They’re the ones Australia wants: Latest Sounds of Australia inductees revealed

Ten new titles have been inducted into the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia registry of sound recordings that have helped shape our nation’s culture.

The new Sounds of Australia include three of the most popular songs of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. 

From the 70s decade is You’re The One That I Want, by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, written by Australian musician John Farrar.

You’re The Voice, by John Farnham, represents the 80s and from the 90s was Truly Madly Deeply, by Savage Garden.

In addition to these huge pop music hits, this year’s list contains invaluable recordings made by Aboriginal communities of Central Australia in 1901-1902; the first commercially available record by an Aboriginal artist, pioneering harmony duo Olive and Eva (1955); and the unofficial anthem of Australian rules football, Up There, Cazaly by The Two-Man Band.

Also honoured by Sounds of Australia this year are country singer Chad Morgan, soprano Florence Austral, Leonard Teale’s rendition of The Man From Snowy River, and a 2004 ballet score.

The ten inductees for 2019 are:

1. Cylinder Recordings from Central Australia, Spencer and Gillen, and Aboriginal communities– 1901-1902
2. Twilight of the Gods / Die Gotterdammerung – Florence Austral – 1928
3. I’m the Sheik of Scrubby Creek, Chad Morgan – 1952
4. Prestophone Mastertape, Olive and Eva – 1955
5. The Man From Snowy River, Leonard Teale – 1956
6. You’re The One That I Want, Olivia Newton John and John Travolta (John Farrer, composer) – 1978
7. Up There, Cazaly, The Two-Man Band – 1979
8. You’re The Voice, John Farnham – 1986
9. Truly Madly Deeply, Savage Garden – 1997
10. Wild Swans, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Elena Kats-Chernin, composer) – 2004

Established in 2007, the Sounds of Australia is the NFSA’s selection of sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, which inform or reflect life in Australia.

They can be popular songs, advertising jingles, famous speeches, radio broadcasts, or any other sound recordings – as long as they’re Australian and more than 10 years old.

Each year, the Australian public nominates new sounds to be added with final selections determined by a panel of industry experts.

The full list of 145 recordings is below. Why not play some of them on your radio show today, audio links are available on the NFSA page here.

1896 – The Hen Convention, Thomas Rome
1898 – The Recordings of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits, Alfred Cort Haddon and others
1898 – They Always Follow Me, Syria Lamonte
1899 – Fanny Cochrane Smith’s Tasmanian Aboriginal Songs, Horace Watson

1901-1902 – Cylinder Recordings from Central Australia, Spencer and Gillen and Aboriginal communities 
c1903–1910 The Black Watch, Percy Herford
1904 – Chant Vénitien, Nellie Melba
c1905 – Caro Mio Ben, Ada Crossley
1910 – My South Polar Expedition, Ernest Shackleton
1910 – Sweet Spirit Hear My Prayer, Marie Narelle
1912 – When Father Papered the Parlour, Billy Williams
1913 – Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy, Florrie Forde
1914 – Message Recorded at Mena Camp, Cairo, Second Lieutenant Henry Miller Lanser
1915 – The Landing of the Australian Troops in Egypt, Zonophone
1919 – Country Gardens, Percy Grainger

1921 – Love Will Find a Way, Gladys Moncrieff
1924 – London Recordings, Newcastle Steelworks Band
1926 – Freshie ; After the Dawn, Sydney Simpson and his Wentworth Café Orchestra
1926 – Speech at the Opening of the Columbia Graphophone Company Australian Factory, Admiral Sir Dudley De Chair KCB MVO
1927 – The Sailors, Stiffy & Mo
1927 – Waltzing Matilda, John Collinson
1927–1932 Sydney Recordings, Queenie and David Kaili
1928 – Hinkler’s Message to Australia ; Incidents of My Flight, Bert Hinkler
1928 – Twilight of the Gods (Die Götterdämmerung), Florence Austral

1930 – The 1930 Australian XI: Winners of the Ashes
1930 – Our Don Bradman, Len Maurice
1931 – Along the Road to Gundagai, Peter Dawson
1936 – Wrap Me Up In My Stockwhip and Blanket, Tex Morton
1936–40 – Yes, What?, 5AD, Rex Dawe and cast
1937 – Dad and Dave from Snake Gully (Radio Series), George Edward Players
1937 – Life Without Love, Frank Coughlan’s Trocadero Orchestra
1938 – The Aeroplane Jelly Song, Joy King
1939 – Give A Little Credit to Your Dad ; Lonesome For Your Mother Dear, Buddy Williams
1939 – Menzies Speech: Declaration of War, Prime Minister Hon. Robert Menzies

1940–58 – Australia’s Amateur Hour, AWA
1941 – Concert in a Cave at Tobruk, Chester Wilmot, ABC Field Unit
1941 – Curtin Speech: Japan Enters Second World War, Prime Minister Hon. John Curtin
1941 – The Melbourne Cup, Ken Howard, sports commentator
1941–72 – Argonauts Row, Harold Williams
1943 – Dame Enid Lyons: Maiden Speech, Dame Enid Lyons
1943 Senator Dorothy Tangney: Maiden Speech, Dorothy Tangney
1943 – The Majestic Fanfare (ABC radio news theme), Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra
1944 – Swanston St Shamble ; Two Day Jag, Graeme Bell
1944 onwards – Grace Gibson Productions’ radio serials, various artists
1948–1962 – Pick A Box, Bob Dyer
1949 – Theme from Blue Hills, New Century Orchestra

