* JADE’S BIOGRAPHY
* JADE’S FAN CLUB (Friendship Club) CHRISTMAS 2017 NEWSLETTER
* PERSONAL FAVORITES
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 National Heart Foundation of Australia … Camp Quality (kids with cancer) … The Australian Cancer Foundation for Medical Research … and numerous others.
JADE’S LATEST FRIENDSHIP CLUB (June 2020) NEWSLETTER
Well…since my last newsletter at Christmas time, who would ever have guessed we would be living in the manner we are and going through the times we are experiencing right now! With some people dying as a result of this dreaded COVID-19 Pandemic! In my view, the Chinese Communist Government (not the Chinese people as a whole) … and the World Health Organisation have a lot to answer for? Will they be brought to account? Time will tell, I suppose.
Having said this, it is terribly sad that so many, mainly elderly folk of which the majority already have health issues, have had to succumb to being burdened by the addition of this obviously dreadful disease … whilst curiously, not many younger people have? But governments are voted in by the people to oversee society as a whole. Speaking of which, I think our government have done a pretty good job securing the total population against what possibly may have happened following what happened in Italy, Spain, United States and England … and NOW, Russia and Iran amongst others is heading in the same direction! However, I am amazed that the Federal, States and Territories individual Governments can get together EVERY WEEK to discuss and make decisions for Australia as a whole, then off go the State’s Premiers and Chief Ministers where they do their own thing making their OWN SEPARATE DECISIONS! It makes a mockery of all the Politicians getting together in the first place, by burdening each State and Territory with a whole set of individual rules…. Sorry, but I just don’t get this? It is as though these Premier’s, Territory bosses and their so-called “MEDICAL EXPERTS” are feeding their egos, EACH COMING UP WITH THEIR OWN “EXPERT” DECISIONS?. How can one State or Territory send their kids to school and others are banned? It seems a little questionable to me or maybe I am wrong? Yet, so many SERIOUS mistakes have been made by highly paid State Ministers, Public Servants and Government Bureaucrats for example, the RUBY PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP! I will be amazed if anyone one is brought to account … THEY ARE ALL DUCKING FOR COVER…Just like the BANKS. There was a ROYAL COMMISSION into the activities of the big 4 Banks … ripping off (FRAUD) MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF HARD EARNED DOLLARS from THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of CUSTOMERS … yet NO ONE IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE OR GOING TO JAIL??? I guarantee, that if you or I created DELIBERATE fraud against ANYONE … WE WOULD BE SHAMED AND JAILED. BUT NO…NOT THE BANK BOSSES and staff members who did this FOR YEARS.Anyway, as I write this newsletter, some States are opening up their coffee shops and restaurants for up to 10 people? Goodness, who decides the number? Why 10? Why not 5 or 25? Yes, I understand the common sense with distancing (even when you have the common cold) … but the unfortunate overkill with a relatively small number of people going to beaches and parks etc and not obeying the agreed NATIONAL rules has penalised the whole population. Such sad and sometimes silly times all round unfortunately. There will ALWAYS be the FEW that spoils it FOR EVERYONE…THAT’S LIFE EH?
Our “3 LEGENDS IN CONCERT” shows with Normie Rowe, Dinah Lee and myself were obviously postponed and have been put forward to re-starting in February 2021 … have a look at the website … www.3legendsinconcert.com … for re-booked dates so far … with many more to come. These times have been DEVASTATING for the ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY as a whole. There are THOUSANDS of entertainers, singers, musicians, producers, roadies, sound and lighting engineers and so many-many-many more … and this is not taking in the VENUES, the Clubs, the MUSTERS and MUSIC FESTIVALS of all genres. The whole industry simply “DIED” OVERNIGHT. So sad for those who don’t have the financial resources to accommodate a disaster of this nature. Our Government have hopefully distributed OUR MONEY “WISELY” … by giving as many people as possible the opportunity to receive money to help get them “THROUGH” these very difficult times! However, our country will be almost, (JUST LIKE MANY COUNTRIES) BANKRUPT because of this ……. Everyone who is alive now will never ever see the financial times that most countries have enjoyed in the past. Once again, the Chinese Communist Government have a lot to answer for.
Am I angry…YES…..you can tell by my writings here.
I will finish before I write something I will regret into the future………..
To those affected (IN ANY WAY) by this Pandemic situation … I feel for you … and I pray that we can all come out the other side of this, healthy and safe.
Take care … JADE
* FAVOURITE MOVIE STAR
Clint Eastwood perhaps the full package (Actor, Movie Producer, Movie Director, Musician)
Australia’s Cate Blanchett is all class…likewise, RUSSELL CROWE
* FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMS
I enjoy current affairs/news based programs
* FAVOURITE AUSSIE TV PERSONALITY
VERY EASY … BERT NEWTON and MIKE WALSH
* 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
* FAVOURITE FEMALE SINGER
My dear friend … the late Tammy Wynette
* FAVOURITE ALL-TIME ENTERTAINER
My dear friend … and the greatest showman/entertainer of all time … the late LIBERACE
My great mate and friend … Australia’s King of Rock ‘n’ Roll (FOREVER) … the late Johnny O’Keefe.
“THE KILLER” … Jerry Lee Lewis … a FABULOUS PIANO PLAYER
* FAVOURITE FOOD
Thai and chinese (almost anything asian)
A great baked leg of lamb with baked vegies
Pea and ham soup
A good steak
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
Recording in my own studio
Computers and recording
* FAVOURITE SPORT
I like all sports
Aussie “Tour De France” superstar … Cadel Evans
* FAVOURITE FOOTY TEAMS
St George DRAGONS
* 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 and PLATINUM RECORD by MIKE WALSH
Being awarded the “ORDER OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL” (OAM)
Good Loyal friends
Every member of my Friendship Club
Graffiti … and the bloody imbeciles who do it
Lying, deceitful and “tricky” politicians.
People who don’t return phone calls
Drugs … anyone caught dealing … put them in JAIL … FOR LIFE … drugs are KILLING OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY
Violence in society
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 OAM Is Indeed
“AUSTRALIA’S KING OF COUNTRY ROCK”