JENNY MORRIS - AUSTRALASIAN FEMALE SINGER
 
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  Tony Senatore composed this document. The copyright is held by The Aussie Bands Music Page.  
     
 

Note I read Rolling Stone January 1992 Issue 466 article call The Major Morris by Toby Creswell.

Introduction

Jenny Morris OAM, received the Order of Australia on 26th January 2010. In the seventies she was teaching English, Art and Home Economics in Wellington. Former member of How's Your Father and The Wide Mouthed Frogs all female group. Who would of imagine a lovely person from New Zealand would become successful recording artists selling a total of 500,000, including multi-platinum album. In 1987 and 1988 she Won Best Female ARIA Awards. Tour with INXS, Prince, Tear For Fears, Paul McCartney and Dave Dobbyn.

In The Beginning

Born Jennifer Patricia Morris on 29th September 1956 at Tokoroa, New Zealand the family relocated and settle in centre of Hamilton. Her first gig was at Andersons Theatre Restaurant at Hamilton, New Zealand. Performing Carol King, James Taylor and a few of her own songs at 15, wearing blue embroidered kaftan.

“It’s probably what's saved my sanity. Doing what I do, it’s very easy to off the rails. But with a big family it's easily recited”.

Singer with How’s Your Father, were finalists in the “National Battle of the Bands”. Featuring Jenny Morris (vocals, guitar), Stephen Stratford (guitarist), Co Tipping (lead guitarist), Peter White (bassist) and John Schilt (drummer). How's Your Father were disbanded in 1977.

Her next band was The Wide Mouthed Frogs all female group formed in 1978 Wellington, New Zealand. Featuring Kate Brockie (lead vocals), Jenny Morris (vocals; ex-How's Your Father), Andrea Gilkison (guitar), Bronwyn Murray (keyboards), Tina Matthews (bassist) and Sally Zwartz (drums).

Jenny Morris from The Wide Mouthed Frogs expressed Bruno Lawrence, he would performed on various tour, Peter Dasent guide them. The band last performance was at Sweetwaters Festival, after this event the band disbands. 

Fane Flaws with Tony Backhouse and Peter Dasent formed The Crocodiles in 1980. Featuring Jenny Morris and Tina Matthews both former members of The Wide Mouthed Frogs all girl’s group. The line-up was Jenny Morris (lead vocalist; ex-How's Your Father, ex-The Wide Mouthed Frogs), Fane Flaws (guitar, vocals; ex-The Spats), Tony Backhouse (guitar; ex-The Spats), Peter Dasent (keyboards; ex-The Spats), Tina Matthews (bassist; ex-The Wide Mouthed Frogs) and Bruno Lawrence (drummer; ex-Blert, ex-The Spats).

The Crocodiles To QED

Their first album Tears and single were both issued in April 1980, reached #17 on the New Zealand national charts. Won Best Group, Most Promising Group and Song of the Year "Tears" by Recording Industry Awards in New Zealand.

“Written by two highly underrated songwriters this was from a period in my life I look back on with warmth”  

Their second album Looking At Ourselves was produced by Charles Fisher. Featured “Everywhere I Go” later re-recorded by QED. The band performed "Call Me" at Sweetwaters Festival in 1981. The band recruit new members were guitarist Rick Morris, bassist Jonathon Swartz and drummer Barton Price. The Crocodiles re-relocated themselves to Australia and disband. Jenny Morris established herself as success solo career.

Jenny Morris and Rex Goh (ex-Air Supply) formed QED. EMI issued issued their first self-titled debut album Animal Magic on 5th December 1984. Including the singles “Everywhere I Go”, “Solo And More” and “This One”. Mark Moffatt and Ricky Fataar produced album.

Their band performed for Narara'84 on 28th January 1984 at Central Coast of NSW. Featuring QED, Zarsoff Bros, The Johnies, Kids In The Kitchen, Hoodoo Gurus, Machinations, Sandii And The Sunsets, The Models, INXS, The Pretenders, Talking Heads and Mental As Anything.

The band performed for Rock ‘N’ Roll Fair on 4th March 1984 at St Ives Showground. Featuring Split Enz, The Church, Hoodoo Gurus, The Johnnys and Sandii & The Sunset.

QED performed for Endeavour Rock Concert on 10th March 1984 at Cronulla 16,000 fans attended the show. Their performed “Everywhere I Go” in the studio of Countdown on 1st April 1984 and Jenny Morris was host.

