Broderick Smith (The Dingoes)
Broderick Smith an Australian music legend.
Australian music legend and lead singer of The Dingoes, Broderick Smith is available for private functions and corporate events.
Blues Harp at its finest...after 30 years of performing and numerous CDs, Broderick is back with a fine selection of old and new songs.
Broderick Smith Duo
Duration of performance: 2 x 45 mins sets or 1 x 60 minute set
Personally signed CD's available.
In 2009: 1970's Legendary band The Dingoes were inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame and in celebration, performed for the first time in 30 years.
Show song list includes:
" The last time I was inducted, it was into the army, this certainly feels a whole lot better. Seriously, the band feels honoured and privileged to be recognised by our peers by being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame."
Broderick recently released his 10th album "Unknown Country".
The album records various bands playing in the Lounge at the Station Hotel, Prahran over two nights in March 1976.
Released on LP record, it also included Wild Beaver Band, Myriad and Saltbush. A multitrack recorder was used (in the back of a truck parked outside the Lounge door in Greville Street Prahran).
Carson 1971 to 1973
Tracks: Dingo, Laid back feel, Dust my broom, Hey Joe, Boogie, Sunbury Jam
His first commercially recorded work was in 1972 with Carson, a boogie and blues band.
Then in 1973 he helped form The Dingoes, a legendary country rock group that is a main inspiration behind the modern country rock explosion.
The Dingoes main aim was to carry on the great work done by another band called Country Radio and further explore the possibilities of blending Bush music with R'n'B.
Broderick then formed the Big Combo.
During this time he was also a singer on the Andrew Durant Memorial concert album.
Releasing twelve albums to date, six under his own name, recording both here and in Canada and the US.
He has recorded with:
Songwriter: Broderick Smith has been involved in the writing of around 200 songs and his solo albums have seen him writing virtually all the lyrics.
Broderick Smith - Chronology
1948 Born in Hertfordshire, England. 1959 - family emigrate to Australia, aged 11. Took up residence in St. Albans, Melbourne, moving to Craigieburn in the mid-sixties. 1962 - joined his first garage band, played a bit of percussion, diidn't really know what he was doing.
1966/7 - played in various Western Suburb blues bands.
1968 - joined the Adderley Smith Blues Band as a singer and harmonica player. Other band members included future Dingo Kerryn Tolhurst and future Australian Ballet Lighting Director Colin Graham.
1968 to 1970 - drafted for National Service at Holsworthy, NSW. Spent spare time jamming with bands such as the Peter Nailler Jug Band and the Foreday Rider Blues Band.
1970 Returned to job at Allans Music in Melbourne. Joined singer- songwriter/country band Sundown, but left when the direction became too country.
1971 joined boogie band Carson. Rapidly realised that high earnings from the band were 4 times those from his day job, so quit Allans to become a full-time musician. Two years with Carson produced 2 albums, Blown in 1972 and On the Air in 1973, both on EMI's Harvest label. Toured with John Mayall and made his first appearance at the Sunbury Rock Festival. Subsequently played at every Sunbury festival, either with Carson or The Dingoes, and was featured on The Mushroom triple Album Sunbury - The Great Australian Rock Festival.
1973 Carson dissolved after a brief flirtation with jazz. Broderick joined the Australian cast of the Rock Opera Tommy, playing the part of the Father. Formed The Dingoes with Chris Stockley , Kerryn Tolhurst, John Lee and John DuBois. The concept was to marry rhythmn and blues with Bush music although "Australian Country Rock" was how they were labelled. Recorded The Dingoes album on Mushroom, including the hits Way Out West and Boy on the Run.
1974 The Dingoes featured on the Mushroom album Highlights of Sunbury 74. Toured nationally with various artists including Bad Company, Leo Sayer, Bo Diddley, Freddy Fender. Won 'Best Australian Group Album' at the Australian Music Awards and 'Best Group Vocal Album' at the ARIA awards.
1976 The Dingoes signed for a 2 album deal by A&M in the USA, on the recommendation of Elvis Presley's and Rod Stewart road manager Billy McCartney and The Rolling Stones and Lynyard Skynard manager Peter Rudge. Recorded in Northern California after 3 months rehearsal in Canada. Lived two years in USA, first near San Francisco, then near Woodstock, upstate New York. Toured forty states by road. The first album was produced by Elliot Mazer, producer for Janis Joplin and Neil Young. This album featured liner notes by author Emmett Grogan.
1978 Death of Lynyard Skynyard band members in a plane crash destroyed the morale of the management team and brought "The Dingoes sojourn to an end. Broderick returned to Australia at the end of the year.
1979 Broderick formed a new band, Broderick Smith' s Big Combo. The band toured with Rory Gallagher among others.
1980 Big Combo appeared at the Andy Durant Memorial Concert. Also on the bill were Jimmy Barnes, Renee Geyer, Richard Clapton, Don Walker, Ian Moss, Rick Formosa, Glyn Mason. A very successful album of the concert was released by Mushroom, including Broderick singing Durant's Ocean Deep. Overall, the event raised many thousands of dollars for The Peter McCallum Clinic and the album achieved platinum sales figures.
1981 Big Combo recorded an album Broderick Smith's Big Combo - on the Wheatley/EMI label, achieving gold sales. Hits from the album included My Father's Hands and Faded Roses.
1982 Disbanded Big Combo while still at the top, rather than waiting for the inevitable decline and fall.
1984 Broderick Smith album released to great critical acclaim but limited commercial success.
1985 Started investigating a more acoustic approach to performing including two sell-out seasons at the Troubadour, accompanied by solo piano. Became a regular weekend performer in Melbourne during the next five years with various band line-ups, gradually drifting towards a semi-acoustic singer-songwriter approach. Record with Steve Cropper and album Suitcase, released by Mushroom Records. With his band toured Australia with Joe Cocker.
1994 Appears at Port Fairy Festival. Voted 4th most popular act by audiences at the festival. Joined Melbourne Theatre Company for first attempt at straight acting, with four parts in The Grapes of Wrath.
1994 Revamped his band, signed with Newmarket label and released new album My Shiralee which was selected as one of the top ten releases of the year by The Age reviewer Mike Daly.
1995 Appears at Port Fairy Festival. Furthered his acting career with parts in 3 TV series - Janus, Blue Heelers and Law of the Land. Appeared on the Australia Remembers concert at Melbourne's Palais Theatre in front of an audience of WW2 veterans and Prime Minister Keating. Signed with ABC for two albums, the first being Songster, being released in November. Songster makes the top ten albums of the year once again in The Age.
1996 Appears at Port Fairy Festival. Became a fringe hit at Tamworth Country Festival. Toured extensively all year. Appears in Man from Snowy River TV series and also Blue Heelers. Crayon Angels album released and once again makes top ten albums for the year in The Age.
1997 Takes some time out to find his muse. Writes a little but mainly retreats into himself for a while.
1998 Once again goes to Tamworth where he is now regarded as being "the cutting edge of Country." Not sure what that means. Sponsored by Maton guitars. Appears on State Coroner. Starts writing again towards the end of the year. Surprisingly an acoustic duo that he is working on with friend Mick Ahearne starts to take off, and finds himself heavily booked till the end of the year and into '99. Also overseas music conventions beckon with the Maton connection.
1999 Heads off to Tamworth once more where he is now firmly established as an alternative act. Plans to record a new album and visit other states, including WA.