Diana TRASK (1979)
1923 - Born in
on the 23rd of June. Diana was educated at the Lilydale Convent
and Presentation Convent in
1940 - At the age of 17 Diana
won the Swallow’s Parade television talent quest on Channel
Seven. This led to a job miming the popular songs of the day on
Channel Nine in a show titled “The Astor Show”.
1958 - Diana was singing her own
ballads on the local television variety show” In Melbourne
Tonight” hosted by Graham Kennedy.
Diana made her first recording
on the W&G label – “Comes Love” with Tommy Davidson and his
1959 - American promoter Lee
Gordon signed her as the support singer for the Stan Freberg
tour of New Zealand
which also featured the Australian Jazz Quartet and Frank
Ifield. Lee was impressed and immediately signed Diana to tour
with the Frank Sinatra show. Sinatra was very impressed and
suggested that she should try her luck in the
He very kindly spoke to people on his return and Diana decided
1960 - Diana opened at the
Blue Angel Nightclub in
Many months of hard work followed with tours and singing
engagements. After an appearance on Don McNeil’s Breakfast Club,
Diana was noticed by Mitch Miller and this led to a recording
contract with CBS. Diana released several albums and singles on
the CBS label.
1961- Diana landed a regular
singing spot on the national television series Sing Along With
Mitch and was signed to a three year contract by NBC television.
Diana worked with the big names in show business and formed
friendships with performers such as, George Burns, Danny Thomas
and Jack Benny. There were constant trips backwards and forwards
for concerts with Pat Boone and Sammy Davis Jnr.
Around this time, Johnny
Mathis introduced her to Thom Ewen. Thom and Diana were married
in 1962. In the same year their first son Shawn was born and
Patrick was born in 1964. Thom was now Diana’s manager.
1964 - The family returned to
for "The Diana Trask Show” on the Nine Network. This was a
national half hour variety show which was produced by Thom.
In the late sixties Diana made
the change from singing ballads to concentrate on country songs
with great success. The family settled in
and Diana signed with the DOT label. Many successful singles and
albums followed which established Diana as one of
top country singers. Diana had a series of hit songs on the DOT
label “Lock Stock and Teardrops”, “Hold on to what You Got”,
“Lean it all on me” and “You’ve got What it Takes”. Diana Trask
recorded 16 singles for Dot which got into the Billboard Country
Charts including nine which made the Top 40.
In 1969 Diana was a guest on the
Johnny Cash Television Show.
In 1970 Diana received a Grammy
Award nomination for her version of I Fall To Pieces.
In 1973, she made the Top 20
twice with "Say When" and "It's a Man's World. Years of touring
followed but then a recording session produced one of the
biggest sellers in her career- “Oh Boy”.
Diana was also having success
as a songwriter and wrote “I Think About Your Lovin’” which was
a hit for the singing group, The Osmonds. Diana also wrote
“Christmas in Australia”
which was recorded by the Irish Drovers. Diana also recorded her
Diana played venues like the
Grand Ole Opry House where she was introduced by Roy Acuff.
Diana played Las Vegas
for many years, with standing room only, appearing with Roy
She also toured with Glen
Campbell and Hank Williams Jnr. Over the years Diana was a guest
on television shows with Dinah
Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin and many other famous hosts.
1977 - It was onstage in
during an Australian national tour
Diana was confronted by Roger Climpson with the words "Diana
Trask, This is your life.”
Her entire family were on the program along with friends and
entertainers from all over the world to celebrate the life of
Diana Trask. Her father was brought on in a wheelchair and it
was the proudest night of his life.
1979 – Inducted into the Hands
In the early 1980’s Diana
recorded several albums in
on the Hammard Label.
1985 - Diana was invited to
sing at the Australian Rules Football Grand Final in
and then again in 1996 for the 100 years of Australian Football
These days she is a proud
grandmother and really enjoys her family. In recent times Diana
has spent many years relaxing with her husband Thom. They have
sailed their yacht around the Caribbean
and toured the world. She has never forgotten the advice of her
old friend Danny Thomas, who said, "Diana, always keep your
pipes in shape”. Diana still practices every day.
In recent years Diana has
studied natural medicine and graduated with honours as a Master