Going Solo

Mushroom issued on 16th December 1981 single “Puberty Blues” was composed by Tim Finn. The song was theme to the movie and appeared on Soundtrack. The movie was turn into TV Series on Chanel 10, the same time Foxtel show the original version. EMI issued on 1st January 1982 single “Little By Little” a Dusty Springfield song.

XSF Records issued compilation album More Hits And Myths has Geoff Chunn (guitar, vocals, producer), Jenny Morris (backing vocals), Chris Bailey (bass) and Brent Eccles (drums) appeared on “Like Elvis” in 1982. Geoff Chunn composed the song. The album artwork by Wayne Robinson and was compiled by Mike Chunn.

Backing vocals on albums like I Am Joe's Music, The Pleasure Of Your Company and The Optimist. Session work with Dropbears and appeared on EP Proud. INXS cassette Dekadance, reached #2 on Australian music chart. Features “Jackson” previously unreleased, a duet with Michael Hutchence. Jackson was performed on Countdown Awards in 1985.

“Each of the guys took control of a song on the Dekadance project and this was Machael’s choice”

Backing vocals for INXS Worldwide Listen Like Thieves Tour on 12th July 1985 at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia and the final concert was on 27th September 1986 at Festival Hall in Melbourne. Andrew Farriss composed “You’re Gonna Get Hurt” features on recording Jon Farriss, Garry Gary Beers and Ian Moss.

The Rock Party had musicians from Australia and New Zealand, a fundraising charity to help drug abuse and released “Everything To Live For (The Real Mix)” 12’ inch single. Neil Finn, Tim Finn, Nick Seymour and Paul Hester wrote the song. Joe Wissert produced the song. Featuring on recording vocals, guitar Neil Finn and vocals, piano Tim Finn. Vocals Andrew Barnum, Continental Robert Susz, Danny De Costa, Deborah Conway, Greg Herbert, Jenny Morris, John Kennedy, Lissa Barnum, Mark Callaghan, Martin Plaza, Mary Azzopardi, Michael Barclay, Paul Kelly, Peter Blakely, Rick Swinn, Sean Kelly, Sherine Abeyrathe, Spencer P. Jones. Keyboards Eddie Rayner, Slide Guitar Reg Mombassa, Bass Nick Seymour, Drums Paul Hester, Percussion Geoff Stapleton and Robbie James.

Best Female Performance in Video “You're Gonna Get Hurt” and performed “Jackson” with INXS at Final Countdown Music and Video Awards.

WEA issued first self-titled debut album Body & Soul on 5th August 1987, reached #21 on New Zealand album charts. Jenny Morris wrote tracks “Body & Soul”, “Light Hearted”, “Pass It Over”, “Animal Magnetism” and “Light Hearted (Are You Ready Mix)”. Andrew Farriss wrote “You’re Gonna Get Hurt” on INXS Listen Like Thieves Tour. Neil Finn wrote “Beating On The Same Drum” and “You I Know” a catchy beautiful song. The album session features Ian Belton, Ricky Fataar and Amaanda Vincent from The Eurogliders.

Juke Magazine Reader Poll 87 Jenny Morris was Best Female Performer. Performed “She Has To Be Loved” at Ausmusic 89. Support act for Tears For Fears and Prince and Dave Dobbyn.

WEA issued second album Shiver on 19th July 1989, reached #5 on Australian Album Charts and went double platinum in Australia. Track “Little Little” was about her unborn son. Song “Humanity” was theme tune to Barnardos. Chris Bailey from the Saints appears on “Conscience” and “Street Of Love” as additional vocals. “Save Me” video was filmed in Nicaragua an experience she will never forget. “Self Deceiver” video was filmed in Jamaica. Andrew Farriss produced the album.

“Dedicated To Everyone Actively Evolved In Saving Our Earth”

East West issued third album Honeychild on 14th October 1991, reached #5 on Australian Album Charts. Single “Break In The Weather” was co-written with brother Tam Morris. She remarked a cover version of “Tempted” by Squeeze. “I’ve Had You” was written by Jenny Morris and co-written by Paul Kelly. Nick Launay was not able complete the project and it was co-produced by Jenny Morris and Mark Forrester.

