17/10/1948 - 13/02/2017
A globally awarded senior creative and arts administrator, Carol has had successful careers in Australia and the UK as Creative Director/Producer, Artistic Director, Executive Producer, Assistant Director, Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist, Marketing Manager and Managing Director in several overlapping industries – Music, Film, Television, Radio, Marketing, Management and Event Production.
Trained as a Writer/Producer in radio (4KQ), Carol worked in London in 1969, where she headed up the Sales Contracting & Copyright Control department (Western Hemisphere) at global TV series distributor, ITC - Incorporated Television Company, issuing contracts for the sale of cult series like ‘Thunderbirds’, ‘The Saint’ and ‘Dangerman’ to TV networks across the globe.
Returning to Queensland to work in advertising, she began exploring her potential as a singer/songwriter, becoming Australia’s first ‘Rock Chick’. Dubbed Australia’s ‘Wild Woman of Rock’, Carol generated shock and respect as the first female singer/songwriter in the country to crash the ultimate boy’s club and front a successful recording and touring rock band in 1970 - some seven years ahead of those who followed e.g. Chrissie Amphlett of the Divinyls, and the American rock icon she totally upstaged at Brisbane’s Festival Hall in 1974- Suzy Quatro.
Leather, glam-rock or Jungle-green clad with Bowie knife strapped to her leg and live ammunition slung across her chest, Lloyd created her own rebellious look and raw gutsy style as she toured for 7 years with Railroad Gin (on the prestigious Polydor label for Phonogram) and the Carol Lloyd Band (EMI World-wide), racking up several No. 1 hits, and winning the first world-wide EMI International publishing contract issued to any artist in Australia.
Her first three singles –“ A Matter of Time”, double-sided hit, “ Do ya Love Me/Academy Rock” and ‘You Told the World” charted No. 1.
Carol’s songs were published in 27 countries, with her first album, “A Matter of Time” with Railroad Gin racing up to No. 1 in 3 weeks, and her second, “Mother was Asleep” charting No.1 or top 3 in Germany, France, Japan, Holland, and Indonesia.
The Carol Lloyd Band made further Australian rock history by being the first rock band to play the Sydney Opera House, opening a double-bill in the Concert Hall with Billie Thorpe and the Aztecs in 1976. They also headlined at the Hordon Pavilion, playing the first Sydney Festival.
When playing in their home city, the Gin as they were known, regularly pulled 27-29,000 people to gigs in the City Botanic Gardens.
Carol then branched out with her first solo album, “Take it or Leave it” for RCA internationally, with producer Colin Peterson, ex Drummer of the Bee Gees.
Each album spawned at least one No. 1 hit in centres all round Australia and key markets of Europe and Asia.
Her Bands became regulars on national ABC TV’s “GTK”, “Countdown”, “Sounds Unlimited” and “Night Moves”, as she shared the heady 70’s pub rock and uni circuit with Skyhooks, Little River Band, Jo Jo Zepp & The Falcons, AC/DC, The Angels, Sherbet, Air Supply, Daddy Cool, John English, Renee Geyer, Marcia Hines, and even Norman Gunston. She also shared the Festival Hall stage with a range of international performers such as blues legend, BB King who invited her to tour American with him.
Between tours, Carol returned to strategise, write and produce campaigns for national and international clients at ad agencies, John Clemenger and George Pattersons’, becoming Creative Director/Producer.
She devised the campaign line, then produced the domestic and international campaign for World Expo 88, then separately won the national tender to write the Exposition’s theme songs over jingle kings of the day, Mo and Jo of MOJO –( ‘You Oughta be Congratulated’ )- and Mike Brady of ‘Up there Cazaley’ fame.
In collaboration with original Railroad Gin keyboard and trumpet player, Frank Millward, BMs, MMs (NY), Carol co-composed ‘Together We’ll Show the World” around the campaign line she’d developed, and the official Qld Pavilion song, ‘Come Join the Spirit.’
‘Together we’ll show the World’ was played by school bands around Queensland and rapidly became the State’s unofficial anthem.
