Olivia Newton-John Overview
Olivia Newton-John AO Order of Australia , OBE Order of the British Empire (born 26 September 1948) is an English-born, Australian raised singer/actress. She is a four-time Grammy award Grammy Awards winner who has amassed five No. 1 and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles
Newton-John has been a long-time activist for environmental environmentalism and animal rights issues. Since surviving breast cancer in 1992,,PPA173,M1, she has been an advocate for health awareness becoming involved with various charities, health products and fundraising efforts. Her business interests have included launching several product lines for Koala Blue and co-owning the Gaia Retreat & Spa in Australia.
Newton-John has married twice and currently lives with her second husband, John Easterling, in Jupiter, Florida. She is the mother of one daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, with her first husband, actor Matt Lattanzi.
Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England, to a Welsh father, Brinley ("Bryn") Newton-John, and a German mother, Irene Born (the eldest child of the Nobel prize-winning atomic physicist Max Born). Newton-John's family emigrated in 1954 to Melbourne, Australia, where her father worked as a Professor of German and Master of Ormond College Ormond College (University of Melbourne) at the University of Melbourne Melbourne University .
At 14, Newton-John formed a short-lived all-girl band, Sol Four, with three classmates often performing in a coffee shop owned by her brother-in-law. She soon became a regular on local Australian radio and television shows including HSV-7 HSV (TV station) 's The Happy Show Happy Hammond where she performed as Lovely Livvy. She also appeared on the Go Show where she met future duet partner, Pat Carroll Pat Carroll (singer) , and future record producer, John Farrar. (Carroll and Farrar eventually married.) She entered and won a talent contest on the television program, Sing, Sing, Sing, hosted by 1960s Australian icon Johnny O'Keefe performing the songs "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses." Newton-John was initially reluctant to use her prize, a trip to England, but traveled there nearly a year later encouraged by her mother to broaden her horizons. – the brainchild of American producer Don Kirshner who also created the Monkees The Monkees . In 1970, the group recorded an eponymous album and starred in a "science fiction musical" film also named after the group. The project bombed and the group quickly disbanded.
Newton-John released her first solo album, If Not For You, in 1971. The title track If Not For You , written by Bob Dylan, was her first international hit (No. 25 Pop, No. 1 Adult Contemporary). ("If Not For You" was originally recorded by Beatle The Beatles George Harrison on his album All Things Must Pass in 1970.) Her follow-up, "Banks of the Ohio," was a Top 10 hit in England and Australia, but faltered in the U.S. (No. 94 Pop, No. 34 AC). She was voted Best British Female Vocalist two years in a row by the magazine Record Mirror. She made frequent appearances on Cliff Richard's weekly show It's Cliff Richard PPT387,M1 and starred with him in the telefilm The Case. In the United States, Newton-John's career foundered after If Not For You until the release of "Let Me Be There" in 1973. The song reached the American Top 10 on the Pop (No. 6), Country (No. 7),PPA248,M1 and AC (No. 3) charts and earned her a Grammy Grammy Awards for Best Country Female PPT387,M1 and an Academy of Country Music award for Most Promising Female Vocalist. All six song candidates for the contest were recorded by Newton-John and included on her Long Live Love album, her first for the EMI Records label. In North America, this album was released by MCA Records as If You Love Me, Let Me Know, with the six Eurovision songs dropped for four different, more-country-oriented tracks to capitalize on the success of "Let Me Be There." The title track was the first single, reaching No. 5 Pop, No. 2 Country ,PPT387,M1, the ballad became her first No. 1 Pop (two weeks) and second No. 1 AC (three weeks) hit (also No. 6 Country) and earned Newton-John two more Grammys Grammy Awards for Record of the Year PPA5,M1 and Best Pop Female. The success of both singles helped the album reach No. 1 on both the Pop (one week)
Newton-John's country success was reviled by purists who believed a foreigner singing country-flavored pop music did not belong in country music.,PPT405,M1, all established country music artists. Newton-John's win outraged many country artists leading to the formation of the short-lived Association of Country Entertainers (ACE). Newton-John was eventually supported by most in the country music community. Stella Parton, Dolly's sister, recorded "Ode To Olivia" and Newton-John recorded her 1976 album Don't Stop Believin' Don't Stop Believin' (Olivia Newton-John album) , in Nashville.
