The legendary Mondo Rock and Daddy Cool frontman Ross Wilson today releases his previously unreleased version of Johnny O’Keefe’s classic Wild One (Real Wild Child), for The Melbourne Reclink Community Cup, which he will play at the beloved event on June 26 at Elsternwick Park.
Stashed in the vault for years, Ross has been waiting for the perfect time to release his rollicking version of Wild One, a song he believes to be Australia’s first genuine home grown rock'n'roll composition and the song which sparked his interest in becoming a musician.
Ross Wilson said:
“As a 10-year- old boy the first rock’n roll performer I saw was Johnny O’Keefe on a bill with Buddy Holly & The Crickets and Jerry Lee Lewis at Festival Hall in 1958.
“Wild One (Real Wild Child) is demonstrably Australia’s first genuine home grown rock’nroll composition. Jerry-Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Jet Harris, Status Quo, Everlife, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Glamour Camp, Marshall Crenshaw, Brian Setzer, Teenage Head, Albert Lee and Wakefield are among the artists who have payed homage to the track.”
Covered by such luminaries as Iggy Pop (the David Bowie produced track is still used as the theme song to ABC’s RAGE program today), Wild One has since become a rock music standard.
The song will be released today digitally iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and all good digital outlets.
Have a listen to the track here.
Click here to hear Ross Wilson’s Wild One (Real Wild Child): https://goo.gl/5QEnHL
On Sunday 26 June, the 23 rd annual clash between the Rockdogs and Triple R 102.7FM / PBS 106.7FM Megahertz will be fought out at Elsternwick Park.
A questionably skilled Aussie-rules match between Melbourne’s music community (The Rockdogs) and community radio stations PBS and RRR (The Megahertz), The Melbourne Reclink Community Cup is now the most anticipated event on the charity/football/music/community calendar.
Following the solo performance from Ross Wilson, other off-the- field entertainment will include Regurgitator, Total Giovanni brings the most sexually-charged discothèque this side of the tropic of Capricorn, the rock ‘n’ roll quintet who could melt steel beams The Sugarcanes pop their Community Cup cherry, Loose Tooth promise to be the best live show you’ve ever seen, and Rhys Muldoon (of Playschool fame) teams up with Spiderbait’s Kram to create the ‘rockingest’ and most well-thought- out kids’ band possible.