Graeham Goble

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Background information
Birth nameGraham George Goble
Born (1947-05-15) 15 May 1947 (age 71)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Genres Pop, soft rock
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar
Years active1966–present
Labels RCA, Gamba, Fable, Bootleg, EMI, Capitol, MCA, Universal, Origin Music
Associated acts
Website graehamgoble.com

Graeham George Goble (born 15 May 1947) [1] is an Australian musician, singer/songwriter and record producer, best known as a founding member of Australian rock group Little River Band (LRB).

Musician person who performs or composes music

A musician is a person who plays a musical instrument or is musically talented. Anyone who composes, conducts, or performs music is referred to as a musician. A musician who plays a musical instrument is also known as an instrumentalist.

A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics or composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated with writing and composing the original musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.

Record producer Individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

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As a performer, Goble was responsible for the vocal arrangements and high harmonies on eleven studio albums and numerous Top 10 singles with LRB. As a songwriter he penned songs like "Reminiscing", "Lady", "Take It Easy on Me" and "The Other Guy" each played millions of times on radio. [1] As a producer, Goble's credits include John Farnham's Uncovered album in 1980 and his own catalog of recordings.

Reminiscing 1978 single by Little River Band

"Reminiscing" is a 1978 song written by Graeham Goble, and performed by Australian rock music group Little River Band. It remains their greatest success in the United States, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #10 on the Easy Listening chart. The song is about a couple reminiscing about the past, with certain music reminding them of certain memories.

Lady (Little River Band song) 1979 song performed by Little River Band

"Lady" is a 1978 song written by Graeham Goble, and performed by Australian rock music group Little River Band. It was the second single release from their Sleeper Catcher album. The song was their second Top 10 hit in the U.S., peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 1979 and #7 on the Easy Listening chart.

Take It Easy on Me 1981 song performed by Little River Band

"Take It Easy on Me" is a song by Australian soft rock band Little River Band, from the album Time Exposure. Released as a single in 1981, the song reached #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song was written by band member Graeham Goble and produced by British record producer George Martin.

Goble is a keen student of concepts such as spirituality; he changed his first name from Graham to Graeham as a consequence of his interest in numerology and feng shui. [2]

Spirituality philosophical / theological term

The meaning of spirituality has developed and expanded over time, and various connotations can be found alongside each other.

Numerology any study of the purported divine, mystical or other special relationship between a number and some coinciding observed (or perceived) events

Numerology is any belief in the divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. It is also the study of the numerical value of the letters in words, names, and ideas. It is often associated with the paranormal, alongside astrology and similar divinatory arts.

Feng shui Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment

Feng shui or fengshui, also known as Chinese geomancy, is a pseudoscience originating from China, which claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the passage of the now-lost Book of Burial recorded in Guo Pu's commentary: Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy. The feng shui practice discusses architecture in terms of "invisible forces" that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi.

Early career

Goble was born in Adelaide, and was drawn to music, in particular its harmonies, at an early age. "My early influences were bands like The Beatles, The Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bread and I always wanted to be in a band with harmonies. ... From my very first band we had 3 part harmonies" [3]

Adelaide City in South Australia

Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and the fifth-most populous city of Australia. In June 2017, greater Adelaide had an estimated resident population of 1,333,927. Adelaide is home to more than 75 percent of the South Australian population, making it the most centralised population of any state in Australia.

The Beatles English rock band

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The line-up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr led the band to be regarded as the foremost and most influential in history. With a sound rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to the evolution of pop music into an art form, and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. They often incorporated elements of classical music, older pop forms, and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways, and in later years experimented with a number of musical styles ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As they continued to draw influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical and lyrical sophistication grew, and they came to be seen as embodying the era's sociocultural movements.

The Hollies English pop group formed in Manchester in the early 1960s

The Hollies are a British pop/rock group best known for their pioneering and distinctive three-part vocal harmony style. The Hollies became one of the leading British groups of the 1960s and into the mid 1970s. It was formed by Allan Clarke and Graham Nash in 1962 as a Merseybeat-type music group in Manchester, although some of the band members came from towns further north in East Lancashire. Graham Nash left the group in 1968 to form the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Starting out as a drummer, Goble quickly progressed to the banjo. "As soon as I had a stringed instrument in my hands I suddenly had all these melodies." [2] Thereafter came the transition to guitar.

