Johnny O'Keefe (1935-1978) was named 'the wild one' of Australian rock 'n' roll, after his first hit song, "wild one", in 1958. O'Keefe was Australia's first major rock 'n' roll star, with a raw voice and an energetic stage presence to match. Over the next 15 years, he had 35 hit records in Australia and hosted two popular TV shows: Six O'Clock Rock and The Johnny O'Keefe Show. However, despite an ambitious tour of America, he was unable to emulate his Australian success overseas.

"Johnny O'Keefe reached the top of his chosen profession, despite not being blessed with a wonderful voice. What he lacked in vocal ability, he made up for with a fierce determination to succeed, an uncanny ability to pick a hit song, a sheer magnetism on stage and a work ethic that would have destroyed most." -

Hit singles - (

(You Hit The Wrong Note) Billy Goat / I'm Still Alive (The Chicken Song)


So Tough / That'll Be Alright Festival FK

Shout / What'd I Say Lee Gordon

She's My Baby / Own True Self Lee Gordon

Don't You Know / Come On And Take My Hand Lee Gordon

I'm Counting On You / Right Now Leedon

Sing / To Love Leedon LK

I Thank You / Heaven Sent Leedon

Move Baby Move / You'll Never Cherish a Love So True (Until You Lose It) Leedon

She Wears My Ring / Let's Love Tonight Leedon LK

Shout Parts 1 &2 / Come On And Take My Hand (both re recordings) Leedon

Mockingbird / Soulshake (with Margaret McLaren) Festival