|Birth name||Graham George Goble|
|Born||15 May 1947|
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|Genres||Pop, soft rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar|
|Labels||RCA, Gamba, Fable, Bootleg, EMI, Capitol, MCA, Universal, Origin Music|
Graeham George Goble (born 15 May 1947)is an Australian musician, singer/songwriter and record producer, best known as a founding member of Australian rock group Little River Band (LRB).
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.
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.
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.As a producer, Goble's credits include John Farnham's Uncovered album in 1980 and his own catalog of recordings.
"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" 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" 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.
The meaning of spirituality has developed and expanded over time, and various connotations can be found alongside each other.
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 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.
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"
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 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 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."Thereafter came the transition to guitar.
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,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".
|1968||Travis Wellington Hedge|
|1969||Allison Gros (aka Drummond)|
|1975|| Little River Band |
(including Birtles & Goble 1978–1980)
|1986||Band on hiatus|
|1988||Little River Band|
|1991||Graham Goble (including The Graham Goble Encounter 1993)|
|2002||Birtles Shorrock 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.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." "Daddy Cool" would remain on top of the charts for seven weeks from 6 September. The song is available for listening here:
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.
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.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.
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.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.
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.So, in April 1974, the band sailed off as the resident band on the Fairsky, playing 28 nights during the voyage.
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:
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.
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.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.
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".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."
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."
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.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.""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." 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."
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.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."
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."
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)
"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)
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".
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."
"It's quite staggering; you don't realise you've written something like that until it happens, until it's history."
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."
The legendary Frank Sinatra also regarded the song very highly, saying that it was "the best 1970s song in the world".
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.
"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:and compared with samples of their live versions on:
The complete original video clip is available for viewing here:
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."
"Mistress of Mine": "I thought that was the best thing we'd ever recorded. It was Glenn [Shorrock]'s best vocal.""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." 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."
"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."
"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.
Despite his busy schedule recording and touring with LRB, and his commitment to writing songs, Goble found time for a number of side projects.
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)
A deal was struck with EMI Australia whereby the duo went into the studio and recorded the album The Last Romance as Birtles & Goble.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:
The second single "Lonely Lives" (view video here:) 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."
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.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:
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."
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.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.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.
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."
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.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.
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".
Goble has achieved more than 50 awards across four decades for songwriting, recording and performing, including:
Goble's many awards are detailed on his website.
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."
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."
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.
1) Lonely Lives
1) Lessons of Love
1) Can't Eat, Can't Sleep
1) Two Emotions
1) Can't Eat, Can't Sleep
1) In The Beginning
1) Almost Here
1) Life Love Song
Little River Band (LRB) are a rock band originally formed in Melbourne, Australia, in March 1975. The band achieved commercial success in both Australia and the United States. They have sold more than 30 million records; six studio albums reached the top 10 on the Australian Kent Music Report albums chart including Diamantina Cocktail and First Under the Wire, which both peaked at No. 2. Nine singles appeared in the top 20 on the related singles chart, with "Help Is on Its Way" (1977) as their only number-one hit. Ten singles reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Reminiscing" their highest, peaking at No. 3. Only First Under the Wire appeared in the top 10 albums on the Billboard 200.
Glenn Barrie Shorrock is an English-born Australian singer-songwriter. He was a founding member of pop groups The Twilights, Axiom, Little River Band, and post LRB spin-off trio Birtles Shorrock Goble, as well as being a solo performer.
Beeb Birtles is a Dutch Australian musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has been a member of various Australian groups including Zoot (1967–71), Mississippi (1972–74), Little River Band (1975–83), and Birtles Shorrock Goble (2002–07). He has also worked as a solo artist, including releasing an album, Driven by Dreams (2000). In 2004 Birtles and other members of the classic line-up of Little River Band were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
The Net is the seventh studio album by Little River Band, which was released in May 1983. It marks what has become historically, the major crossroad in the band's musical direction. There stand several significant factors surrounding this record – it contained the band's last two singles to reach the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, with "We Two" reaching No. 22 and "You're Driving Me out of My Mind" peaking at No. 35. It also contained the song "Down on the Border" which had been released previously on their 1982 "Greatest Hits" album. The album peaked at No. 11 on the Australian Kent Music Report albums chart and No. 61 on the Billboard 200.
