Apr 02

Remembering: Musical Finale

Pete “Aerosmith” Smith

Season Two. At the end of each episode of 1993, Tony Martin would introduce a musical finale to play over the end of the credits. It was usually a large, well known artist or band that was requested.

Tony would rely on his partner-in-crime Mick Molloy to chase down the talent to do their musical number. However, at the ‘last minute’, Mick would reveal that he misheard Tony, and screw up the booking by getting someone with a similar name or one that rhymed with the artist to perform the song.

The only time Mick would get it right was the final episode with Don Lane singing Saturday Night.

Thanks to the hard work by Steve,  the list of the perfomers were:

Syd Heylen = Van Halen – Jump / Panama
Pete Smith = Aerosmith – Dude Looks Like A Lady
Mike Whitney = Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
Ron Barassi = Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger
Gabriel Gaté = Frenté – Accidentally Kelly Street
Lester Ellis = Vangelis – Chariots of Fire
Jimmy Hannon = Jimmy Barnes – Working Class Man
Norman Yemm =  REM – Losing My Religion
Donnie Sutherland = Dame Joan Sutherland – Toreador
‘Baby’ John Burgess = Baby Animals – One Word
Max Walker = Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna have Fun
Dr Harry Cooper = Alice Cooper – Department Of Youth
Joan Kirner = Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Love Rock And Roll
Rex Hunt = T Rex – Get It On
Simon Townsend = Pete Townsend (The Who) – Who Are You
David Boon = David Byrne (Talking Heads) – Once In A Lifetime
Brian Bury = Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Grassby, Grills, Nudge & Plumb = Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Teach Your Children
Hayley Lewis = Huey Lewis & The News – Hip To Be Square
Don Lane = Don Lane – Saturday Night Is The Lonelist Night Of The Week (the only correct one!)

Tony was recently interviewed on ABC702 Sydney radio by Adam Spencer about the musical finales and how they came about. (ABC site)

and now for the fun factor – here’s Pete!

1 comment

  1. Max Walker, who performed Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ on The Late Show, passed away this morning.

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