Her commercial music tracks were multi-award winners, in particular, her Brisbane Bitter radio series won a Silver ‘One Show’ global creative award in New York, judged as the second best series of radio commercials produced in the world that year (1982).
She was in good company. The Gold went to a writer judged better on the day - John Cleese.
The same series won a Silver Stylus and a BAD Award in Australia. Other global awards included a Clio for Rowntree-Hoadley packaging and a New York Film & Television Award for a National Gallery of Australia TV commercial for a photographic exhibition.
She then set up her own Agency, specialising in Advertising, Music, Theatre and Events creative and production.
This led to roles as Manager/Producer/Publicist for talents as large and diverse as the late Oscar-winner and screen legend, Miss Diane Cilento, and Christine Johnston /The Kransky Sisters who she launched at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and produced at the Sydney Opera House.
For two years, she produced the Ekka Wool Parades attended by over 70,000 each year.
A stint then followed at ABC Qld, where she was appointed Marketing Manager, Local Radio, then Researcher/Writer- ‘Snapshot’ which she named for ABC TV. While there, she also devised and produced major events around the state including ABC/BCC Brisbane Day, and the ABC/UQ Multicultural Fair attended by a total of over 120,000 people.
She was then invited to perform in the iconicall-woman annual music production, ‘Women in Voice 12”, where she worked with acclaimed composer, John Rodgers whose original musical ‘Dreamcatchers’ she later produced inInnisfail for Qld Music Festival . Her Festival roles continued as she became Producer & Publicist on both Qld Music Festival and Brisbane Festival (2003-2007) working with Artistic Directors, Lyndon Terracini for whom she produced ‘Charters Towers – The Musical’ written by composer, Shenton ‘Shenzo’ Gregory, and Paul Grabowskifor whom she also produced ‘Tropic of Jazz’ in Mackay.
She meanwhile continued her music career, playing large Corporate and Government events e.g. World Dental Congress, National Restaurant & Caterer’s Awards etc. accompanied by the Women In Voice Orchestra, and the After Hours Band. Carol also performed several Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre gigs for packed houses of international delegates with flamboyant pianist, Will Goodwin as cabaret duo, Lloyd & Goodwin.
The Queensland music industry and her home city of Brisbane have honoured Carol and her work in several ways over the past 10 years. The BCC installed a plaque honouring Railroad Gin and Carol’s music career in the Valley Walk of Fame, while dedicating a large spread in their best selling coffee table book, produced to honour 100 years of history in our city..’Brisbane – 100 Stories ‘. She was then inducted into the QMusic Hall of Fame, being presented with a coveted Grant McLennan Memorial‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award – the first woman to receive this prestigious Award, presented by the late Blues great, Mick Hadley and international Rock Historian, Journalist and Broadcaster, Ritchie Yorke – a close friend from the 60’s when they worked together at 4KQ – Carol as a junior writer and Ritchie as station publicist.
Always committed to the support and encouragement of emerging artists, Carol first saw gifted Country cross-over singer from Toowoomba, Sue Ray perform at the 2012 Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship Awards Finals. She became an instant fan and undertook to assist and encourage Sue to help fulfil her dreams of international recognition and success.
Sue appeared with her father, 60’s Rock icon, Owen Ray of ‘The Countdowns’ fame at Carol’s Party of a Lifetime in August, 2013 – (It was a 4-hour all-star show for family and friends to thank them for their love and support : Carol’s response to a diagnosis in April 2013 of the terminal lung disease, Interstitial Pulmonary Fibroses and a prognosis of ‘months, not years ‘to live..’perhaps a little longer if the treatment works’)
Backstage at Carol’s Party of a Lifetime at the State Library of Qld in August, they decided to record a duet together, and within weeks, Carol and Sue had taken the simple Elvis Presley ballad, ‘Love Me Tender’ to a sensitive new place, recording it with good friend and guest virtuoso violinist, Christa Powell of Topology fame.
