• 1958 Achieved New Zealand’s first Gold Record
  • 1958 Released New Zealand’s biggest selling single – ‘LAWDY MISS CLAWDY’ – over 100,000 sold – 10 times Gold
  • *the Johnny Devlin Theatre Show broke all previous box office records
  • 1959 Invited to Australia as support for the Everly Brothers, the world’s biggest act at the time
  • 1960 Became a regular performer on the ABC’s 6 O’CLOCK ROCK TV show with Johnny O’Keefe and toured with JO’K extensively
  • Start of regular appearances on BANDSTAND with Brian Henderson
  • Total of 15 records on Australian charts
  • Composed Australia’s first double sided Instrumental ever to reach No 1 position for Digger Revell’s Denvermen called SURFSIDE b/w LISA MAREE. This song was later released internationally and has been featured in as the main instrumental in the highly acclaimed ABC documentary THE BODY SURFER.
  • Started own record label called TEEN RECORDS
  • Wrote MY LITTLE ROCKER’S TURNED SURFIE for Digger Revell – reached No 3 on charts
  • Wrote GOOD LOOKING BOY FOR PATSY ANN NOBLE , a version of which later made the US charts by Theresa Brewer
  • Wrote and recorded with the BEE GEES
  • 1961 Won “Bandstand’s Composers Award” for OUTSTANDING AUSTRALIAN COMPOSER
  • Won “OUTSTANDING AUSTRALIAN COMPOSER’S AWARD” on radio 2GB – John Laws Macquarie Tune Table Award
  • EITHER PERFORMED AS SUPPORT OR SUPPORTED BY
    • BEATLES 1964 tour of Australia and New Zealand – 35 shows. Congratulated by Paul McCartney for first RCA recording WON’T YOU BE MY BABE
    • ABBA – support act on channel 9 national programme
    • CHUCK BERRY, CONWAY TWITTY, DUANNE EDDY, GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS, EVERLY BROTHERS, RICKY NELSON, CRASH CRADDOCK, FABIAN, JOHNNY RAY, THE DRIFTERS, THE COASTERS, THE DENVERMEN, THE DELLTONES, MAX MERRITT AND THE METEORS, SHARON O’NEILL, RAY COLUMBUS (Invaders) and many more. Perhaps supported more international acts than any other Australasian entertainer.

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  • 60,000 PEOPLE AT A SHOW IN THE 1960’S AT A Sydney League-a-thon
  • Recorded for every major recording company in Australia: FESTIVAL, RCA, EMI, CBS
  • Recorded in UK on CBS. Reached Top 10 on Radio London with MY STRENGTH, HEART AND SOUL
  • USA – OUTSTANDING AUSTRALIAN SONGWRITER – executive Club Santa Barbara
  • Toured UK and Europe in 1984. Received DRIFTERS CLUB Award
  • Performed Australia Day 1994 at Sydney’s Darling Harbour – biggest live audience approx 1 million people
  • Regularly featured on electronic and tabloid media – commercial radio incl John Laws shows, ABC as well as national and international magazines
  • Has completed in excess of 2,000 shows in Australia and New Zealand in the past 10 years
  • Listed in the Darling Harbour POWER HOUSE MUSEUM as Australia’s first Rock and Roll artist to record a song with an Australian theme – STOMP THE TUMBARUMBA
  • 1998 “UNDER THE STARS” (Just Me and Australia) released on TIME LINES compact disc through FESTIVAL / MUSHROOM
  • Has featured in at least 10 major books. Recently featured in a two page spread in USA Magazine “Gold Mine” and is in the Rock and Roll Trivial Pursuit.
  • Regular performer at selected events and charitable organisations such as the EXODUS foundation
  • Regular at Australia’s biggest nostalgic event, ‘’THE WINTERSUN FESTIVAL” . (Previously inducted into the ”WINTERSUN HALL OF FAME” and voted ‘’BEST PROFILE PERFORMER 1998’’.
  • Johnny is presently writing new material and recording for his newly formed label ‘’WHITE CLOUD RECORDS’’.
  • Working on autobiography in consultation with a major book publisher.
  • Compact discs available including the latest release (NZ) “HOW WOULD YA BE” on Ode Records.
  • Presently negotiating international tours with major international promoters for 2008/09.
  • Headlined “BEST OF THE BEST” tour of New Zealand in August 2006 – 11 cities in all.
  • Inducted in to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in October 2007 – the very first artist to be inducted.
  • Received New Zealand’s first ever “LEGACY AWARD” at the New Zealand Music Awards in 2007.
  • Invited to perform at the Royal New Zealand Show in November 2007.
  • Received the Order of New Zealand Merit from Queen Elizabeth 2 in conjunction with the New Year’s Honours in January 2008.
  • February 2009 - Awarded Freedom of Wanganui City NZ in recognition of music achievements;
  • February 2009 - Invited to perform with the Tornadoes at the Masters Games Ceremony - NZ
  • February 2009 - Royal Investiture by Govenor General for Queen Elizabeth 2's Order of Merit Award in recognition for services to the arts.