the Regent Theatre: 1st July 1999 Live John Farnham 1
2001 Highlights from The Main Event Live Olivia Newton-John / John Farnham / Anthony Warlow 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1969 One / Mr Whippy Johnny Farnham 1
1988 Age of Reason John Farnham 1
1990 That's Freedom John Farnham 1
1993 When Something Is Wrong With My Baby Jimmy Barnes & John Farnham 1
2003 Keep Talking John Farnham 1
Everytime You Cry John Farnham & Human Nature 1

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