Sherbet

 Sherbet

 Daryl Braithwaite – circa 1977

 “My footsteps echo through an empty hall / A crowd of empty chairs / But in my head the music plays / Wish it would go away” – ‘Another Night On The Road’ (Garth Porter, Tony Mitchell, Roger Davies, Jon Wood)

“We went to towns where the loudest sound they’d ever heard before was a combine harvester,” boasts Daryl Braithwaite, lead vocalist of Australian rock band Sherbet.  In the 1950s and 1960s, when Australia’s biggest pop sensations are, respectively, Johnny O’Keefe and The Easybeats, the usual venues are a few large concert halls in capital cities.  By the late 1970s, Australia’s pub circuit is the home to most of the country’s bands.  Sherbet fall somewhere in between those two poles both chronologically and in terms of where they play.  ‘Sherbet was the first Australian band to realise the potential worth of taking their music to the people – all the people – on long, tedious national tours.’

Daryl Braithwaite is born 11 January 1949 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  Daryl has a twin brother, Glen.  Their father is a plumber.  Daryl Braithwaite attends the Punt Road Primary School in South Yarra, Victoria.  He moves on to Christchurch Grammar School – which is also in Punt Road.  One of Daryl’s classmates is future pop star Olivia Newton-John.  The two go steady briefly.  “We were boyfriend and girlfriend for about a week or two,” Daryl reports.  “We held hands; that’s about it.”  In 1963, when Daryl is 14, the family moves north to Coogee, New South Wales.  In his new locale, Daryl Braithwaite attends Randwick Boys High until the end of fourth form (i.e. Year 10, the fourth year of high school).  He gets an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner that continues until 1969.  Before his apprenticeship ends, Daryl Braithwaite begins singing with his first band, Bright Lights, in 1967.  Over the next couple of years he goes on to perform in two other bands: House Of Bricks and Samael Lilith.  In all three of these groups, Daryl Braithwaite works with bass player Bruce Worrall.

Although Daryl Braithwaite goes on to become the public face of Sherbet, the band is in existence before he joins.  The story of Sherbet’s creation begins with Clive Shakespeare.

Clive Shakespeare (3 June 1949 – 15 February 2012) is born in Southampton, Hampshire, England.  His family migrates to Australia.  As a guitar player, Clive Shakespeare forms The Road Agents in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1968.  His next group, The Down Town Roll Band, includes drummer Danny Taylor.

Sherbet is formed in April 1969.  The name Sherbet is borrowed from an effervescent form of confectionary popular with children.  The adoption of such a tag suggests that Sherbet’s target audience is youngsters.  Keep in mind that, in April 1969 when Sherbet is formed, Clive Shakespeare is himself not yet 20 years old.  Sherbet’s original line-up is: Dennis Laughlin (lead vocals), Clive Shakespeare (guitar), Sam See (keyboards, guitar), Doug Rea (bass) (born 10 October 1948) and Danny Taylor (drums).

Three months later, in July 1969, Sherbet experiences its first line-up change.  Alan Sandow takes over from Danny Taylor on drums.  Alan Sandow is born 28 September 1952 in Adelaide, South Australia.  He attends Newington College from 1964 to 1968.  Although Sherbet may court younger listeners, Sandow’s musical tastes are a bit broader.  He claims to listen to “jazzmen and everything.”  Some consider him ‘easily the best musician’ in the group.  Alan Sandow is also perhaps the most macho of the bunch, his live performance characterised by ‘his rugged torso awash with…copious sweat.’  When not playing with Sherbet, he tears along the countryside on his motorcycle.

Bass player Doug Rea leaves Sherbet before the end of 1969.

Daryl Braithwaite joins Sherbet early in 1970 as second vocalist, backing up Dennis Laughlin.  Braithwaite’s friend, Bruce Worrall, fills the bass role vacated by Doug Rea.

Sherbet’s first single is released on Festival Records in April 1970.  ‘Crimson Ships’ is a cover version of a song originally recorded by British pop group Badfinger earlier in 1970.  Dennis Laughlin is the vocalist on ‘Crimson Ships’ but, by the time the song is released, he has left Sherbet.  Daryl Braithwaite steps up to fill the lead vocalist role.

