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Artist Countdown: Little River Band Top 30 Hits 6pm ET

littleriverLittle River Band or LRB is an Australian rock band, formed in Melbourne in early 1975.

The band chose its name after passing a road sign leading to the Victorian township of Little River, near Geelong, on the way to a performance. Little River Band enjoyed sustained commercial success not only in Australia, but also in the United States. They have sold more than 25 million records and achieved 13 U.S. Top 40 hits, besides many music awards gained in Australia.

The band’s original members were: lead vocals Glenn Shorrock, acoustic guitar and vocals Graeham Goble, rhythm guitar and vocals Beeb Birtles, lead guitar Ric Formosa, bass guitar Roger McLachlan, and drums Derek Pellicci. Goble was the only original member born in Australia. The music and lyrics for most of the group’s compositions were primarily written by Goble and Shorrock, with contributions from Birtles, Briggs and Pellicci.

In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, named “Cool Change”, written by Shorrock, as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time. The classic line-up of Birtles, Goble, Pellicci, Shorrock, guitarist David Briggs, and bass guitarist George McArdle, were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual ARIA Music Awards of 2004.

1 The Other Guy
2 Lonesome Loser
3 Reminiscing
4 The Night Owls
5 Lady
6 We Two
7 Help Is on Its Way
8 Cool Change
9 Take It Easy on Me
10 Love is a Bridge
11 Man on Your Mind
12 It’s a Long Way There
13 If I Get Lucky
14 Down on the Border
15 Curiosity (Killed the Cat)
16 Happy Anniversary
17 Shut Down Turn Off
18 Playing to Win
19 Emma
20 Everyday of My Life
21 Witchery
22 You’re Driving Me Out of My Mind
23 St. Louis
24 Soul Searching
25 I’ll Always Call Your Name
26 Son of a Famous Man
27 Home on Monday
28 Broke Again
29 Blind Eyes
30 Time For Us

In Memoriam: Chrissy Amphlett (1959 – 2013)

divinylsDivinyls was an Australian rock band that was formed in Sydney in 1980. The band primarily consisted of vocalist Chrissy Amphlett and guitarist Mark McEntee. Amphlett garnered widespread attention for performing on stage in a school uniform and fishnet stockings, and often used an illuminated neon tube as a prop for displaying aggression towards both band members and the audience. Originally a five-piece, the band underwent numerous lineup changes while Amphlett and McEntee remained as core members, before its dissolution in 1996.

In May 2001, the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, named “Science Fiction” as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time. The band was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2006 and in late 2007 Amphlett and McEntee reconvened to record a new single and begin working on a new album. The band played a short series of live gigs in Australia in late 2007 and early 2008.

Divinyls released five studio albums—four placed in the Top 10 Australian chart, while one (Divinyls) reached No. 15 in the United States (US). Their biggest-selling single “I Touch Myself” (1991) achieved a No. 1 ranking in Australia, No. 4 in the US and No. 10 in the United Kingdom (UK).

Aged 53 years, Amphlett died on 21 April 2013 at her home in New York City, US after a protracted battle with breast cancer. Amphlett had been unable to receive radiation treatment or chemotherapy as treatment for the cancer due to the multiple sclerosis that she concurrently suffered from.