|Born||David Cyril Kent|
3 February 1941
Mount Lawley, Western Australia, Australia
|Occupation||Music history, writer|
|Subject||Rock music, popular culture|
David Cyril Kent (born 3 February 1941)is an Australian music historian and pop culture writer. Kent produced the Kent Music Report, compiling the national music chart from May 1974 to 1996; it was known as the Australian Music Report from 1987. The music reports were a weekly listing of the National Top 100 chart positions of singles and albums. Kent's music reports were used by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) as its official ARIA Charts from mid-1983 until July 1988 when ARIA developed an in-house chart.
Kent continued to publish his Australian Music Report on a weekly basis until 1996.In 1993, Kent collated his charts into a book, Australian Chart Book, 1970–1992. He followed with Australian Chart Book (1940–1969) in 2005, Australian Chart Book (1993–2005) in 2006, and The Australian top 20 book (1940–2006) in 2007.
David Kent was born in Mount Lawley (a suburb of Perth), Western Australia, Australia, to Cyril Kent (an industrial chemist) and Marjorie Goodwin Dalton Kent.
He listened to local radio broadcasts of top hits such as "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley in 1955.
Australia had no nationwide chart system for singles or albums when Kent was a youth.Kent kept his own tally of the positions provided by Sydney radio stations.
In 1958, radio station 2UE provided the first give-away charts in record stores,with the first national chart, compiled for Go-Set by rock journalist Ed Nimmervoll, appearing in October 1966. Kent worked for record companies, EMI and Polygram, and avidly collected record charts as a hobby. For 18 months, Kent researched Australian music charts and developed a ranking system based on radio station charts from around the country, and from May 1974 he compiled the Kent Music Report . Kent's aims were to provide the Australian music industry with information on singles and albums, and to chronicle the history of music tastes. The Kent Music Report was sold commercially after July 1974, and it became the sole nationwide chart following the demise of Go-Set in August.
Kent expanded his business and, from 1976, incorporated actual sales figures to supplement information from radio stations.By 1977, major record companies used his chart information in their advertising. Kent's staff sent surveys to retail stores, collated sales figures together with radio charts by states and then used his ranking system to assemble the national Kent Music Report. By 1982, retail sales by survey was the main source of Kent's reports.
The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) was established by the six major record companies operating in Australia: EMI, Festival Records, CBS (now known as Sony Music), RCA (now known as BMG), WEA (now known as Warner Music) and Polygram (now known as Universal).ARIA licensed the Kent Music Report from mid-1983 to publish the ARIA Charts under its banner until the week ending 26 June 1988. ARIA had established its own research and chart publishing group and now competed with the Kent Music Report.
At the beginning of 1987, the Kent Music Report was renamed the Australian Music Report. It was used by major record companies in preference to ARIA's own charts.Kent continued production of his music reports until 1996, but sold off his interest in the Australian Music Report, which continued to the end of 1998, after which changes in technology, such as barcoding, enabled point-of-sale information to be sent directly to ARIA. This meant that Kent could no longer compile reliable sales information.
In 1993, Kent used his resources to compile charts dating back to 1970. He added information from the weekly Kent Music Report and the Australian Music Report to publish the charts in book form as Australian Chart Book, 1970–1992.He followed that with Australian Chart Book (1940–1969) in 2005, Australian Chart Book (1993–2005) in 2006, The Australian top 20 book (1940–2006) in 2007, and Australian Chart Chronicles (1940–2009).
Songs from the South, subtitled Paul Kelly's Greatest Hits, is a greatest hits album by Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly. It was released on 13 May 1997 by Mushroom Records.
Ph.D. were a British group best known for their UK Top 10 hit "I Won't Let You Down" in April 1982, although the song had been a hit the previous year throughout Europe. The band took its name from the initial letters of its three founding members' surnames; Phillips, Hymas and Diamond. The name was written as Ph.D. so as to be a visual pun on the letters denoting the degree of the same name.
