About John Farnham
John Farnham is a legendary Australian pop singer who started as a teen idol in the late ’60s and blossomed into one of the most beloved and successful entertainers in his nation’s history.
• Farnham was born in Essex, England, in 1949. He moved with his family to Australia in 1959 and got his start in the bands The Mavericks and Strings Unlimited.
• He launched his solo career with the 1967 novelty single “Sadie (Cleaning Lady)”. It spent six weeks at No. 1 in Australia, and the subsequent Sadie album went gold.
• In 1969, Farnham scored another No. 1 hit with his version of “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”. Readers of Australia’s TV Week magazine voted Farnham the King of Pop each year from 1969 to 1973.
• Farnham replaced Glenn Shorrock as lead singer of the Australian soft-rock group Little River Band in 1982. He sang on the albums The Net (1983), Playing to Win (1985), and No Reins (1986).
• His 1986 single “You’re the Voice” peaked at No.1 in Sweden, Germany and Australia and led to a major comeback for the former teen idol. Released that same year, the album Whispering Jack spent 25 weeks at No. 1 on the Australian charts and has been certified 24-times platinum. It’s the highest-selling album of all time in Australia by a domestic artist.
• Farnham went on to top the Australian charts with his next two albums: 1988’s Age of Reason and 1990’s Chain Reaction.
• In 2011, Farnham released The Acoustic Chapel Sessions, an unplugged album featuring hits from throughout his career.
• Alongside Olivia Newton John, he embarked on the Two Strong Hearts Live tour in 2015. The album Two Strong Hearts Live hit No. 1 in Australia.
HOMETOWNDagenham, Essex, England
BORN01 July 1949