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Jan 2018

Johnny O'Keefe and the Liverpool Sound

We're sharing a rare clip of Johnny O'Keefe, Dusty Springfield, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Gene Pitney, and Brian Poole and The Tremeloes performing together on Australian TV.

By Simon Smith / 15 Jan 2018
Television
Aug 2017

Australia's Tin Pan Alley

Australia's 'Tin Pan Alley' was born 75 years ago with a burst of patriotic wartime songwriting.

By Nick Henderson / 7 Aug 2017
Sound
Jul 2017

Pathé's vertical groove

We recently acquired a small collection of seven rare Pathé vertical-cut disc records featuring recordings by Melbourne-born music hall star Billy Williams.

By Nick Henderson / 14 Jul 2017
Object
Sound

Australia's first gold record

What was Australia’s first gold record? You may be surprised to learn that it involved a harmonica and the Three Bears.

By Nick Henderson / 6 Jul 2017
Documents
Sound
Jan 2017

Remembering Daddy Cool

We look back at the legacy of Daddy Cool, a band which delivered many firsts for Australian music.

By Karen Hewitt / 16 Jan 2017
Photographs
Sound
Television
Nov 2014

From Dingo to Divinyls

What do dingoes, 80s rock and an orgasmic opus have in common? They're all part of the 2014 Sounds of Australia!

By Miguel Gonzalez / 19 Nov 2014
Sound
Jun 2014

Casey Kasem and American Top 40

American DJ Casey Kasem's American Top 40 was a fixture on commercial radio stations all over the world. He passed away on 15 June 2014.

By Graham McDonald / 16 Jun 2014
Radio
Dec 2013

Francesca de Valence

The NFSA presented a National Songwriting Award to Francesca de Valence for her song ‘Beautiful Night’.

By Imelda Cooney / 9 Dec 2013
Sound
Apr 2013

Vale Chrissy Amphlett

The NFSA remembers the significant contribution made by Chrissy Amphlett to Australian music and popular culture.

By Graham McDonald / 23 Apr 2013
Sound
Jan 2012

Our heroes of the air

The decade after the end of the First World War was a period of great excitement in aviation and this was reflected by the popularity of aviator songs.

By Graham McDonald / 5 Jan 2012
Sound