Banjo musical instrument

The banjo is a four-, five-, or six-stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator, called the head, which is typically circular. The membrane is typically made of plastic, although animal skin is still occasionally used. Early forms of the instrument were fashioned by Africans in the United States, adapted from African instruments of similar design. The banjo is frequently associated with folk, Irish traditional, and country music. Banjo can also be used in some rock songs. Many rock bands, such as The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and The Allman Brothers, have used the five-string banjo in some of their songs. Historically, the banjo occupied a central place in African-American traditional music and the folk culture of rural whites before entering the mainstream via the minstrel shows of the 19th century. The banjo, along with the fiddle, is a mainstay of American old-time music. It is also very frequently used in traditional ("trad") jazz.

A number of bands followed in quick succession: The Silence (1966–67), Travis Wellington Hedge (1968), Allison Gros (1969–71) and Drummond (1971). Each of these bands was recorded, [4] [5] and Goble fans are always keen to hunt down the vinyl.

Allison Gros recorded their first single ("Naturally") on the Gamba label. Record producer David Mackay, impressed with this record, brought the band to the attention of Ron Tudor, owner of the Fable label. Tudor arranged for Allison Gros to travel from Adelaide to Melbourne where the band recorded two singles, "If I Ask You" and "All The Days".

Timeline
1966 The Silence
1968 Travis Wellington Hedge
1969 Allison Gros (aka Drummond)
1972 Mississippi
1975 Little River Band

(including Birtles & Goble 1978–1980)
1986Band on hiatus
1988 Little River Band
1989 Broken Voices
1991 Graham Goble (including The Graham Goble Encounter 1993)
2002 Birtles Shorrock Goble
2007 Graeham Goble

The members of Allison Gros were recruited to record the song "Daddy Cool" but their Chipmunk version was so atypical that they recorded under the fictitious name Drummond. [6] Drummond would provide Goble with his first Number 1 hit single, albeit through unusual circumstances. The Australian band Daddy Cool released their debut album in July 1971. That album contained the eponymous song "Daddy Cool", however, the song was overshadowed by the monster hit "Eagle Rock". The website milesago.com reports their achievement thus: "Drummond's dopey Chipmunks-style assault on the vintage rocker Daddy Cool was a blatant cash-in on the success of Daddy Cool the group, who had covered it on their first LP and had taken their name from it. Incomprehensibly, Drummond's version became one of the biggest Australian hits of the year, knocking Daddy Cool's Eagle Rock off the No. 1 spot." [7] "Daddy Cool" would remain on top of the charts for seven weeks from 6 September. The song is available for listening here: [8]

The success of the hit song "Daddy Cool" brought about greater awareness of Allison Gros/Drummond and led to a recording contract with the new independent record label Bootleg. The band morphed yet again, this time adopting the name Mississippi. Still consisting of Goble, Russ Johnson and John Mower, the band was augmented by session musicians for the recording of their first, self-titled album. [9]

The first single released by Mississippi would provide Goble with his first chart success as a songwriter, the song "Kings of the World" climbing to the Top 5. [1] The album Mississippi would attract further success, receiving the ARIA Award for Best Group Album of 1972, with "Kings of the World" awarded Best Group Single. [10]

With a successful album and single behind them, Mississippi decided to hit the road. To fill out their live sound, the band was enhanced by the addition of top musicians including Beeb Birtles (an ex-member of the band Zoot, he had emigrated as a child from The Netherlands to Goble's home town of Adelaide) and drummer Derek Pellicci. The first appearance of the expanded Mississippi took place on 28 October 1972 at Corbould Hall, Ballarat. [11] With various personnel changes, but always including Goble, Birtles and Pellicci, Mississippi would go on to notch up over 400 live performances in 1972–74. [12]

England was still the proving ground for aspiring Australian bands in the seventies. Mississippi decided to try their luck overseas on the back of encouraging interest in their album. [9] So, in April 1974, the band sailed off as the resident band on the Fairsky, playing 28 nights during the voyage. [12]

Prior to their departure, Mississippi recorded a single consisting of the songs "Will I" and "Where in the World". The latter song marked the first co-written song for Goble and Birtles, and Birtles recalls that "it's still one of my favourites to this day." The song is available for listening here: [13]

The British venture proved to be disastrous. As Beeb Birtles recalls, "our management booked us to play the absolute worst disco gigs in and around London and it wasn't too long before we all knew the writing was on the wall. Mississippi fell apart in a matter of months. While the band members took temporary jobs and Goble headed off for a belated honeymoon, the core members Goble, Birtles and Pellicci still believed that the band had a future. They enlisted ex-Masters Apprentices bassist Glenn Wheatley as manager and recruited the very experienced Glenn Shorrock (formerly with The Twilights and Axiom ) as lead singer and frontman. It was agreed that the nucleus of the new band would meet in Melbourne in January 1975.