Performed for Benefit Concert For Steve Gilpin on 6th February 1992 at Hordern Pavilion. She'll be making special appearance along with John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, Midnight Oil and with cream of the Australian music industry.

Julian Lennon and Jenny Morris performed "Saltwater" at ARIA Awards on 6 March 1992 at World Congress Centre, Melbourne. Followed by The Concert For Life 28th March 1992 at Centennial Park. Featuring NXS, Diesel, Kate Ceberano, Crowed House, Ratcat, Yothu Yndi, Def FX, Richard Clapton, Jon Stevens.

East West issued compilation The Best of Jenny Morris - The Story So Far on 9th November 1992, reached #12 on Australian Album Charts. Features remarks versions of “Tears” first single by Crocodiles and “She Has To Be Loved” also included “Jackson” from INXS - Dekadance on this release. Michael Hutchence compiled and produced the compilation CD.

Support act for Paul McCartney on 16th March 1993 at Sydney Entertainment Centre on 16th, 17th, 20th also two outdoor shows at Parramatta Stadium on 22nd to 23rd March. 

rooArt issued fourth album Salvation Jane on 14th September 1994, which failed to match the success of previous and was her last effort. Rick Nowels composed “In Too Deep” and later remarked by Belinda Carlisle. Mantra Mix: A Tibet Benefit Album features “Rhythm And Flow” single.  

She is an active person in Greenpeace, Drug Offensive and World Vision. Jenny Morris and other Australian musician protested outside Canberra Parliament House for copyright reform.

Performed for Canberra Festival Medibank Private Finale Concert in December 1996 at Old Parliament House. Backing band was Royal Military College Duntroon on the lawns of Old Parliament House.

Appeared in Water Rats as Marlene O'Brien, a lead vocalists in a blues band on 19th May 1997. Elected second term as director of APRA.

Jenny Morris performed for Good Vibration A Concert For Mac Hunter on 27th March 1998 at Selinas. Recorded live versions of “In Too Deep” and “Ozambezi” a Dragon song, which appears on Good Vibration CD with various artists.

Released features on compilation CD Hope on 26 October 1998, for Breast Cancer Awareness to raise money for research into the disease. Featuring Belinda Emmett, Merri Bainbridge, Cyni Lauper, The Corrs, The Pretenders, Jenny Morris and Shanley Del.

The book called Siblings has Jenny Morris and brothers Tam and Rhys form cuddlesome trio pose. The book is about friends, the famous, the notorious, the beautiful and the talented taken photographed in the nude. It has 124 pages and 54 black and white photographs.

Performed for Canberra Spirit Of Christmas on 12th December 1999 at New Parliament House and was broadcast live on ABC TV.

Receives Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Award on 29th June 2001 for her services to the community to bringing joy into the lives of sick children. Appeared on SBS Mum’s The Word and sang “Little Little” it was issued as CD single. The program was repeated again in January 2007. They discuss motherhood and other issues around this subject.

The show Tapestry - The Songs of Carole King was performed live in concert by leading Australian singers. This is a unique opportunity to hear performed by Vika & Linda Bull, Jenny Morris, Jodi Phillis and Karma County Carole. It featured songs from Carole King’s legendary Tapestry album. Carole King is one of the most prolific and successful pop songwriters of all time.

Jenny Morris inducted INXS into ARIA Hall Of Fame on 30th October 2001 at Capitol Theatre, Sydney. The following month she showcased some of her new material, including and latest single “Home” in a special show at The Basement. Which was followed by performances at Woodford Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. By the end of the month The Crocodiles song “Tears” (Fane Flaws and Arthur Baysting) was number 26 on New Zealand Names Top 30 Songs.

Headline Morris a Major in Australia Day Musical Celebrations on 26th January 2002 at Speers Point Park. Featuring performances from Jenny Morris local funk act Chi, jazz band Makin' Whoopee and alternative act Equinox. The single “Home” is her first in six years and is taken from her forthcoming album Hit and Myth, which is a due in store.

Headline Jenny Morris & Friends on 8th February 2002 at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. This concert will showcase her incredible career including special guests Diesel, Shanley and the highly acclaimed CODA.

Jan Williamson portrait of Jenny Morris entered Archibald exhibition on 28th May 2002 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She was voted the most popular after having been awarded Sydney's People's Choice Award.

