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Daryl Braithwaite

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Biography

Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1949, Daryl Braithwaite became one of Australia's most successful pop singers, both as a solo act and with the band Sherbet. Braithwaite moved to Sydney in the mid-'60s and sang in a number of bands before joining Sherbet in 1970. Between 1970 and Sherbet's demise in 1983, Braithwaite enjoyed huge success, both with the band and with a number of solo single releases. Following the breakup of Sherbet -- after a period where they recorded under the name The Sherbs -- Braithwaite left the music industry for a number of years. This period saw him working, for a time, as a labourer on a council road gang. In 1988, however, Braithwaite returned to music when he signed with CBS/Sony and released Edge. Featuring four hit singles (including the Australian number one "As the Days Go By"), Edge became a huge success and was followed in 1991 by the triple-platinum Rise. Rise became Braithwaite's second number one album in as many releases and gave him only his second solo number one single since 1974 with "The Horses." Braithwaite's 1993 album Taste the Salt, hit the Australian top 20 and featured covers of material written by likeminded artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Robbie Robertson and Sheryl Crow. A 1994 single-disc retrospective of his Sony solo career -- Six Moons: The Best of 1988-1994 -- also charted and included exclusive material, such as the Tim Finn-penned "Blue Hills." Although Braithwaite's next studio album wouldn't arrive for a further 12 years, he spent the intervening period touring widely, both as a solo artist and with a reformed Sherbet, as well as making the occasional musical theatre appearance. When Snapshot arrived in 2005 it featured production from Scott Kingman, founder of the disbanded Melbourne rock act, Horsehead. Next, on 2008's The Lemon Tree he revisited key tracks from his career in an acoustic setting and while 2011 marked 40 years since Braithwaite's first hit single with Sherbet, the anniversary coincided with the release of his first ever live DVD. By 2013 he was in the news again when French electronic duo Daft Punk used a sample of The Sherbs' 1982 hit "We Ride Tonight" for "Contact", the closing track of their multi-territory number one album, Random Access Memories. ~ Jonathan Lewis & James Wilkinson

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