- 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.
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 Rangesof 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 Recordstruck in Australia and also, in 1961, New Zealand’s first 45rpm Gold Record.
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 Deanin 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,
Sydneyschoolboy 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
"Little Boy Lost" has been available in various catalogues for forty-seven years. The hit version of the song was released on
4 August 2007on a 28-track Rajon Musicdouble CD set, "Johnny Ashcroft, Here’s To You, Australia!"
In 1978, the Little Boy Lost movie had its world premiere at
Armidale–in Australia’s wild New England Ranges. Johnny Ashcroft and Gay Kaylerrecorded 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 Awardfor Decency in Germany, starred Nathan Dawesas Steven Walls, Lorna Lesleyand John Hargreavesas his parents, Tony Barryas Constable Jack O’Dea and Steve Doddas William Stanley, the Aboriginal tracker. It was directed by Terry Bourke and released worldwide. Later, the "Little Boy Lost" movie became available on videoand DVD.
The DVD of "Little Boy Lost" was re-released in 2005 and again in 2007.
* [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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