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John Farnham

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Farnham in Brisbane, March 2014
Farnham statue in Melbourne

John Peter Farnham AO (born 1 July 1949) is an English-born Australian singer.

Life and career[change | change source]

Farnham was born in Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom. In 1959, his family moved to Australia to live in Melbourne, Victoria.

Farnham was a teen pop idol from 1967 until 1979, known as Johnny Farnham. He then went on to have a very popular career as an adult popular music singer. In his career, he has mostly been as a solo artist. However, from 1982 to 1985, he was the lead singer of the rock band Little River Band. He has been called one of his country's best-known and most popular musical performer.[1] In September 1986, his solo single "You're the Voice" was released. It peaked at No. 1 on the Australian singles charts. The song was also No. 1 on Sweden's Sverigetopplistan[2] and on West Germany's Official German Charts.[3] He has also performed on stage with lead roles in Australian productions of Charlie Girl, Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar (1992).

In 1987, Farnham was named Australian of the Year.[4] In 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. He has also won a total of 19 ARIA Awards.

Farnham is married to Jillian Billman. The couple have two sons. He is a supporter of the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League.

In August 2022, Farnham was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery to treat it.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Encyclopedia entry for 'John Farnham'". Whammo. Archived from the original on 29 August 2004. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. "JOHN FARNHAM – YOU'RE THE VOICE (SONG)". Swedish Charts Portal. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. "John Farnham – Offizielle Deutsche Charts". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  4. "1987 Australian of the Year". Australian of the Year Awards. Retrieved 5 April 2019.[permanent dead link]
  5. "Singer John Farnham undergoes surgery after revealing cancer diagnosis". ABC News. 2022-08-22. Retrieved 2022-08-23.

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