Sam See leaves Sherbet in 1970.  He later shows up in The Stockley, See & Mason Band at the end of the 1970s.

By the end of 1970 the revised Sherbet consists of: Daryl Braithwaite (vocals), Clive Shakespeare (guitar), Garth Porter (keyboards), Bruce Worrall (bass) and Alan Sandow (drums).

Garth Porter is born 24 September 1948 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  “My first introduction to music was tinkering around on the family piano,” Porter recalls.  “My first inspiration…was probably The Shadows [the backing band for British pop star Cliff Richard who also made instrumental records without the singer] and then on to The Beatles [Britain’s biggest 1960s pop group].  I decided then that I really wanted to join a rock ‘n’ roll band.  I played in a lot of bands and then I eventually found one band that shared all my musical directions and ambitions.  And that was Sherbet.”

Sherbet release two singles in 1971, both under Festival’s Infinity imprint, the label that will be their home for most of their career.  ‘Can You Feel It Baby’ (AUS no. 16) is issued in March and ‘Free The People’ (AUS no. 18) in October.  Both of these tracks are cover versions.  ‘Can You Feel It Baby’ was first recorded by Blue Mink in 1970.  ‘Free The People’ was recorded by Delaney And Bonnie (and written by Barbara Keith) in 1970.  ‘Can You Feel It Baby’ is cool and breezy and showcases a falsetto vocal from Daryl Braithwaite.  His adopted high voice is also employed on the more oddball ‘Free The People’, a semi-vaudeville gospel tune underpinned by a tuba (!).  In 1971 Sherbet also issues the EP ‘Can You Feel It Baby’ (AUS no. 22) produced by Pat Aulton.

Sherbet compete in 1971’s ‘Battle of the Sounds’ sponsored by Hoadley’s, an Australian company that manufactures chocolate bars.  They lose to a group called Fraternity, an outfit that includes Bon Scott, later to become famous as the vocalist of hard rock band AC/DC.

Bruce Worrall leaves Sherbet in 1972.  This clears the way for new bass player Tony Mitchell, who is born 5 September 1951 in Sydney, New South Wales.  His addition in January 1972 gives Sherbet a stable line-up consisting of Daryl Braithwaite (vocals), Clive Shakespeare (guitar), Garth Porter (keyboards), Tony Mitchell (bass) and Alan Sandow (drums).

Sherbet may be described as a bubblegum act or a teenybopper band.  However this does them a disservice.  More correctly, Sherbet is a pop group.  Garth Porter’s inspiration, The Beatles, was a pop group.  It is possible to be a pop group and have significant musical talent.  Daryl Braithwaite is described as ‘a soul-style singer’ – which may be a little strong.  It is more accurate to say he has a ‘Steve Winwood-esque vocal style.’  Winwood sang for British pop bands The Spencer Davis Group and Traffic in the 1960s, but his grainy voice belied him being a young white Brit and invoked memories of Ray Charles, the rhythm and blues – perhaps even soul – singer.  “The image we wanted when we started off [was] like The Small Faces,” Braithwaite claims.  Between Steve Winwood and The Small Faces, gritty British pop bands of the 1960s, rests Sherbet’s more-than-just-pop style.

Part of what Daryl Braithwaite refers to as “the Sherbet stigma, the teenybopper tag” has to do with their personal charisma and visual appeal.  It’s impossible to deny that ‘they were the archetypal 1970s girl fodder pop band – groomed hair, colourful satin stage outfits.’  Daryl Braithwaite carries himself with the casual confidence of the school captain, the star of the cricket team, the impossible object of every young girl’s adoration.  As for being a pop star, he says, “It’s what I like doing [singing in a band], yet it’s got its drawbacks as well.”  He points to a lack of privacy and the loneliness of life on tour.  “The greatest demand, the greatest thrill, is being on stage.”  This sentiment about live performance is echoed by Tony Mitchell: “The best buzz I could ever get, the best feeling I could ever get.”  Garth Porter shares Braithwaite’s misgivings about being a teen idol: “I used to have thirty or forty kids outside the house all weekend.  They actually pitched tents in my front yard and they’d scream and holler whenever I passed a window.  They forced us very inwards.  It was a worry even going to the shops.”

