Friday, November 25, 2011

Pat Carroll - The Musical Apple didn't fall far from the tree.

I see that the beautiful and talented Pat Carroll, who sang with Olivier Newton John during their early careers, gave her musical genes to her kids. She married John Farrar, himself a talented musician and songwriter, and had two sons, Sam and Max, who both made great music. This is old news, but if you're like me, and wonder what happened to all those years, you might be interested in what I discovered....
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pat Carroll (born 1946 in Melbourne) is an Australian singer from the 1960s.

Carroll began her entertainment career at age eight when she started taking singing and dancing lessons. Appearances on children's TV shows followed by the time she was eleven years old. She continued by appearing in musical comedy shows such as Carnival and Bye Bye Birdie.

This led to appearing on national Australian pop TV shows such as Brian Henderson's Bandstand and The Go!! Show when in her mid-teens. Her first 45 single "He's My Guy" was released when she was 18.

In the mid 1960s Carroll and her friend Olivia Newton-John, formed a singing duo called Pat and Olivia (see YouTube). Having won a song contest in Melbourne, they travelled to the United Kingdom. They achieved some success there on TV and in the clubs. After a period of performing there, Carroll's visa expired, forcing her to return to Australia where she would eventually marry ex-Strangers member, John Farrar. Newton-John stayed on and launched her own international career.

Carroll released a number of singles with W&G Records and Interfusion during the 1960s and early 1970s most of which failed to chart. Her most successful single in Australia was her cover of Dana's 1970 Eurovision winner "All Kinds of Everything". However Carroll's best known single is "To the Sun" on account of its featuring Cliff Richard on backing vocals.

In about 1970, Farrar quit the Strangers and with Carroll, returned to London. During 70s and 80s, she often sang backing vocals on Olivia Newton-John's albums.

Currently living in Malibu (USA) with husband John Farrar: her 1st son Sam Farrar (born 29 June 1978) is the bass player for American rock'n'roll band Phantom Planet. Her 2nd son Max Farrar is the keyboardist/guitarist for the rock 'n' roll band Azura

John Farrar born on 8 November 1946 in Melbourne Australia) is a music producer, songwriter, music arranger, singer andguitarist who is best known for his work with Olivia Newton-John with whom he wrote and produced many hit songs.[2]

Farrar is a former member of several groups including The Shadows, Marvin Welch & Farrar, The Strangers and The Mustangs. He is also the father of Phantom Planet bassist Sam Farrar as well as Azura Guitarist/Keyboardist Max Farrar.[3]

Sam Farrar (born June 29, 1978) is the bass guitar player for American rock 'n roll band Phantom Planet. The band is now on an indefinite hiatus. His father John Farrar was in the Shadows and also carved a successful songwriting career, penning many of Olivia Newton-John's big hits. His mother, Pat Carroll, was a successful Australian pop singer in the 1960s. He attended The Buckley School. Sam is married to Stephanie Eitel, formerly a member of the band Agent Sparks.[2] Their daughter Vesper Pearl Farrar was born in August 2009.[3] Sam Farrar joined in a band called Operation Aloha with members of Gomez, Maroon 5.[4] Sam and wife Steph have started their own music project, called Bubble and Strife.

John Farrar and his band "The Strangers

Sam Farrar with "Phantom Planet"

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