Ten sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance have been added to Sounds of Australia for 2017.
Among this year’s inclusions are the Play School theme, Louis the Fly advertisement and a song about our most famous cricket player Don Bradman, bringing the total to more than 120 sounds.
Established in 2007, Sounds of Australia is the National Film and Sound Archive’s collection of sound recordings that best characterise life in Australia.
Each year, the Australian public nominates new sounds to be added with final selections determined by a panel of industry experts.
Being part of Sounds of Australia means the recordings will live on at the NFSA, for future generations to discover and enjoy.
This year’s 10 Sounds of Australia are, in chronological order:
1910 Sweet Spirit Hear My Prayer – Marie Narelle
1930 Our Don Bradman – Len Maurice
1940-58 Australia’s Amateur Hour – AWA
1957 ‘Louie the Fly’ Mortein Advertisement – Ross Higgins
1962 I Remember You – Frank Ifield
1966 Play School Theme (There’s a Bear in There) – Various Performers
1977 Love Is In The Air – John Paul Young
1981 Brand New Day (Milliya Rumarra) – Kuckles
1982 Don’t Change – INXS
2001 Not Pretty Enough – Kasey Chambers
John Paul Young said it was an honour to be included.
“Love Is In The Air is a marvellous song which has achieved so much success in so many countries, over so many years,” he said.
“And now to be inducted into the prestigious Sounds of Australia is the cherry on top. I can only thank Harry Vanda and George Young for their hard work during my association with them and for giving me a lasting career.”
Not sure what to nominate?
They can be popular songs, advertising jingles, famous speeches, radio broadcasts, or any other sound recordings – as long as they’re Australian and more than 10 years old.