Lucky STARR (1980)
1940 - Lucky was born Les
Morrison on December 29th in the working class suburb of Mascot,
Like most kids finding their musical feet in the 50s, he was
heavily influenced by American pop and rock ‘n’ roll.
Lucky began work in his teens as an electrical
apprentice in the city.
Formed the Hepparays with
Bruce Guss, Tony Caperero and Dave Taylor.
1959 - Won a talent quest at
the Allawah Hotel on
June 24th 1959.
Part of our prize was a Festival Records contract and the band
first recorded as the Hepparays in late 1959. The tracks were a
rocked up medley of Xmas songs called
Xmas Rock Medley
and a vocal entitled
I Remember Xmas At Home.
To create a new image he decided on a name change to Les
Starr. A new guitar in the shape of a star was made. Les Starr
and the Hepparays was born. After a while something more catchy
was required so Les became Lucky.
The first record under his new
name Lucky Starr was a cover of the Buddy Knox hit, “Somebody
Touched Me” (released
29th Oct 1959)
backed with the self-penned “When
You Come Back To Me”.
On succeeding singles Lucky tried a
variety of styles before hitting the jackpot with “I've
The story of “I've
starts at a small nightclub, the
Afro-Cuban in Kings Cross in early 1962.
Mack sang the song and Lucky like it so much he asked if he
could record it. He had two weeks to learn the words but when it
came to record it, he still had to read them off a lyric sheet.
When it went well here, they got a request from Dot Records in
the States. They wrote an American version and Hank Snow had the
hit over there with it. It went to number one in the country
The move to the States was
successful. One single “Poor
Little Jimmy Brown”
charted for him and he concentrated on
overseas venues. His popularity in
and the East later led him to become the first Australian artist
to tour Vietnam
"During the Seventies, he became
a cabaret act, touring the Hilton circuit overseas. The late 70s
and early 80s saw a struggle on his part to get into the
mainstream of Australian music. He put away his suits, teamed up
with RCA records and returned via country rock.
Lucky's first album
went gold in 1975 and won the ARIA award for country album of
He consistently recorded
Australian music from
Yer Goin' Mate”
At The TAB”.
1980 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
Lucky once again demonstrated
his talent with acclaimed live performances on “Long
Way To The Top”
in 2002- 2003. His longevity is a testament to his undisputed
place in the history of Australian Music.
2008 - Mo Awards – Hall of Fame.