Little Boy Lost (song)


Little Boy Lost (song)

Little Boy Lost, was an Australian smash hit, recorded by Johnny Ashcroft. He composed this song from a lyric idea put forward by DJ, Tony Withers.

Historic event

The song accurately relates the saga of Australia’s greatest land and air search. For four days and three nights, in February 1960, William Stanley—an Aboriginal police tracker, five thousand people and seven aircraft searched the rugged New England Ranges of NSW, Australia, for a 4-year-old farm boy, Steven Walls–the Little Boy Lost. [ [http://www.acmf.org.au/ror/johnnyashcroft.html ACMF Roll of Renown ­ Johnny Ashcroft ] ] They found him alive and well.

An Australian all-time great

"Little Boy Lost" was the top Australian hit-song of 1960. [ [http://www.onmc.iinet.net.au/topspot/1960.htm Number One Hits of 1960 ] ] And in its day, it became one of this country’s all-time greatest hits, [http://www.onmc.iinet.net.au/AUST/60.htm] awarded the first 45rpm Gold Record struck in Australia and also, in 1961, New Zealand’s first 45rpm Gold Record.

Worldwide success

A Johnny Ashcroft TV performance of "Little Boy Lost" was released worldwide as a film clip (there were no videos then). That film clip was a forerunner of the video and DVD clips of today. ‘Covers’ by world renowned artists were released, notably by Jimmy Dean in the U.S. and Michael Holliday [ [http://www.45-rpm.org.uk/dirm/michaelh.htm Michael Holliday ] ] in the UK. Notable Australian artists recorded "Little Boy Lost", among them were Jimmy Little, Slim Dusty [ [http://www.slimdusty.com.au/discography.html Slim's Discography ] ] , the Singing Kettles and Evelyn Bury.

An unenviable record

Some months after Steven Walls was found alive, Sydney schoolboy Graham Thorne became Australia’s first kidnap victim, later found murdered. Purely because of connotations associated with the title, "Little Boy Lost", Johnny Ashcroft had his song removed from Australian airplay, thereby avoiding extra trauma for Graham Thorne’s family and friends. Today, he is the only songwriter/recording artist in the world to deliberately kill the airplay of his own hit record.Fact|date=September 2007

2007 release

"Little Boy Lost" has been available in various catalogues for forty-seven years. The hit version of the song was released on 4 August 2007 on a 28-track Rajon Music double CD set, "Johnny Ashcroft, Here’s To You, Australia!"

1978 film

In 1978, the Little Boy Lost movie had its world premiere at Armidale –in Australia’s wild New England Ranges. Johnny Ashcroft and Gay Kayler recorded a brand new version of "Little Boy Lost" for the movie sound track, as well as some moving vocal sequences. Bob “Beetles” Young composed the movie theme.

The "Little Boy Lost" movie, which received the Catholic Award for Decency in Germany, starred Nathan Dawes as Steven Walls, Lorna Lesley and John Hargreaves as his parents, Tony Barry as Constable Jack O’Dea and Steve Dodd as William Stanley, the Aboriginal tracker. It was directed by Terry Bourke and released worldwide. Later, the "Little Boy Lost" movie became available on video and DVD.

The DVD of "Little Boy Lost" was re-released in 2005 and again in 2007.

External links

* [http://www.johnnyashcroft.com.au Johnny Ashcroft Official website]
* [http://www.gaykayler.com.au Gay Kayler]
* [http://colsearch.nfsa.afc.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;adv=;group=;groupequals=;holdingType=;page=2;parentid=;query=Little%20Boy%20Lost;querytype=;rec=5;resCount=10 Song listing in National Film & Sound Archives]
* [http://colsearch.nfsa.afc.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;adv=;group=;groupequals=;holdingType=;page=1;parentid=;query=Little%20Boy%20Lost;querytype=;rec=9;resCount=10 Movie sound track in National Film & Sound Archives]
* [http://www.abc.net.au/newengland/stories/s1448923.htm Little Boy Lost turns 50! ABC Article]
* [http://www.menziesera.com/number_1_hits/1960.shtml The Menzies Era No. Hits 1960s]
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077856/ IMDb link to the 1978 film]
* [http://colsearch.nfsa.afc.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;adv=;group=;groupequals=;holdingType=;page=3;parentid=;query=Little%20Boy%20Lost;querytype=;rec=7;resCount=10 Movie listing in National Film & Sound Archives]

* [http://australianplastic.blogspot.com/2005/09/little-boy-lost-johnny-ashcroft16460.html Little Boy Lost song review]


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