Yep issued fifth album Hit & Myth on 23rd September 2002, slice of funk folk fused melodies. Nick Wales arranged “Downtown” include strings section. “I Climb High” was written in 1998 the reaction to JFK Jnr death. Neil Finn wrote “Guiding Star” a ballad. “In The Water” a riff she had running around her head and come like burst water main.

“I had people playing on the album from different backgrounds”

The movie Finding Joy released on 25th October 2002 is a tasteful blend of folk and contemporary music. The human relationships with Raffi the blue healer cross are always a faithful companion to who ever need him. Featured Raffi, Billie Dean (Joy Brown), Andrew Einspruch (Peter Wolfman), Janet Watson Kruse (Tessa), Rebecca Barratt (Sally), Todd Dwyer (Matt), Cameron McAuliffe (Nick), Angry Anderson (Kris Quaid) and Jenny Morris (Tracey).

Jenny Morris and Steve Balbi wrote “Home” launched on 31st October 2002 at Channel 9 Today Show.

Headline The Strangers In The Night Tour on 9th November 2002 at Canberra Theatre with Daryl Braithwaite, Jenny Morris and James Rayne.

Performed for Candlelight AIDS Memorial on 24th November 2002 at Green Park, Darlinghurst. Its a time for many of us to reflect on our experiences of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to remember our friends and loved ones.

The Sydney Walk Against The War on 30th November 2002 at Sydney Town Hall Square to Domain. The rally is part of a national weekend of action against the war on Iraq and is planned across Australia like Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin, Canberra, Brisbane and Lismore. A massive action is expected with high profile speakers John Pilger, and Sharan Burrow, and personalities from the arts community including actor John Howard and Jenny Morris.

On Australia Day becomes an Australian citizen and received the Order of Australia on 26th January 2003 at NSW.

Performed for Port Fairy’s 27th Annual Folk Festival in March 2003 held on the Moyne River of Port Fairy, Vic. Featuring Archie Roach, John Williamson, Renee Geyer and the Waifs were among the popular performers. Archie Roach and Jenny Morris played in the venue's largest marquee stage three.

Music Max had a special on INXS, which had some clips with Jenny Morris performing with the band. Attended the AGSC Screen Music Awards was held at The Hordern Pavilion at Fox Studios Australia. Appeared with her family on Don Burke's Backyard.

A more political musical event was Australia s first Internet rock concert in 2004, held in front of the Parliament by artists including John Farnham, Wendy Matthews, Jenny Morris, Midnight Oil, Crowded House and INXS. Apart from its entertainment function, the concert s political aim was to demonstrate the lack of music copyright protection on the Internet.

EastWest issued compilation Listen: The Very Best Of on 16th April 2004, a repackaged with new artwork and a bonus track added due to popular demand, this collection boasts such classic hits as “Body & Soul”, “She Has To Be Loved”, “Saved Me”, “You I Know” and “You’re Gonna Get Hurt” plus many more. Performed for The Mother of All Balls, a unique charity fundraising event to raise money.

There will a fantastic entertainment line-up led by the Jenny Morris trio and featuring popular group Martinez with ABC TVs Captain Feathersword and Kristina. Attended the APRA Awards in Sydney. Performed at Mardi Gras Fair Day in Sydney. Warner Music Vision issued DVD and CD Alive amazing live recording at The Basement, Sydney.

Headline Jenny Morris & Friends Benefit Concert featuring Mark Lizotte, Troy Cassar-Daley, Abby Dobson, Rob Hirst, Beccy Cole, James Blundell, Tim Freedman and Rick Wakeman (Yes) at The Basement. Performed Break In The Weather, Street of Love and She Has To Be Love at 10th Birthday of the Star City Casino.

Appeared on Spicks and Specks Episode 37 the topic was about Know Your Product, Malvern Stars on 45, Musician or Serial Killer, Cover Versions, and The Final Countdown. The teams were Alan Brough as team Captain, Jenny Morris and Murray Cook with the appose Myf Warhurst as team Captain, Simon Tedeschi and Hamish Blake.

“We have so many problems in our world … how did it come to be that there are so many with so little and so few written much???”

Liberation Music issued sixth album Clear Blue In Stormy Skies on 24th June 2006, a fresh recording of “Everywhere I Go”, “Break In The Weather”, “She Has To Be Loved”, “Little Little” instrumental re-arrangement, “This Time” a tribute to friend Michael Hutchence.

