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Lucky Starr

Australian entertainer Lucky Starr was born Leslie William Morrison on 29 December 1940. His father was a motor mechanic and his mother was a housewife, and he had a younger sister. He attended Canterbury High School in Sydney before starting an apprenticeship as an electrician.

He began his rock and roll career in 1957 as ‘Les Starr’, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of The Hepparays in Sydney.

Late in 1959, as Lucky Starr, he signed as a solo artist with local label Festival Records and in December he released a four-track EP, Sentimental Journey. He followed with four more singles the following year.

He was a regular performer on music and variety TV shows, Bandstand and Six O’Clock Rock, and took over from Johnny O’Keefe as host of the latter for a brief period in 1960, while O’Keefe was touring the United States.