Newton-John's singles continued to easily top the AC chart, where she ultimately amassed ten No. 1 singles including a record seven consecutively:
* "I Honestly Love You" (1974) – 3 weeks
* "Have You Never Been Mellow Have You Never Been Mellow (song) " (1975) – 1 week
* "Please Mr. Please" (1975) – 3 weeks
* "Something Better To Do" (1975) – 3 weeks
* "Let It Shine/He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother" (1976) – 2 weeks
* "Come On Over" (1976) – 1 week
* "Don't Stop Believin'" (1976) – 1 week
She also provided a prominent, but uncredited, vocal on John Denver's "Fly Away Fly Away (John Denver song) " single, which was succeeded by her own single, "Let It Shine/He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother," at No. 1 on the AC chart. Newton-John also continued to reach the Country Top 10 where she tallied seven Top 10 singles through 1976's "Come On Over" (No. 23 Pop, No. 5 Country and remained po***r enough that it was re-released in theaters on its 20th anniversary in 1998.PPT499,M1 Newton-John's performance earned her a People's Choice award for Favorite Motion Picture Actress. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Musical and performed the Oscar-nominated "Hopelessly Devoted To You" at the 1979 Academy Awards. To this day, the soundtrack still sells several thousand copies per week and often appears on Billboard Billboard magazine 's Soundtracks chart.
Newton-John's transformation in the film from goody-goody "Sandy 1" to spandex-clad spandex "Sandy 2" emboldened Newton-John to do the same with her music career. In November 1978, she released the pop album Totally Hot, which became her first solo Top 10 (No. 7) album since Have You Never Been Mellow. Dressed on the cover all in leather, the album's singles "A Little More Love" (No. 3 Pop, No. 94 Country, No. 4 AC), "Deeper Than The Night" (No. 11 Pop, No. 87 Country, No. 4 AC), and the title track (No. 52 Pop) all demonstrated a more aggressive and more uptempo sound for Newton-John.PPA335,M1 Although the album clearly de-emphasized country, it still reached No. 4 on the Country Albums chart. Newton-John released the B-side, "Dancin' 'Round And 'Round," of the "Totally Hot" single to Country radio, where it peaked at No. 29 PPA249,M1 (as well as No. 82 Pop and No. 25 AC), becoming her last charted solo Country airplay single to date.
Newton-John began 1980 by releasing I Can't Help It (No. 12 Pop, No. 8 AC), a duet with Andy Gibb from his After Dark album, and by starring in her third television special, Hollywood Nights. Later that year, she appeared in her first film since Grease starring in the musical Xanadu Xanadu (film) with Gene Kelly and Michael Beck. Although the movie was a critical failure, it was ultimately profitable and its soundtrack was certified double platinum. The soundtrack (No. 4 Pop) boasted five Top 20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 PPT537,M1 , including Newton-John's Magic Magic (Olivia Newton-John song) (No. 1 Pop, No. 1 AC), Suddenly with Cliff Richard (No. 20 Pop, No. 4 AC), and the title-song with ELO Electric Light Orchestra (No. 8 Pop, No. 2 AC). Magic was Newton-John's biggest Pop hit to that point (four weeks at No. 1) PPT537,M1 and still ranks as the biggest AC hit of her career (five weeks at No. 1). The film has since become a cult classic and the basis for a well-reviewed, Tony Tony Awards -nominated Broadway show that ran for more than 500 performances in 2007–2008.
In 1981, Newton-John released her most successful studio album, the double platinum Physical Physical (Olivia Newton-John album) . The title track, written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick, spent ten weeks atop the Billboard Billboard magazine Hot 100, matching the record of most weeks at No. 1 held by Debby Boone's You Light Up My Life You Light Up My Life (song) . The single was certified platinum and it ultimately ranked as the biggest song of the decade. (In 2008, Billboard ranked the song No. 6 among all songs that charted in the 50-year history of the Hot 100.) The song even earned Newton-John her only placement ever on the R&B Singles (No. 28) and Albums (No. 32) chart. The Physical Physical (Olivia Newton-John album) album spawned two more singles, Make a Move on Me (No. 5 Pop, No. 6 AC) PPT559,M1 and Landslide (No. 52 Pop).
