Saturday 25 March 2017
Countdown favourites Ol’ 55 made their way into the history books during the 1970s and 1980s with chart topping singles such as On The Prowl, Looking For An Echo and (I Want A) Rockin’ Xmas.
They smashed on to the music scene with their 1950’s and early ‘60s inspired sound in 1976 with the acclaimed debut long player Take It Greasy. The multi-platinum album established them as one of the biggest bands in the country while their live performances cemented their reputation as one of the most powerful bands on the burgeoning live circuit. They were more than mere revivalists; they not only blew the local audiences away, but also impressed the international headliners with whom they toured (ELO, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley et al). They were great entertainers, and they made great records.
Ol’ 55’s initial success could be attributed in part to the management of Glenn A Baker and two strong musical personalities – front-man Frankie J Holden and Wilbur Wilde on sax. The band’s antics not only saw them on the covers of the popular music press of the time, but also as TV Week poster boys (especially the Heart-throb Jim Manzie and the Striking guitarist Patrick Drummond). They quickly became regulars on Countdown, Donny Sutherland’s Sounds Unlimited, The Paul Hogan Show, Mike Walsh and Hey Hey it’s Saturday.
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