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BIOGRAPHY

LATEST FAN CLUB (Friendship Club) NEWSLETTER

 

A BOX OF JADE'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY DISCOVERED BY DISTRIBUTERS

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PERSONAL FAVOURITES

 

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BIOGRAPHY

 

JADE HURLEY O.A.M. is the undisputed “KING” of COUNTRY and ROCK ‘N’ ROLL music in Australasia.

It was the legendary Johnny Cash who stated quite openly that Jade was the best act he had ever worked with and was quoted in the Irish Press as saying ... "If I wasn't who I am, I would find it very hard to follow him on any stage anywhere in the world ... he's one hell of a showman and entertainer this Aussie ... and he can sure play that damn piano".

EVERY album this unique “piano pumping/country rocker” has recorded has achieved GOLD, PLATINUM, or DOUBLE PLATINUM status. Likewise his two great VIDEO’S have also received “GOLD” and "PLATINUM" awards ... and his AUTOBIOGRAPHY (JADE - THE JADE HURLEY STORY) sold over 32,000 copies.

In his show, there is something for everyone ... no matter what age as this “country-rock and show-biz experience” includes classics like "ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD" and “OLD TIME ROCK & ROLL” … Johnny Preston’s “RUNNING BEAR” … Buddy Holly’s “OH BOY” and “PEGGY SUE” … Little Richard’s “LUCILLE” … Jerry Lee Lewis’s “GREAT BALL OF FIRE” … Del Shannon’s “RUNNAWAY” … Chuck Berry’s “SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN” … and the Eddie Hodges novelty hit “I’M GONNA KNOCK ON YOUR DOOR” among dozens of others.

In between, he slows the show down with Roy Orbison’s “CRYING” and “LEAH”, Jim Reeves number 1 “HE’LL HAVE TO GO”... his own number 1 hit "DOWN IN THE RIVERINA" ... and latest show stopper and song off his latest CD "YOU RAISE ME UP".

As well as being a headline act in his own right, Jade Hurley has toured with some of the all time greats including America's JOHNNY and JUNE CARTER CASH, JOHNNY RAY, WOODY HERMAN and DON WILLIAMS, as well as the late JOHNNY O'KEEFE throughout Ireland, America, New Zealand and Australia.

In America Jade was billed as a cross between Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Liberace. Jerry Lee, because of his energetic piano antics like jumping all over his piano and kicking the keys with his feet (like Jerry Lee used to do but this Aussie rocker still does) ... Little Richard because just like Richard, Jade Hurley always makes a great and controversial headline ... and Liberace, because of his flamboyant and glittery sequin stage outfits combined with $250,000 worth of diamond, sapphire, and ruby jewellery … and the energy with every show many critics describe as “breathtaking” and wonder how he does it performing so many shows.

One respected American journalist wrote ... QUOTE “Every time you see this Aussie Jade Hurley rocking away and jumping all over his piano, you get the same high class performance ... I just don’t know how he does it or where he gets the energy from” ... end quote.

It has long been acknowledged by many that this “Aussie King of Country Rock” is the "ULTIMATE SHOWMAN", and it has also been stated by some of the greatest critics in the world of show biz that JADE HURLEY is quote ... “The hardest act for anyone to follow on stage”.

He was awarded the highly prestigious ORDER OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL (OAM) for his contribution and hard work within the entertainment industry encouraging and nurturing young talent, and for his tireless performances and appearances over many years in aid of charitable organisations including The Arthritis Foundation ... The Heart Foundation . . . Camp Quality (kids with cancer) ... The Australian Cancer Foundation for Medical Research.

 

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JADE'S LATEST FRIENDSHIP CLUB NEWSLETTER

Friendship Club and Media JUNE NEWSLETTER … Late post 2017

G’day again folks

I hope your Christmas was a great one for you and your families?

So far this year, it has been a slow start as far as touring is concerned. To date ... just a few shows, Liverpool Catholic Club in Sydney, Goulburn Workers Club, a fundraiser for Cancer at the Barossa Arts and Convention Centre at Tanunda in the beautiful wine growing area of the Barossa Valley, South Australia and Penrith Panthers Leagues Club in Sydney.

How MUCH OF A COMPLIMENT IS THIS? I hope you agree that this is a GREAT AUSSIE SHOWBIZ story.

As mentioned, a few weeks ago, I did the show at Goulburn Workers Club.

When I arrived, I was told there would be a lady sitting in the front row ... her name is VELAIS MEIERS ...
she is 83 YEARS OF AGE.
I was informed that she raised her Cerebral Palsy son for 54 YEARS… however recently, had to put him into a group home as she is in a wheel chair herself and simply, was finding it just too difficult to care for him in the manner she wanted and needed to. THIS BROKE HER HEART!

She recently moved from Sydney to Goulburn so as to be near the rest of her family……… she now needs be cared for herself. 

The most heartfelt thing for me, was to be informed that she had NEVER BEEN TO A LIVE CONCERT IN HER LIFE ... when she heard I was coming to the club ... her family immediately purchased a ticket.

Can you imagine how this made me feel? YES … PERHAPS THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT A PERFORMER CAN EVER BE PAID. LIFE IS WONDERFUL … ISN’T IT? When you hear stories like this.

