Glenn Shorrock - lead vocals; David Briggs - guitar, vocals; Graeham Goble - guitar, vocals; Beeb Birtles - guitar, vocals; George McArdle - bass, vocals; Geoff Cox - drums; Mal Logan - keyboards
Little River Band has had an unusually successful career, even though they have not remained a household name. This show, one of several recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour, came only three years after the band formed, but features several of their biggest hits. Opening with "It's A Long Way There," the group shows off its harmonic vocal prowess on nearly everything here, especially the hits: "Happy Anniversary," "Take Me Home," and "Help Is On Its Way."
Lead vocalist Glenn Shorrock, who has been in and out of the group several times, is one of the best vocalists to come out of the down under, bar none. The highlight of the show is the song that ended up being their biggest hit single, "Reminiscing," which the late John Lennon told biographer Albert Goldman was one of his favorite pop songs.
The Little River Band was formed in 1975, in Melbourne. Several of the members had been in a country-rock band called Mississippi, which was very vocally driven. Other members had come from a '60s pop band called Zoot, which also featured another Aussie future rock star, Rick Springfield. Sharrock had been the lead vocalist in another successful Australian band named, Twilights. The new group settled on the name after some of the members saw a road sign for the Victorian township of Little River. They became an instant hit in their native country, and by 1976 was signed to EMI's Capitol Records. By trimming the eight minute album track, "It's A Long Way There," down to a manageable four-minute single, the band had its first US hit.
Other hits would follow between 1977 and 1981—"Reminiscing" (reaching #3, their biggest hit), "Lady" "Lonesome Loser," "Cool Change," "The Night Owls" and "Take It Easy on Me" all of which were Billboard Top 10 hits. In all, the group had 13 Top 20 hits, and sold over 25 million records. The band began to have personnel changes soon after the hits started coming. For this show, original band drummer, Derek Pellicci, was replaced by Geoff Cox, after Pellicci was seriously injured when his gas grill exploded and burned him. Gradually most of the original members left or were replaced. Sharrock was forced out in the late 1982, when the others chose a harder musical direction.
Guitarist Stephen Housden, who joined in 1981, has remained throughout, and owns the rights to the name Little River Band. He has toured several versions of the group since then, none of which recently contained any original members. When the classic line-up of Sharrock, Gobles, and Birtle tried to reform a few years ago, Housden legally prevented them from using any reference to the Little River Band legacy in the marketing.