Sherbet (Australian rock band)

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Not to be confused with SHERBETS (ex. SHERBET, lead by 浅井健一) nor SHERBET (another japanese band).

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Sherbet (aka Highway or The Sherbs) are one of the most prominent and successful Australian rock bands of the 1970s. The 'classic line-up' of Daryl Braithwaite on vocals, Tony Mitchell on bass guitar, Garth Porter on keyboards, Alan Sandow on drums, and Clive Shakespeare on guitar provided their teen-orientated pop style. In 1976 Shakespeare left and was soon replaced by Harvey James. Sherbet's biggest singles were "Summer Love" (1975) and "Howzat" (1976), both reaching number one in Australia. "Howzat" was also a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom. The band was less successful in the United States, where "Howzat" peaked at No. 61. As The Sherbs they also reached No. 61 in 1981 with "I Have the Skill". The group disbanded in 1984. Subsequent re-unions have occurred since 1998.

According to rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, "alongside Skyhooks, Sherbet was the most successful Australian pop band of the 1970s. With a run of 20 consecutive hit singles to its credit, and 17 albums that yielded ten platinum and 40 gold disc awards, Sherbet was the first domestic act to sell a million dollars' worth of records in Australia". In 1990 Sherbet were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame alongside classical composer and pianist, Percy Grainger. On 15 January 2011 Harvey James died of lung cancer. On 15 February 2012 Clive Shakespeare died of prostate cancer.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1972 Time Change a Natural Progression 2
1973 On With the Show 2
1974 Slipstream 1
1975 Life... Is for Living 1
1976 Howzat 2
Photoplay 1
The Skill (released as 'The Sherbs') 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1975 Greatest Hits: 1970-75 1
2000 Howzat! 30th Anniversary Celebration Collection 1
2001 The Great Sherbet 1
2008 Anthology 3.5 1
Sherbet Greatest Hits 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 Sherbet: Live… and the Crowd Went Wild 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1975 Summer Love 1
1976 Howzat / Motor of Love 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1971 Can You Feel It 1

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