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In the mid 1960s I used to go to the teenage dance halls of the era and ask whichever band was playing if I could get up and sing. Within a year I had formed my own band. I was approached one night by the head of Clarion records and offered a recording contract. Naturally, I was over the moon, and within a couple of weeks I was in the studio behind the mike laying down a cover version of a song called I Will, which was released on vinyl as a 45rpm single. It was still in the charts in my hometown of Perth when I recorded my second single for 1968 here in Sydney at Festival records. Within weeks of its release, I received my draft notification and was conscripted into the army, trained as a field artillery gunner and sent to fight in Vietnam.