Most of Sherbet’s songs from 1972 to 1975 are written by the team of Garth Porter and Clive Shakespeare.  Clive suggests that songwriting is “about the inner emotions we go through, that everyone goes through.”  Garth explains, “What we do is get the idea for the song individually, then I take my idea to Clive once I’ve turned it into some sort of recognisable shape.  Then we get together and work on it from there.”  From 1976 Tony Mitchell becomes Garth Porter’s songwriting partner.

Sherbet hones their craft in 1972 with a residence at Jonathan’s Disco in Sydney, New South Wales.  They play there for eight months, giving seven hour shows (8 P.M. to 3 A.M.), four nights a week.  They receive two hundred and sixty dollars a week.  One of those who attends a Sherbet gig at Jonathan’s in 1972 is Roger Davies.  Having dropped out of an economics degree at Monash University, 20 year old Davies is writing for the Australian counter-culture newspaper ‘The Daily Planet’ and working as a roadie for rock band Company Caine.  Davies is impressed by Sherbet and, later in the year, becomes their manager.

In June 1972 Sherbet releases ‘You’re All Woman’ (AUS no. 19), a slow, grinding boogie penned by Ted Mulry, a local singer-songwriter.  October’s ‘You’ve Got The Gun’ (AUS no. 27) is their first single composed within the band.  The song is co-written by Garth Porter, Clive Shakespeare and Daryl Braithwaite.  It’s a funky, bass-heavy number that, again, makes use of Braithwaite’s falsetto.  However it is in his natural voice that he barks, “You shot me, but I didn’t die / You were Bonnie and I was Clyde,” referencing the American bank-robbers Bonnie and Clyde.

In 1972 Sherbet serve as support act on an Australian tour by U.S. band Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Sherbet wins the 1972 Hoadley’s ‘Battle of the Sounds’ contest.  This is the last year in which the contest is held.

Sherbet’s debut album, ‘Time Change – A Natural Progression’ (1972) (AUS no. 66), is released in December.  Production duties are shared by Howard Gable, Pat Aulton and Ross Linton.  This album includes the earlier singles ‘Can You Feel It Baby’, ‘Free The People’, ‘You’re All Woman’ and ‘You’ve Got The Gun’.

Sherbet releases two singles in 1973.  In June there is a bouncy cover version of Elvis Presley’s 1956 hit ‘Hound Dog’ (AUS no. 18).  August brings the original composition ‘Cassandra’ (AUS no. 9).  A dramatic ode to “This girl from far beyond the stars / Who do you think you are?”, ‘Cassandra’ has a soaring string section in the background.  ‘Cassandra’ also appears on the album ‘On With The Show’ (1973) (AUS no. 13) in November.  This disc is produced by Tweed Harris.  A 1973 Australian stage production of ‘Tommy’, the rock opera created by British band The Who, sees Daryl Braithwaite performing alongside The Who’s Keith Moon.  Sherbet wins the ‘Most Popular Group’ title for the first time in the 1973 ‘King of Pop’ awards sponsored by ‘TV Week’ magazine.  They win the same award in every subsequent year up to and including 1978, the final year for the ‘King of Pop’ ceremonies.

‘So Glad You’re Mine’ (AUS no. 44) in March starts 1974 for the band.  More impressive is June’s ‘Slipstream’ (AUS no. 5).  “With you by my side / Like birds we will fly / Into the slipstream,” suggest the lyrics in this song.  Garth Porter deploys some wailing sci-fi sounds from his keyboards in this song.  “I really love playing keyboards because of the range of keyboard instruments that are available today,” he enthuses.  ‘Silvery Moon’ (AUS no. 5) in August has tight vocal harmonies and light syncopation.  ‘Slipstream’ and ‘Silvery Moon’ are both on the third Sherbet album, ‘Slipstream’ (1974) (AUS no. 3), in September.  This album is produced by Richard Batchens.

