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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Johnny Chester..The Rock and Roll Years 1961 - 1966

Johnny Chester (born 26 December 1941) is an Australian singer-songwriter from Melbourne. He started his career singing Rock'n'Roll and later changed to Country music. He has toured nationally with The Beatles, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette and Charley Pride.

Chester has hosted the television series Teen Time on Ten (Channel 10, Gippsland), Teen Scene (ABC TV) and Country Road (ABC TV). He has also worked as a radio announcer on Melbourne radio station 3UZ and Radio Australia. He wrote a musical comedy 'Rebound' that opened in Wagga Wagga.

Chester has won Golden Guitars at the Country Music Awards of Australia for best selling track in 1975[1] and for Male Vocalist of the Year in 1981, 82 and 83. In 1994 he was awarded the Songmaker of the Year award from the Tamworth Songwriters Association.

This 41 track compilation covers his early Rock and Roll years.

new link updated 03/12/13



  1. The links are dead can you please re-upload? Also would love some Merv Benton.

  2. Thanks for the new links. Working fine. Just finishing off a post on Johnny on his 75th birthday. Regards, Bob.