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Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide with Jim Slade

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Music from the 60's and 70's packed into a 3-hour LIVE show
Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide
Jim Slade on a new 'live beat'. Photo: Kevin Roper.

Jim Slade, Leading DJ from the 60's and 70's, previously of 5KA, 5DN and 3DB, is now hosting a 3-hour live show Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide. These shows are proving to be very popular with Baby Boomers - many of them, listened to Jim way back when DJs were the Kings of Cool and radio brought the latest sounds of popular music to its teenage audience.

Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide
Beatles Press Conference South Australian Hotel June, 1964. From the left Ron Sullivan 5 AD, Perth Radio, Jim Slade 5 DN, Paul Linkson 5 DN, Graham Edwin 5 AD, David Flatman 5 KA, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison.

Jim was recently inspired to develop Baby Boomers after arranging a series of "Sixties" gigs. These shows were attended by Baby Boomers, who displayed a definite interest in not only wanting to hear rock 'n' roll music, but also to meet and listen to some of their heroes and music icons as they relive some of their fond memories of that exciting and progressive period when so many local musicians created music that was popular Australia wide and overseas. Some attendees were keen enough to participate in a Q&A, "Show and Tell" with the various performers, adding more interest and enjoyment to Jim's interviews .

Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide
2nd and final Top DJ Awards 1967 Everybody's Mag.

On a big screen courtesy of Channel 9 and Umbrella Entertainment we are able to relive various music performances on Australian Bandstand from the era.

Jim's Guests read like a who's who of our entertainment history;

Lyn Gaston (formerly Lyn Hook), the President of the Official Elvis Fan Club, who actually met Elvis. Lyn shared some fascinating stories and memories.

Peter Tilbrook, formerly of The Master's Apprentices, with Brian 'Davvo' Davidge still play regular gigs together around Adelaide as The Party Cats.

Alex Innocenti Rock & Blues Music Pioneer and Promoter. Alex shared his memories of various groups and his experiences with his fashion business, organising Blues concerts and the Myponga Pop Music Festival - Adelaide's answer to Woodstock.

Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide
Alex Innocenti, Adelaide Blues and Rock Music Promoter Photo: H. Radford.

Barry MacAskill talked about his experiences with various groups and memories of The Palais, the biggest, the wildest and for many Adelaide's top Rock 'n' Roll dance in the early 60's.

Johnny Mac, Local country music entertainer, talked about his interesting memories of performing in Canada & US, and the top country artists he met, and why he bought Elvis' Cadillac?

Allen Munn, Head of EMI Records in Adelaide, escorted all the artists on the EMI lable who toured Adelaide including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Gerry and The Pacemakers. He shared some fascinating behind-the-scene stories about Roy Orbison, the Stones, John Farnham, Cilla Black and various other entertainers.

Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide
Allen Munn shared some fascinating behind-the-scene stories with various performers. Photo: Kevin Roper.

Paul Makin: Radio and television presenter not only talked about performers he interviewed, but gave an inspiring talk about going for a job interview. Paul offered some very worthwhile and useful tips for all ages.

Paul Makin, Radio and television presenter talked about entertainers he has interviewed, and gave an inspiring talk about grabbing the attention of a prospective employer at a job interview

Bob Byrne long and successful career in radio. He now writes for Boomer magazine, and recently completed his book Adelaide Remembers When.

Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide
Bob Byrne showing Vaughn Harvey his book - Adelaide Remembers When. Photo: Kevin Roper.

Vaughan Harvey Ex 5KA, always a thorough gentleman and so helpful to others, with one of the most distinctive voices on local radio. Now, sadly missed.

Bobby James: Fronted The Vibrants and The Esquires in the sixties. His solo hits include Don't You Do That, Jezebel, and Tossin' and Turning with The Vibrants.

Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide
Bobby James fronted The Vibrants and The Squires in the sixties.

Bruce Packer remember him as Bruce King when he wrote the entertainment news for Go-Set.

Adelaide Rock 'n' roll Club - presented a jiving demonstration. You could watch or join in if you wish...

Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide
Adelaide Rock ' n ' Roll Club - Reelin' and Rockin'. Photo: Kevin Roper.

Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide
Jim Slade with The Party Cats - Peter Tilbrook and Brian 'Davvo' Davidge. Photo: Kevin Roper.

Jim's guests for the next Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide on 26 March will be:

Brian 'Davvo' Davidge: Bass player and vocalist, who has worked with Doug Ashdown, The Penny Rockets, The Cravats and Fahrenheit 451. He currently performs as part of the duo The Party Cats with Peter Tilbrook.

John 'Swanee' Swan who performed with such iconic bands as The James Wright Band, Jim Keay's Southern Cross, Fraternity (Bon Scott's band) and Cold Chisel with his brother Jimmy Barnes.

Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide
John 'Swanee' Swan

Gary Burrows, APRA/AMCOS Chief who was inducted into the South Australian Country Music Hall of Fame for his songwriting and his contribution to the music industry over the last 40 years and two and a half decades w,ith APRA (The Australasian Performing Right Society)

Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide
Gary Burrows, lead singer and guitarist with The Rustlers

The next Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide show is:

When: 6.30 - 9.30 pm Thursday, 26 March, 2015.

Where: European Function Centre (aka Anzano Club)
2 Chief Street, Hindmarsh. (Snacks & alcohol available for purchase)

Tickets; $12 At the door on the night. To avoid disappointment book Online $14 at :Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide.
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Why? Meet and listen to some of our music icons of the 60's & 70's as they relive some of their fond memories of that exciting and progressive period when so many local musicians created music that was popular Australia wide and overseas.
When: Thursday 26 March 2015 Time: 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm.
Where: European Function Centre (aka Anzano Club) 2 Chief Street, Hindmarsh.
Cost: $14.00 On line at
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