4TR NEWS

 

Grease 2

 

  • Some news this week that will give Grease fans chills and get them multiplying, is the announcement by Paramount Studios that they are working on another chapter in the Danny and Sandy love story. A prequel titled Summer Nights is to be written by John August (Big Fish) and will recount the summer fling between the characters Danny Zuko and Sandy Ollsen, that inspired the song Summer Nights. In 1978 the original movie adaptation of the stage show Grease set box office records and the soundtrack sold over 38 million copies, it also launched the career of our own Olivia Newton-John into the hyperspace of fame. This week in our Tuesday edition of 4TR Special Feature, we explore the intriguing story behind the casting of the movie, the amazing contribution of the two big hit songs by former Melbourne guitarist John Farrar – You’re the One That I Want and Hopelessly Devoted to You, and the opposition that he faced from director Randal Kleiser, who didn’t want to include them in the movie.

 

The Seekers

 

  • Judith Durham has recently revealed that the Seekers are planning a Farewell Tour in 2019, to follow up their hugely successful Silver Jubilee Tour in 1993 and their sold-out Golden Jubilee Tour in 2014, the tour dates and places are still being confirmed and a new album of old favourites and new songs is anticipated later this year. In 1964 the Seekers sang for their passage to London on the SS Fairsky intending to stay for a six weeks, four years later they were the one of the three hottest acts in the UK, just behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, in our ARIA Hall of Fame post this week we revisit the 3.5 million-selling hit for them in 1967 – the unforgettable Georgy Girl.

 

Russell Morris

  • Don’t forget, part 2 of our 4TR Blog edition this week will be this Thursday, when we re-visit the songs of Alex Lloyd, Ben lee and Russell Morris, looking forward to getting your feedback.

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