Johnny O'Keefe

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John Michael O'Keefe, known as Johnny O'Keefe (19 January 1935 – 6 October 1978), was an Australian rock and roll singer whose career began in the 1950s. Some of his hits include "Wild One" (1958), "Shout!" and "She's My Baby". In his twenty-year career, O'Keefe released over fifty singles, 50 EPs and 100 albums.

Often referred to by his initials "J.O.K." or by his nickname "The Wild One", O'Keefe was the first Australian rock 'n' roll performer to tour the United States, and the first Australian artist to make the local Top 40 charts and he had twenty-nine Top 40 hits in Australia between 1959 and 1974.

Johnny O'Keefe was the younger brother of Australian jurist Barry O'Keefe (a former head of the New South Wales ICAC). His father, Alderman Ray O'Keefe, was Mayor of Waverley Council in the early 1960s. Through Barry, Johnny O'Keefe is the uncle of Australian TV personality Andrew O'Keefe

"She's My Baby" was added to the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia registry in 2007.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1973 Johnny B. Goode 1
Love Songs and Ballads 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 The Birth of Australian Rock 'n' Roll 1
2001 The Wild One 1
2008 The Wild One: The Very Best 2
22 Golden Greats: A Tribute To 1
Greatest Hits 1
Teletracks 1962 -1964 1
The Best of Johnny O'Keefe 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1973 Johnny O'Keefe Live! in Concert 1
1998 The Last Concert 1

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Year Title RatingReleases
The Very Best Of 1

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