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Journalist Jeff Jenkins' weekly column featuring Australian music news, interviews, a look at the charts and more. Updated every Sunday night around 10pm. Click here for the archive page.

Jeff is a semi-regular guest on The Australian Mood with Neil Rogers, 8-10pm Thursdays on 3RRR in Melbourne
and Evenings with Lindy Burns 7-10pm weeknights on ABC 774 Melbourne

Contacting Jeff: If you need to contact Jeff Jenkins you can email me (Lee-Roy) at
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March 19th 2018

Blackboard Junglehit cinemas this week in 1955. The movie featured Bill Haley & His Comets’ Rock Around The Clock and inspired would-be rock stars all around the world. Johnny O’Keefe saw the movie at Sydney’s St James Theatre, later saying: “I saw Blackboard Jungle and decided overnight that rock ’n’ roll was my music. I heard Rock Around The Clock and thought, ‘Wow, this is the thing for me.’”

The Bee Gees released their debut single, The Battle of the Blue and the Grey, this week in 1963. It was written by 16-year-old Barry Gibb and produced by Col Joye. The brothers Gibb would score their eighth number one single in the US this week in 1979 when Tragedy topped the charts.

Cold Chisel trashed the set at the Countdown Rock Awards – after winning seven awards – this week in 1981.

The first episode of Neighbours went to air, on the Seven Network, this week in 1985. The show would later move to Channel 10 and help create pop stars such as Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Natalie Imbruglia, Craig McLachlan and Delta Goodrem.

Silverchair’s Straight Lines debuted at number one this week in 2007, with the band becoming the first Australian band to have three number one singles since The Seekers and The Easybeats in the ’60s.

And Happy Birthday to Keith Potger, of The Seekers, who is 77 on March 21. The legendary Harry Vanda is 72 on March 22. And Colin “Smiley” Petersen, the Bee Gees’ drummer from 1966 to 1969, turns 72 on March 24.

And we remember former Valentines singer, journalist and Divinyls manager Vince Lovegrove, who died in a car accident, aged 65, this week in 2012.


No Aussie acts in ARIA’s Top 20. In fact, there are just three local entries in the Top 40. Meanwhile, Jessica
’s Eurovision entry, We Got Love, debuts at 47.

We’re Going Home VANCE JOY (number 21)
Go Bang PNAU (26)
My My My! TROYE SIVAN (36)


The Wiggles land at number three. Believe it or not, it’s their first Top 10 album. Ian Moss scores his first Top 20 album in 28 years. And former Flume collaborator What So Not (aka Emoh Instead) arrives at 14 with his debut album, while Sydney band Ocean Alley debut at 15 with their second album.

Nursery Rhymes 2 THE WIGGLES (number three, debut)
Nation Of Two VANCE JOY (nine)
Ian Moss IAN MOSS (11, debut)
Not All The Beautiful Things WHAT SO NOT (14, debut)
Chiaroscuro OCEAN ALLEY (15, debut)
Go Farther In Lightness GANG OF YOUTHS (24)
The Very Best INXS (31)
How To Socialise & Make Friends CAMP COPE (32)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (37)


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