In October 1974 Sherbet’s lead vocalist, Daryl Braithwaite begins a parallel solo career by issuing the single ‘You’re My World’ (AUS no. 1).  Without Garth Porter and Clive Shakespeare as songwriters, Braithwaite’s solo work mixes cover versions and new songs from other composers.  ‘You’re My World’ was originally recorded by British songstress Cilla Black in 1964.  It’s a big ballad and, as sung by Sherbet’s heartthrob, seems designed to quicken the collective pulse of his many adoring young fans.

The Sherbet live album, ‘In Concert’ (1975) (AUS no. 11), in March is matched in the same month by ‘Wishing Well’ backed with ‘Freedom’ (AUS no. 52).  ‘Wishing Well’ is a cover version of a 1972 song by Free, a hard rock act from the U.K., and shows a welcome heavier side to Sherbet.  The pseudo-gospel ‘Freedom’ hails from the previous year’s ‘Slipstream’ album and is a Garth Porter and Clive Shakespeare original.  In a tactical move, Sherbet flexes their commercial muscles by switching to EMI Records in 1975.  As it turns out, they record only one single for EMI before returning to Festival / Infinity…but it is their best single.  ‘Summer Love’ (AUS no. 1), released in March 1976, is as effervescent as a soft drink commercial, but with less hard-sell.  ‘Summer love / Is like no other love,” insists Daryl Braithwaite in the lyric.  A keen surfer, he seems to relish the warm weather vibe: “When you bring your lovin’ to me / Let your love come easy and free, yeah.”  A bluesy mid-section to the song is evidence of Sherbet’s growing musical prowess.  A catchy tune, a good-time feel and strong musicianship are the qualities that make ‘Summer Love’ rise above the pack.

In August 1975 Daryl Braithwaite releases his second solo single, ‘Cavalry’ (AUS no. 13).  In 1975 he also wins the individual ‘King of Pop’ accolade and repeats that feat in 1976 and 1977 thanks to his popularity with the young voters.

Back at Festival, Sherbet’s next single, August’s ‘Life’ (AUS no. 4), may be their most musically complex and ambitious.  It surges with power and drama, drenching Daryl Braithwaite’s voice with echo.  The double A side single ‘Only One You’ b/w ‘Matter Of Time’ (AUS no. 5) offers markedly different sounds for the group.  ‘Only One You’ is a pretty acoustic ballad that Braithwaite tackles with poise and restraint.  ‘Matter Of Time’ features Garth Porter on lead vocals.  It apes 1950s rock ‘n’ roll playfully to the accompaniment of a rough-edged guitar.  Released in November, the album ‘Life…Is For Living’ (1975) (AUS no. 3) includes ‘Life’, ‘Only One You’ and ‘Matter Of Time’.  Displaying new confidence Porter and Clive Shakespeare co-produce with John L. Sayers.

The sublime pop of ‘Child’s Play’ (AUS no. 4), released in January 1976, is Clive Shakespeare’s final bow with Sherbet.

During the recording of ‘Life…Is For Living’, Clive Shakespeare decided he had enough and quits Sherbet in 1976.  Given Shakespeare’s importance in the group and the expected brief life-span of a ‘girl fodder pop band’, there are predictions that Sherbet’s time is up.  This talk proves incorrect.  Bassist Tony Mitchell ably fills the songwriting void – but the guitar-player deficiency is less easily remedied.

Gunther Gorman is brought in ‘as a temporary fill’ in on guitar.  However, he is soon replaced by Harvey James.  Born in Sheffield, England as Harvey James Harrop, Harvey James (20 September 1952 – 15 January 2011) migrates to Australia with his parents in the early 1960s.  A veteran of other notable Australian bands Mississippi and Ariel, Harvey James brings an impressive new edge to Sherbet with his vibrato-laden guitar work.  Harvey James is already married.  He wed Australian-born Christine Marshall during Ariel’s U.K. tour circa 1973.  The couple have three children: Gabriel, Alexandra and Joshua.  None of this stops Sherbet’s teenage female fans idolising the newcomer just as much as the rest of Sherbet.