Little River Band

The nucleus of Goble, Birtles, Pellicci, new boy Shorrock and manager Wheatley kicked off the revitalised venture. Guitarists Ric Formosa and Roger McLachlan were recruited to complete the sound of the band. The new group performed in public for the first time in March 1975, still known as Mississippi. [14] The new name Little River Band followed soon after, taken from a road sign to the town of Little River as the band travelled to a performance in Geelong. [15]

As principal composer, vocal arranger and co-producer, and with strong interest in the band's on-stage performance and day-to-day administration, Goble would soon come to be known as the "father figure" of the band. Glenn Shorrock put it less kindly, stating that "it's like having a policeman onstage with you every night". [14] The creative tension, competition and differing personalities within the band would also fuel its subsequent rise to international stardom. As George Martin would later remark, "That's what makes these acts what they are. It's a matter of harnessing this energy they have." [14]

Contributing three of the nine songs on the band's eponymous first album, Goble was pipped for the first two Australian singles, those being Birtles' "Curiosity Killed The Cat" and Shorrock's "Emma". His epic eight-and-a-half-minute "It's A Long Way There" was edited for American radio and garnered much interest and airplay. With a gold album, an opening set for Queen in Hyde Park and a European tour, the band was off to a remarkable start. Guitarist Formosa and bassist McLachlan were replaced by David Briggs and George McArdle on the eve of the band's departure.

Goble and Little River Band continued a hectic combination of writing, recording and touring as the band built a solid international reputation, now headlining large concerts in their own right. Further hit songs flowed from Goble's pen, such as "Reminiscing" and "Lady". Glenn Wheatley acknowledged his overall contribution to the band:

"Graham was meticulous in every detail. He drove people crazy with his fanaticism but you had to respect and admire him for his absolute perseverance and his ability to write a good song. Without such songs we had nothing. Graham wrote some classics. He is also very intelligent, as I discovered in our many late-night discussions. Through all his quirks he is a very interesting human being." [14]

As Wheatley diversified into other management and radio interests, Goble stepped up his influence in Little River Band. He recruited bassist Wayne Nelson to replace the departing McArdle and to undertake some lead vocal work. Beatles producer George Martin agreed to produce the next album Time Exposure. The recording sessions in Montserrat were tumultuous as internal friction rended the band. Yet the resulting album was a huge success, reaching the Top 10 and gold record status in the USA. [10] Subsequently, Stephen Housden replaced Briggs on lead guitar.

It was Goble who acted as spokesman for the others in moving to have foundation lead vocalist Shorrock replaced by John Farnham. The next US single, Goble's "The Other Guy", reached the Top 10 and a greatest hits compilation achieved platinum status. By the end of 1983 Billboard magazine reported that Little River Band was the only act to reach the Top 10 every year for the previous five years.

As the band slowly began to slip from its glory days, Goble fought to keep it fresh and innovative. Original drummer Pellicci left and was replaced by Steve Prestwich from Cold Chisel, David Hirschfelder joined as the band's first permanent keyboard player and Beeb Birtles, Goble's team mate for more than a decade, left the band. The album Playing To Win featured a more raunchy sound from the band, now known simply as LRB. According to Goble, "that lineup [Goble, Nelson, Housden, Farnham, Prestwich and Hirschfelder] was the most talented LRB lineup that I had ever played in." [16] "The live performances were so inspiring that I enjoyed playing live as much as recording. I count myself privileged to have experienced playing and singing with this line-up." [3] The sales and the audiences diminished, however, and after the album No Reins Capitol did not renew the band's recording contract. Farnham left to pursue a solo career, later saying:

"There were some strong personalities in that band, Graham especially, and very strongly self-motivated. The membership changes down the line had something to do with the failure. The way we approached it was always very safe - never very adventurous. We never stuck our necks out." [17]

Remarkably, Goble convinced Shorrock and Pellicci to rejoin the band. A recording contract with MCA produced two underrated albums, Monsoon and Get Lucky (plus an international compilation of these known as Worldwide Love). Past success was not forthcoming, however, and Goble retired from the band, first as a touring member and subsequently altogether. He would make his last appearance with LRB at the Brisbane Hilton Hotel on 21 April 1989. [18] Goble would later say:

"Little River Band no longer had a recording contract and there was no immediate possibility of recording. I always preferred recording to 'live work' and when the future of the band appeared to be just playing the greatest hits for the rest of its life, then I knew it was time for me to leave." [3]

Goble sums up the LRB experience thus:

"There's been six bands from Australia that have made an impact in America. How incredible was our destiny to be one of the very few out of all these incredible bands. Think about the thousands of acts that tried - it's an extraordinary achievement." [16]

Songwriting

Goble has been seriously writing songs since he was 16:

"I still write my songs the same way as when I first began. Usually an idea comes while I'm playing my acoustic guitar, but songs often come to me at any time of the day when I'm not playing my guitar. I sometimes dream complete compositions." Graham Goble (1997) [3]

"I hear everything at once – melody, lyrics, it just comes in. There's a feeling that comes over me and I know that there's a song trying to come through. It's sort of like I'm taken over or someone's trying to contact me; I really believe very much that I'm in some ways channeling this thing. Because when I write a song it's always done very quickly, completed in 20 minutes or maybe half an hour. I never labour anything, or very rarely. The only labouring I've ever done in songwriting might be when I've completed a work, a song, and there might be a couple of lyrics I don't like, so sometimes I might sit with those and really put some brain power in how to fix up the lines. But for the most part it comes to me, it comes in and I can hear the whole thing finished with harmonies and everything." Graeham Goble (2001) [2]

By 1976 Goble was in the American Top 30 with his ""It's A Long Way There", the first international hit for Little River Band. Two years later, he was in the Billboard chart at Number 3 with the memorable "Reminiscing".

Reminiscing

Just as Cole Porter will always be remembered for "Night and Day" and Paul McCartney for "Yesterday", Graeham Goble will forever be associated with his most popular song "Reminiscing". First appearing on the album Sleeper Catcher in 1978, Goble had to fight to have it included:

"I loved watching old black and white movies, and I always also loved the music of Glenn Miller and Cole Porter, that whole era of writing, and it was my attempt to write a song to depict the romantic era. It came out very quickly, I wrote it in about half an hour. Even though a lot of people think it sounds complicated, on the guitar it's very simple to play. It nearly never got recorded - when the time came to record it, the keyboard player I wanted to use, Peter Jones, was out of town, so we cut the band track with a different keyboard player. It didn't work. A few days later when we tried it again with a different keyboard player, again it didn't work, and the band was losing interest in the song. Just before the album was finished, Peter Jones came back into town, the band and I had an argument because I wanted to give Reminiscing a third chance. Peter played on it, we cut it, and finished it, and sent the album to Capitol. Capitol said that they couldn't hear any singles on the album, and didn't know what to release. Five weeks later, someone at Capitol's New York office said 'You're all crazy, Reminiscing is a smash.' Capitol put it out, and it just immediately caught on fire, and became our highest chart hit." [16]

"It's quite staggering; you don't realise you've written something like that until it happens, until it's history." [19]

In her autobiography, John Lennon's erstwhile lover May Pang describes how much Lennon enjoyed the song. "We spent the whole afternoon in bed, getting up only to play Reminiscing again and again. We must have listened to the song eight or nine times." [20]

The legendary Frank Sinatra also regarded the song very highly, saying that it was "the best 1970s song in the world". [1]

Over the years, "Reminiscing" would appear regularly on AOR and oldies radio stations. On February 3, 2014, Goble received a Five Million-Air Award for five million airplays of "Reminiscing" in the United States. [21]

"Reminiscing" has been interpreted by a variety of artists over the years. Some examples follow, with links to a sample of that interpretation:

The entire original Little River Band version on Sleeper Catcher (1978) may be heard here: [35] and compared with samples of their live versions on:

The complete original video clip is available for viewing here: [38]

Other songs

Here are Goble's thoughts on other songs that he has written:

"It's a Long Way There": "I wrote that song about how I moved to another state and I missed Adelaide a lot. I used to drive home 8–10 hours each month to visit my family. That's where the title came from. And then as we used to play 7 nights a week, we were battling for material, we'd go for very long jams on that song, sometimes 20 minutes at a time. And during the long outros, I would hear and come up with different passages, so I would often jot them down and rehearse them and add or take out a bit here and there. Today, I believe that the lyric is about a personal journey, a journey through lifetimes to your soul evolution." [16]

"Mistress of Mine": "I thought that was the best thing we'd ever recorded. It was Glenn [Shorrock]'s best vocal." [2] "We found it to be a favourite song of lots of people and surprisingly Glenn's father who has now passed away and my father who has also passed away, Glenn and I have both learnt that it was their favourite song." [39] The lyrics of this song were inspired by some Humphrey Bogart movie dialogue.

