John G Lee
Hello! I’m a
founding member of the group called NEW WORLD which became famous in
England and Europe and strangely, to a lesser extent in Australia, the country
of our origin. The other members of the group were John Kane (vocals/guitar) and
Mel Noonan (vocals/12 string guitar).
WORLD (at that time called THE NEW WORLD TRIO) emerged in Brisbane, Australia in
early 1965. they got their first big break with an appearance on a TV Talent
Quest show called “Showcase” on which they appeared regularly for the next
three years. Apart from these shows they played consistently on the club
circuit. In 1968 they recorded their first Australian single, the nostalgic
ballad, “TRY TO REMEMBER” which achieved considerable air-play and chart
success. In early 1970 the band, as so many Aussie acts had done before them,
headed off to England where they appeared several times on the talent quest
show, ‘OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS’ and were signed to Mickie Most’s new
label ... ‘RAK’. The first single, “ROSE GARDEN” beat numerous other
versions to gather substantial UK sales. The trio were then combined with the
label’s new writing team of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and a string of hits
ensued. The most popular of these … ‘TOM-TOM-TURNAROUND’, ‘KARA KARA’, ‘SISTER JANE’
and ‘LIVING NEXT DOOR TO ALICE’.
1971-1973 NEW WORLD were on British charts for a total of 52 weeks. The group
achieved top five hits in Great Britain as well as having No. 1 chart successes
in many other countries and during that time were placed in world music charts
above famous people such as Elton John, Wings, The Carpenters, Michael Jackson and so on.
WORLD also appeared as guest artists in LULU, ROLF HARRIS, VERA
LYNN and MORECOMBE & WISE television specials. They featured as
regular guests on ‘THE TWO RONNIES’ and were voted ‘BEST TELEVISION
ACT’ by the Variety Club of Great Britain as well as receiving the British
Clubs’ ‘BEST ACT’ Award.
suddenly after an unfortunate set of circumstances and an infamous court case,
NEW WORLD decided to call it a day. However 30 years or so later and after still
hearing the occasional deejay play one of our records and then comment, “Where
are NEW WORLD now? … In jail I think,” … I’ve decided to tell my story.
all about it in ‘GUILTY’
WORLD in the
John G Lee now