Non-Comprehendus is the debut album from the South Australian rock band Testeagles, which was released on 27 February 2000. It reached No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It provided two singles, "Turn that Shit Up", which reached No. 54 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and "Underdog" (October). The album was produced by Paul McKercher with mixing by American producer-engineer, Ulrich Wild.
"Hit the Road Jack" is a song written by the rhythm and blues artist Percy Mayfield and first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe. It became famous after it was recorded by the singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix, and eventually became one of Charles' signature songs.
The Kent Music Report was a weekly record chart of Australian music singles and albums which was compiled by music enthusiast David Kent from May 1974 through to January 1999. The chart was re-branded the Australian Music Report (AMR) in July 1987. From June 1988, the Australian Recording Industry Association, which had been using the top 50 portion of the report under licence since mid-1983, chose to produce their own listing as the ARIA Charts.
"Too Much Ain't Enough Love" is a song by Australian rock singer, Jimmy Barnes. It was released in October 1987 as the first single from Barnes' 1987 album, Freight Train Heart It was his first Australian No. 1 hit single, while reaching No. 4 on the New Zealand Singles Chart. In the United States it was issued in the following year, which peaked at No. 91 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1988.
"Help Is on Its Way" was written by Glenn Shorrock and was a hit single by the Australian group Little River Band in 1977. It was featured on the album Diamantina Cocktail. The song went to number one in Australia on the Kent Music Report singles chart. The song was the fourth highest selling single by an Australian artist, and eighteenth highest overall for 1977. The song rose to No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
No Reins is a 1986 album by the Little River Band, which reached the top 100 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart. It was the band's last studio album with John Farnham on lead vocals. The March 1997 CD re-release on One Way Records contained two bonus tracks.
Easy is the debut studio album by the Australian rock band the Easybeats, released on 23 September 1965.
Robert Hudson is an Australian singer, radio presenter and archaeologist. His satirical narrative, "The Newcastle Song", topped the Kent Music Report singles chart. He also wrote and recorded, "Girls in Our Town", which was covered by Margret RoadKnight in January 1976 and Judy Small in 1982.
"The Loved One" is a song by Australian R&B, rock band The Loved Ones and was released in May 1966 as the debut single ahead of their extended play, The Loved Ones, which appeared in December. The song also featured on their debut long play album, Magic Box, in October 1967. "The Loved One", which reached No. 2 on the Australian Top 40 singles charts in 1966.
"Put Down That Weapon" is a song by Australian rock bands Midnight Oil. The song was released in December 1987 as the third single from their sixth studio album, Diesel and Dust.
"Wedding Ring" is a song written by Stevie Wright and George Young. It was originally recorded by the Australian rock group the Easybeats in 1965, whose version reached #6 on the Australian charts.
"April Sun in Cuba" is a song recorded by New Zealand group Dragon, released in October 1977. It is the first single to be released from Dragon's fourth studio album Running Free. "April Sun in Cuba" first charted on 7 November 1977, peaking at number 2 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart and staying on the chart for 22 weeks. It also reached number 9 on the New Zealand singles chart.
"The Day That My Heart Caught Fire" is an pop song written by Harry Vanda and George Young. It was recorded by Australian pop singer John Paul Young. The song was released in August 1978 as the second single from Young's fourth studio album Love Is in the Air (1978). The song peaked at number 20 on the Kent Music Report in October 1978.
The discography of Australian rock band The Easybeats.
"For My Woman" is the song written by Stevie Wright and George Young. It was originally recorded by the Australian rock group The Easybeats in 1965 and was their debut single. The single reached number thirty-three in the Australian charts.
Kid Indestructible is the debut extended play album by Australian punk/rock band 28 Days. It was the first release on the newly created Sputnik Records; after being signed to Mushroom label in late 1998. Kid Indestructible was released in May 1999 and peaked at number 69 on the ARIA Charts. The tracks "Kool" and "La Tune" received radio promotional release.
3rd February 1941, Ellesmere Rd., Mt.Lawley (sic)