"The Night Owls": "I felt a lot of my songs were being passed over because Glenn didn't feel a connection with them. When Wayne Nelson joined the band, I wrote "The Night Owls" for his higher voice range." [16]

"We Two": "There's one lyric in "We Two" that's just about my favourite. [We make it so hard to find love, to feel free, to be fresh out of school]. I wrote that while watching a movie, too. [The movie was Bobby Deerfield ]. It was in Europe, he was a racing car driver and this girl was dying of cancer. He loved her, but she wouldn't tell him that she was dying. One time she left and went on a balloon ride." [19]

"Lady": "A girl (I never met) inspired "Lady" when she danced in front of Mississippi at the Matthew Flinders Hotel, Melbourne 1973."

Altogether, 58 of Goble's songs have had airplay in the United States with total airplay of 13 million. [1]

Side projects

Despite his busy schedule recording and touring with LRB, and his commitment to writing songs, Goble found time for a number of side projects.

The Last Romance

By 1978 the prolific writers, Goble and Birtles, had amassed many songs that had missed the cut for LRB albums.

"We had an eight album contract with Capitol but there was also the option to do duo albums or solo albums. We really wanted to do a duo album because we had a lot of material, particularly songs that didn't suit LRB because Glenn (Shorrock) didn't feel comfortable with some of the songs." Graeham Goble (2003) [39]

A deal was struck with EMI Australia whereby the duo went into the studio and recorded the album The Last Romance as Birtles & Goble. [40] Released in 1979, the album's first single "I'm Coming Home" was a Top 10 hit in Australia. A video may be seen here: [41]

The second single "Lonely Lives" (view video here: [41] ) did not fare as well. Birtles & Goble did not record as a duo again. Goble believes the album would have performed better with more promotion:

"If The Last Romance album had been successful, I expect that Beeb and I would have left Little River Band and recorded as a duo, e.g. Hall & Oates . Our record company (Capitol) were concerned about this possibility and so our album received little support. It was a great experience to record The Last Romance and it remains one of my favorite recordings." [3]

Uncovered

Australian singer and soon-to-be LRB frontman John Farnham chose Graeham Goble to produce his 1980 album Uncovered. Aside from production and vocal arrangement, Goble also wrote or co-wrote nine of the ten songs on the album. [42] The album reached Number 20 in the Australian album chart. One song, the Goble-written "Please Don't Ask Me" was subsequently considered for the LRB album The Net but failed to make the cut. It was released instead on the LRB rarities album Too Late to Load . The LRB version of the song was also used during the opening titles of their 1983 HBO television program Live in Melbourne. The song would be given a third outing on Goble's 1995 album Stop, this time sung by Steve Wade. That version may be heard here: [43]

Goble rates this song as his best: "Please Don't Ask Me is one of the songs I've written that really could become a world standard." [19]

After LRB

Freed of his commitment to LRB (and touring in particular), Goble was able to indulge his passion for carefully crafted and meticulous studio recordings. His first offering was the 1990 album Broken Voices for which he was composer, producer, vocal arranger, harmony vocalist and acoustic guitarist. [44] Goble recruited Susie Ahern to provide lead vocals.

On his next two offerings Goble again eschewed the role of lead vocalist, offering that responsibility to Steve Wade on the albums Nautilus (1993) and Stop (1995). (Ironically, Wade would go on to take over lead vocals for Little River Band when Shorrock left for the second time in 1996.)

A chance meeting between Goble and Glenn Shorrock in 2001 (and a subsequent telephone call to Beeb Birtles) would lead to these three original members of LRB reforming as a group. Frustrated by their inability to refer directly to their Little River Band antecedence (another band member now owns the rights to the name), the trio perform as Birtles Shorrock Goble (BSG). They have undertaken a number of Australian tours, released a live CD Full Circle and scored a gold award for the live DVD of the same name. [45] To date, the chance to join the lucrative classic rock arena tours in Europe and the USA has eluded BSG.

A Goble composition ("Praise") was included on the 2003 Boots and All album by singer Peter Brocklehurst. The song reinforced Goble's reputation for creating powerful emotive lyrics. At the requiem mass for Bishop John Heaps of Sydney it was noted that the lyrics of "Praise" evoked a deep response in him and brought him to tears. [46]

In 2006 Goble finally released an album as lead singer. The Days Ahead is an optimistic collection of songs that is characteristic of the Goble style. The CD includes the bitter-sweet song "Someone's Taken Our History" that reflects on the history and legacy of Little River Band. That song (and a music video) have prompted considerable discussion and controversy.

