Written by
Bob Stumpel

April 11

Johnny Farnham And Ray Charles At The Crown Casino (1997)

'97 TV MelbourneWith Anthony WarlowWith Johnny FarnhamWith Kylie Minogue

Australian pop singer John Farnham (a.k.a. ‘Jack’) has always had  a healthy taste for the more pompous soul classics (and for comebacks). On May 8th, 1997 he performed at the opening of the Crown Casino in Melbourne. At the same occasion the venue also dedicated a bar (‘Jack’s Bar’) to John. I guess that Ray Charles guested on this same night.
Initially, tTwo songs (from a house video recording?) were submitted to YouTube, but there may be more. now the whole show segment is online.

Ray brought his CD with prerecorded orchestra tapes for the first two tunes.

The setlist was:

  1. Blues For Big Scotia
  2. Georgia On My Mind
  3. Imagine (with Johnny Farnham)
  4. Lay Around And Love On You (All I Wanna Do Is —) (with Johnny Farnham)
  5. I Can’t Stop Loving You (with Johnny Farnham, Kylie Minogue and Anthony Warlow)

Backing vocals: Lindsay Field, Joe Creighton and Lisa Edwards.

Full RC segment of the show:


I Can’t Stop Loving You (also with Kylie Minogue and Anthony Warlow):


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