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Farnham in Brisbane, March 2014
Farnham statue in Melbourne

John Peter Farnham AO (born 1 July 1949) is an English-born Australian singer.

Life and career

Farnham was born in Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom. In 1959, his family moved to Australia to live in Melbourne, Victoria.

Farnham was a teen pop idol from 1967 until 1979, known as Johnny Farnham. He then went on to have a very popular career as an adult popular music singer. In his career, he has mostly been as a solo artist. However, from 1982 to 1985, he was the lead singer of the rock band Little River Band. He has been called one of his country's best-known and most popular musical performer.[1] In September 1986, his solo single "You're the Voice" was released. It peaked at No. 1 on the Australian singles charts. The song was also No. 1 on Sweden's Sverigetopplistan[2] and on West Germany's Official German Charts.[3] He has also performed on stage with lead roles in Australian productions of Charlie Girl, Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar (1992).

In 1987, Farnham was named Australian of the Year.[4] In 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. He has also won a total of 19 ARIA Awards.

Farnham is married to Jillian Billman. The couple have two sons. He is a supporter of the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League.


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