The Little River Band (LRB) is an iconic Australian rock band that achieved international success during the 1970s and 1980s.
Formed in Melbourne in 1975, the band initially consisted of lead vocalist Glenn Shorrock, Beeb Birtles on guitar and vocals, Graham Goble on guitar and vocals, Ric Formosa on lead guitar, Roger McLachlan on bass, and Derek Pellicci on drums.
Their smooth harmonies, catchy melodies, and polished musicianship quickly set them apart from other bands of their time.
The band’s self-titled debut album, “Little River Band,” was released in 1975 and garnered moderate success in Australia.
However, it was their second album, “After Hours” (1976), that launched them into international fame. The album featured their first hit single, “It’s a Long Way There,” which became a Top 10 hit in Australia and the United States. This success was followed by another hit single, “Curiosity Killed the Cat.”
In 1977, LRB released “Diamantina Cocktail,” which included the hit singles “Help Is on Its Way” and “Home on Monday.”
These songs solidified their position on the international music scene and made them one of the most successful Australian bands to break into the American market.
Their next album, “Sleeper Catcher” (1978), brought the band even greater success. The album featured their biggest hit to date, “Reminiscing,” which reached the No. 3 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.
The song’s soft rock sound and romantic lyrics resonated with audiences worldwide, and it remains one of their most beloved and enduring hits.
In 1980, the band released “First Under the Wire,” which included the Top 10 hit “Lonesome Loser” and the fan-favorite “Cool Change.”
The latter showcased Glenn Shorrock’s exceptional vocal abilities and became an anthem for many of their fans.
As with many bands, lineup changes occurred over the years. Glenn Shorrock left the band in 1982, and John Farnham briefly joined as the lead vocalist.
However, it was during the mid-1980s with lead vocalist Wayne Nelson that the band experienced their last significant commercial success.
Their album “Playing to Win” (1984) spawned hits like “The Other Guy” and “Blind Eyes,” further cementing their place in music history.
The Little River Band’s contributions to the music industry earned them a dedicated fan base and numerous awards. Their well-crafted soft rock songs continue to receive airplay on radio stations worldwide, and they have sold over 30 million records globally.
Despite changes in personnel and the challenges of the music industry, The Little River Band remains an enduring and influential name in the world of rock music.
Their unique sound, characterized by impeccable harmonies and memorable melodies, has stood the test of time, ensuring their legacy as one of Australia’s most successful musical exports.