To counter the overtly suggestive tone of the title track, Newton-John filmed an exercise-themed video that turned the song into an aerobics anthem (and made headbands a fashion accessory outside the gym). Newton-John became a pioneer in the nascent music video industry by recording a video album Olivia Physical for Physical featuring videos of all the album's tracks and three of her older hits. The video album earned her a fourth Grammy and was aired as an ABC prime time special, Let's Get PhysicalPPT559,M1 and Tied Up (No. 38 Pop). The tour was filmed for her Olivia In Concert television special which premiered on HBO in January 1983. The special was subsequently released to video earning Newton-John another Grammy nomination.
Newton-John re-teamed with Travolta in 1983 for the critically and commercially unsuccessful Two of a Kind Two of a Kind (1983 film) , redeemed by its platinum soundtrack (No. 26 Pop) featuring Twist Of Fate (No. 5 Pop) ,PPT559,M1, Livin' In Desperate Times (No. 31 Pop), and a new duet with Travolta, Take A Chance (No. 3 AC). Newton-John released another video package, the Grammy-nominated Twist Of Fate, featuring videos of her four songs on the Two of a Kind soundtrack and the two new singles from Olivia's Greatest Hits Vol. 2.
The same year, Newton-John and Pat Farrar founded Koala Blue. The store was originally for Australian imports, but evolved into a chain of women's clothing boutiques. The chain was initially successful, but eventually declared bankruptcy and closed in 1992.PPA335,M1 Newton-John and Farrar would later license the brand name for a line of Australian produced wines, confections, and bed/bath products.
Newton-John married long-time boyfriend Matt Lattanzi in December 1984. The couple had met four years earlier while filming Xanadu Xanadu (film) . (They divorced in 1995.) Newton-John resumed recording in 1985 with the release of the gold Soul Kiss (No. 29 Pop). The album's only charted single was the title track (No. 20 Pop, No. 20 AC). Newton-John's pregnancy with daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi (b. January 1986) PPA335,M1 limited her publicity for the album. The video album for Soul Kiss featured videos of only five of the album's ten tracks, and the album's second single, Toughen Up, failed to even chart.
After a three-year hiatus to raise Chloe, Newton-John returned with 1988's The Rumour. The album was promoted by an HBO special, Olivia Down Under, and its first single, the title track, was written and produced by Elton John. Both the single (No. 62 Pop, No. 33 AC) and the album (No. 67 Pop) fizzled PPA335,M1 This album also did not revive her recording career struggling to No. 124 Pop.
Breast cancer survivor and health advocate
Newton-John was primed for another comeback in 1992 when she compiled her third hits collection, Back To Basics – The Essential Collection 1971–1992 (No. 121 Pop), and planned her first tour since her Physical trek ten years earlier. Shortly after the album's release, Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer, forcing her to cancel all publicity for the album, including the tour. (Newton-John received her diagnosis on the same weekend her father died.) Newton-John recovered and has since become a tireless advocate for breast cancer research and other health issues. She has been a product spokesperson for the Liv-Kit, a breast self-examination product. She is co-owner of the Gaia Retreat and Spa in Byron Bay, Australia, which is advertised as "the ideal place to renew, refresh, and restore your mind, body and soul."
