Johnny O'Keefe

Real Name:
John Michael O'Keefe
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Johnny O'Keefe (born January 19 1935, Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia - died October 6 1978, Sydney, Australia) was an Australian Rock'n'Roll singer. Began his career in the mid to late 1950's when, together with American born entrepreneur Lee Gordon (2), he pioneered rock'n'roll in Australia. He earned the title of "The Wild One" from his frantic stage antics and his 1959 recording of "Shout" became an Australian rock'n'roll' national anthem.

Johnny O'Keefe almost single handedly established the Australian recording industry. He won over a very cynical recording company, radio stations and the Australian record buying public. During his carrer he scored 29 Top 40 hits. He fought long and hard to promote Australian talent and to ensure that Australian artists were afforded the opportunity to record.

He was the first Australian artist to ever make the Australian Top 40 charts, with "Wild One". He was the first Australian artist to be signed by and record for a major international label - the US Liberty based label. This gave him US sales in excess of 100,000 for "She's My Baby" and two No.1 hits and a No. 2 hit in Australia.

He released over 50 singles, 50 EP's and 100 albums. He wrote and produced hits for other Australian artists; managed the careers of others; compered 4 highly successful tv programs; performed to millions around Australia; toured America, performing in 36 major cities and appeared on "American Bandstand" and "The Ed Sullivan Show" - all firsts for an Australian entertainer; entertained troops in Vietnam; was a major attraction at the 3 day Sunbury Outdoor Music Festival in 1973; and played a key role in the introduction of Australia's "Mo" entertainment awards.
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Albums

Johnny O'Keefe - Johnny's Golden Album album art Johnny O'Keefe And The Dee Jays Johnny O'Keefe And The Dee Jays - Johnny's Golden Album (Album) Festival Records Australia 1958 Sell This Version
LP 204 Johnny O'Keefe - The Big Show album art Johnny O'Keefe The Big Show(LP) Leedon LP 204 Australia 1960 Sell This Version
LL-30747 Johnny O'Keefe - Twist album art Johnny O'Keefe Twist(LP, Mono) Leedon LL-30747 Australia 1961 Sell This Version
Johnny O'Keefe - The Good Old Days Of Rock & Roll album art Johnny O'Keefe The Good Old Days Of Rock & Roll (Album) Universal Record Club Australia 1963 Sell This Version
Johnny O'Keefe - About Love ... album art Johnny O'Keefe About Love ... (Album) Leedon Australia 1963 Sell This Version
LL31-199 Johnny O'Keefe - Shake Baby Shake album art Johnny O'Keefe Shake Baby Shake(LP, Album, Mono) Leedon LL31-199 Australia 1963 Sell This Version
E-228 Johnny O'Keefe - Oldies But Goodies album art Johnny O'Keefe Oldies But Goodies(LP, Album, Mono, Club) Popular Records (2) E-228 Australia 1963 Sell This Version
LL-31,292 Johnny O'Keefe - The J.O'K. Sound album art Johnny O'Keefe The J.O'K. Sound(LP, Album, Mono) Leedon LL-31,292 Australia 1964 Sell This Version
LL-31,944 Johnny O'Keefe - The Sun's Gonna Shine Tomorrow And Other J.O'K. Hits album art Johnny O'Keefe The Sun's Gonna Shine Tomorrow And Other J.O'K. Hits(LP, Mono) Leedon LL-31,944 Australia 1966 Sell This Version
Johnny O'Keefe - Live On The Gold Coast album art Johnny O'Keefe With The Escorts (8) Johnny O'Keefe With The Escorts (8) - Live On The Gold Coast (Album) Calendar Records (2) Australia 1968 Sell This Version
SRA-2-499,005 Johnny O'Keefe - Rockin' With The King album art Johnny O'Keefe Rockin' With The King(LP, Dou) Summit Records Australia SRA-2-499,005 Australia 1970 Sell This Version
Johnny O'Keefe - Johnny O'Keefe Live album art Johnny O'Keefe Johnny O'Keefe Live Universal Summit, Universal Summit Australia 1973 Sell This Version
R91241 Johnny O'Keefe - jo'k album art Johnny O'Keefe jo'k(LP, Album) Calendar Records (2) R91241 Australia 1973 Sell This Version
L 35147 Johnny O'Keefe - Johnny B.Goode album art Johnny O'Keefe Johnny B.Goode(LP) Festival Records L 35147 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
L 25197 Johnny O'Keefe - The Peppermint Twist album art Johnny O'Keefe The Peppermint Twist(LP) Festival Records L 25197 Australia 1975 Sell This Version
Johnny O'Keefe - The Last Concert album art Johnny O'Keefe The Last Concert (Album) Canetoad Records Australia 1988 Sell This Version
D46109 Johnny O'Keefe - Rockin' With Johnny O'Keefe And The Dee Jays album art Johnny O'Keefe Rockin' With Johnny O'Keefe And The Dee Jays(2xCD) Spin D46109 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
SR66-9900 Johnny O'Keefe - At The Waltzing Matilda album art Johnny O'Keefe At The Waltzing Matilda(LP, Album) Calendar Records (2) SR66-9900 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
UP-554 Johnny O'Keefe - On Stage album art Johnny O'Keefe On Stage(LP, Mono, Club) Universal Record Club UP-554 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
FL 33607 Johnny O'Keefe - Collectors Items From The Rockin' 50's album art Johnny O'Keefe Collectors Items From The Rockin' 50's(LP) Festival Records FL 33607 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
R66-48 Johnny O'Keefe - Shout! album art Johnny O'Keefe, The Dee Jays Johnny O'Keefe, The Dee Jays - Shout!(LP, Album, Mono) Calendar Records (2) R66-48 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
LP-201 Johnny O'Keefe - Shout! album art Johnny O'Keefe, The Dee Jays Johnny O'Keefe, The Dee Jays - Shout!(LP, Album, Mono) Leedon LP-201 Australia Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SP45-1562 Johnny O'Keefe - Am I Blue / Love Letters In The Sand album art Johnny O'Keefe And The Dee Jays Johnny O'Keefe And The Dee Jays - Am I Blue / Love Letters In The Sand(7", Single) Festival Records SP45-1562 Australia 1957 Sell This Version
Johnny O'Keefe - Shakin' At The Stadium album art Johnny O'Keefe And The Dee Jays Johnny O'Keefe And The Dee Jays - Shakin' At The Stadium (EP) Festival Records Australia 1958 Sell This Version
Johnny O'Keefe - Shake Baby Shake album art Johnny O'Keefe With The Dee Jays Johnny O'Keefe With The Dee Jays - Shake Baby Shake (Single) Coral US 1958 Sell This Version