LISTENING the other day with only half an ear and half an eye to the Freevision ad on TV, it struck me that this was one commercial I wouldn’t mind hearing more than once, and that the lead was one mighty fine singer who looked familiar.
And of course it is the wonderful Yvette Johansson belting out “The Best Things in Life are Free” with Steve Purcell’s Pearly Shells – a combination which has been raising the roof with this tune long before Freevision cottoned on to them.
The first version of this commercial was recorded by the Melbourne Ska Orchestra in 2012. The Pearly Shells version was launched in September 2013.
Below you can enjoy the full Pearly version which includes a brief glimpse of Steve working over his bass.
Friday 11th they’ll be at The Bendigo Botanic Gardens, Scott Street, White Hills as part of Bendigo’s Music in the Park program. Free entry. Music from 7pm -9pm Saturday 12th they’ll be at the Transit Cocktail Lounge, Level 2, Transport Hotel, Fed Square, corner Swanston & Flinders Streets. 9.30pm-12.30am. 9654 8808 Sunday 13th at the Dogs Bar, 54 Acland Street, St Kilda. 9pm-11pm. 8534 3020 Saturday 26th they’ll be starring with the big band & featuring Yvette Johansson, at the Victorian Jazz Club, 163 Carinish Road, Clayton. 8pm-11pm. 9553 3850. Sunday 27th: A duo from the band will be at Goonawara winery, 19/25 Anderson Road, Sunbury. (10 minutes from Melbourne airport) 12.30pm- 3.30pm. 8534 3020 Sunday 27th: And later that evening, back at the Dogs Bar, 54 Acland Street, St Kilda from 9pm-11pm
To keep up to date on Pearly Shells doings, you can look at their Facebook page:
And here they do their thing with “Hey Good Looking”. That’s Steve Purcell on vocals. Who was it said you can’t play bass and sing at the same time?
WHILE many lucky musos and fans are off at the Merimbula Jazz Festival (and some less lucky are having trouble getting through the floods), here are a few jazz events on in Melbourne to keep the rest of us warm and happy. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is still on until Sunday 10 June, and you can find the program on their website. http://www.melbournejazz.com
Saturday 9 June: MICHAEL McQuaid’s Red Hot Rhythmakers, “Hop Off”, at the Victoria Hotel, 380 Victoria Street, Brunswick. 9.00pm 9388 0830.