Chris Turner

London born guitarist, started playing in 1961 around the London rock scene. Chris was playing through a Watkins 17 Watt amp with a Hofner Club 40 at the age of 14. He appeared on the same bill as Bowie, Frampton and The Small Faces with Steve Marriot. His band also did shows with John Mayall, Manfred Mann and Johnny Dankworth to name just a few. He played the Mecca Ballroom Circuit with his band The Consorts until 1965.

The late sixties saw the Chris Turner Group and 'The Wranglers' emerge in Auckland, New Zealand where he toured the North Island learning his trade not only as a guitarist but also as a band leader. He did a stint with hit band 'Summer Wine' and 'The Soundelles', Auckland's only professional band at the infamous Oriental Ballroom.

In 1970 Chris moved to Sydney, Australia. He signed up with a package show called The Action and set of on a tour of The Philippines and Vietnam. after an exhaustive three-month stint, three shows a day, seven days a week, he was jailed on drug charges. He escaped and had an epic life-threatening adventure. He eventually made it back to Sydney.

  On his return from overseas Chris once again formed his own band and toured New South Wales and Queensland, one tour lasting over 18 months. 1973 Chris's eight piece band Drain, which featured two drummers and a horn section, worked around the Sydney hard rock clubs, including the world famous Chequers night club and The Bondi Lifesaver, Whisky a Go Go and dozens of the other numerous clubs.

In 1974 Chris was asked to join heavy rock band Buffalo, recording and writing the title track on the fifth album Average Rock n' Roller. Buffalo did numerous radio and television spots and toured Australia with Richie Blackmore's Rainbow. Throughout this time Pete Wells and Digger Royal (Rose Tattoo) were stable members of The Chris Turner Band which could be seen every Monday night at the infamous night club Chequers from late till dawn. The band continued to play all the hot night spots on the circuit.

The Chris Turner Band continued to work and tour throughout the late seventies with Chris taking time out to work with Rose Tattoo, F J Holden and the Easybeats' Stevie Wright. Literally hundreds of musicians passed through Turner's band as it relentlessly toured Australia.

Chris was asked to record a track for The Australian Guitar Album and was also featured on the Concert Of The Decade with F J Holden. His solo album, My Guitar n' Me was released in 1980 and his band toured constantly. 1982 Saw Chris release his only ever single I'm Crazy - his band continued to tour !

In 1983 Chris teamed up again with La De Da's veteran Ronnie Peel (Rockwell T James). They toured with 'The Aces' and the 'Rhythm Aces" and then went on to form the $cattered Aces. The Aces released a single Waltzing Matilda / C'mon Everybody followed by the EP $ix Pack, a rollicking good example of Aussie Pub rock. Rose Tattoos' Pete Wells augmented the line up along with Turner's ex manic drummer, Paul Demarco.( Fred Zepplin ). "Six Pack' reached 16 in the national charts.

Turner and Peel surfaced with Slightly Shady and The Chris Turner Band continued!!!

Chris did countless sessions on radio and TV ads and produced the Lucy De Soto Album Three Girls And A Sailor. Chris ganged up with Lucy De Soto and Pete Wells to tour in Darwin and his own band returned to Mt Isa for a season at the Berkeley Hotel. Chris, together with Status Quo's Alan Lancaster, recorded Exile, a rock album featuring many of Chris's friends. Chris did some recording with the Party Boys and was featured on the hit album Hold Your Head Up. In the late eighties Chris recorded and produced the BB Strutt album Four Play and toured with the band promoting the product. Chris also worked his bands The Tom Cats, 'The Wasted Seamen' and The Wolf Tones around NSW. Chris produced the Adam Carl Stephens album Skybrain Surfing and was featured on the Pete Wells album Orphans as well as playing on albums by Rick Veneer and Tony Ryan.

Chris established The College Of Contemporary Guitar in Sydney. He faced five major operations on his hands and had to learn to play again after this surgery. Natural Born Trucker - Truckin' Bill n' Doc Guitar was Chris's next project, the album receiving national air play and the title track was included on a compilation album called Trucking Towards 2000 which included many overseas legends, including Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson.

Stacey Morris's CD The Sweetest Thing and Will Scarlet's Wanted It That Way were two more Turner projects. He also co-produced Shadows To The Max for Max Paton.

Chris Turner's Guitar Stories Vol. 1 is an instrumental record with many road stories included on the twelve page booklet. Chris produced Tribute To Roy Orbison with The Fabulous Tee Jays and Robin Lee Sinclair. This is album sold out!

Chris Turner & The Wolftones were asked to perform at the Gimme Ted concert at Fox Studios in March 2001. This was a benefit to raise money for fellow muso Ted Mulry who was suffering from cancer. Unfortunately, Ted died before the money could be used and Chris Turner's performance was mysteriously not included on the DVD!

