Glenn Shorrock and Elvis Presley
September 14, 2019
'Heartbreak Hotel' was an epiphany as it were. Lying on a bed 108 degrees Fahrenheit in a pretty basic migrant hostel and on the ABC, and I hear this echoing … 'well since my baby left me' … what the hell's that? 'I ran down the corridor and the ABC announcer said 'that was Elvis Presley with 'Heartbreak Hotel', and now it's back to Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra.
I had only heard the crooners that my aunties used to play and then I discovered this', said the former lead singer and songwriter of the internationally popular Little River Band. 'In my early 20's I turned professional and moved to Melbourne, where I carried on my career. The Little River Band came about in 1974 so I had a good ten years of experience before that'.
Shorrock's first public performance took place in 1958 at St Peter's Lutheran church hall in Elizabeth when he mimed to Elvis Presley's recording of 'All Shook Up' on a gramophone and strumming on a cardboard guitar. When the record player stopped he was forced to continue singing by himself and realized he had a good voice.
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About Glenn Shorrock
With a career spanning over 50 years, Glenn Shorrock is one of the elder statesmen of Australian contemporary show business. Born in Kent England in 1944 before emigrating with his family to Adelaide as a 'ten pound Pom’ in the 1950s, his is a success story that took him around the world to international stardom. From his days with Sixties pop band The Twilights, to his work with Brian Cadd and Axiom in the early 1970s to his fronting of chart-topping Little River Band, Glenn tells his story in an intelligent, witty style that recalls the heady days of the 1960s and international fame in the 1970s and 80s.
Glenn Barrie Shorrock was born 30 June 1944. He is an English-born Australian singer-songwriter. He was a founding member of rock bands The Twilights, Axiom, Little River Band, and post LRB spin-off trio Birtles Shorrock Goble, as well as being a solo performer.
The Twilights had eight consecutive national hit singles including 'Needle in a Haystack' and 'What's Wrong with the Way I Live'. Axiom's top 10 hits were 'Arkansas Grass', 'Little Ray of Sunshine' and 'My Baby's Gone'. Little River Band had national and international chart success, including the Shorrock-penned 'Emma', 'Help Is on Its Way' and 'Cool Change'.
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