Enjoying the ‘Love Me Tender’ recording project enormously, Carol developed the idea of a duet show.one where she and good music buds like Sue would share a stage and a love of great rock ballads and love songs, backed some previously unseen videos, and the best session players and international touring artists in the business
‘IT TAKES TWO, BABY’ was conceived, and the first in the series sold out the Powerhouse Theatre on Sat. 11th January 2014 in record time. The concept spawned the release an album of duets called ‘TAKE TWO’ featuring Carol and Friends – including Sue Ray, Troy Cassar-Daley, Laurel Edwards, Peter Harvey, Christine Johnston and Pearly Black.
Meanwhile, Carol was invited back with ‘IT TAKES TWO, BABY’ to the Brisbane Powerhouse on July 11th and 12th 2014. This second show featured long-time friend and Women In Voice regular, Pearly Black whose rich soulful gypsy tones and gutsy persona Carol has always admired.
In December 2014, Carol returned to the Powerhouse Theatre stage with a show her loyal fans had waited 40 years to see. Entitled ‘IT’S TIME’, it was the first time in her career that Carol had performed a 2 hour program featuring only her own compositions and recordings. Like the earlier duet shows, ‘ITS TIME’ played to packed houses, critical acclaim, standing ovations and thunderous encores.
Wanting to focus on her music and the documentation of her career, Carol retired from the role of Executive Producer for dynamic ‘new classical’ composition, performance and production company, Topology in August, 2014.
In October, 2015, Carol was invited back to perform in ‘WOMEN IN VOICE’ which enjoyed a sell-out season, marked by standing ovations at Brisbane’s Judith Wright Centre, and Ipswich Civic Centre.
While her classic hits of the 70’s remain on radio playlists around Australia, Carol continues to accept offers to perform and collaborate, with new ventures on the national stage planned for 2016, including the launch of a new cabaret-style show in contrast to her renowned rock concerts.
Anyone with an interest in rock music in Queensland in the early '70s will almost certainly be familiar with Railroad Gin. They formed in Brisbane in 1969 playing venues like the legendary Red Orb in Fortitude Valley. Geoff Fitzgibbon was the original lead singer but when he left, the group decided to go with Carol Lloyd, a fan who had occasionally done some percussion and backing vocals for them on stage.
By late 1973 the band included Bob Brown (percussion), Gary Evans (Drums), Peter Evans (flute, brass), Dim Jansons (bass), Laurie Stone (keyboards) and Phil Shields (guitar). This line-up blazed many musical trails in their short time together. They were signed to an international record label, were pioneers of multi track recording, performed Rock Masses, enjoyed number one singles and their Matter Of Time LP stands up as one of the great Australian releases of the era.
This 1974 album captured the groove heavy rock that the group had become famous for while touring extensively throughout the East Coast and South Australia.
Carol Lloyd left the band not long afterwards and cut another great LP with the Carol Lloyd Band. It was released internationally and sold well in Europe and South East Asia. The rest of Railroad Gin made one further LP Journeys End with new vocalist Judee Ford in 1976.
In 1975 Carol managed to convince some top notch studio musicians to join with her to become "The Carol Lloyd Band" and together they had signed a two year world wide recording contract with EMI Records. Colin Peterson, former member of the Bee Gees, was the man responsible for negotiating the contract and it was he who produced their first single "Storm In My Soul" / "Blue McKenzie". This song was a major hit, particularly in Queensland where Carol's fan base was strongest. It also afforded them the opportunity to appear on the national tv pop show "Countdown" to perform the song in front of a live studio audience and a viewing nation of pop music devotees.
All other album tracks were produced by Clive Shakespeare including their second single "All The Good Things" which was released in Sept 1976. The album "Mother Was Asleep At The Time", having taken only nine days to record, was released on Oct 18, 1976.
Censors had a field day over-reacting to the original cover artwork for the album which showed a bowie knife severing the umbilical cord of an unborn feotus. The album was only permitted a release date once the offending knife was removed from the picture. Released in 17 countries the album sold quite well and it was therefore a huge surprise to everyone when less than a year later the band announced that it was splitting up.
17/10/1948 - 13/02/2017
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