Chris then released No Bollocks - Just Rock! with The Wolftones, produced by Rose Tattoo's Peter Wells. This album is Pub Rock at its finest and shows Chris at his rockin' best. This album contains the notorious track Have A Nice Day, an underground hit for Chris. The clip was banned from Rage for using the "F" word!!! (Turner's clips were seldom shown on Rage)

In 2004 Chris completed a blues album with Pete Wells & Rob Grosser titled Three Good Reasons For the Blues The Band is called Rocks Push and was featured at The Manly Jazz Festival. A DVD of this band and the making of this DVD are on hold for the future.

He was also a featured guest artist on Sydney Blues Live CD with Tim Gaze and Rob Grosser and his version of King Bee received a lot of airplay in the US. Chris Turner's Blues Pirates were asked to open the show for the Pete Wells benefit concert, Rock & Roll Outlaw', held at The Enmore Theatre in September 2005. The show featured a cast of thousands including Rose Tattoo, The Angels, Lucy De Soto and Dave Tice. The night was a huge success (Review on Web Site) Once again the footage of  Turner's performance went MIA!

Chris continued to work and record and is featured heavily on the double CD 25 Years of Big Rock This is a compilation of music going back 25 years, from Pub Rock and though to today's power blues. It shows much Australian talent that has been overlooked or rejected by the music industry at large.

Chris Turner played live with The Blues Pirates and The Wolf Tones. He also works as a freelance guitarist and does solo spots. 2007 has brought a re-release of the Buffalo albums and the classic 'Average Rock n' Roller', which featured Turner and Tice at their wicked best. the album has been re mastered and given the new full package treatment. It is available on Aztec Music.

2009 - Turner has linked up with long term business partner Phil Shute 'Turner & Simmons, they are out working the traps. In 2009 Chris & his Cave Men performed at The Enmore Theatre for his long-time mate Mick Cocks. Many huge acts got together to raise money for Mick. Unfortunately, once again his performance didn't make it onto YouTube!! 2010 Chris Turner continued to work and record with The Cave Men, The Blues Pirates and Turner & Simmons around Sydney.

2010 Chris has produced and released '30 years of Big Rock' - a compilation of Big Rock Artists. This is a double CD / DVD of vintage tracks and videos that covers and showcases the past 30 years of Big Rock Records.

2011 Chris is recording with The Tom Cats( 75% Complete) , The Cave Men  (95% Completed),The Blues Pirates Vol 2 (40%,) Turner & Simmons 'Double Header' is released.

2012 He has completed an album with Rob Grosser, Tim Gaze and Al Britton called The Hot Shots, it was released on 12 November 2012. It was nominated for best new release and best new blues band in 2013. He worked live with The Cave Men, The Blues Pirates, The Convicts and Turner & Simmons. He also works Solo and Acoustic. There has been a 'Chris Turner' band of some sort playing around Sydney for over 42 years and various parts of the world since 1962!

2015 -  Chris has produced "35 Years of Big Rock", a collection of Big Rock Artists working together and collaborating on 18 songs. A host of rock luminaries helped with this massive project.

2018 - Big Rock Records released Chris Turner Band 'Live - 1979-1984 a collection of live recordings from that era.

He has recorded two blues albums with legend Alex Smith, Moving Pictures, The Old Blue Dogs, 'Take One' and 'Take Two'  - Both are available on Big Rock (ref Catalogue).

2019 Chris has released his new album 'Rocks' and is promoting it now.

 Chris Turner continues to work live and record. As of March 2019, he has a residency, with The Cave Men, at The Native Rose Hotel on the first Sunday of each month and with Turner

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Discography:

1976 - Buffalo ‘Average Rock n’ Roller’ Vertigo 6357 104 LP
1977 - Buffalo ‘Sailor’ ’45
1979 - Chris Turner ‘Australian Guitar Album’ Razzle Records (Comp.) L3700 52
1979 - Rose Tattoo ‘ Canned Rock’ Albert’s APLP 042
1980 - Buffalo ‘Rock Legends Vertigo 6479
1980 - F J Holden ‘Concert Of The Decade. (Comp.) Albert’s
1980 - Chris Turner ‘My Guitar n’ Me ‘ RCA Victor VPLI 6546
1981 - The Tipsters ‘ Kingston Town ‘ ’45 Festival Records ( Prod. & Play )
1982 - Chris Turner ‘I’m Crazy’ ’45 (Big Rock) RCA Victor 039 52
1983 - $cattered Aces ‘Waltzing Matilda/ C’mon Everybody ‘45 Big Rock BR/S
1983 - $cattered Aces “$ix Pack” Big Rock BR/EP 004
1984 - The Drifters ‘Primitive Love (Sess. Gtr.)
1985 - Lucy De Soto “Three Girls And A Sailor” LP EMI ? (Prod.)
1987 - Rose Tattoo “Boogie, Balls n’ Blues” ‘ Raven Records RVLP 30.
1987 - Party Boys ‘Hold Your Head Up’ 12” 45 “Pressure Mix”CBS 6511246
1987 - Party Boys ‘ Hold Your head Up ‘ LP CBS (Sess. Gtr.)
1989 - BB Strutt ‘Four Play’ Big Rock BR/EP 011 (Prod. & Play )
1990 - Chris Turner ‘ Exile’ Big Rock BR/LP 010 BR/LP 010 CD & Cass
1992 –The Headhunters’ Outlaw Boogie’ Oz Bike (Gst B/Voc)
1993 - Rick Veneer ‘ Hot n’ Sticky ‘ Big Rock BR/CD 014 – 2 (Feat. Gtr.)
1994 - Peter Wells ‘ Orphans’ Ravenswood RV 101 2 (Feat. Gtr.)
1995 - Adam Carl Stephens ‘ Skybrain Surfing’ Big Rock BR/CD 013 (Prod.& Feat. )
1995 - Tony Ryan ‘ Live Well ‘ Gallery Records 250-8195-7 Indep. (Feat. Gtr.)
1996 - Max Paton ‘ Shadows To The Max ‘ Indep. CDMP100 (Prod.)
1996 - Stacey Morris ‘Sweetest Thing’ Big Rock BR/CD 017-2 (Feat. Gtr.)
1997 - Truckin’ Bill n’ Doc Guitar ‘ Natural Born Trucker’ BR/CD 021-2 ,BR/Cass-
1998 - Harry Sea ‘ Love Is Going To Change Your Mind ‘ Indep. ( Feat. Gtr. )
1998 - Will Scarlet ‘ Wanted It That Way’ Big Rock BR/CD 020-2 (Prod. & Play)
1999 - Chris Turner ‘ Guitar Stories Vol. 1 Big Rock BR/CD 019-2
1998 – Nev Nichols ‘Truckin Towards 2000 ‘ Universal UMD73130 Comp.
2000 – Blacksmith Hopkins ‘ 13 Tales’ Conviction (Feat. Gtr.)
2001 – Robin Lee Sinclair ‘ Tribute To Roy Orbison’ BRCD/024-2 (Prod. & Play)
2002 – Chris Turner & The Wolftones ‘No Bollocks – Just Rock’ BRCD/026-2
2003 – Rocks Push “Three good Reasons For The Blues” BRCD/035-2
2004 – Tim Gaze n’ Grosser “Sydney Basin Blues Live” Fullhouse Records FHR024(Comp)
2006 – All Big Rock Artists “25 Years of Big Rock’ BRCD/025-2 Feat & Session (Comp)
2007 Buffalo - 'Average Rock n' Roller' Re Release. Aztec Music Re-mastered 1976 Classic
2007 'Bakers Dozen' 13 Aussie Guitarists Prod. & Play (Comp) BRCD-2 050
2009 - "The Blues Pirates" - Produced & Play BRCD/051
2010 - "30 years of Big Rock"  Double Disk Comp BR CD DVD/030. Produced by Chris Turner 
2010 - "Dinki Di Acoustic" - Various Artists Comp.
2012 - "The Hot Shots Vol 1" 
2014 - " Double Header" - Turner & Simmons - Co Produced & Play - BRCD/053
2015 - "35 Years of Big Rock" - Comp of Big Rock artists.
Produced & Play - BRCD/054
2018 - Chris Turner Band 'Live 1979-1984' BRCD/056
2019 - Chris Turner 'Rocks' - BRCD/055 Produce & Play
2019 - The Old Blue Dogs - 'Take One' BRCD/057 Produce & Play
2019 - The Old Blue Dogs - 'Take Two' - BRCD/058 Produce & Play

Current Projects:

Guitar Stories Vol.2 (Inst.) 70%
Chris Turner 'Rocks' - 100% Available now
Guitar Stories Vol.2 (Inst.) 70%
Blues Pirates - Twoetts 20%
The Tom Cats -'Back To My Future' 75%
Chris Turner - 'Guitar Man' (Pre-Production)

In his career as a Guitarist, Musician, Bandleader & Performer, Chris Turner has:


Been shot at whilst flying to the gig
Played to 160,000 people
Played to nobody
Been beaten up after 3 encores
Stood naked in front of 500 women
Played to all male audiences!
Backed strippers
Played on through a misile attack
Played in the loudest band in the world
Signed to Elvis's Record label
Played on the deck of an Aircraft Carrier
Escaped from jail (twice)
Played to all male black Negro audiences
Had a guitar he built bought by Billy Gibbons
Has appeared on the bill with a lot of the worlds top rock acts
Played on top of a moving London bus
Played the guitar that played on 'Good Vibrations'
Played the guitar that played the riff on 'Smoke On The Water'
Played the guitar that played 'Long Way To The Top'
Played the guitar that played 'Bad Boy For Love'
Is recording on a track where all the other players are dead!
Has recorded a song that no one will hear.

Book References:


'The Who's Who of Australian Rock' by Chris Spencer/Zbig Nowara - The Five Mile Press

'
My Rock n' Roll War' by Don Morrison - Dog Tag Books

'AC/DC Maximum Rock & Roll'
by Murray Engleheart/ Arnnaud Durieux - Harper Collins Pub.

'Rock Lens' by Bob King/Glen A. Baker - Cassell Australia

'Hard Road - The Life & Times of Stevie Wright' by Glen Goldsmith - Random House

'Blood, Sweat & Beers' - Murray Engleheart - Harper Collins

Mark Evans - 'Dirty Deeds'