Goble released a further solo album Let It Rain in 2008. A featured track is the complex "Initiation Suite" which Goble describes as follows:

"From a very young age I had a "sense" that I was meant to write an important piece of music. When I commenced writing my "Initiation Suite", I knew the moment had arrived.

Using the fairytale as inspiration, I've tried to tell the story of a person's life, from beginning to end & beyond, with all the stages (ups & downs, trial & tribulations) in between.

It's the universal story of mankind. The story has been told many times before, but this may be the first time it's been put into musical form, particularly the rock/popular music form.

Like the fairytale, my "Initiation Suite" has 12 sections (or periods) of a person's life experience on earth." [47]

Of the eleven tracks on the CD, two have been heard previously (albeit in different contexts). "Heart & Soul" appeared on the Birtles Shorrock Goble live DVD Full Circle (with Glenn Shorrock singing lead). "Let It Rain" was performed at the Farmhand Concert for Drought Relief and also popped up at some Birtles Shorrock Goble concerts in 2002. [48] As he has done before, Goble recruited former Little River Band musicians to contribute to the album, including David Briggs, George McArdle, Roger McLachlan, Kevin Murphy and James Roche.

Awards

Among Graeham Goble's numerous career awards, his four Million-Air Awards are arguably the most impressive. Presented by BMI for American radio airplay in excess of one million, Goble's tally currently stands at five million plays for "Reminiscing", four million for "Lady" and one million each for "Take It Easy on Me" and "The Other Guy". [1]

Goble has achieved more than 50 awards across four decades for songwriting, recording and performing, including:

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

Goble's many awards are detailed on his website. [10]

Personal life

Graeham Goble has spent much of his adult life in the study of spirituality and related concepts:

"I believe very much in Spiritual Realms. I've undertaken a lot of Spiritual study - not religious study, but Spiritual study. There's a big difference. I believe in Guardian Angels and Higher Realms. My studies have taught me that when we sleep our soul leaves our body and has interaction with the Spiritual Realms. I've moved through lots of different beliefs and arrived at Rudolf Steiner." [19]

Goble currently lives in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. "I think the quality of what I'm doing is very high and the songs are very meaningful because I've lived a lot now. I've written from the point of view of somebody who's been through the mill and come out the other side." [49]

Discography

Graeham Goble has recorded with the groups The Silence, Travis Wellington Hedge, Allison Gros, Drummond, Mississippi, Little River Band and Birtles Shorrock Goble.

In February 2009, The Silence released a CD of their songs commemorating the 42nd anniversary of their music. All songs were written by Goble. The CD is available at Goble's website.

The following albums represent his personal recording projects.

AlbumTrack ListingReview
  • The Last Romance
  • Birtles & Goble
  • Released in 1979

1) Lonely Lives
2) Last Romance
3) I'm Coming Home
4) I Didn't Stand A Chance
5) He Gives Us All His Love
6) The Netherlands
7) Into My Life
8) You'll Never Change Your Mind
9) How I Feel Tonight
10) Whales

"After the successful release of 'First Under The Wire', Beeb Birtles and Graeham Goble had composed so many songs that had not been used by LRB and were very keen to be put out as a duo. They decided to produce this album, opening with the fantastic Lonely Lives. The album comes quite romantic and slow, so in my opinion it was a good decision not to have these songs released as LRB material. There is a special quality between Beeb and Graeham only heard on this recording and on the song I Don't Worry No More from the 'Backstage Pass' release. In the meantime the album was [thankfully] re-released on CD in 1997. LRB members such as David Briggs on guitars, George McArdle on bass and Derek Pellicci on drums joined the two in the studio, together with other session musicians." [50]

  • Broken Voices
  • Broken Voices
  • Released in 1990

1) Lessons of Love
2) Halls of Justice
3) Restless Heart
4) Into Your Arms
5) I Have No Words
6) Secret Affair
7) Wanted
8) Your Secret Is Out
9) Tangled Skeins
10) I've Got Everything

"Broken Voices seems to be a side project from Little River Band leader Graham Goble. But it appears to start from a reference point of LRB's best albums "Playing to Win" and "No Reins".

