His one man show is a feast of entertainment that caters for anyone and everyone who enjoys a good time. It is a blend of country, comedy, old time favourites, rock and roll and storytelling that cannot help but make people laugh.
His standing in Australia’s entertainment scene is no accident, it is a result of a long hard apprenticeship that as he says “started a while ago”. This journey has taken him from his first paying gig in an old time dance band at his local hall to when he joined the Channel 9 Singers on “In Melbourne Tonight” which featured Graham Kennedy, Ugly Dave Gray, Jimmy Hannan, Bert Newton and other household names to many different facets of the entertainment industry. From music hall, floorshow work, recording and touring, and it’s when you see Rodney performing that you can see all those experiences coming out in his work.
The world of comedy added another string to Rodney’s bow when he toured with one of Australia’s great comedians Col Elliott, not only as a special guest but he played the straight man to many of Col’s characters. He also worked with another great in the field of comedy Lucky Grills, watching and learning the art of how to make people laugh and enjoy themselves.
Lucky Starr is one of the founding members of the Australian Pop Music Industry. A regular on television shows such as Bandstand and also hosted Six O’Clock Rock for one season. He also made regular appearances on Mavis Bramston, Revue 60-61, In Melbourne Tonight, Sing Sing Sing, plus many other entertainment shows.
In 1962 Lucky recorded a hit record “I’ve Been Everywhere”, which to date still remains one of Australia’s all time favourites. The record received the highest accolade in the music industry, the Platinum Award.
1963 saw Lucky performing in the United States on the Nevada Circuit, The Flamingo in Las Vegas, The Mapes in Reno and Harvey’s in Lake Tahoe. Also in the same year Lucky signed a recording contract with Dot Records in Los Angeles, releasing five singles. His agency was Coast Artist, signing performers such as Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Rodgers and Billy Eckstein. As a result of his American trips, Lucky was invited to work the Hilton Hotel Chain world wide spending several years working these prestigious rooms.
Lucky was also the first Australian performer to entertain the troops in Vietnam; in fact paying his own way there and made five subsequent trips into the war zone.
2002 and 2003 saw Lucky touring with “Long Way To The Top”, an Arena Spectacular which toured Australia’s capitals and regional centres. The show featured the cream of Australia’s entertainers from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.Due to its popularity it become the subject of an ABC Television special.
Lucky’s style ranges from Rock & Roll, to Country through to Jazz and is in fact similar to the late great Bobby Darin. These days his polished performing style has him working full time in the business he loves.
DATE: 15 August 2019 from 10:30AM VENUE: Lismore Workers Club - Function Room 7 PRICE: $10 BOOKINGS LINK:Book Online Now