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Olivia Newton-John Biography٫ Age٫ Career٫ Songs٫ How she Died

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John Biography٫ Age٫ Career٫ How she Died

Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE (26 September 1948 – 8 August 2022) was a British and Australian singer, actress and activist. She was a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career included five number one hits and another ten Top Ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] and two Billboard 200 number one albums, If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1974) and Have You Never Been Mellow (1975). Eleven of her singles (including two Platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two Platinum and four 2× Platinum) have been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With global sales of more than 100 million records, Newton-John is one of the best-selling music artists from the second half of the 20th century to the present.

Born 26 September 1948

Cambridge, England
Died 8 August 2022(aged 73)

Santa Ynez Valley, California, US
Nationality
  • Australian
  • British
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
  • activist
Years active 1963–2022
Spouse(s)
Matt Lattanzi

(m. 1984; div. 1995)

John Easterling

(m. 2008)

Partner(s) Lee Kramer (1973–1979)
Children Chloe Lattanzi
Relatives
  • Max Born(grandfather)
  • Brett Goldsmith(nephew)
  • Tottie Goldsmith(niece)
  • Gustav Victor Rudolf Born (uncle)
  • Georgina Born(cousin)
  • Ben Elton (third cousin)
Musical career
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres
  • Pop
  • country
  • soft rock
  • adult contemporary
  • pop rock
  • country pop
  • dance-pop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Labels
  • Uni
  • MCA
  • EMI
  • Pye
  • Festival
Website olivianewton-john.com

Career beginnings

At age 14, Newton-John formed Sol Four, a short-lived all-girl group, with three classmates, often performing in a coffee shop owned by her brother-in-law.[14] She became a regular on local Australian television shows including Time for Terry and HSV-7‘s The Happy Show where she performed as “Lovely Livvy”.[15]

She also appeared on The Go!! Show where she met future duet partner, singer Pat Carroll, and her future music producer, John Farrar (Carroll and Farrar would later marry). In 1965 she entered and won a talent contest on the television program Sing, Sing, Sing, hosted by 1960s Australian icon Johnny O’Keefe, performing the songs “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses“. She was initially reluctant to use the prize she had won, a trip to Great Britain, but travelled there nearly a year later after her mother encouraged her to broaden her horizons.[1]

Newton-John recorded her first single, “Till You Say You’ll Be Mine”, in Britain for Decca Records in 1966.[1] While in Britain, Newton-John missed her then-boyfriend, Ian Turpie, with whom she had co-starred in an Australian telefilm, Funny Things Happen Down Under. She repeatedly booked trips back to Australia that her mother would subsequently cancel.[14]

Newton-John’s outlook changed when Pat Carroll moved to the UK. The two formed a duo called “Pat and Olivia” and toured nightclubs in Europe. (In one incident, they were booked at Paul Raymond’s Revue in Soho, London, and were unaware that it was a strip club until they began to perform onstage dressed primly in frilly, high-collared dresses.)[16] After Carroll’s visa expired, forcing her to return to Australia, Newton-John remained in Britain to pursue solo work until 1975.[16]

Newton-John was recruited for the group Toomorrow,[17] formed by American producer Don Kirshner. In 1970, the group starred in a “science fiction musical” film and recorded an accompanying soundtrack album, on RCA Records, both named after the group. That same year the group made two single recordings, “You’re My Baby Now”/”Goin’ Back” and “I Could Never Live Without Your Love”/”Roll Like a River”. Neither track became a chart success and the project failed with the group disbanding.[18]

Early success

Newton-John released her first solo album, If Not for You (US No. 158 Pop), in 1971. (In the UK, the album was known as Olivia Newton-John.) The title track, written by Bob Dylanand previously recorded by former BeatleGeorge Harrison for his 1970 album All Things Must Pass, was her first international hit (US No. 25 Pop, No. 1 Adult Contemporary/”AC”). Her follow-up single, “Banks of the Ohio”, was a top 10 hit in the UK and Australia. She was voted Best British Female Vocalist two years in a row by the magazine Record Mirror. She made frequent appearances on Cliff Richard’s weekly show It’s Cliff Richard and starred with him in the telefilm The Case.

In 1972, Newton-John’s second UK album, Olivia, was released but never formally issued in the United States, where her career floundered after If Not for You. Subsequent singles including “Banks of the Ohio” (No. 94 Pop, No. 34 AC) and remakes of George Harrison’s “What Is Life” (No. 34 AC) and John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (No. 119 Pop) made minimal impact on the Hot 100. However, her fortune changed with the release of “Let Me Be There” in 1973. The song reached the American top 10 on the Pop (No. 6), Country (No. 7), and AC (No. 3) charts and earned her a Grammy for Best Country Female and an Academy of Country Music award for Most Promising Female Vocalist.

Her second American album, named Let Me Be There after the hit single, was actually her third in Britain, where the LP was known as Music Makes My Day. The record was also called Let Me Be There in Australia; however, the US and Canadian versions featured an alternate track list that mixed new cuts with selections from Olivia and also recycled six songs from If Not for You, which was going out of print.

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