Oral History Project

"You might do 2 or 3 in a set ... you could sing more or less what you wanted then as long as it was popular ...The Platters, Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney ..."

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Only The Lonely
Lana
Crying
Communication breakdown
Mean woman blues

TITLE: Bobby Silk
INTERVIEWER: Carol McKirdy
INTERVIEWEE: Bobby Silk / student
DATE AND LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: 12/5/2009 TAFE NSW Sutherland College Loftus Campus
LENGTH OF RECORDING: 46 minutes
LANGUAGE: English
ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Nil
ORIGINAL RECORDING HELD AT: Interviewer’s home
RECORDING FORMAT: Digital mp3
KEY THEMES: Music Industry
American influences on music business in Australia / music as a career
Opera singer father / early influences / listening to the radio / record players / early 50's
Unusual voices / unique musical styles / various singing styles / Roy Orbison / Gene Pitney / Del Shannon / The Platters
Elvis Presley / Buddy Holly / Johnny Devlin
Gigs in clubs and elsewhere in Australia / playing American songs as a standard procedure
SUMMARY: No
TRANSCRIPT: No
BRIEF HISTORY: No