SYDNEY STADIUM Cnr New South Head Road & Neild Avenue, Rushcutters Bay
The Sydney Stadium's final concert presentation was The Four Tops, supported by The Flying Circus, on 1 June 1970. The building was demolished in 1973 to make way for the overhead section of the Eastern Suburbs Railway. Its former site is now marked by a commemorative plaque.
Gordon's first major concert tour, staged in July 1954, was an all-star 'package' tour featuring jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich and Artie Shaw, with comedian Jerry Colonna. It played at the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Stadiums, but Gordon lost heavily on the venture
.In the late 1950s and early 1960s he was involved in tours by Winifred Atwell, Moira Lister, Lonnie Donegan, Bob Crosby, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Ruth Wallis, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Helen Shapiro, Kenny Ball, Sophie Tucker, Marcel Marceau, Eartha Kitt, Joyce Grenfell, Nelson Eddy, Des O’Connor, Jack Benny, and the musical Stop The World – I Want To Get Off. His greatest coup came when he engaged the Beatles for an Australian tour before they had become world famous. By the time they got to Australia in 1964, they played for a fraction of the fee they could command elsewhere.
Other concert attractions included Marlene Dietrich, who toured for him twice, Manfred Mann, Cilla Black, Mark Wynter, the Dave Clark Five, the Seekers, Gene Pitney, P.J. Proby, Peter Paul and Mary, Normie Rowe, Bob Dylan, Herb Alpert, and Trini Lopez. Brodziak’s theatrical productions included Madge Ryan in Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy, Ron Randell in There’s a Girl in My Soup, Robert Morley in his one-man show, the musical Instant Marriage and The Windmill Revue.
Harry M Miller
Perrin Productions dec. 1961
Stadium & Aztec Prod. 1964
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