Laurel Lea, born Lorraine Chapman (Lianos) was a name she maybe used as
it was her step-dad's name and she was born on October 3rd
1942 in Armidale NSW( Thanks Luke for info). She appeared many times on
Bandstand & I believe Six O'Clock Rock.
I just had to include Laurel here,
because I know she died young and I have such fond memories of her beautiful
face and her bright chirpy voice. In 1974 she appeared with JOK called The Good Old
Days of Rock'n'Roll". I would be happy to include any more
information or pictures of her if you wish to send it to me.
Laurel was a regular Australia TV singer on shows
such as Brian Henderson's "Bandstand" and Johnny O'Keefe's "Six O'clock
Rock" in the late 50s/early 60s, mostly singing cover versions of US hits.
In the case of "Bermuda," she was covering the Linda Scott version of the
song, and most likely "lip-synced" her TV show appearance to an acetate
recording made earlier.
She married fellow "Bandstand" singer Kevin Todd, and had a son Mark
who it seems did not have much to do with his mum when his parents broke up
till later in his life.
Laurel's parents owned a travelling rock 'n' roll tent show. In the 60s, she
travelled with them around Australia doing rock shows in local halls, and in
the mid-70s, she joined back up with Johnny O'Keefe and a few others from
the earlier rock years, appearing in clubs together in the "Good Old Days of
Rock 'n' Roll" show.
Laurel Lea made several records, but had no chart success. She also had a
band in the 80s called "Chockarock," which toured the circuit and played old
time rock and roll.
died on January 31 sadly two weeks before her son's wedding , 1992 of
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gostalgia/sets/72157627780881155/ There is
a photo of Laurel there and many other Australian artist from the bandstand
for information on her I found her singing on many of
Australian Bandstand Video can be bought