The extraordinary career belonged to the Gal from Galga, the Lass from Lameroo, the one and only Julie Anthony – star of stage, small screen and recording.
Few careers in the Australian music industry have scaled the dizzy heights of that of Anthony, now well settled into Queensland retirement with her husband and manager of 43 years, Ed Natt.
The pair charmed the assembled crowd of musical luminaries and politicians at St Paul’s Creative Centre on Friday, and Anthony not only entertained during her induction acceptance interview, she managed the rare feat of almost shutting down host John Pemberton.
“Take a seat, Julie,” said Pemberton, gesturing to the comfy couch.
“Not with this knee – I’d never get up. Can we stand?” replied Anthony, as she took over the show in her inimitable, bubbly style.
She was genuinely thrilled with her SA Music Hall of Fame induction, seeing it as a fitting full-stop to her career, which otherwise would have ended with her final performance four years ago in Geelong.
We can reveal that there will be no Melba/Farnham-esque comeback; retirement sits well with this music couple.
A nice touch was provided by local and national country singer Amber Joy Poulton, Anthony’s niece, who performed one of her famous relative’s most familiar songs, “China Blue”.
The baton was passed through a new CD and documentary release celebrating the legacy of SA’s pioneering songwriters, with their hit songs being re-interpreted by today’s exceptional younger artists.
Yesterday’s Heroes is a 10-track collection of songs originally performed by the likes of The Angels, The Masters Apprentices, Doug Ashdown, The Mixtures and Mark Holden. The songs have been re-recorded by the new local brigade, with highlights including Kelly Menhennett with her wonderful version of Holden’s “Last Romance” and Tom West doing a fine re-working of Redgum’s “The Long Run”. “The Pushbike Song” by Evan Jones is beautifully re-geared by Laura Hill, as is The Masters Apprentices classic “War or Hands of Time” by Banjo Jackson.
A preview of the doco can be seen here.
The SA Music Hall of Fame exhibition – consisting largely of an amazing array of memorabilia donated by the late David Day, with contributions by others –is now housed at St Paul’s Creative Centre, 200 Pulteney Street, after a couple of years at the Goodwood Institute. It is open week days for free viewing by members of the public.