Stars of Showcase ’73 – L25108

L&Y through Festival

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Track Listing

The Impossible Dream – GORDON BOYD
Jesus Medley – PIED PIPERS
Minka – PETER DILOSA
Song of the Volga Boatmen – ALEXANDER SHAHMATOV
I’ve gotta be me – PATRICIA STEVENSON
Santa Lucia – BEDE DE ZILWA
Circus Renz – JAROSLAV KUBR
Wandering home – MOIR SISTERS
Credo (Otello) – JONATHAN SUMMERS
I’ll catch the sun – GORDON BOYD
O luce di quest’anima (linda di chamounix) – FRANCIS CHAMBERS
Ben – JOHNNY WILLIAMS
Alley Cat – PERC ROBERTS
Prologue (Pagliacci) – IAN COUSINS
Sounds of Silence/
Perpetual Motion – RAFFAELA ACELLA
Maybe this time – PATSY STEWART
On A Clear Day/​Come Back To Me – JOHN LIDGERWOOD

Soundtrack recordings from TV talent quest show Showcase. Recorded at TCS studios Melbourne. A Hector Crawford show, record from the same company as Young Talent Time. Images – ebay.
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Festival

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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