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Allison Durbin

Allison Durbin

Allison Durbin


Allison Durbin (born Auckland, New Zealand, 24 May 1950) is a New Zealand-born Australian former pop singer. In the early 1970s Durbin's visual 'trademark' was her lustrous waist-length auburn hair. Durbin began performing in public in her early teens and after winning a talent contest at an Auckland ballroom, she was signed to Eldred Stebbiing's Zodiac Records at the age of 14 and issued a number of singles on the label. Her third Zodiac single Read more on Last.fm
Allison Durbin (born Auckland, New Zealand, 24 May 1950) is a New Zealand-born Australian former pop singer. In the early 1970s Durbin's visual 'trademark' was her lustrous waist-length auburn hair. Durbin began performing in public in her early teens and after winning a talent contest at an Auckland ballroom, she was signed to Eldred Stebbiing's Zodiac Records at the age of 14 and issued a number of singles on the label. Her third Zodiac single, a cover of Herman's Hermits "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat", out-sold the original in New Zealand and became her first chart hit[1]. She built up a following in New Zealand, recording and fronting the Mike Perjanik Group and she travelled with them to Australia in 1966 for residencies in Sydney.

After nine months in Sydney she left the group to establish a solo career, making numerous appearances on Australian TV pop and variety shows[2]. Durbin's first single for New Zealand HMV, "I Have Loved Me A Man", became a #1 hit in New Zealand and also a hit in Australia. The song won her the 1968 "Loxene Golden Disc Award" at the New Zealand Music Awards and she was named New Zealand Entertainer of the Year in 1969.[3] For three years running (1969, 1970 and 1971), she won Australia’s "Queen Of Pop" award for Best Female Artist.[4] In 1971 she recorded a duet album, Together, with John Farnham, who had been voted Australia's "King Of Pop" during the same years Durbin received her awards[5]. Her other records include: * "Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Man" * "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" * "If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me" (included in the 2001 compilation album The Very Best of Kiwi Country) * "Amerikan Music" (included in Kiwi Classics Volume 6) * "Don't Come Any Closer" (included in [[Give It A Whirl (soundtrack)]]). In the late 1960s Durbin began a relationship with expatriate New Zealand record producer Howard Gable, then a senior A&R manager/house producer for EMI Australia, and they subsequently married and started a family. During the 1970s, as her career waned, Durbin began using heroin and her marriage to Gable ended. In 1985 she publicly acknowledged her battle with drugs and sought treatment at Odyssey House, a drug rehabilitation centre, but she was struck by a car just after her release from the centre, which left her with serious injuries, including a broken jaw.

After she recovered, she worked as a country music singer in the late 1980s.[6] On 1 June 2007, under her married name Allison Giles, she was sentenced to 12 months' jail for cannabis trafficking. One of her co-accused, the man she allegedly supplied with marijuana, was the convicted drug dealer Giuseppe "Joe" Barbaro[7]. [edit] References Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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