GREAT SHOW: Julie Paris brings the songs of Petula Clark to the stage in the tribute show Walking Back to Happiness.
GREAT SHOW: Julie Paris brings the songs of Petula Clark to the stage in the tribute show Walking Back to Happiness. Picasa

Tribute show presents hits of the '60s

ANY audience at this Julie Paris tribute show, Walking Back to Happiness, won't have any problem "singing along".

They should be very familiar with the hit songs of the swinging '60s of Helen Shapiro, Sandie Shaw and Petula Clark.

The era appeals to Julie because, like many other Baby Boomers, it's the decade in which she "grew up" partly through the music.

"The '60s for me was a decade when the music gave me solace. I left home at 15, had to fend for myself, and music was my escape, literally. It still evokes that type of feeling for me," she said.

"I have been singing Helen Shapiro songs all my life; she's just one year older than me and I loved her in the early '60s.

"I actually appeared on the first-ever New Faces in Melbourne in February 1964 - I was still 15 years old - with one of Helen's songs and got rave reviews from the judges.

"Helen Shapiro material suits my voice because she was known as 'foghorn' with her low, powerful voice and I have a somewhat similar voice.

"Many of the other singers of the era - Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield - had soprano voices, but Helen's suits me down to the ground."

Julie wanted to keep the focus of the show on UK singers from the '60s.

"I needed to include other artists as support acts, and also a two-hour show covering just one artist might be a bit much.

"Petula's and Sandie's songs are songs that suit my voice, albeit that they both had slightly higher registers than me.

"And Sandie Shaw is almost never covered in tribute shows so she will be a novelty.

"I saw Petula in Brisbane three years ago - she was aged 80 then - and was so impressed with her, I wanted to pay homage to her in my show."

The show will be launched on May 10, complete with three backing singers, three musicians and compere.

Julie said the audience would be taking a "trip down memory lane"and the artists on stage would be the age of the audience members.  

"This is a show that I've been dreaming about producing and performing for maybe 50 years. The time seems to be right and I am confident that the audience will be there, and will join us in this experience."

Julie started singing around Sydney dances in late '63 with bands such as the Joy Boys, and then was a regular at Melbourne Town Hall dances during 1964.

After moving to Brisbane in late '64, she worked for the entrepreneur Ivan Dayman at such venues as Cloudland, Mersey City (Festival Hall) and on Channel 9's Teen Beat.

Walking Back to Happiness will be at the Sharks Events Centre, Olsen Ave, Southport, on Wednesday, May 10.Doors open at 6pm. Tickets, at $30, can be booked with www.

Call 0414878062 for more.

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