A Tribute to John Farnham

BY MEL BONDFIELD

To coincide with legendary singer John Farnham's 70th birthday, the NFSA welcomes you to celebrate his career with our new online exhibition John Farnham: The Voice. 

From Johnny to Jack

Since landing his first recording contract at the age of 17, John Farnham has lived his life in the public eye. He still has the highest-selling Australian album in Australia with the 24x Platinum Whispering Jack (1986).

The first single from that album, 'You're the Voice', has become an unofficial national anthem for a generation of Australians (and their teenage kids!) and we've gathered together many live performances of the song in this compilation:

'You're the Voice' reached No. 1 on the Australian music charts and was one of the biggest hits of 1986 – not bad for a song that FM radio initially resisted playing.

It went on to success overseas, particularly in Europe, and has immediate recognition with audiences across the country and around the world. 

And the winner is...

Over the decades 'Farnesy' has amassed a mountain of music and entertainment industry awards. This compilation includes footage of just a few from the NFSA collection:

The Voice

So check out our online exhibition John Farnham: The Voice now.

You can find even more rare footage, interviews, live performances and career highlights in our John Farnham and More John Farnham curated collections.