Lee Gordon Presents The Big Show Staring Johnny O’Keefe – LL-30,543

Leedon (through Festival)

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Festival - LL30543 - Big Show with Johnny O'keefe - front cover

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Track Listing

Come On and Take My Hand
It’s Too Late
Swanee River
Don’t You Know
Money Honey
Let’s Have a Party

She’s My Baby
Steady Game
That’s My Desire
Own True Self
Baby I Don’t Care
Wear My Ring

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Festival was one of the major Australian record companies. After a few ownership changes in the 1950s, stable ownership occurred under Rupert Murdoch. Their first compilations were tie ins with the popular TCN 9 television show Bandstand. Festival pressed records for multiple labels, and had Australia’s biggest stable of popular talent.

To get some sense of the scale of Festival you only need to look at the number of presses in operation. There were 26 of them producing about 900 records each day. That’s around 6.5 million discs per year. This was when the population of Australia was around 12 million people. (ABS – 1966)

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