On the album Whispering Jack. Chart positions for other countries are just a sample. Charted in Australia October 1986, NZ December 1986, others 1987 except USA 1990.
John Farnham had already been a late 60s pop idol, a star on the musical stage, and front man for Little River Band when his superbly produced album of contemporary songs Whispering Jack boosted his career all over again and became the biggest-selling Australian album of all time.
You’re The Voice has become an Australian anthem, performed by John Farnham at such events as the 1988 Bicentennial commemoration and the opening of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
• Chris Thompson, British-born NZ-raised vocalist with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band who in 1982 met Andy Qunta on tour in New Zealand and suggested they write together. At the time, a song by Andy Qunta, Tribal Statistics, was a track on the current album by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. To fully appreciate the scope of Chris Thompson’s work, visit ChrisThompson-central.com.
• Maggie Ryder, British vocalist-instrumentalist-composer-lyricist who has provided studio and stage backing, and written for, many major artists, notably The Eurythmics.
• Keith Reid, lyricist, a member of British band Procol Harum, also lyricist for their 1960s classic A Whiter Shade Of Pale.
Andy Qunta, at his website, recalls that You’re The Voice was written in December 1985 inspired by the Christmas vibe of harmony among people.
Qunta has told about about starting the song with Chris Thompson in Thompson’s studio. They later called in Maggie Ryder, who collaborated mainly with Thompson in further working up the song. Chris Thompson later “ran into” Procol Harum lyricist Keith Reid, who also agreed to contribute. More details in Andy Qunta’s Story from Platform-End.co.uk. [archived page].
Thanks to Terry Stacey for suggestion and initial research. Further research from Dave Overett.
On the 1987 album Rock Symphonies, one of several orchestrated rock albums issued by the LSO from the early 80s.
On 1989 album Coming Alive Again by distinguished Scottish stage and recording artist.
On album The Voice by winner of British TV talent show Opportunity Knocks.
Made with the participation of Status Quo bassist John 'Rhino' Edwards and produced by Status Quo producer Pip Williams.
Studio recording added to the US release of the album Alan Parsons Live, with vocals by You're The Voice co-writer Chris Thompson. This is referred to loosely as being by the Alan Parsons Project, the studio group formed by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson, but the artist name is shown as Alan Parsons.
On the Polydor album Radiomatia by Genoan band formed mid-70s. The additional writing credits for the Italian version are to members of the band. See full album credits from HitParadeItalia [archived page].
The title means School of the Snakes.
On concert album The Main Event, recorded in Melbourne, November 1998. Reissued in 2001.
On album Home Grown by Australian singer, guitarist and keyboardist, active in music since the 60s, who was in Stylus from the mid-70s, led the Peter Cupples Band in the 80s, and has worked in a range of entertainment media since then.
Singer born in Perth, Australia to Austrian and English parents, moved as a child to Vienna and later to England, signed to record companies in Austria. See Tamee.com.