April 1976 brings another Daryl Braithwaite solo single, a tinkling piano ballad called ‘Old Sid’ (AUS no. 9).

The new line-up of Sherbet is in the recording studio ‘within weeks’.  The result is ‘their finest hour’, their best album.  ‘Howzat’ (1976) (AUS no. 1) is released in July.  It is produced by Sherbet and Richard Lush, a canny fellow influenced by George Martin’s work with The Beatles.  The title track, ‘Howzat’ (AUS no. 1, UK no. 4) is the first product of the new songwriting team of Garth Porter and Tony Mitchell.  ‘Howzat’ is a term from the game of cricket.  During a match, when a bowler believes he has successfully got a batsman out, he appeals to the umpire with the cry, “Howzat!?” (i.e. ‘How’s that?’).  Sherbet’s song transfers the general concept to a romantic setting: “Howzat / You messed about / I caught you out.”  From slow, funky verses to a more upbeat chorus, ‘Howzat’ is musically dynamic and Harvey James’ drawling guitar solo is an added bonus.  One of the major strengths of the album ‘Howzat’ is the incredible diversity of the songs on the disc.  ‘Can’t Find True Love’ is a country music hoedown, ‘Lady Of The Night’ (co-written by Porter, Mitchell and Daryl Braithwaite) is a sympathetic ballad about a prostitute, and the closing track, ‘I’ll Be Coming Home’, is a humorous pub sing-along to an (original) 1940s style music hall number.  ‘Motor Of Love’ and ‘Gimme Love’ are more straightforward songs, albeit with a rockier inclination than previously heard in Sherbet’s pop songs.  ‘If I Had My Way’ is a high quality ballad while ‘The Swap (You Can Get The Lot)’ is murky funk.  That leaves the two songs that, apart from ‘Howzat’, are the album’s highlights.  Garth Porter takes the microphone to sing ‘Hollywood Dreaming’ (AUS no. 43), a song that goes from black-and-white to explosive colour in musical terms, matching its celluloid theme.  The brooding, organ-rich ‘Blueswalkin’’ makes the most of Sherbet’s Small Faces / Steve Winwood inclinations, as Daryl Braithwaite toughs out the lyric: “Blueswalkin’ / Tryin’ to get you out of my mind / Blueswalkin’ / Got to get away to unwind.”  Drummer Alan Sandow gets a co-writing credit with Porter and Mitchell for ‘Blueswalkin’’.  ‘Howzat!’ is a strong showing and the group’s masterwork.

To promote the album, Sherbet undertakes an ‘Around Australian in 80 Days’ tour in mid-1976.  They are accompanied on the trek by The Ted Mulry Gang (or TMG), the group formed later by the author of Sherbet’s 1972 hit ‘You’re All Woman’.

Daryl Braithwaite marries a girl named Micki around this time.  The marriage lasts for an unknown period, perhaps 1976 to 1978?

Sherbet also makes some ripples in overseas markets at this time and head off to investigate those possibilities.  “It wasn’t so much important to go overseas.  It was just a matter of getting out of Australia,” suggests Garth Porter.  “It was just life in a fishbowl.  We were overexposed to the hilt and working non-stop.”

With the common language of cricket, Sherbet’s ‘Howzat’ translates into a hit single in England as well.  Although no such cultural link aids them in the U.S., Sherbet also does some promotion in the American market and MCA Records takes an interest in them.

While Sherbet is out of town, another single is released in December 1976.  ‘Rock Me Gently’ (AUS no. 6) has a swaying rhythm and pattering drums.  The flipside is a 1976 re-recording of the group’s 1972 hit ‘You’ve Got The Gun’.

Returning to Australia in December 1976, Sherbet plays more concerts.  They use their increased commercial clout to start their own Razzle Records imprint, distributed by Festival.

