World of Country – Frank Ifield

Paul Hazell and Frank Ifield (right)

Frank Ifield has been a household name in the UK since his string of hits in the 60’s which included “Lucky Devil”, “I Remember You”, “Lovesick Blues”, The Wayward Wind”, “I’m Confessin’ (that I Love You)” and “Don’’t Blame Me”.

What many people do not realise is that Frank was an established TV, Radio and recording star in Australia long before he came to England on the inaugural flight of the Comet airliner in 1959. Steeped in country music but also loving the crooners and jazz, he successfully captured the hearts of the British public and went on to replicate that success around the world.
His career as a top international singer continued through the 70s and well into the 80s, when an illness forced him to retire from performing.

Never one to be kept down, he quickly turned his vast experience first to broadcasting and writing and then to nurturing upcoming young country performers in Australia, preparing them for international stardom. He has coached many artistes who have gone on to successful recording careers and show business awards. His annual “Frank Ifield Spur” award is a major catalyst to spur on the careers of hard working young talent.

2012 marked the 50th Anniversary of his becoming the first artiste to achieve three consecutive No 1 hits in the UK charts and in June 2012 he returned to the UK with one of his protégés, Nicki Gillis who was touring the UK on her fourth British tour since Frank took her under his wing.

Frank took the opportunity to travel round and catch up with old friends. Along the way he did numerous radio and TV interviews, agreed a new 2CD set of his past country recordings with EMI and came to our studio”.

The visit resulted in a light-hearted but fascinating 3-hour journey through Frank’s musical roots, the Nashville artistes with whom he worked during the 60s and 70s and the new, contemporary talent he is working with today.

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