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

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

The 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.


Address:Wharf Street, Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, 2485
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.168841
Long: 153.543598
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Dr. Alex Kolozsy (Blacktown, N.S.W.)


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

Johnny O’Keefe

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

John Purser 
Clare Donnelly
Vicky O'Keefe 


Source: MA,ADB
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