In Lessons of Love the LRB connection from the "No Reins" period is clear but there's something more to it as well. While being vaguely poppy it's more overtly AOR than LRB. The production also reeks of quality and sounds big budget while also being layered in the same way that Trevor Rabin's solo work is. Every sound is big, but there's still lots of space around the individual instruments. Halls of Justice shows you what that something else is, as it gets closer to Rick Springfield rather than LRB. These qualities of being poppy yet powerful, and direct yet engaging continue throughout the whole album and it's very hard to find a poor song anywhere.

Vocalist Susie Ahern is a real find and has superb range to the point where she sounds like a genetically engineered combination of John Farnham and Pat Benatar! Overall luscious textured, very melodic, dynamic, enthralling and completely uplifting with its huge depth..." [51]

  • Nautilus
  • The Graham Goble Encounter
  • Released in 1993

1) Can't Eat, Can't Sleep
2) 'Til Tonight
3) Full Circle
4) She Tells You, You Tell Me
5) Addicted To You
6) You Never Cry
7) I've Been Broken
8) Into The Silence
9) My Heart's Desire
10) It's Over, At Last

"Let's take a rare excursion into ex Little River Band guitarist Graham Goble's solo career. As with his previous outfit, the material here is as melodic as it comes. Graham plays nearly all of the instruments, though he gets some specific help from the gifted singer Steve Wade. The songs on 'Nautilus' have been given the superlative production 'treatment'. Airy, full of atmosphere, and musical drama. 'Exquisite' is a good choice of word I think, with the whole thing produced in Graham's own studios in Melbourne. You can detect that Graham has spent many hours getting this album 'just right' and it shows.

The musical arrangements on their own would sound great, but with Wade adding his John Farnham/Jack Jones (Southern Sons) flavored vocals, the songs literally spring to life. Can't Sleep Can't Eat is a bright start to the album, happy and uplifting. Full Circle is a stop/start affair, with staccato keyboard passages through the middle, while the pairing of Into The Silence and My Hearts Desire are ensconced in the land of AOR, the latter in particular is a superb track. Two 'must listen to' tracks are the lyrical anguish of She Tells You, You Tell Me, (a song about cheating and lying), and the subtle drama of You Never Cry, a song about relationship struggles. Both tracks despite the lyrical content, are gloriously rich arrangement-wise.

Any follower of quality melodic rock would do well to invest some time trying to track down Goble's albums." [52]

  • Stop
  • Graham Goble
  • Released in 1995

1) Two Emotions
2) Dressed to the Best
3) Stop
4) Please Don't Ask Me
5) Crazy Over You
6) Magic Time-Frame
7) The Waiting Game
8) For The Love of You
9) Wanted
10) Time & Eternity

"Nice to see one of the mainstays from the Little River Band (LRB) find his niche in the melodic rock world, and in true accomplished style too! Goble, along with stalwarts Beeb Birtles, Glenn Shorrock, Derek Pellici [sic], etc really was a rock icon in Australia for many years. With LRB's changing of the guard through the years, Goble moved his focus into production, and has so far released some rather great stuff while on his own. The LRB connection is quite strong with contributions from ex and current members. Goble released his 'Nautilus' album in 1993, and it was a great atmospheric slice of melodic rock, with well produced keys and programming, and vocals from the rather awesome Steve Wade. If you heard songs like Til Tonight, She Tells You, You Tell Me, and You Never Cry you'll understand the atmospheric tag. The tradition continues with this album 'Stop' released two years on (funnily enough on a German label). The style is pretty much the same as the predecessor album 'Nautilus', well crafted melodic rock with strong hi-tech influences and a hint of acoustic guitar coming through as well.

Proceedings kick off with the AOR anthem Two Emotions, bringing back immediate memories of LRB circa 'Playing To Win'. Most awesome. In fact, LRB do their own version of this very song on their 1990 album 'Get Lucky'. Things funk up a bit in a hi-tech sort of way with Dressed to the Best. Next up is the title track Stop, an AOR acoustic/organ flavoured workout. The harmony vocals on this song have to be heard to be believed! Steve Wade sings his proverbial a*** off on this one. Stunning to say the least. Please Don't Ask Me heads off in a direction similar to Alfie Zappacosta's 'Quick Don't Ask Any Questions' album from 1991, a sort of modern AOR jazz number. It works though. We kick into hi-tech overdrive with Magic Time Frame, with drum machines keeping the high stepping beat together, while radio friendly AOR reappears in the form of For The Love of You and Wanted, the latter has a seventies feel to it, similar to early LRB material or Al Stewart and is quite nice though perhaps slightly out of sync with the rest of the album. We finish off with perhaps the most AOR track on the album, the pulsing Time And Eternity, where all the great names of melodic rock appear in the space of three minutes! Pick the comparisons on this one!! You'll have a field day.

