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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.
FRIENDSHIP CLUB NEWSLETTER
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