Newton-John's cancer diagnosis affected the type of music she recorded. In 1994, she released Gaia: One Woman's Journey, which chronicled her ordeal. This was the first album on which Newton-John wrote all of the songs, encouraging her to become more active as a songwriter thereafter. In 2005, she released Stronger Than Before, sold exclusively in the United States by Hallmark. Proceeds from the album's sales benefited breast cancer research. The album featured the song Phenomenal Woman based on the poem by Maya Angelou that featured guest vocals from Diahann Carroll, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Delta Goodrem, Amy Holland, Patti LaBelle, and Mindy Smith who were all cancer survivors or whose lives were affected by the disease. The following year, Newton-John released a healing CD, Grace And Gratitude. The album was sold exclusively by Walgreens,
In 2008, Newton-John raised funds to help build the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia. She led a three-week, 228 km walk along the Great Wall of China during April joined by various celebrities and cancer survivors throughout her trek. The walk symbolized the steps cancer patients must take on their road to recovery. Newton-John released a companion CD, A Celebration In Song, the following month in Australia and later worldwide featuring new and previously recorded duets by "Olivia Newton-John & Friends." Her "Friends" included Jann Arden, Jimmy Barnes, John Farrar, Barry Gibb, Delta Goodrem, Sun Ho, Richard Marx, Cliff Richard, Melinda Schneider, Amy Sky and Keith Urban. In October, Newton-John helped launch the www.liv.com website and teamed with fitness franchise Curves to distribute one million Liv-Aid breast self-examination aids for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Newton-John's spirituality also extended to the release of several Christmas albums. In 2000, she teamed with Vince Gill and the London Symphony Orchestra for 'Tis The Season, sold exclusively through Hallmark. The following year, she released The Christmas Collection, which compiled seasonal music previously recorded for her Hallmark Christmas album, her appearance on Kenny Loggins' 1999 TNN Christmas special, and her contributions to the Mother And Child and Spirit Of Christmas multi-artist collections. In 2007, she re-teamed with her Grace And Gratitude producer, Amy Sky, for Christmas Wish (No. 187 Pop), which was sold exclusively by Target.
Newton-John's spiritual, contemplative music was complemented by her pop-oriented releases. In 1998, she returned to Nashville to record Back With A Heart (No. 59 Pop).
Newton-John's television work included starring in two Christmas movies, A Mom For Christmas (1990) and A Christmas Romance (1994) – both Top 10 Nielsen hits. Her daughter, Chloe Chloe Rose Lattanzi , starred as one of her children in both A Christmas Romance and in the 2001 Showtime film The Wilde Girls. Newton-John guest-starred as herself in the sitcoms Ned and Stacey, Murphy Brown and Bette Bette (TV series) . In Australia, Newton-John hosted Wild Life, a show about animals and nature – two major interests for Newton-John. She also guest starred as Joanna on two episodes of the Australian series The Man From Snowy River The Man from Snowy River (TV series) .
Newton-John met gaffer gaffer (motion picture industry) /cameraman camera operator Patrick McDermott a year after her 1995 divorce from Matt Lattanzi. The couple dated on and off for nine years until he went missing following a 2005 fishing trip off the California coast.PPA174,M1 Various theories abounded regarding his disappearance ranging from his death by accident or foul play to McDermott staging his disappearance to avoid child support payments to his ex-wife, actress Yvette Nipar. Newton-John, who was in Australia at her self-owned Gaia Retreat & Spa at the time of his disappearance, was never a suspect and refused to comment on any speculation. A US Coast Guard investigation released in 2008 "suggest[ed] McDermott was lost at sea",
Newton-John released another concert DVD, Olivia Newton-John and the Sydney Symphony: Live at the Sydney Opera House, and a companion CD, Olivia's Live Hits, in January 2008. An edited version of the DVD premiered on PBS station, WLIW (Garden City, New York), in October 2007 and subsequently aired nationally during the network's fund-raising pledge drives. This was Newton-John's third live album after the 1981 Japanese release, Love Performance, and her 2000 Australian release, One Woman's Live Journey.
