LITTLE RIVER BAND
LITTLE RIVER BAND was formed in April 1975 in Melbourne, Australia. The first formation of the band included Glenn Shorrock, Graeham Goble, Derek Pellicci, Roger McLachlan, Rick Formosa and myself. This formation recorded the first two LITTLE RIVER BAND albums, Little River Band and After Hours. Within a year of recording Little River Band, the band’s manager signed a deal with Capitol Records in the United States.
In 1976, David Briggs and George McArdle replaced Rick Formosa and Roger McLachlan. This lineup recorded Diamantina Cocktail that produced our first top 20 single, “Help Is On Its Way”, written by Glenn Shorrock. The second single from this album was “Happy Anniversary”, written by David Briggs and me.
In 1978, the same lineup recorded, Sleeper Catcher that produced the singles, “Reminiscing” and “Lady”, both written by Graeham Goble. “Reminiscing” reached number 3 on the Billboard Top 100 whereas “Lady” was our highest selling single, surpassing “Reminiscing” in sales.
George McArdle left the band in 1978 leaving us to record First Under The Wire in 1979 with session bass players. The album featured “Lonesome Loser”, written by David Briggs and “Cool Change”, written by Glenn Shorrock, two of our most popular chart hitting songs.
In 1980 we released a double live album called Backstage Pass.
In 1981 we decided to record outside of Australia for the first time, choosing to work with George Martin at Air Studios in Montserrat, West Indies. The album was Time Exposure and it produced the hits, “The Night Owls” and “Take It Easy On Me”, both written by Graeham Goble and “Man On Your Mind”, written by Glenn Shorrock and Kerryn Tolhurst. During the course of recording the band members started disagreeing on our musical direction. On our return to Australia, David Briggs and Glenn Shorrock left the band leaving the remaining members to carry on.
In 1982 John Farnham joined as lead singer and we recorded The Net. “The Other Guy” was the band’s last top 20 hit in America.
Known for our soaring harmonies on just about every song we sang and recorded, LITTLE RIVER BAND has sold more than 25 million records worldwide.