Brian Cadd [music videos and biography]

Brian Cadd (born in Perth, Western Australia, on 29 November 1946) was in two prominent Australian bands, The Groop (1966 to 1969) and Axiom (1969 to 1971), as well as having a successful solo career as a singer and songwriter. His main instrument of choice is piano or keyboards.

Brian showed an early inclination for music and when his family moved to Hobart he played in a local band, the Mustangs. After his family moved to Melbourne, Cadd helped form the Beale Street Jazz Band and, after its break-up, later became part of the Castaways, then the Jackson Kings. Along with Ronnie Charles (from the Jackson Kings), Cadd was invited to join a rock band called The Groop, for whom he co-wrote several songs, including the hits “Woman You’re Breaking Me” and “Such a Lovely Way”. After the break-up of The Groop, he and Don Mudie (also from The Groop) founded Axiom, which became one of Australia’s premier rock bands of the 1970s, for whom he co-wrote (with Don Mudie) the hits “Arkansas Grass”, “A Little Ray of Sunshine”, and “My Baby’s Gone”. When Axiom disbanded, Cadd went into the business of producing records for other musicians. Along with Ron Tudor, he established the Bootleg label in 1972, and created a backing band of musicians (who came to be known as The Bootleg Family) to assist singers to create recordings without having to create and handle their own bands. In 1975 he moved to the USA, where (based in Los Angeles, then Nashville) he worked on his music career, mainly in song writing (although he came back to Australia in 1983 for two years, to oversee the Graffiti Records label). He joined the Flying Burrito Brothers (a well-known American country rock band) in 1991 and went on tour with them for two years, before moving back to Australia in 1996, where he continued his work in the music industry.

Brian Cadd wrote a number of songs which were covered by other artists, such as Cilla Black, Wayne Newton, Ringo Starr, Bonnie Tyler, and the Little River Band. Included amongst those songs written by Cadd that have hit the charts for other musicians were “Elevator Driver”, a hit for The Master’s Apprentices in 1967; “When I Was Six Years Old”, Ronnie Burns 1968; “Marshall’s Portable Music Machine”, Robin Jolley 1972; “Don’t You Know It’s Magic”, John Farnham 1973; “Love is Like a Rolling Stone”, the B side for the single “Fire” by the Pointer Sisters in 1979; “Still Hurting Me”, Charlie Daniels Band, 1985; and “Let Go”, which was covered by Glen Campbell and Gene Pitney. He also wrote and sang the theme songs for the TV series “Class of ’74” and the movie “Alvin Purple”, as well as writing the film scores for “Alvin Purple”, “Return of the Living Dead II”, “Heartbreak Kid”, and several others.

His self-titled solo album “Brian Cadd” reached #2 in the album charts, his next album “Parabrahm” went to #5, and the album “Moonshine” hit #14. He also had several hit songs: “Ginger Man” (#16 in the singles charts, 1972), “Show Me the Way” (#17 in 1972), and “Let Go” (#13 in 1974).

Brian Cadd – Ginger Man [peaked at #16 in 1972]
(written by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – Show Me the Way [#17, 1972]
(written by Brian Cadd and Don Mudie)


Brian Cadd – Let Go [#13, 1974]
(written by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – All in the Way (They Use My Face)
(written by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – Alvin Purple [#49, 1973]
(written by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – Angry Words
(written by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – Boogie Queen [#87, 1974]
(written by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – Class of ’74 [#54, 1974]
(written by Brian Cadd)


Class of ’74
(start of episode, with theme song written and sung by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – Come With Me
(written by Brian Cadd; from the soundtrack album of the surf film “Morning of the Earth”)


Brian Cadd – Don’t You Know It’s Magic
(written by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – Every Mother’s Son [#44, 1973]
(written by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – Keep on Rockin’
(written by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – Making It on Your Own
(written by Brian Cadd; from the soundtrack album of the surf film “Morning of the Earth”)


Brian Cadd – My Baby Loves to Hurt Me
(written by Brian Cadd and Max Merritt)


Brian Cadd & The Bootleg Family – Silver City Birthday Celebration Day
(written by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – Sure Feels Good
(written by Brian Cadd; from the soundtrack album of the surf film “Morning of the Earth”)


Brian Cadd – Tell the World to Go Away
(written by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – White On White, El Dorado
(written by Brian Cadd)


Brian Cadd – Yesterdaydreams
(written by Brian Cadd)


Discography:
Albums (non-band):
1972 Brian Cadd
1973 Parabrahm
1974 Moonshine
1975 The Magic of Brian Cadd (Best of)
1976 White on White
1976 Keep on Rockin (Best of)
1978 Yesterdaydreams
1979 Best of Brian Cadd
1985 No Stone Unturned
1993 Blazing Salads (with Glenn Shorrock)
1996 Sweet Rock ’n’ Roll
1998 Live at Crown
1998 Brian Cadd: The Singles
2002 The Great Brian Cadd
2003 Cleanskin
2005 Quietly Rusting
2007 The Very Best of Brian Cadd
Singles (non-band):
Dec. 1971 Show Me the Way / Rolling and Tumblin’ Down (with Don Mudie)
Aug. 1972 Ginger Man / Fairweather Friend (with Don Mudie)
Mar. 1973 Every Mother’s Son / Pappy’s Got the Blues
Oct. 1973 Keep on Rockin’ / Handy Man
Nov. 1973 Alvin Purple / Sometime Man
Feb. 1974 Little Ray of Sunshine / Arkansas Grass
Apr. 1974 Class of ’74 / School Days
Aug. 1974 Let Go / Think It Over
Dec. 1974 Boogie Queen / All In The Way
May 1975 Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’ / Fire at Shepherd’s Flat
Dec. 1976 White on White, El Dorado / Longest Night
Oct. 1978 Yesterdaydreams / 1000 Different Ways
Apr. 1979 Skating on Thin Ice / Ol’ 55
May 1980 Very Very Very Long Time / Move Me
Sep. 1982 My Baby (Loves To Hurt Me) / For the Love of a Woman
Mar. 1985 Land of the Video / Real to Me
June 1985 Still Hurting Me / Writing’s on the Wall

References and further information:
Brian Cadd, Milesago: Australasian Music & Popular Culture 1964-1975 (accessed 5 October 2012)
Brian Cadd, Wikipedia (accessed 5 October 2012)
Brian Cadd, Howlspace (accessed 5 October 2012)
Brian Cadd (part 2; discography), Howlspace (accessed 5 October 2012)
Brian Cadd, Australian Rock Database (accessed 5 October 2012)
Encyclopedia entry for ‘Brian Cadd’ (Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop), Whammo (Worldwide Home of Australian Music and More Online) [Internet Archive] (accessed 5 October 2012)
Brian Cadd, Music Knockout (accessed 5 October 2012)
The Bootleg Family Band, Milesago: Australasian Music & Popular Culture 1964-1975 (accessed 5 October 2012)
History, Brian Cadd (accessed 5 October 2012)
Paul Cashmere. Brian Cadd, Noise11, 20 January 2012 (accessed 16 October 2012)
Paul Cashmere. Brian Cadd song for Ringo Starr remains in the vault, Undercover, 26 November 2010 [including video interview] (accessed 16 October 2012)
Brian Cadd. From This Side of Things, New Holland, Sydney, 2010, pages 12, 27, 33, 37, 39, 43, 163, 251, 290-298

Comments

  1. Chris says:

    Hi. I have/had a single called “Kings of the world” i dont see it anywhere in his biography

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