Top tracks from this artist:
A Distant Sound
All There Ever Is
Waiting For Brad Pitt
Label: Blue Pie Productions
Artists Genre: Acoustic
John Hanlon was born in Malaya in 1949 to
Chinese-European parents. He was raised in Kuala
Lumpur and Singapore, before going to boarding school
in Australia, and eventually settling in Auckland with
his parents in the early sixties.
John is a self-taught guitarist and by the age of
twenty, had developed an enormous collection of lyrics
and tunes, which he wrote in many exercise books. One
night in 1971 he opened his songbook and played some
of his tunes to a few enthusiastic supporters at a
party. Bruce Barton, of Mascot Studios, heard him and
was impressed enough to record a large number of items
from his songbook.
Bruce then took these songs and managed to get John a
recording contract on the Family Label. He was teamed
up with arranger and keyboard player, Mike Harvey. The
first single was released in late 1972 called "Old
Fashioned Music"/"Mickey Mouse House". This was
closely followed in 1973 with his first album called
In addition to being a creative director for agencies
ranging from Mojo to McHarmon's, John has been a
cartoonist, high decibel pop star, and songwriter.
John is still a prolific composer, winning as many
awards for songwriting as he has for advertising.
Together with Paul Wilson, John started the forerunner
to LOUD, Hanlon Wilson Weekes, in 1989.
The world is getting ready to embrace one of New
Zealands and Australia's great musical exports. The
songs are strong and heart felt. They have depth and
meaning which is often overlooked with the pop market
of today. John Hanlon continues to write and will have
a serries of new releases over the next 24 months.
For more on John Hanlon and his music you can visit
Blue Pie Productions at www.bluepie.com.au
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