1950 – Corroboree, Sydney Symphony Orchestra
1950 – Maranoa Lullaby, Harold Blair
1952 – I’m the Sheik of Scrubby Creek, Chad Morgan
1953 – Sam Griffiths, Jack Luscombe
1953 – Tribal Music of Australia, AP Elkin
1954 – Happy Little Vegemites, Betty Parker, Stephen Parker, Julia Parker and Linda Marcy
1955 – Prestophone Mastertape, Olive and Eva
1955 – The Adventure of the Singing Bullet, Smoky Dawson
1955–1967 – Binny Lum Collection, Binny Lum and interviewees
1956 – The Man from Snowy River, Leonard Teale
1957 – A Pub With No Beer, Slim Dusty
1958 – My Country, Dorothea Mackellar
1959 – Aboriginal Recordings, John Hutchinson
1959 – Bye Bye Baby, Col Joye
1959 – Come Closer to Me, Pilita Corrales

1960 – The Art of the Prima Donna, Dame Joan Sutherland
1960 – She’s My Baby, Johnny O’Keefe
1962 – Georgia Lee Sings the Blues Down Under, Georgia Lee
1962 – I Remember You, Frank Ifield
1962 – I’ve Been Everywhere, Lucky Starr
1962 – ‘Louie the Fly’ Mortein jingle, Neil Williams and Ross Higgins
1963 – Bombora, The Atlantics
1963 – Royal Telephone, Jimmy Little
1963–1997 – The Luise Hercus Collection, AIATSIS Audiovisual Archive
1964 – I’ll Never Find Another You, The Seekers
1964 – The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards, Dougie Young
1966 – Friday On My Mind, The Easybeats
1966 – In the Head the Fire, Nigel Butterley
1966 – Patrol from Da Nang, Tim Bowden
1966 – Play School Theme (There’s a Bear in There), Various performers
1967 – Fireworks and The Orgasmic Opus, Dr Val Stephen
1967 – Irkanda IV, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
1968 – Bird and Animal Calls of Australia, Harold J Pollock
1968 – Lionel Rose Wins the World Title, Ron Casey
1968 – Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, Eric Jupp
1969 – The Real Thing, Russell Morris

1971 – And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Eric Bogle
1971 – Eagle Rock, Daddy Cool
1971 – Just the Beginning, Don Burrows Quartet
1972 – I Am Woman, Helen Reddy
1972 – Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy), Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs
1972 – A Track Winding Back ; True British Spunk, Barry Humphries and Dick Bentley
1973 – The Loner, Vic Simms
1973 – Opening Concert Sydney Opera House, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Birgit Nilsson
1974 – Cyclone Tracy, Darwin
1974 – Living in the 70s, Skyhooks
1975 – It’s A Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll), AC/DC
1975 – ‘Kerr’s cur’ speech, Gough Whitlam
1976 – Girls in Our Town, Margret RoadKnight
1976 – (I’m) Stranded, The Saints
1977 – Love is in the Air, John Paul Young
1978 – C’mon Aussie C’mon, The Mojo Singers
1978 – Khe Sanh, Cold Chisel
1978 – You’re the One That I Want, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta
1979 – Up There Cazaly, The Two-Man Band
1979–89 – Sampling Sounds, Fairlight CMI

1980 – The 4×100 Medley Relay Final at the Moscow Olympics, Norman May
1980 – I Still Call Australia Home, Peter Allen
1981 – Boys in Town, Divinyls
1981 – Brand New Day (Milliya Rumarra), Kuckles
1981 – Down Under, Men at Work
1981 – Improvisation in Acoustic Chambers, Ros Bandt
1981 – We Have Survived, No Fixed Address
1982 – Don’t Change, INXS
1982 – Great Southern Land, ICEHOUSE
1982 – Power and the Passion, Midnight Oil
1982 – Solid Rock, Goanna
1983 – Cattle and Cane, The Go-Betweens
1983 – I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green), Redgum
1983 – Jailanguru Pakarnu, The Warumpi Band
1985 – Like Wow, Wipeout, Hoodoo Gurus
1985 – Sounds of Then (This is Australia), GANGgajang
1986 – We Are Going, Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker)
1986 – You’re the Voice, John Farnham    
1986–2008 – This Sporting Life, Roy and HG
1987 – I Should Be So Lucky, Kylie Minogue
1987 – Rebetika Songs, Apodimi Compania
1987 – Recording of a Superb Lyrebird at Healesville, Victoria, Greg Wignell
1987 – Voss, Richard Meale
1988 – Tender Prey, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

1990 – Dingo, Vicki Powys
1990 – Took the Children Away, Archie Roach
1991 – From Little Things (Big Things Grow), Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody
1991 – Treaty, Yothu Yindi
1992 – Antarctica: Suite for Guitar and Orchestra, Nigel Westlake 
1992 – Redfern Address, Paul Keating
1992–2008 – Songlines: Songs of the East Australian Humpback Whales, Mark Franklin (The Oceania Project)
1993 – Alive and Brilliant, Deborah Conway
1993–2014 – Deadly Sounds, Vibe Australia
1995 – Island Home, Christine Anu
1995 – LSD, djhmc
1997 – Truly Madly Deeply, Savage Garden
1998 – Toot, Toot, Chugga, Chugga Big Red Car, The Wiggles
1999 – These Days, Powderfinger

2001 – Aether, The Necks
2001 – Not Pretty Enough, Kasey Chambers
2003 – Nosebleed Section, Hilltop Hoods
2005 – Wild Swans, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
2008 – Gurrumul, Gurrumul





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