Joe Camilleri formed The Black Sorrows in 1983 after dissolving Aussie New Wave/R&B band, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons.
Taking a year off to clear his head, Camilleri formed the new group (with Falcons’ guitarists Jeff Burstin and Wayne Burt) to play a mix of Zydeco, Cajun and soul gumbo which proved unexpectedly popular with his Australian audience.
The group built a dedicated Melbourne audience and released three albums – Sonola, Rocking Zydeco and A Place In The World.
For the 1987 album, Dear Children, Joe and the band took a different direction, leaving behind the Zydeco and Cajun-style material in favour of more straight-ahead rock.
Gone was the violin of Steve McTaggart and the accordion of George Butrumlis, and in their place was Mick O’Connors Hammond organ and the unique combination of two tubas, contributed by two young Melbourne musicians, Karl Fritzlaff and Tim Jones.
Michael ‘The Reverend’ O’Connor