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YVONNE BARRETT (1946-1985)
Article by Michael Robbins (originally written for Wikipedia)
A fine singer who is now, sadly, one of the forgotten figures of the Beat Boom, Perth-born Yvonne Barrett began her career early, commencing ballet lessons at the age of just two and a half. This led to appearances in stage shows such as Sound of Music and Carnival. She took singing leassons in her mid-teens and in 1965 she got her first big break when she passed the audition for Australia's leading pop music TV program The Go! Show. She soon became a regular, performing songs like "Off and Running", "I Walk Alone" and The Toys "A Lovers Concerto". After signing to Go!! Records, Yvonne achieved her biggest chart success in 1965-66 with her version of the Tony Hatch song, "You're The One" b/w " Little People". In Dec 1965 she became one of the first Australian pop performers to tour Vietnam to entertain Australian troops. During 1965-66 Yvonne performed occasionally with The Tridents, a Melbourne band who didn't make it onto vinyl, and also with The Trap (another Melbourne outfit with no recording output) who had a residency at the Winston Charles hotel during 1967-68.
Yvonne's third Go!! single "Don't Bother Callin'" was released in October 1966, but early in 1967 both The Go!! Show and its rival Kommotion were cancelled by the 0-10 Network, and without the support of the show, the Go!! label folded soon after. Despite this setback she continued her career and in 1970 Yvonne was voted a runner-up in the Go-Set Pop Poll. Although she had no further chart success she maintained her considerable popularity through her concerts and appearances on national TV shows such as Uptight and Happening 70-72, doing songs such as, "Always Something There To Remind Me" and Rare Earth's, "Get Ready".
In 1970 she released a one-off single on Columbia, "Lu" (a Laura Nyro song) which featured her big voice with a brassy jazz-rock, Blood Sweat & Tears style arrangement. During the 1970s she moved into session work and club appearances and released her last single for Albert Productions, "No Longer Part Of Your Life" / "Mr 7", in 1972 . In the early 1980s she moved to Sydney but she was murdered in 1985; her spouse was later convicted of the crime. Fortunately, several of Yvonne's performances from The Go!! Show have survived and are now archived on YouTube (see below).
Little People* / You're The One** (Go!! G-5015)
National #58, 10 Weeks, Melbourne #28, Sydney* #3
"Send Her Away" / "Won't Someone Say" (Go!! G-5032)
"Don't Bother Callin' " / "I'm Taking Him Back" (Go!! G-5040)
"Lu" (Laura Nyro) / "Picture Me Gone" (Columbia DO-9062)
"No Longer Part Of Your Life" / "Mr 7" (Albert Productions AP-9839)
Yvonne did not record an LP but several of her singles were included on compilation LPs:
Go!! Hitmakers (Go!! GLP-3002) - "Little People"
Go!! Hitmakers Vol 2 (Go!!) - "You're The One"
Go!! Hitmakers Vol 3 (Go!!) - "Send Her Away"
Go-Set Pop Poll Awards 1970 - "Picture Me Gone" and "Lu"
Girls,Girls,Girls Vol 1 - "Send Her Away"
References / LinksIan McFarlane