The loss of Archie Roach, Judith Durham and Olivia Newton-John in such a short space of time has obscured the extent of each artist's contribution — and in many ways Durham has been worst served, writes Mark Bannerman.
Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones were boys who grew up in Brisbane, on its south side, at Woodridge. Together, they formed Savage Garden. Elaine and I saw them in Brisbane on 23 September 2000 and it remains one of my top 10 favourite concerts.
Here's 26 seconds of The Beatles from their Abbey Road album
Also, we have Brian May's (Queen guitarist) from the roof of Buckingham Palace in 2002, for the Golden Jubilee (50 years) of the Queen's reign
... and that, in turn, was based on the work of Queen from their A Night At The Opera album, as depicted here
Brian, I may have mentioned elsewhere, not satisfied with the sounds he could draw out of mainstream guitars, used to make his own guitars. Their album covers, which outlined vocals and instruments, used to conclude with "and no synthesisers". They got their sounds out of Brian's guitar work and their vocal gymnastics. Wonderful stuff.
Brian closer to the current day
Saw a few minutes of GoggleBox the other night (not my usual TV viewing) where they had just had an article on saving the British hedgehog, and one of the cast likened Brian to a hedgehog. Not sure that he would approve.
What do you think?
God rest you well, Queen Bess - you have certainly earned it, and may your son, King Charles III make a good fist of it.