The Dawn Song – Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs

Australian Charts:
The Dawn Song peaked at no 29 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 6 November 1971.

During 1971, Billy Thorpe & The Azrecs continued to win over Melbourne’s audiences with their power-blues repertoire. A four-piece band following the departure of Loyde, the Aztecs (Thorpe, Morgan and Wheeler, with new drummer Gil “Rathead” Matthews) headlined a major concert at the Melbourne Town Hall. The evening’s performance, including Morgan’s commandeering of the town hall organ, was captured on the album Live at Melbourne Town Hall, and which has since become known for the group’s deafening performance, which (it was claimed) cracked the windows of neighbouring buildings.
By contrast, the pastoral-sounding ‘The Dawn Song’ was released in 1971. A moderate hit, it displayed the musical diversity of Thorpe and his colleagues at this time.
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