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Johnny O'Keefe Closeup / March 2013
Johnny O'Keefe Closeup / March 2013

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

Statue commemorates Australian singer Johnny O'Keefe. The statue is located near the Twin Towns Resort entrance. 

Johnny O'Keefe made his first public performance on stage in 1939 at the Waverley College School concert and speech night appearing as “Dopey” in their Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs play at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the grand age of 4 years. The rest as they say is history!! Johnny O’Keefe went on to forge a name for himself as the father of Rock N Roll that changed the face of Australian music forever.

Songs such as “You hit the wrong note, Billy Goat", “Wild One”, “Shout”, “She’s My Baby”, “I’m Counting On You”, “Be careful of Stones that you Throw”, “High Rollin Man”, “Sing Sing Sing”, “So Tough” and “Mocking Bird” reached the ears of all Australians during his musical career and beyond. John Michael O’Keefe, the father of Australian Rock N Roll died at approximately 8.50pm on the 6th October 1978. He was only 43 years old.

Location

Address:Wharf Street, Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, 2485
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.168841
Long: 153.543598
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Arts
Monument Designer:Dr Sandor (Alex) Kolozsy
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 10th June, 2004
Front Inscription

"THE WILD ONE"
Johnny O’Keefe
   1936-1978
     Unveiled
          by
Mayor Warren Polglase & John "Catfish" Purser

Thursday 10th June 2004
Johnny O'Keefe Memorial Association Inc.
John O'Keefe Jnr-President 
Dr Alex Sandor Kolozsy CDVA 
Sculptor Sydney 2004
John Preston -Secretary 
Bernie Stahl -Treasurer 
Phil Villiers-Vice President
Committee 
John Purser
 
Clare Donnelly
Vicky O'Keefe 

 

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