was an Australian pop group
. They are best known for their Top 10
song, "Tom-Tom Turnaround", which was released in 1971.
The band was founded in 1965 by John Lee (born 9 March 1944, Ashtead
) and the Australian Mel Noonan (born 10 November 1943, Sydney
). In 1968 John Kane (born 18 April 1946, Glasgow
) joined the group, and by the end of the decade they were one of Australia's most popular acts.
At the beginning of the 1970s, songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman booked the group on television. They also took the band to Europe, where record label owner Mickie Most signed them immediately to his imprint RAK. Their first single for RAK, "Rose Garden", hit #15 on the UK Singles Chart in 1971. At the same time, country singer, Lynn Anderson, released a cover version of this song which was an international #1 hit.
The group's biggest hit was a version of "Tom-Tom Turnaround", also recorded by Sweet. This was followed by "Kara, Kara", which was a hit in the UK and Germany; a German language version of the tune was a bigger hit for Peter Orloff. They had a fourth hit in the UK with "Sister Jane", but their next release, "Living Next Door to Alice", was a flop. This song would later become a worldwide hit for Smokie in 1976.
In the early 1970s, New World were regular musical guests on the BBC One TV show, The Two Ronnies.
New World's last releases were issued in 1976.
- "I'll Catch The Sun" (Decca F13031)
- "Something's Wrong" (Decca F13086)
- "Rose Garden" (RAK 111) - UK #15
- "Tom-Tom Turnaround" (RAK 117) - UK #6, GER #10
- "Kara, Kara" (RAK 123) - UK #17, GER #31
- "Sister Jane" (RAK 130) - UK #9
- "Living Next Door To Alice" (RAK 142) - AUS #35
- "Rooftop Singing" (RAK 148) - UK #50
- "Old Shep" (RAK 165)
- "Do It Again" (EMI 2158)
- "Sweet Dreams" (EMI 2194)
- "I'm A Clown" (EMI 2234)
- "Sitting In The Sun" (EMI 2312)
- "But Not Afraid To Dream" (EMI 2464)
- "Homemade Sunshine" (EMI 2547)
- New World (RAK SRAK 502)
- Believe In Music (RAK SRAK 506)
- Yesterday's Gone (EMI EMC 3702)
- Best of New World (Repertoire - CD - 2002)