Australian Country Singer Johnny Ashcroft Dies At Age 94 - Noise11.com
Johnny Ashcroft

Johnny Ashcroft

Australian Country Singer Johnny Ashcroft Dies At Age 94

by Paul Cashmere on May 20, 2021

in News

Johnny Ashcroft, the Australian country singer best known for his hits ‘Little Boy Lost’ (1960), ‘The Girl Behind The Bar’ (1962), ‘Playground In My Mind’ (1973) and ‘Holy Joe The Salvo’ (1975), has died at the age of 94.

Johnny’s first hit ‘Little Boy Lost’ is considered Australia’s first country-rock song, years before the term was used.

Johnny’s great, great, great grandfather Corporal John Gowen arrived in Australia in 1788 on the First Fleet’s HMS Sirius. His great, great, grandfather was a convict arriving in 1814 on the Surrey.

Country Capitol Music News report:

We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of the great Johnny Ashcroft OAM.

Johnny Ashcroft’s career has been long and successful.

He learned from the Great Levante and toured his first major road show in 1947 as part of the biggest vaudeville outfit in Australia.

In 1948 he worked on showboats, made two appearances on Australia Amateur Hour and toured in NZ where he met and married his first wife Shirley Williams. They had three children John, Tracey and Mark.

His first commercial recordings were six sides on 78rpms for Rodeo Records, in 1954.
In 1958, he recorded his first hit song, They’re A Weird Mob based on John O’Grady’s book, in skiffle style.

In 1960, he wrote and recorded Little Boy Lost which became a hit song and sparked a movie, released in 1978.

In 1971, as part of Radio 2TM’s 36th anniversary, Johnny was presented with three Gold LP Records before a live audience at Tamworth Town Hall – an industry first. During the show, he suggested Tamworth should hold an annual awards night now known as the Golden Guitar Awards.

In 1975 he wrote the first Australian female trucking song recorded by Gay Kayler who became his wife in 1981.

Again in 1975, Johnny became the inaugural president of the Tamworth Songwriters Association and in 1986, he was elevated to the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown.

In 1990 Johnny was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the entertainment industry and the community–and for his support for Aboriginal rights.

Thank you Johnny Ashcroft for your extraordinary service to Australasian country music.

Johnny Ascroft was active as a recording artist from 1956 to 1999. His last album was ‘They’re A Weird Mob’ in 1999.

Johnny Ashcroft was awarded the Medal of the Order Of Australia (OAM) in 1990.

Noise11.com

Follow Noise11 on Social Media

NEW: Noise11 on YouTube SUBSCRIBE

Noise11 on Instagram

You’ll discover music news first following Noise11 on Twitter

Comment on the news of the day, join Noise11 on Facebook

Comments

comments

Related Posts

Zoot
Rick Springfield Still Ready To Reactivate Zoot Despite Delays

Covid has postponed the first Zoot tour in 50 years a number of times now but founding member and guitarist Rick Springfield says he can’t wait to get it happening.

18 hours ago
Tom Jones, Forum theatre Melbourne 2014, photo Ros O'Gorman
Tom Jones To Tour UK

Sir Tom Jones has announced the 'Surrounded By Time Tour'.

1 day ago
Bob Dylan Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 (1980-1985)
Bob Dylan To Release 16th Volume from Bootleg Series

Bob Dylan’s next volume in his Bootleg series will focus on the 1980-1985 period and the albums ‘Shot of Love’, ‘Infidels’ and ‘Empire Burlesque’.

2 days ago
Russell Morris and Rick Springfield Jack Chrome and the Darkness Waltz
Rick Springfield Become The Red Locusts With A Nod To The Beatles

Rick Springfield has gotten together with Matt and Gregg Bissonette to create a faux-Beatles band they called The Red Locusts.

2 days ago
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp Is Working On Music With Jeff Beck

Johnny Depp is reportedly working on new music with Jeff Beck.

2 days ago
The Rolling Stones perform at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on 5 November 2014. (AAP Image/Noise 11/Ros O’Gorman) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
The Rolling Stones Resurrect No Filter Tour

The Rolling Stones No Filter tour is getting back on its tracks. The original 17 shows were postponed when Mick Jagger underwent heart surgery. The rescheduled 2020 dates were postponed when Covid hit.

5 days ago
Eric Clapton image by Ros O'Gorman
Eric Clapton Says He Will Refuse To Play Vaccinated Venues With Rules

Eric Clapton won't be performing at U.K. concert venues that require proof of vaccination for entry.

6 days ago