If you’re a child of the 60s or 70s, or who have parents who blasted music from that era, it’s likely you’ll recognise the iconic psychedelic ‘oo mow ma mow mow’ of The Real Thing.
It was the breakout debut solo single for Australian musician Russell Morris and went on to reach Number 1 on the Australian music charts in 1969.
A string of other hits followed, including Wings of an Eagle, Sweet Sweet Love, Rachel and The Girl That I Love, with Morris inducted in to the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2008.
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Now aged 69, the flowing golden locks are gone, but the proficient singer-songwriter-guitarist continues to re-write the Australian music history books.
In 2012 Morris released the first album from his Ghosts and Legends trilogy: Sharkmouth, which shot to number 1 on the Blues charts and became the highest selling Australian album of 2013.
Van Diemen’s Land (2014) and Red Dirt (2016) followed, telling some famous and not-so-famous tales of the land down under. Both Sharkmouth and Red Dirt claiming the ARIA for Best Blues and Roots Album in their respective years.
“I spent over a year researching these great Australian stories,” Morris said in a statement.
“To me these albums are about looking back at the characters that deserve to be remembered and then doing that in the best way I know how, through song.
“It’s about leaving a legacy that in fifty years’ time, someone can put these records on and learn something about the spirit of our great country, in the same way we do when we read The Man From Snowy River.”
The Melbourne-based Morris has now embarked on an Australian tour and is bringing his incredible back catalogue of hits, along with the award-winning new music, to the Gold Coast.
Morris hits the stage at Surfers Paradise RSL next Sunday and you can visit the venue’s website for ticket details.