In June 2008, Newton-John secretly wed John ("Amazon John") Easterling, founder and president of natural remedy firm, Amazon Herb Company. The couple met 15 years earlier, but only became romantically involved in 2007. (Like Newton-John, this was Easterling's second marriage.) The couple married alone in a private Incan spiritual ceremony in Cuzco, Peru on June 21 followed nine days later by a legal ceremony on the Jupiter Island beachfront in Florida. There were no guests at either service since the couple preferred to marry simply and privately. Only Newton-John's daughter, Chloe, was aware of the nuptials. The couple did not announce their marriage until a July 4 barbecue at Newton-John's Malibu, California home where guests were surprised with the news. The wedding was confirmed thereafter by HELLO! magazine which published exclusive pictures of both weddings. In June 2009, the Easterlings purchased a new $4.1 million home in Jupiter Inlet Jupiter Inlet Colony
* Newton-John still occasionally tours. Most of her recent public performances have been at charitable functions or to promote products such as Zamu
* Newton-John joined Judy Brooks and Roy Walkenhorst as co-host of the health and well-being series, Healing Quest, currently airing on PBS.
* Newton-John collaborated with producer David Foster to record Hope Is Always Here for the November 2009 television special, Kaleidoscope. The song was written for the show's performance by another breast cancer survivor, figure skater Dorothy Hamill, and was released as a digital single after the show aired.
* Newton-John will be featured in UniGlobe Entertainment's breast cancer docu-drama, 1 a Minute, scheduled for release in 2010.
* Newton-John will appear in an episode of the musical TV series Glee as herself singing Physical alongside series regular Jane Lynch.;'Studio albums'
* If Not For You If Not for You (album) (1971)
* Olivia Olivia (Olivia Newton-John album) (1972)
* Let Me Be There/Music Makes My Day Let Me Be There (album) (1973)
* Long Live Love (1974)
* If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1974)
* Have You Never Been Mellow (1975)
* Clearly Love (1975)
* Come On Over Come On Over (Olivia Newton-John album) (1976)
* Don't Stop Believin' Don't Stop Believin' (Olivia Newton-John album) (1976)
* Making a Good Thing Better (1977)
* Totally Hot (1978)
* Physical Physical (Olivia Newton-John album) (1981)
* Soul Kiss (1985)
* The Rumour The Rumour (album) (1988)
* Warm and Tender Warm and Tender (Olivia Newton-John album) (1989)
* Gaia Gaia (Olivia Newton-John album) (1994)
* Back With a Heart Back with a Heart (1998)
* 'Tis the Season 'Tis the Season (album) (2000)
* (2) (2002)
* Indigo: Women of Song (2004)
* Stronger Than Before (2005)
* Grace and Gratitude (2006)
* Christmas Wish Christmas Wish (Olivia Newton-John album) (2007)
* A Celebration in Song (2008)
;'Main compilation albums'
* Greatest Hits Olivia Newton-John's Greatest Hits (1977)
* Olivia's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1982)
* Back to Basics: The Essential Collection 1971–1992 (1992)
* Love Performance (1981)
* Highlights from The Main Event (1998)
* One Woman's Live Journey (2000)
* Olivia's Live Hits (2008)
* Toomorrow Toomorrow (soundtrack) (1970)
* Grease Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (1978)
* Xanadu Xanadu (soundtrack) (1980)
* Two of a Kind Two of a Kind (soundtrack) (1983)
* Sordid Lives (2000)
* Sordid Lives: The Series (2008)
* Olivia Physical (1982)
* Olivia in Concert (1983)
* Twist of Fate Twist of Fate (song) (1983)
* Soul Kiss Soul Kiss (video) (1985)
* Olivia Down Under (1988)
* Live at the Sydney Opera House (2008)
* Video Gold 1 Video Gold (2005)
* Video Gold 2 Video Gold (2005)* If Not For You Tour (1972)
* Clearly Love Tour (1975)
* Love Performance Tour (1976)
* Totally Hot World Tour (1978)
* Physical World Tour (1982)
* The Main Event Tour (1998)
* Greatest Hits Tour (1999)
* One Woman's Live Journey Tour (1999)
* Millennium Tour (2000)
* 30 Musical Years Tour (2001)
* Heartstrings World Tour (2002)
* Japan 2006 Tour (2006)
* Live at the Sydney Opera House Tour (2006)
* Grace and Gratitude Tour (2006)
* Body Heart & Spirit Tour (2007)
* Verona-Canadian 2007 Tour (2007)
* United States 2009 Tour (2009)
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