Instead of becoming a rock star, Perth-born Brian Cadd could have become a champion tennis player. At the age of ten, his mother offered him the opportunity of taking piano or tennis lessons. Brian chose the piano.
When he was 12, Brian’s mother entered him in a television talent quest and, as a result of his appearance, he was given the position of pianist in a junior band the TV station put together for a children’s program.
When his family moved to Tasmania, then to Melbourne, Brian played in jazz bands for a while before joining The Castaways, a moderately successful rock band on the Melbourne scene, which changed its name to The Jackson Kings.
When Axiom folded in March 1971, Brian chose a solo career and also began producing other artists.
In this capacity, he wrote, played on and produced Robin Jolley’s 1972 hit Marshall’s Portable Music Machine and Robin’s subsequent solo album.
In 1973, Brian had the two biggest selling Australian albums – Parabrahm and Brian Cadd. He also penned the music score for the film Alvin Purple, reprising the effort for the sequel Alvin Rides Again (1974).