Diamantina Cocktail is the third album by the Little River Band. The U.S. version of the album was actually a partial compilation of the Australian versions of After Hours and Diamantina Cocktail. Also noteworthy was that 3 songs, "Broke Again", "The Inner Light" and "Another Runway" were radically different mixes from the original Australian "After Hours" LP, remixed especially for the US market. In 1980 Capitol Records released the remaining tracks on a U.S. version of After Hours.
Birtles Shorrock Goble are an Australian pop/rock group composed of the three original singers and songwriters of Little River Band, namely Beeb Birtles, Glenn Shorrock and Graeham Goble. The members are known for their extensive writing and performance of hit songs and distinctive vocal harmonies. They are sometimes referred to by the initials BSG.
Sleeper Catcher is the fourth album by the Little River Band, released during 1978. It reached #16 in the United States on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 1979. From this album, the band earned its first two "top ten" U.S. successes with the songs "Reminiscing" and "Lady". This is the band's last album to feature George McArdle on bass.
Time Exposure is the sixth studio album by Little River Band (LRB), which was recorded with producer George Martin at Associated Independent Recording (AIR) in Montserrat and released in August 1981. It peaked at No. 9 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. In the United States, it reached No. 21 on the Billboard 200.
Little River Band is the first album by the Australian rock group Little River Band which was released by EMI in November 1975. It peaked at No. 12 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. The band's first single, "Curiosity ", was released in September ahead of the album and peaked at No. 15 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart. The following single, "Emma", appeared in January 1976 and peaked at No. 20. In May, the band released "Everyday of My Life" together with its album, After Hours.
Greatest Hits is a compilation of hits by the Australian band Little River Band, released in 1982. The album was digitally remastered and repackaged with additional tracks in an expanded edition in 2000. The 1982 compilation included two new tracks, "The Other Guy" and "Down on The Border", to introduce the band's new lead singer, John Farnham.
In Australia, After Hours was the second album from the Australian rock band Little River Band. It was released in 1976 by EMI. The first single from the album, "Everyday of My Life", was a top-ten hit in Australia.
Uncovered is a solo studio album by Australian singer John Farnham, produced by Little River Band's Graeham Goble, and released on 3 July 1980, which peaked at No. 20 on the Australian Kent Music Report Album Charts. Farnham's first single from the album was a reworking of The Beatles' song "Help!"; it peaked at No. 8 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart. The second single "Please Don't Ask Me" didn't chart, however it was re-released in 1991 as a live version as part of the Full House album and became a Number #22 on the Aria music chart. in 2000, to coincide with its 20th anniversary, Uncovered the album was re-mastered by Goble and re-released.
Backstage Pass is a double live album by Little River Band. Originally released in Australia as two separate single albums, the first in January 1980 as Backstage Pass, and the second in April 1980 as Live in America, they were merged that same year with their release in the United States as simply Backstage Pass.
Derek Allan Pellicci is an English Australian pop music drummer. He is best known as a founding member of Little River Band. Pellicci currently lives in Melbourne with his wife, Anne and son, Joel.
"Cool Change" is a hit song by Australian rock group Little River Band written by lead singer Glenn Shorrock. It was the second single from their sixth album, First Under the Wire. Released in August 1979, "Cool Change" did not reach the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart top 50. It was released in the United States in 1979 on the Capitol Records label and peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of 19 January 1980.
Birtles & Goble was an Australian pop music duo composed of Beeb Birtles and Graeham Goble. Although they were both full-time members of Little River Band, they released an album and three singles as a duo.
Riccardo Formosa is an Italian-born Australian musician and composer. He was the lead guitarist of the pop band Little River Band from 1975 to 1976 and recorded their first two albums, Little River Band and After Hours.
Too Late to Load is a 1988 rarities compilation album by Little River Band. The album is subtitled "The Unissued, Unavailable, and Ultra Rare LRB Masters, 1975–1986". It was not issued in the U.S.
Live Exposure is a video by Little River Band, filmed at a live concert at The Summit in Houston, Texas on 7 October 1981.
Travis Wellington Hedge was an Australian pop rock band, based in Adelaide, that existed from 1968 to 1969. It was an early band of noted musician and composer Graeham Goble, who subsequently achieved success with Mississippi, Little River Band and Birtles Shorrock Goble.