Also a few weeks ago I called my friend and one time doctor … Dr James Wright from the Mike Walsh show. He is not in the best of health himself these days, which is really sad … but he still has that cheeky and refreshing personality about him. Over many years he has obtained many-many properties and rents them out to folk who are doing it a bit tough themselves. One such property he developed is a retirement home in Sydney … this is where he now lives himself.
It was so hard re-living the story of how he lost his beloved wife Noreen who was a qualified Nurse.
During Dr Wright’s fight with Throat cancer Noreen nursed him back to full health. When he was given the all clear the cancer had gone, he and Noreen went out to a restaurant to celebrate. They had a nice bottle of wine and meal before going home to bed. Early the next morning, Dr Wright woke and asked Noreen if she was awake….. She had died during the night. Once again, a somewhat beautiful but sad story. He is a lovely man and I wish him all the very best in his future. He has been a great friend for many-many years.

Christine and I are still doing all the touring and every show in the Motor Home. My stage piano and show banner etc are all under the bed … so have entertainment Motor Home … will travel. It is the greatest way to tour our wonderful country as it is our travelling vehicle, sometimes my dressing room, and is our travelling motel room on wheels. It is totally complete, including hot and cold water, shower and toilet, air conditioning, walk around queen size bed, 2 televisions, oven/stove, washing machine etc etc … so we can pull up anywhere … and live. It is a great life on the road.

When we did the cancer fundraising show a few weeks ago at Tanunda in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, it was a LONG-LONG drive from Sydney … over three days … there and back … but no complaints.

I have to thank our friends Joan and Phillip Stamper who live in Melbourne. They come along and assist with so many shows. I have known Joan for so many years from my Deniliquin days where we both lived. After Joan’s hubby Jack died a long time ago, we thought it would be the end of her … however, many years later she met her TOYBOY (Phillip) and they married … once again a really nice story. It is wonderful to call them friends.

Many folk ask what happened to Ian and Margy (my road managers for so many-many years?) Well, with so many shows these days………I am performing many venues that have their own grand piano … so Ian doesn’t have to drag my stage piano along … but I really miss our many tours travelling together … however, we still do the occasional shows together.

That’s about all for now folks … stay well and safe always.

Your friend … JADE

 

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A BOX OF JADE'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY DISCOVERED BY DISTRIBUTERS

A box containing 25 copies of Jade's Autobiography has just been discovered by the original distributers. It was discovered when the factory was given an extensive "clean-up".

Anyone wishing to purchase a copy can obtain one by sending a cheque for $45.90 (which includes package and postage) to ...

 

JADE HURLEY MERCHANDISE

P.O.Box 273

MORTDALE ...N.S.W....2223

 

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Jade's "FAVOURITES"

     

    * FAVOURITE MOVIE STAR

Clint Eastwood perhaps the full package (Actor, Movie Producer, Movie Director, Musician)

Australia's Cate Blanchett is all class

    * FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMS

All current affairs programs

    * FAVOURITE AUSSIE TV PERSONALITY

Very easy ... Bert Newton

    * FAVOURITE RADIO STATIONS

Talk-back radio stations

Community radio stations

    * FAVOURITE RADIO PERSONALITY

Most talk back personalities ...too many to choose from

    * FAVOURITE MALE SINGER

My dear friend ... the late Johnny Cash

The "singers" singer ... George Jones

Vince Gill

Ray Charles

* FAVOURITE FEMALE SINGER

My dear friend ... the late Tammy Wynette

Celine Dion

* FAVOURITE ALL-TIME ENTERTAINER

My dear friend ... and the greatest showman/entertainer of all time ... the late LIBERACE

My great mate ... and Australia's King of Rock 'n' Roll ... the late Johnny O'Keefe.

Elvis Presley

* FAVOURITE FOOD  

Thai and chinese (almost anything asian)

A great baked leg of lamb with baked vegies

Pea and ham soup

Lamb shanks

A good steak

* FAVOURITE DRINKS   

Chocolate thick shake (1 every 10 years now)

Galway Pipe port

Green ginger wine and brandy (Jade's Elixer)

* FAVOURITE COLOUR  

Green (of course)

* FAVOURITE RELAXATION  

I really enjoy recording in my own studio

* HOBBIES  

Computers and recording

* FAVOURITE SPORT  

I like all sports

* FAVOURITE SPORTSPERSONS  

Dawn Fraser

Betty Cuthbert

Aussie "Tour De France" superstar ... Cadel Evans

* FAVOURITE FOOTY TEAMS  

Essendon BOMBERS

St George DRAGONS

Brisbane BRONCOS

* MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENTS  

Splitting my pants on stage at Revesby Workers Club

Falling TWO STORIES off the Roof of my home at my farm (and BREAKING MY WRIST) trying to retrieve Twinkie (my Budgie)

Almost swallowing an EXTREMELY LARGE cockroach that crawled into my drink during a show at Lismore RSL Club ... (IT'S IN THE BOOK)

* MOST REWARDING ACHIEVEMENT  

Being "discovered" by Australia's King of Rock 'n' Roll ... the late Johnny O'Keefe

Being presented with my first GOLD RECORD by MIKE WALSH

Being presented with my first PLATINUM RECORD by MIKE WALSH

Being awarded the “ORDER OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL” (OAM) 

* LIKES

Performing

Good Loyal friends

Recording

Travelling overseas

Every member of my Friendship Club

* DISLIKES  

Graffiti ... and the bloody imbeciles who do it

Lying, deceitful and "tricky" politicians.

People who don't return phone calls

Cigarettes

Drugs ... anyone caught dealing ... put them in JAIL ... FOR LIFE ... drugs are KILLING OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

Violence in society

Egomaniacs

Car Hoons

* AMBITION

To stay healthy

To keep entertaining as long as I can

To get to France for the "TOUR DE FRANCE" bike race .. to cheer on the Aussies

To up-date my autobiography (when I can get the time)

 

Jade Hurley Is Indeed

"AUSTRALIA'S KING OF COUNTRY ROCK"