Frankie & Karen JOHNS (2013)

Karen & Frankie Johns


Born in Darwin in 1924, Frankie was evacuated to Brisbane with the bombing of Darwin at age 17 and then served with the R.A.A.F during WII.

He then pursued his passion for singing and also became the president of the A.M.C.A. (Australian Country music Association) and was actually asked to fill in for the Bee Gee’s one night!

Frankie later performed with his own show called “The Frankie Johns Country Music Spectacular” which played all around Brisbane. Frankie and his wife Daphne had six children, whom four of them have had very lucrative music careers in their own rights.

Taking his show to Sydney in 1969 to further his career, Frankie then successfully worked the Sydney club scene for many years and also recorded three of his own original albums which feature four of his children. Frankie still performs today as he still has many fans right around the country.

 One of Australia’s most pioneering influences to Australia’s country music scene.

2013 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.



Started out her music career as “little miss country music”, when she recorded her first EP at the tender age of 7.

That year Karen won the Reg Lindsay M.C.M.A trophy in Tamworth in 1968.

Karen then continued to follow in her father’s footsteps with her love of singing and playing guitar, and at the age of 17 joined the Lester Coombes show and the Digger Revell show in Sydney, whom Pixi Jenkins also played with at the same time.

Karen then went on to perform solo on television on the Conway Country show.

Karen continued performing on T.V shows such as the Midday Show and also performed with many huge names such as Peter Allen, Cher, Dragon and Richard Clapton just to name a few.

Karen’s talent took her further to perform for 2 years as one of the Fabulous Singlettes, culminating in a four week stint at the Edinburgh Festival as well as recording many commercial jingles.

Karen’s career has also earned her three golden guitar nominations. One for “Best Female Artist” in 1982, one for “Best Duo” with John Williamson for “Got to be Fair Dinkum” and one for a duo with Allen Caswell. She has also recorded backing vocals for Smoky Dawson, Reg Lindsay, and on two of Denise Morrison’s albums.

2013 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.