Famous Australian Rock Singers

Inspired from the American and British rock, Oz rock, or Australian rock as it is known as, is a popular genre of music with a rich history and background. Australian rock music in its initial days was a mere extension of the American and British rock style. It was only later that Australian musicians started infusing their indigenous style to the rock music. They even added their own unique Australiana sound to rock music thereby personalizing it further to make its Australia’s unique rock style. Since the early days, Australia has had a bevy of rock singers who have helped scale rock music to greater heights. John Farnham was the earliest known popular Australian rock singer who belted out hits after hits, thus popularizing this particular genre of music. His album, ‘Whispering Jack’ peaked at number one on the Australian charts for 25 weeks and was certified 24x platinum, the highest ever by an Australian artist. Following his success, numerous rock groups and bands emerged in Australia, including Yothu Yindi and Warumpi Band. Some of the current popular Australian rock stars include Jimmy Barnes, Michael Hutchence, Chrissy Amphlett, Nic Cester, Daniel Johns, Brody Dalle and so on. With this write-up, find out about the life and career of famous Australian rock singers.

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Bon Scott
(Singer & Musician)

Bon Scott
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Birthdate: July 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Forfar, Scotland
Died: February 19, 1980
Bon Scott worked with bands such as The Spektors, Valentines, and Fraternity before joining the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, replacing lead singer Dave Evans in 1974. He was one of Classic Rock’s 100 Greatest Frontmen of All Time. Following his death, AC/DC released a best-selling album as a tribute.

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Michael Hutchence
(Lead Singer and Lyricist of the Rock Band 'INXS')

Michael Hutchence
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Birthdate: January 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: November 22, 1997

Michael Hutchence, co-founder of the Australian rock band INXS, was known for his wild lifestyle, his affairs with celebrities, and his history of drug abuse. He was named to News.com’s list of the 15 greatest Australian singers of all time but unfortunately died by suicide in a Sydney hotel room.

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Flea (Musician)
(Musician, Actor, a Member and Bassist of the Rock Band ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’)

Flea (Musician)
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Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Michael Balzary, or Flea, is best known as the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has also been part of the supergroup Atoms for Peace, appeared in films such as The Big Lebowski, and voiced Donnie Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys franchise. He also co-owns a music-oriented non-profit.
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Rick Springfield
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Birthdate: August 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Rick Springfield is best known for his Grammy-winning single Jessie's Girl. He also gained fame for his portrayal of Noah Drake in the soap General Hospital and Dr. Irving Pitlor in True Detective. He has also written an autobiography and a novel, both New York Times bestsellers.

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Kevin Parker
(Rock Musician Known for his Musical Project 'Tame Impala')

Kevin Parker
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Birthdate: January 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Kevin Parker is an Australian musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is credited with founding the psychedelic music project, Tame Impala. Over the years, Parker has won several prestigious awards, such as a Brit Award and ARIA Music Awards

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Courtney Barnett
(Rock Singer Known for Her Deadpan Singing Style and Witty, Rambling Lyrics)

Courtney Barnett
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Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Courtney Barnett is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for her witty lyrics and deadpan singing style, Barnett achieved international recognition after releasing her highly successful EP, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. Over the years, she has won several important awards, such as APRA Music Awards, ARIA Music Awards, and AIR Awards

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Daniel Johns
(Musician)

Daniel Johns
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Birthdate: April 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Daniel Johns is an Australian singer, songwriter, and musician best known for his association with Silverchair where he was the former frontman and lyricist. Renowned for his guitaring skills, Daniel Johns was ranked 18th on Rolling Stone magazine's 25 Most Underrated Guitarists list in 2007.

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Brody Armstrong
(Singer-Songwriter, and Guitarist Known as the Frontwoman for Punk Bands 'The Distillers' and 'Spinnerette')

Brody Armstrong
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Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brody Armstrong is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She had a tumultuous childhood marred by abuse and violence. She sought solace in music and began her career as a teenager. As a young woman, she was part of many bands with which she released numerous hit albums and singles. She also has a successful career as a soloist. 

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Peter Garrett
(Member of the Australian House of Representatives)

Peter Garrett
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Birthdate: April 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wahroonga, Australia

Peter Garrett is an Australian musician, activist, environmentalist, and former politician. Renowned for his eccentric dance style and signature bald head, Garrett is best known for his association with the popular rock band Midnight Oil where he performs as the lead singer. A football fan, Peter Garrett supports the Essendon Bombers of the AFL.

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John Williamson
(Singer-songwriter)

John Williamson
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Birthdate: November 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kerang, Australia

John Williamson is an Australian folk and country music singer-songwriter. A multi-talented individual, JOHN Williamson is also known for his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, conservationist, and television host. One of the most respected musicians in Australia, Williamson has released more than 50 albums and has won several awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

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Jon Stevens
(Singer)

Jon Stevens
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Birthdate: October 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Upper Hutt, New Zealand

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Johnny O'Keefe
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Birthdate: January 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia
Died: October 6, 1978

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Ella Hooper
(Singer-songwriter)

Ella Hooper
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Birthdate: January 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 14 
Stevie Wright
(Musician)

Stevie Wright
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Birthdate: December 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leeds, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 27, 2015

Stevie Wright gained fame as part of the Australian band the Easybeats, which was compared to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones by fans. Best known for his chartbusting tracks such as Friday on My Mind, he slipped into heroin addiction later and tried electroconvulsive therapy, leading to mental health issues.

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Mahalia Barnes
(Singer-songwriter who has seen success as a backup singer and session participant)

Mahalia Barnes
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Birthdate: July 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Altiyan Childs
(Winner of the second season of The X Factor Australia in 2010)

Altiyan Childs
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Birthdate: June 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia

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Doc Neeson
(Singer, Songwriter)

Doc Neeson
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Birthdate: January 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: June 4, 2014

 18 
Rob Bailey
(Musician)

Rob Bailey
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Australia

Australian rock musician, singer and songwriter, Rob Bailey began his music career at the age of 13. He played bass guitar for various rock bands such as Flake, Acid Road, Natural Gas, Rudy and the Aardvarks and Company of Men. From April 1974 to January 1975, he was also associated with the hard rock band AC/DC.

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Tex Perkins
(Singer-songwriter)

Tex Perkins
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Birthdate: December 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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Sarah McLeod
(Singer-songwriter)

Sarah McLeod
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Birthdate: February 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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Darryl Cotton
(Singer, Television presenter)

Darryl Cotton
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Birthdate: September 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died: July 27, 2012

Darryl Cotton was an Australian singer, songwriter, actor, and television presenter. A founding member of a now-defunct rock group named Zoot, Cotton also had a successful solo career. After establishing himself as a singer-songwriter, he went on to appear in TV shows like The Young Doctors. Cotton is also credited with forming the popular rock band Burns Cotton & Morris.

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Lonnie Lee
(Singer)

Lonnie Lee
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Birthdate: September 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rowena, Australia

David Laurence Rix, or Lonnie Lee, has had a six-decade-long career in music and is known for his pioneering work in the field of rockabilly music. He is also known for his appearances on the show Six O'Clock Rock and for his chartbusting tracks such as I Found a New Love.

George Rrurrambu Burarrwanga
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Elcho Island, Australia
Died: June 10, 2007

George Rrurrambu Burarrwanga is best remembered as the lead singer of the Aboriginal rock band Warumpi Band. Part of the Yolngu tribe, he specialized in the rock-reggae-country genre. He and his band released the first Australian rock single in the Aboriginal language, Jailanguru Pakarnu, or Out of Jail.