‘Photoplay’ (1977) (AUS no. 4) is released in June.  It is co-produced by Sherbet and Richard Lush.  In some overseas markets the album is retitled ‘Magazine’.  This may be to tie in with the single, ‘Magazine Madonna’ (AUS no. 2).  The song is about “a model in a magazine” with “A supernatural smile / A cover girl with a magic style.”  It is an appropriately glossy production with a fairly complex arrangement.  The other well-known song from this set is ‘High Rollin’’ (AUS no. 33), a muscular pop tune with a hand-clapping introduction.  Sherbet lends this song to the Australian film, ‘High Rolling’ (1977).  During the recording of the ‘Photoplay’ album, Harvey James leaves the group to be replaced by Jim Gannon.  However, within forty-eight hours, the ‘musical difficulties’ are resolved and Harvey James is back in the fold, leaving Jim Gannon Sherbet’s shortest-serving member.

In October 1977 Daryl Braithwaite’s next solo single is ‘Afterglow’ (AUS no. 37), a Small Faces song from 1969.

‘Caught In The Act…Live’ (1977) (AUS no. 33) in October is taken from Sherbet’s concerts to promote ‘Photoplay’.  A live version of The Beatles’ 1965 hit ‘Nowhere Man’ (AUS no. 40) is given a fairly straight reading and released as a single.

Daryl Braithwaite’s solo single, ‘If You Walked Away’ (AUS no. 14) – a soft rocker, arrives in June 1978.

‘Sherbet’ (1978) (AUS no. 6) in August includes ‘(Feels Like It’s) Slippin’ Away’ (AUS no. 22) and the long-distance traveller anthem, ‘Another Night On The Road’ (AUS no. 10).  This album is recorded in the U.S.A. and produced by William Bowden.  This is part of a new overseas record deal arranged with RSO, the label owned by expatriate Australian Robert Stigwood.  It also involves re-branding the group with the name Highway.  So when it is released in the U.S.A. in February 1979, the album is retitled ‘Highway 1’.  The change may give the group a more mature image, but it also makes them seem like a corporate rock act.  ‘In Australia, [the name] Highway is not greeted well by the media.’

Daryl Braithwaite’s January 1979 single ‘Why Do I Break It Up’ (AUS no. 35) is followed by his first full-length solo album, ‘Out On The Fringe’ (1979).

The February 1979 single, ‘Angela’ (AUS no. 85), is the last issued under the name of Sherbet.  ‘Angela’ is from the soundtrack for the Australian film ‘Shapshot’ (1979), starring Sigrid Thornton.  The July 1979 single ‘Heart Get Ready’ (AUS no. 89) is credited to Highway both in Australia and overseas.

The change to Highway does not give the group a breakthrough overseas and they are left with a dissatisfied home market as well.  After taking stock, the group elects to press on using a third name, The Sherbs.  This modified version of the group’s original sobriquet signals their switch to a more new wave orientation.

In 1980 The Sherbs release a volley of singles – ‘Never Surrender’, ‘I’m OK’, ‘Julie & Me’ and ‘I Have The Skill’ (US no. 14) – all of which fail to chart in Australia.  The album, ‘The Skill’ (1980) (AUS no. 85, US no. 100), is co-produced by the group and Richard Lush.  ‘The Skill’ consists largely of group compositions with the odd solo songwriting credit for Garth Porter.  Despite the lack of commercial impact, The Sherbs’ dogged persistence elicits grudging admiration.

1981 brings the singles ‘Crazy In The Night’ and ‘Free The Sailor’ and the album ‘Defying Gravity’ (1981), again co-produced by The Sherbs and Richard Lush.  Another single from the album is 1982’s ‘We Ride Tonight’ (US no. 26).

Guitarist Tony Leigh replaces Harvey James in 1982.  ‘Some People’, ‘Don’t Throw It All Away’ and ‘Shaping Up’ (AUS no. 76) are released in 1982 as is the EP ‘Shaping Up’, produced by Richard Lush.  The Arrow’ in 1983 is the only activity from the band in that year.

“We’d passed our use-by date well and truly,” concedes Garth Porter.  “After three years [as The Sherbs] we saw that it just wasn’t working,” adds Daryl Braithwaite.

A final tour is undertaken early in 1984 with guest appearances from Clive Shakespeare and Harvey James.  The group’s final single, ‘Tonight Will Last Forever’ (AUS no. 69), is released in February 1984 – under the name of Sherbet.

