John Farnham balanced a plumbing apprenticeship in his homeland of Australia with membership of the band Strings Unlimited, before embarking on a solo career with EMI Records. Having initial success in 1967 as Johnny Farnham with "Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)," a throwaway pop song, Farnham scored 13 subsequent hit singles and was crowned Aussie "King of Pop" five years in a row between 1969 and 1973. After a lengthy hiatus, he re-emerged in the mid-'80s with WHISPERING JACK, which borne the fruit of having sifted through hundreds of songs from local and international writers. It would become the largest selling album in Australia’s history and spawned a U.K. top ten single in "You’re The Voice." He remains highly successful in his native country.
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