* 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 NEWSLETTER
Friendship Club and Media CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER … Posted December 2017
I hope the past few months, since my last newsletter in June, has been good for you and yours.
Well, here we have another Christmas almost upon us … and boy, doesn’t the time go so fast these days? I must be getting old!!
Since my last newsletter, we have done many shows … PLUS … I have released, through HILLCREST RECORDS in CANADA, a brand new single titled “DON’T FLY TOO HIGH” (My Little Bird). I am happy to say that it has taken off with airplay through all of EUROPE, ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND, USA, NEW ZEALAND and AUSTRALIA. The video is available for you to see, on my new website … www.jadehurley.net.
Speaking of my new website, I have to say a HUGE THANK YOU to WAYNE WAPLES who lives in Perth W.A.. I mentioned on Facebook that I was having trouble with my old website and was there anyone out there who could offer some advice or assistance? Well Wayne got in touch with me straight away … and he has been ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. To rebuild a website is a HUGE JOB … Wayne has done a marvelous job of it … I also hope you like the NEW and CLEANER LOOK of the site.
We could talk about so many things that have happened since the last newsletter … but the highlight was our return to Tasmania after many years … and I have to say it was fantastic. After driving from Sydney to Melbourne, we drove the motorhome onto the Spirit of Tasmania ship at Port Melbourne (this is the ship that takes almost EVERYTHING to and from TASMANIA) … HOWEVER, when the ship got about an hour outside of Port Phillip Bay and into Bass Straight, ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE with the ship going up and down, thisaway, then thataway … bloody hell, it was rough all night. Next morning the ship docked at Devonport in Tasmania, and after driving the motorhome off the ship we caught up with old friends who live only ten minutes from Devonport. We had a lovely breakfast with them, then,drove to Kempton, a small town north of Hobart for the first show. This was an outdoor country music show and it was really great. After this show at Kempton, we had to drive the motorhome back up north to Launceston airport, leave it there, fly to Melbourne, pick up a hire car, then drive to Ararat, a country town a couple of hours from Melbourne to do a show that been booked for a long time which we couldn’t cancel. After this show, it was straight back to the airport, then fly back to Launceston, pickup the motorhome, then off to spend a couple of days with our mates. Bloody hell, I was really buggered … but looking forward to the rest of the shows.
The next show was at the Launceston Country Club where I performed at the invitation of Tasmanian Country Music Awards. Much to my surprise, I was given an award for being an AUSSIE LEGEND. God, I thought you had to be DEAD to get these awards … BUT NO … I AM DEFINITELY STILL ABOVE THE GRASS.
It was a wonderful night … and the next day we travelled to Burnie, where we had a FANTASTIC SUNDAY AFTERNOON SHOW with the support of local Tassie country music singer, the FABULOUS GINA TIMMS … who also won an award the night before. This show was in support of KIDS WITH CANCER … with over $2500.00 raised … FANTASTIC.
From Burnie, all the way back down south to Hobart for a show at Wrest Point Casino … but before the show we had a couple of days of sightseeing of which the highlight was a visit to the SALAMANKA MARKETS in Hobart … anyone going to Tassie just HAS to go to these markets … they are one of the best in ALL AUSTRALIA. The show at Wrest Point Casino was HUGE. It was also great to catch up with family members, who live in Hobart.
All of the shows in Tasmania were FANTASTIC … and the tour as a whole, was a great success … but all good things come to an end and it was time to drive the motorhome back on the Spirit of Tasmania ship at Devonport for the return trip to Melbourne. WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT … no sooner did we leave Devonport and once again got about an hour out to sea when ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE…….. AGAIN … THE SEAS WERE TERRIBLE … but we survived, and drove the motorhome off the ship around 7am in Melbourne to do some more shows in Victoria.
The first show was at the VUE GRAND HOTEL inQueenscliffe in about a weeks time, which gave us time to “drop off the planet” at a local caravan park. WELL would you believe, this caravan park was at THE MOUTH OF PORT PHILLIP BAY … AND BASS STRAIGHT. WELL … it rained and blew a GALE for most of the week … and one night we werehaving a coffee in the motorhome and I said to Christine, I had better go out and pull the canopy down as the wind is REALLY STARTING TO BLOW. She said “finish your coffee first” … about two minutes later … WOOSH … A HUGE GUST OF WIND CAME UP AND BLEW THE CANOPY OFF THE SIDE OF THE MOTORHOME … BUGGER. Next morning I had to organize to get some help to strap the “BLOWN TO BITS” banner to the side of the motorhome with cable ties until we got back to Sydney to have it replaced. We did the show at the VUE GRAND which was fantastic … then it was off to the next show at Maryborough at the Highland Society Club … and it was packed to the rafters. The last show was in WANGARATTA at the old Town Hall … organized by the wonderful folk at St Catherine’s in Wangaratta … and once again … it was packed to the rafters. The next morning off on the long trip back to Sydney, with the CABLE TIED BUSTED CANOPY STRAPPED TO THE SIDE OF THE MOTORHOME FLAPPING ALL THE WAY IN THE BREEZE. It is getting fixed, hopefully before Christmas.
The last shows left in 2017 … the first at Ballina RSL, which was great, then off to Caloundra in Southern Queensland to once again return to the Caloundra RSL … and, once again, a full house.
The last two shows are at the SPHINX HOTEL in Geelong … one show at 11am followed by a night time show at 8pm … and that’s it, show wise for 2017.
This Christmas and New Year, Christine and I are off to Bali … HOPEFULLY … that is if that bloody volcano over there stops erupting … HERE’S HOPING.
And here’s hoping you and yours have a Very Merry Christmas … and I sincerely wish everyone and great 2018.
Take care and stay well and safe.
Your friend always.
* 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 and Paul Hogan
* 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.
* 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 Is Indeed
“AUSTRALIA’S KING OF COUNTRY ROCK”