Although Sherbet never officially reforms full-time, they do get together a number of times in subsequent years for special occasions, one-off shows and the like.  The first such reunion is in 1998, with both Clive Shakespeare and Harvey James on guitars, and John Watson substituting on drums for Alan Sandow.  This reunion is for an ABC television New Year’s Eve special.  Further Sherbet reunions take place in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2011.

Daryl Braithwaite marries his second wife,  Sarah Taylor, and they have a son, Oscar (born May 1986).

Daryl Braithwaite resumes his solo career.  He issues the albums ‘Edge’ (1988) (AUS no. 1), ‘Rise’ (1990) (AUS no. 3), ‘Taste The Salt’ (1993) (AUS no. 13), ‘Snapshot’ (2003), ‘The Lemon Tree’ (2008) (AUS no. 74) and ‘Forever The Tourist’ (2013) (AUS no. 47).  Some of his better known singles from his latter solo career are ‘As The Days Go By’ (AUS no. 11) and ‘All I Do’ (AUS no. 23) (both from 1988), ‘One Summer’ (AUS no. 8) in 1989 and ‘The Horses’ (AUS no. 1) in 1991.

Harvey James dies on 15 January 2011 from lung cancer.  He is survived by his second wife, Fay Carlin, and the children from his first marriage.

Clive Shakespeare dies from prostate cancer on 15 February 2012.

‘Sherbet forged the original Australian touring circuit…They were the earliest pop group to take on Australia’s immense size.’  Although this was a tribute to the band’s credentials as a road-tested outfit, it is perhaps more significant in light of their populist impulses.  Sherbet was not a trendy, elitist operation; they were aiming to be as accessible as possible.  They certainly attracted young girls who idolised them as handsome young men, but they were not merely a teenybopper band.  Pop music at its best embraces the widest possible audience and Sherbet’s general appeal is sometimes underestimated.  They maintained too lengthy a career to be sustained merely by screaming little girls.  At their height, from 1973 to 1977, Sherbet embodied a wider Australian character that symbolised the 1970s.  ‘Sherbet was Australia’s most popular group of the 1970s.’  ‘The band achieved everything that an Australian pop band of the time could reasonably aspire to.’

Sources:

  1. ‘The Big Australian Rock Book’, ‘Sherbet’ by Bruce Elder (Megabooks, 1985) p. 124
  2. ‘30th Anniversary Celebration Collection’ – Sleeve notes by Glenn A. Baker (Festival Records Pty. Ltd. (Aust), 1999) p. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21
  3. wikipedia.org as at 6 January 2014
  4. wn.com – ‘I Dated Olivia Newton-John says Sherbet’s Daryl Braithwaite’ – Showbiz News by Rebecca Davies (16 January 2012)
  5. ‘Countdown – Sherbet Special’ (Australian television program, ABC Network) (30 December 1975)
  6. ‘Friday On My Mind’ by Ed Nimmervoll (Five Mile Press, 2004) p. 96
  7. allmusic.com, ‘Blue Mink’ by Dave Thompson, ‘Sherbet’ by Ed Nimmervoll as at 15 March 2014
  8. ‘Sydney Morning Herald’, (Sydney, Australia newspaper) – ‘A Witty Larrikin who used his Fender to put the Fizz in Sherbet’ – Harvey James obituary by Jen Jewel Brown (3 February 2011) (reproduced on smh/au/comment/obituaries)
  9. rockclub40.ning.com – Ted Mulry memorial by Sharyn Hamley (2010)
  10. ‘RAM’ (Rock Australia Magazine – Australian music newspaper) ‘ ‘Sherbet: Around Australia in 350,000 Girls’ by Anthony O’Grady (24 September 1976) (reproduced on nostalgiacentral.com)
  11. entertainoz.com.au as at 6 January 2014

Song lyrics copyright Razzle Music with the exceptions of ‘Cassandra’ (C. Shakespeare / Razzle) and ‘Slipstream’ and ‘You’ve Got The Gun’ (both Razzle Music / Rondor / Control)

Last revised 24 November 2016

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