John Farnham

John Farnham

John Farnham, aka Johnny, Farnsy, Whispering Jack and The Voice

John Peter Farnham was born on the 1st July 1949 in England and moved to Melbourne at the age of 10 and has lived here ever since. He took a break from a plumbing apprenticeship in order to pursue a music career which has seen him become one of Australia's best-loved performers with a career spanning over 40 years.

In 1967, Sadie (The Cleaning Lady) was his first hit which topped the Australian charts for six-weeks running. He was the King of Moomba (1972) at the ripe age of 22, appearing on television and many other media appearances from stage to screen.

He has enjoyed much success and many changes. His music style changed to rock when he became the lead singer of Melbourne's Little River Band (1982-85). He then began a solo career, recording the incredible Whispering Jack which held the number one spot on the ARIA album charts for a record 25 weeks.

Long-time manager Glen Wheatley is greatly responsible for making Farnsy a household name. He mortgaged his house in order to pay for Farnham's 1986 'comeback' album Whispering Jack. His strong determination and high risk endeavours re-established Farnham as an Australian singing sensation and biggest selling album of all time in Australia.

Farnham has performed with the likes of Aussie icons Olivia Newton-John and Anthony Warlow in The Main Event; Kate Ceberano, James Reyne and Human Nature in I Can't Believe He's 50 Tour; and most importantly supporting the Aussie troops in Dili in the Tour of Duty concert with Kylie Minogue and a string of other musicians.

The Last Time tour was just that, Farnham's last major concert which ended in 2003 with a standing ovation that lasted more than 10 minutes, and broadcast into millions of homes nationally.

Since releasing his greatest hits album One Voice, Farnham was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. He has since teamed up with the likes of music heavyweight Tom Jones (2005) and Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks performing a series of live shows.

Johnny Farnham is the only Australian artist to have a number one record over five consecutive decades.

Who is Whispering Jack?

John was mistakingly introduced as Jack Phantom at a club in the US which amused him so much started using the name Whispering Jack Phantom after the Pot Black commentator 'Whispering' Ted Lowe.

My sister adored John Farnham. She had all his albums and saw him perform many times. We'll always love him for making Wendy happy.

As a footnote, we've seen him live countless times over the years including 3 special ocassions: at his wedding (well, we drove past as he was coming out of the church). Handshake with him on a London street one evening on our way to see the Fabulous Singlets. Live at the Village Green during his HELP tour.. amazing. John, you rock!

For Fans - By Fans 2022

An authorised page for messages of love to John Farnham as he battles mouth cancer.

The latest on John

On Tuesday 23rd August 2022 legendary Australian singer John Farnham was admitted to hospital in Melbourne to undergo surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his mouth. The surgery was successful in removing the tumour, and he is now receiving ongoing treatment.

As John is not active on social media, and with the consent of the Farnham family, the website has been established as a way for fans to write and send messages of love and support to John.

These messages will be saved and shared with John and the family so that they may read them when the time is right.

John Farnham's family has shared an update on the singer's health two months after he was hospitalised for a chest infection.

In a statement released on Monday (8/5/2023), it was revealed the Australian music legend, 73, has made a "full recovery" after he was admitted to hospital in March.

"We're pleased to say that John made a full recovery from a recent chest infection in late March which required hospitalisation. He is now comfortable and continues to receive ongoing treatment and rehabilitation care," his wife, Jill, and sons, Rob and James, said in the statement.

"The family would like to reiterate their appreciation and deepest respect for all the medical staff that have attended to John over the past eight months and the many thousands of kind messages that been received from across Australia and the world"


❊ Web Links ❊

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John Farnham | Wikipedia

John Farnham Fan Club

John Farnham - through the eyes of a fan

❊ Also See.. ❊

Little River Band

John Farnham: Finding the Voice

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Apple iTunes

Whispering Jack

You're the Voice

Age of Reason

Chain Reaction

Burn for You (Video)

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John Farnham: Greatest Hits

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