Peter Dawson [music videos]

Peter Dawson (born in Adelaide, South Australia, on 31 January 1882) was a popular baritone singer who sang professionally from the early 1900s to the 1950s. After winning various singing contests, he was encouraged to travel to England, where he received further training in music. He was well-received in Britain, and his popularity is credited […]

Dame Nellie Melba [music videos]

Nellie Melba (born Helen Porter Mitchell, in Richmond, Victoria, on 19 May 1861) was a famous Australian opera singer, who performed in operas from 1887 to 1930 (although she had sung on the public stage from 1884, her operatic debut was not until 1887). She studied under Pietro Cecchi in Melbourne and then under Mathilde […]

Masters Apprentices [music videos]

The Masters Apprentices were a rock band (formed in Adelaide, South Australia) which performed from 1965 to 1972. They originally came together in 1964 as The Mustangs, but changed their name in 1965. Their lead singer was Jim Keays (born in Scotland in 1946, migrated to Australia in 1951). The Masters Apprentices disbanded in 1972, […]

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 […]

Spectrum [music videos]

Spectrum were a rock band (formed in Melbourne) which performed from 1969 to 1973. Mike Rudd was the lead singer (originally from New Zealand) who joined with several Melbourne musicians to form the band. They also played a different type of pop music (styled for a dancing audience, rather than a concert audience) under their […]