Great production, strong and interesting songs, and that voice ... Just to note, Steve Wade has also sung with LRB." [53]

  • The New Nautilus
  • Graham Goble
  • Released in 1999

1) Can't Eat, Can't Sleep
2) 'Til Tonight
3) Addicted To You
4) She Tells You, You Tell Me
5) Restless Heart
6) You Never Cry
7) I've Found You
8) Into The Silence
9) My Heart's Desire
10) It's Over, At Last

"Simply using his own name Graham Goble released this limited edition of his 1993 record. The song list is a little different to the initial CD release, the well-known LRB tune Full Circle and the song I've Been Broken were replaced by Restless Heart (a song that also appeared on the Broken Voices album) and I've Found You." [54]

  • The Days Ahead
  • Graeham Goble
  • Released in September 2006

1) In The Beginning
2) Fragile Heart
3) I'd Rather Be With You
4) First Time
5) No One (Just You)
6) This Train
7) The Man Nobody Loved
8) Somebody Please
9) You Can't Hold Me
10) The Days Ahead
11) Someone's Taken Our History

"This is easily Graeham's finest solo effort, as he returns to the simpler, guitar-dominant instrumentation that was a hallmark of early Little River Band. The true instruments, however, are the harmonies. On this record, Graeham himself handles the lead vocals--and while his voice isn't as powerful as Steve Wade's (or John Farnham's, for that matter), he can certainly hit the right notes, which in itself is an achievement considering Graeham writes such difficult harmonies. The finest example of this comes on the controversial final cut on the album, Someone's Taken Our History. As if to mock the vocal talent in Little River Band's current lineup, Graeham lays down the vocal gauntlet in the line "they can stand on the stage, but they don't have our DNA!" Whether or not you are a fan of the current LRB lineup, you'll find yourself playing this track over and over again, just so you can hear Graeham sing that one line (you'll hear Glenn Shorrock on backing vocals for this song also). Highly recommended... this album whets my appetite for a new album from Birtles, Shorrock, and Goble!" [55]

  • Let It Rain
  • Graeham Goble
  • Released in May 2008

1) Almost Here
2) The Boy Inside
3) Loneliness
4) Distant Blue
5) Crossfire
6) You Knew Me
7) Heart & Soul
8) Heart & Soul (Reprise)
9) Will-O'-The-Wisp
10) Initiation Suite
11) Let It Rain

"When Graeham Goble says that the centrepiece of his new album Let It Rain, the Initiation Suite, is the most important piece of music he's ever written we should believe him.

The ambitious sixteen and a half-minute suite came to life when Graeham's own life was at the crossroads. The attempt to reunite Little River Band had come and gone. Graeham's endeavour to carry on by recording his songs with others had also come to nothing. He realised that the future of his music now depended entirely on himself. Also, at the same time, his marriage broke down. And yet, in the middle of all that, Graeham was so inspired by his spiritual journey he spent months writing and creating his Initiation Suite (Let It Rain).

Unlike traditional suites which revolve around and rely on a repeating motif, Graeham's work is an astonishing ongoing flow of mini-songs. During the six months Graeham worked on the piece, he would sit and listen to what he'd written so far and wait for inspiration to take him to what should follow.

Graeham Goble's first solo album, The Days Ahead, released in 2006, collected songs with which to face the new chapter in his distinguished career, the songs and sounds we might expect from this fine songwriter with a history of harmony vocals.

Let It Rain puts all that behind him and with this latest album, he embarks on a brave and exciting adventure, the whole album a 'suite' of its own, where we meet The Boy Inside, and get our first real insight into this complicated, talented, dedicated human being. Crossfire is as good a rock song as we've ever heard from the man who caught the ears of the world with It's A Long Way There. Heart & Soul immediately adds itself to the long and famous list of heartfelt great love songs we've heard from Graeham Goble.

And then there's the Initiation Suite (Let It Rain).

Ultimately Graeham Goble's album Let It Rain is the journey of a lifetime. Listening to it takes us on an exceptional journey of our own." [56]

  • Life Love Song
  • Graeham Goble
  • Released in July 2014

1) Life Love Song
2) All I Wish For
3) My Heartstrings
4) Forgotten Song
5) If You Only Knew
6) My Conviction
7) When? Why?
8) Yearning
9) For The Rest of My Life
10) Binding of Hearts / Joining of Forces

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