Tony Mitchell (born 5 September 1951 in Sydney, Australia) is a songwriter and bass guitarist who rose to fame in the 1970s with the Australian rock band, Sherbet. Tony co-wrote (with Garth Porter) some of Sherbet's biggest hits, including 'Howzat' and 'Magazine Madonna'.
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The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric or an acoustic guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and typically four to six strings or courses.
In 1976, someone suggested to Tony Mitchell and keyboardist Garth Porter that Howzat might make a good title for a song because some of the members of Sherbet loved cricket. Despite Mitchell not being a good cricketer, he sat down with Garth Porter at Porter's Rose Bay home to work on the idea. Mitchell soon came up with the "doo-doo, doo-doo" bass riff, after which the first thing that came into Porter's mind was the phrase "I caught you out."
Garth Ivan Richard Porter is a New Zealand-born Australian multi-instrumental musician, songwriter and record producer. He was a member, on keyboards and backing vocals, of the pop group, Sherbet (1970–84), and co-wrote both of their number-one singles, "Summer Love" and "Howzat". Porter is a co-writer and producer for country music singer Lee Kernaghan.
Sherbet was one of the most prominent and successful Australian rock bands of the 1970s. The 'classic line-up' of Daryl Braithwaite on vocals, Tony Mitchell on bass guitar, Garth Porter on keyboards, Alan Sandow on drums, and Clive Shakespeare on guitar provided their teen-orientated pop style. In 1976 Shakespeare left and was soon replaced by Harvey James. Sherbet's biggest singles were "Summer Love" (1975) and "Howzat" (1976), both reaching number one in Australia. "Howzat" was also a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom. The band was less successful in the United States, where "Howzat" peaked at No. 61. As The Sherbs they also reached No. 61 in 1981 with "I Have the Skill". The group disbanded in 1984. Subsequent re-unions have occurred since 1998.
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.
The song became Sherbet's biggest hit, rising to #1 on the Australian charts, and #4 in the United Kingdom.
A record chart, also called a music chart, is a ranking of recorded music according to certain criteria during a given period of time. Many different criteria are used in worldwide charts, often in combination. These include record sales, the amount of radio airplay, the number of downloads, and the amount of streaming activity.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.
Clive Richard Shakespeare was an English-born Australian pop guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was a co-founder of pop rock group Sherbet, which had commercial success in the 1970s including their number-one single, "Summer Love" in 1975. The majority of Sherbet's original songs were co-written by Shakespeare with fellow band member Garth Porter. Other Sherbet singles co-written by Shakespeare include "Cassandra", "Slipstream" and "Silvery Moon". In January 1976 Shakespeare left the band citing dissatisfaction with touring, pressures of writing and concerns over the group's finances. Shakespeare has produced albums for other artists including Post by Paul Kelly in 1985.
Howzat is an album by the Australian band Sherbet released in 1976. It spent two weeks at number one on the Australian albums chart in 1976. It includes two singles from the album: Howzat and Gimme' Love.
Sherbet's Greatest Hits (1970–1975) was a compilation album released on Infinity Records in Australia in 1975, at the height of Sherbet's popularity in Australia. It spent 1 week at the top of the Australian album chart in 1975. It was Sherbet's first number one album in Australia and covered their single releases 1970-1975. The liner notes gave track-to-track information.
"Summer Love" is a song by Australian pop group Sherbet which was released on 20 March 1975. It became their first number-one hit on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart. The band had had a string of top 40 hits in the early 1970s with "Can You Feel It Baby" in 1971. "Summer Love" spent 2 weeks at number one in May 1975. The song was written by band members, Garth Porter and Clive Shakespeare. It was promoted on the newly aired ABC TV pop series, Countdown, which gave it wide exposure. From early 1975 the group made more appearances on the show than any other band in the programme's history. In October, at the King of Pop Awards, "Summer Love" won the Most Popular Australian Single, the band won Most Popular Australian Group and their lead singer, Daryl Braithwaite, won the King of Pop award.
Time Change... A Natural Progression is the debut studio album by Sherbet released in 1972. The album includes the bands hit singles "Can You Feel It, Baby?", "Free the People", "You're All Woman" and "You've Got the Gun". The album peaked at number 66 on the Kent Music Report.
On with the Show is an album by Sherbet released in 1973. The album spent 12 weeks in the Australian charts, reaching a highest point of #6. "Cassandra" was the only single to be released.
Slipstream is an album by Sherbet released in 1974. On the Kent Music Report, it peaked at No. 3. Singles from the album include "So Glad You're Mine", "Slipstream" and "Silvery Moon".
Defying Gravity is an album by The Sherbs released in 1981. The album spawned the singles "Free the Sailor", "Some People" and "We Ride Tonight". The album was re-released on CD on 23 August, 1999.
Life... Is For Living is an album by Sherbet released in 1975. It spawn two singles Life and Only One You. The album reached at number 3 on the Kent Music Report.
Caught in the Act... Live is the second live album by Australian band Sherbet released in 1977. The album peaked at number 33 on the Kent Music Report.
In Concert is a live album by Sherbet, released in 1975. It reached number 11 on the Kent Music Report in Australia. To promote the album, "Freedom" was released as a single.
"So Glad You're Mine" is the eighth single by Australian band Sherbet, released in 1974. The song was written by Sherbet members Garth Porter and Clive Shakespeare.
"Howzat" is a song by Australian band Sherbet, released in 1976. The song reached number 1 in Australia on the Kent Music Report and it also reached number 1 in New Zealand on the Recorded Music NZ. It was released from Sherbet's album of the same name, Howzat. The song was written by band members Garth Porter and Tony Mitchell. The title track was also a number one hit and remains the group's biggest hit, especially outside of Australia, reaching the top 5 of the UK charts and also entering the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The Flame is the debut studio album by Australian country singer Gina Jeffreys. It was released in 1994 and it was the first album by an Australian female country singer to be certified gold. It was later certified platinum in 1997.
Can You Feel It Baby is the first EP album by Australian band Sherbet, released in 1971. The EP includes four songs on it. The EP charted at number 22 on Go-Set and it also peaked at number 16 on the Australian Kent Music Report.
"We Ride Tonight" is a song by Australian band The Sherbs, released in 1982. It was released from the band's studio album Defying Gravity. The song failed to charted in Australia but it reached at number 26 on the US Mainstream Rock. The song was written by the Sherbet band members Garth Porter, Tony Mitchell and Daryl Braithwaite. The B-side is "Some People".
"Cassandra" is the seventh single by Australian band Sherbet, released in 1973. It is the first and final single to be released from Sherbet's second studio album, On with the Show. The song was written by Sherbet members Garth Porter and Clive Shakespeare. Cassandra peaked at number 5 on Go-Set and it also peaked at number 9 on the Kent Music Report.
Slipstream is the ninth single by Australian band Sherbet, released in 1974. It was released as the second single from Sherbet's album Slipstream and it reached number 5 on the Kent Music Report and number 7 on Go-Set. The song was written by Garth Porter and Clive Shakespeare.
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