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. 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', Aukland'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 and escaped in 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, Bondi Lifesaver and Whisky a Go Go.

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 Blackmores’ 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 played 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. Litrally hundreds of musicians past through Turner's band as it relentlessly toured Australia.

Chris was asked to record a track for ‘The Australian Guitar Album ‘and 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) 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 )

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.

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 current album – ‘Guitar Stories Vol. 1’ is an instrumental record with the ‘stories’ included on the twelve page slick.

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 CD are planned 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 Turner's performance and footage went MIA!

Chris continues 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 is currently working live with The Blues Pirates and The Wolf Tones (ref. Gig Guide) 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 in a Blues Roots Duo called '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 Chris didn't make it onto U Tube!!

2010 Chris Turner continued to work and record with The Cave Men, The Blues Pirates and Turner & Simmons around Sydney. The Cave Men album is imminent.

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 the past 30 years.

2011 Chris is recording with The Tom Cats( 75% Complete) , The Cave Men  (95% Completed),The Blues Pirates Vol 2 (40%,) Turner & Simmons (Now 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 1961!

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.

 Chris Turner continues to work live and record. At December 2015 he has a residency, with The Cave Men, at Ruby's L'Otel on the first Sunday of each month and Turner & Simmons do 3rd Sunday arvo at The Gladstone Hotel in Dulwich Hill.

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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

Current Projects:

35 Years of Big Rock - 100%

Guitar Stories Vol.2 (Inst.) 70%
The Cave Men -'Rocks" 80%
The Tom Cats -'Back To My Future' 75%   




The Convicts - 50%

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 missile 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' - Karl Wilson
Played the guitar that played the riff on 'Smoke On The Water' - Richie Blackmore

Played the guitar that recorded Magnolia, The Breeze - JJ Cale

Played the guitars that played 'Long Way To The Top' - Angus & Malcolm Young.
Played the guitar that played 'Bad Boy For Love' - Pete Wells & Mick Cocks.

Played the guitar that played 'Friday on my Mind' Easybeats.
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'