Defunct and Current Aussie Record Labels

Defunct and Current Aussie Record Labels

Friday, September 25, 2015


In 1959 Ken Taylor, the General Manager of Festival Records, began to hatch a plan for a record label that would feature only homegrown acts. The big names on Festival's books, like Col Joye, would stay on the main label but this enterprise would feature the new stars of the 1960s.

The first release was a single by Dig Richards and the R'Jays and it was a rock and roll version of the song Annie Laurie, which they renamed (Real Gone) Annie Laurie.

Throughout 1960 there were dozens of 7" singles released by artists like Candy and Mandy, Wilma Reading, Bobby Royal, Rhett Walker, Rob E.G, Johnny Byrell, Annette Klooger, The Graduates and even John Laws.

Dig Richards and The R'Jays

Barry Pilkington

Clem Croft

Rock Martin

Mona Wiki and The Maori Troubadours

The New Notes

Johnny Byrell

Candy and Mandy

Annette Klooger

The Maori Hi-Five

Noelene Batley

Wilma Reading

John Laws

Patty Markham

Bix Bryant

The Dew-etts

Judy Cannon

Les Meade

Rex Dallas

Bobby Royal

Tony Mercer

Joe Martin and His Dry Martinis

The Thunderbirds

Rob E.G.

Kerry Bryant

Tex and Mary Croft

The Graduates

Harriot and Evans

Georgia Lee

The Penny Rockets

Lana Cantrell

Jack Papworth

Margaret Hooper

Billy O'Rourke

Rhett Walker

Pam Liversidge

Lee Sellars

The Raiders

Diane Buchanan

Les Welch

Billy Owens

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