Headline Sunshine 2 Rain Acoustic Tour featuring Dragon, The Choirboys, Jenny Morris and Michael Spiby from 13th July 2006 to 20th August 2006.

Attended Art of Music a fundraising event for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW. Appeared on 20 to 1 and reviewed World's Best Love Songs. Attended International Day of People with a DisAbility at The Golden Stave Music Therapy Centre. Established and manages the “Art of Music” events these are fundraising events involving a dinner and art exhibition and include an auction of the art works.

Song Summit Sydney is a conference for Australian singers, songwriters and music retailers to network. NSW Government will spend $500,000 over three years on an annual three-day conference called the Song Summit Sydney. The summit is aimed at nurturing the music industry, which Ms Morris said was worth $7 billion. Re-elected and was returned as Writer Director for APRA / AMCOS on 20 November 2007

Headline Glenn Shorrock and Friends will include performances by Glenn Shorrock that will open the show with Brian Cadd inducted into ARIA Hall of Fame. Jenny Morris and her band will take the stage for the second set and John Swan will rock the house in the third set. Jade MacRae and Choirboys front man, Mark Gable. Surprise performances are in store the stunning finale.

Performed with special guest Leo Sayer on 9 February 2008 at Brookhampton Estate in Western Australia. Attended the Song Summit Sydney S3 at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney. Appeared on Spicks and Specks Episode 26 the topic was about Know Your Product, Bottom 100, Samplemania, Across the Ditch Bro, and The Final Countdown.

Headline Rockin' The Black Dog on 6th December 2008 at Newcastle. To raise awareness about mental health issue for Hunter Institute of Mental Health. The Boat People and other acts will perform on stage to entertain and educate people about mental illness.

Australia Day Celebrations in Liverpool on 26th January 2009 at Woodward Park. Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller invites family for free evening of entertainment featuring a superb line-up of live music, dance, children's activities and a spectacular fireworks display. Featuring Jenny Morris, Joe Gatehau, VTribe, Latin Oz Dance Mania, GY Wiz Kidz, Humphrey and Spectacular fireworks display. Liverpool's Australia Day Ambassador for 2009 is Father Chris Riley.

Jenny Morris performed her best hits from the ‘80s and entertained the Townsville based troops Lieutenant Sally Bates, Lieutenant Colonel Craig Dobson and Squadron Leader Mike Edwards. On RocKwiz performed “Break In Weather” and a duet with Don McGlashan “It’s Only Natural” released as CD single.

Attended Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, eight high profile Australians duelled in wheelchairs raising awareness to spinal cord injuries. The participant who completed the tasks in the shortest time was declared the winner. Taking first place is high profile Australians like Grant Hackett, WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda, comedian Julia Morris and singer Jenny Morris who dedicated her win to her two sisters in law who both have disabilities.

Headline One of These Nights will feature Kevin Bennett (The Flood), Simon Meli (Ooh la la), Steve Balbi (Noiseworks) Robyn Loau & Louise Anton plus a special guest appearance by Jenny Morris and introducing Kristal Collins. Perform The Eagles classic songs like “Hotel California”, “Desperado”, “Heartache Tonight”, “New Kid in Town”, “Life in The Fast Lane”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Take It To The Limit” and many more.

OAM

On Australia day received Australian of the Year Award on 26th January 2010 at the lawns of Parliament House Canberra. Governor-General is pleased to announce Ms Jenny Patricia Morris of Medal (OAM) in The General Division. The Australians of the Year plaques can be find on the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra designed by the National Capital Authority. The Australians of the Year Walk incorporated in the pathway are five metal strips set flush in the concrete, representing the five music stave lines to the score of Advance Australia Fair.

Performed for Wingham Akoostik Festival on 19th October 2013 at Wingham Showgrounds, New South Wales. Artists included Bill Chambers, Wendy Matthews, Afro Moses and Jenny Morris. Manning Valley festivals support local talent proving entertainment and employment opportunities for the building community inclusiveness and pride. Jenny Morris was elected Chair of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) in 20 years.

Performed for Music For Mercy on 28th January 2015 at Martin Place in Sydney. A candlelight vigil for Myuran Sukamaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia.

Australian Story on ABC TV Jenny Morris was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, which causes spasms in the throat, after she noticed her voice started to sound croaky a decade ago. She has a rare neurological condition that has affected her voice and essentially ended her career. Revealed the news she will not sing again due to her medical condition.