ROLAND OTT AND THE STARS!
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Over the years our Principle Roland Ott has lived a creative rewarding life, so he tells us. Mingling with the many Stars was and still is all part of his daily job.  He certainly had the opportunity to assisted a few.

“It has never been work for me, it’s been just like a hobby, that’s the same way it started. I toured, managed and staged Artists. Staged, produced and promoted a number of Shows. I‘ve enjoyed being on the move constantly. Now that I look back on it, it has been a creative rewarding life. Certainly been a busy exciting time.”

Now practising his craft with Show World, which he established in 1996, below are some of the background stories with the Stars, which he tells with great respect and fond memories.

JOHNNY FARNHAM AO THE PLATTERS
NORMIE ROWE AM THE SEARCHERS
KAMAHL THE DELLTONES
FRANKIE DAVIDSON AOM THE FOUR KINSMEN
ROLF HARRIS AM OBE GREG ANDERSON
JOHNNY O’KEEFE DOUG ASHDOWN
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE JIMMY EDWARDS
HANS POULSEN DIANA LEE
DUKE ELLINGTON MARTY RHONE
DANIEL BOONE DON SPENCER
TIM CONNOR JUDY STONE
DICKIE VALENTINE DAVID WHITFIELD
RICKY MAY RUTH WALLACE
YORKIE BRUCE ALLEN
REG VARNEY



Johnny Farnham AO
Sadie (The Cleaning Lady), My Favoured Occupation, One, Raindrops keep falling on my head, Knock three times, Help. (The early Hits!)

Johnny Farnham is undoubtedly Australia's #1 music artist. His career spans over 3 decades and he is still amazing audiences with his incredible voice and concert performances. 

Johnny Farnham came to Perth for Roland Ott under
contract several times in his earlier career. Roland staged him at Local Perth and country WA. Venues, Concert and TV appearances. He road managed and staged Johnny in Geraldton, at the Pinjarra Race Course on the back of a flat semi trailer truck top and at the Balga Inn (Owen South, Mgr.), with overflowing Capacity. “He was a delight to work with. He travelled at that stage with his first Manager, Darryl Sambell and was backed by local WA. Bands and musicians that could read music. Even fairly young at that stage he was a super professional. Thanks John for the fond memories!”

Normie Rowe AM
It ain't necessary so, Oh la la, oh la la, Que, Sera, Sera, Hello, Shakin' all over.

Roland imported Normie several times and staged him in many WA. Venues including a Revival concert show at the Boomerang Hotel. He performed also at the Morley Park Hotel, Top Hat, Balga Inn and Country Venues. Roland was the first promoter to bring Normie back to WA., after his gallant service in Vietnam. Roland was offered to assist him with Management. 

He stayed with his family in Dandenong, Victoria and Gold Coast, Queensland. “His performances were always heroic when it came to on stage fully planned out Shows. His performance at the Boomerang Hotel caused him to be pulled off stage by the screaming female fans. I’ll never forget that. 

I was terrified as things almost got out of hand, and blamed myself due to the heavy excitable radio promotion campaign I had put together.”


Kamahl and Roland Ott busted during an after Show meal at Romano’s
Kamahl
The Sounds of Good Bye, The Elephant Song, 100 Children.

“I saw Kamahl perform on Brian Henderson’s Bandstand and knew instantly for which venues I needed him in WA. The song he sang was “The Sounds of Goodbye”. I had a copy airfreighted and took it to Barry Martin at Radio 6PR. 

After several airing it was requested daily and started to sell and climb the Perth Charts. That was what kicked it of also in Sydney. The rest is history. Kamahl’s performances at Romano’s became legendary and I signed him for shows 12 month in advance. I was the first promoter to stage Kamahl in Concert in Perth at the Regal Theatre and remember many audience members turning up in eveningwear and tuxedoes. 

Mr. Baker, owner at that stage put in a special stage and lighting, as up to that stage it was only a movie theatre. They were magic nights. He was a very loved performer and warmed to the audience especially the lady folk, instantly. 

I don’t know if it was Kamahl’s deep voice or his fantastic stage caftans. La Tenda and Romano's have experienced record attendances and I even had him at Shopping Centres causing traffic jams.”

Frankie Davidson AOM 
- "If you ain’t laughin’ you ain’t livin’ "

Have you ever been to see King’s Cross? Have you ever been to see Old London Town? Ball bearing Bird, Gimmie dat Ding, I hope your chooks turn into Emus. 50,00000 blowflies can't be wrong. The Aussie Barbeque Song. Wrote, "We love the Beatles", for the English Vernon Sisters. 

While I was working out of the offices of  “June Evans Enterprises”  (Film, Stage & TV Castings and Entertainment Agents) in North Sydney for 2 years, I had the fortune to assist Frankie Davidson (part owner at that stage) with Management. This covered promotions, bookings, touring etc. Co-Produced a 3 hour syndicated Radio Program for 100's of Country Radio Stations through-out Australia and New Zealand.

This became very rewarding for me and assisted broadening my experience from this unique well-travelled multi talented Australian International Entertainer.

I’ve never seen another Artists being able to work with any backing like Frankie and many times without rehearsals. He would direct the Bands behind him during his performances.

1963
Won 3XY Talent Quest

1976
Mo Awards “Most Versatile Variety Artist in Australia”

1976 & 1979
Mo Awards nominated for  “Entertainer of the Year “

1987
Advance Australia Award for his services to the Music & Entertainment Industry

1992 & 1993
Nominee “Best Male Cabaret Vocalist”

Click here for the full exciting story with Photos, Biography and Discography.

 

Johnny O'Keefe  

She's My Baby, She wears my ring, Shout!,  Mocking Bird, I'm counting on you

“The Wild One” emerged to be the most successful Australian rock 'n' roll singer ever and claimed the first real national hit parade chart position. In his too-short recording career he recorded over 50 albums and singles for Festival and notched up a staggering 31 national chart hits.

Roland road managed Johnny’s visits to Perth Western Australia and around Brisbane, Queensland for Club and Television appearances. In Perth he appeared on STW 9’s Tonight Shows with Don Spencer, Bruce Allen and Tim Connor.
“To me Johnny was the ultimate audience controller with his dynamic and commanding on stage presentation. He certainly knew how to handle the crowds. His most favoured home away from home in WA. was the Rhodes Motor Hotel in South Perth. My last meeting with Johnny was in Sydney at the Mo awards which I attended with Frankie Davidson.”