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DARYL SOMERS

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Daryl Scroltch

Description: Vocalist, TV Host, Drummer

Known For: Known for – “Hey Hey Its Saturday”

Instruments: Voice, Drums

Music Styles: Easy Listening

Location: VIC, Australia

Date Born: 6th August 1951
Location Born: Geelong, Victoria, Australia

CONTACT DETAILS
Web Site:  “Daryl Somers ‘does the dash with Seven’s Logie'”

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Daryl Somers OAM

An Australian Entertainer.

Daryl Paul Somers, OAM (born Daryl Schulz 6 August 1951 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia), is a triple Gold Logie award-winning recipient, who is best known as an Australian television personality and musician. The son of a dairy farmer and a cabaret singer, Somers rose to national fame as the host of the long-running comedy-variety program Hey Hey It’s Saturday and continued his television celebrity and status as host of the live-performance program Dancing with the Stars.

Daryl Paul Somers, OAM (born Daryl Schulz 6 August 1951 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia), is a triple Gold Logie award-winning recipient, who is best known as an Australian television personality and musician. The son of a dairy farmer and a cabaret singer, Somers rose to national fame as the host of the long-running comedy-variety program Hey Hey It’s Saturday and continued his television celebrity and status as host of the live-performance program Dancing with the Stars.

A drummer, he joined a group playing music in the style of Herb Alpert which began under the name “Pasquale and his Mexican Rhythm.”

Under another name, the group appeared on GTV-9’s talent quest programme New Faces, winning their way to the finals, only to be beaten by John Williamson.

The Hey Hey It’s Saturday era (1971–99)

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Somers started professional TV work on 14 July 1971, taking over as the presenter of an afternoon children’s program called Cartoon Corner, which was previously Skeeter’s Cartoon Corner, hosted by James Kemsley (who went on to draw the famous Ginger Meggs comic strip for 23 years). Daryl’s first words were, “Hi, I’m Daryl Somers, Skeeter will no longer be with us and now it’s time for a cartoon.”

His audition consisted of him doing an impersonation of Mr Magoo. Also present at these auditions was Ernie Carroll. Daryl was accepted and was duly paid $75 a week to do the show.

Later that year, on 9 October 1971, Hey Hey It’s Saturday started. Somers at first co-hosted with footballer Peter McKenna, but eight weeks later, his co-host became the pink hand-puppet Ossie Ostrich, which was operated by former In Melbourne Tonight staff writer Ernie Carroll. McKenna continued to appear on the show for some time.

Originally created as a Saturday morning children’s cartoon show, the program gradually expanded in both size and scope. Soon, additional cast members joined, including booth announcer John Blackman, who also voiced many (unseen) characters, and, later, co-host Jacki MacDonald.

The program’s production crew also began to play a prominent role in the series, with sound-effects technician Murray Tregonning adding humorous sound bites and sound effects from a huge bank of recorded eight-track cartridges, and personnel such as long-serving cameraman “Lucky Phil” Lambert making regular appearances.

Props assistant Ian “Krystal” Murray provided props, most famously the “Dicky Knee” character:

“I hit my knee on the desk one morning and said, ‘Oh, I’ve got a dicky knee’, and this voice immediately answered ‘G’day’ […] A week later Krystal came up with this hairdressing polystyrene head with a wig on and wearing a school cap. It popped up in front of the desk and became a permanent character.”

Hey Hey was also notable for breaking the so-called fourth wall, often turning the cameras around to show what was happening in the studio and on many occasions (as portable cameras came into use) roaming at will through and outside the studios.

The series’ distinctive brand of irreverent humour soon attracted a sizable adult audience, and in 1984, it had become so popular, Nine made the unprecedented decision to move it to a 9:30 Saturday evening timeslot, and renamed Hey Hey It’s Saturday Night. It remained on Saturday night for the rest of its run, but moved to the 6:30 time-slot in 1985 and eventually also reverted to the name Hey Hey It’s Saturday. At its height, Hey Hey It’s Saturday was one of the most popular and consistently high-rating series in the history of Australian television, winning many awards, including three Gold Logie awards for Somers.

Hey Hey screened for 28 years (1971–99) on the Nine Network across Australia. It had by then become an institution, so considerable shock occurred when the Nine Network announced that the series was to be axed at the end of 1999.

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Personal life

Daryl Somers is a singer and drummer and is married to Julie da Costa, a former principal dancer with the Australian Ballet and is now a director of the Australian Ballet Company.

Somers is a passionate supporter of the Geelong Football Club and is the club’s No. 1 ticket holder. He has a star on the Caloundra Walk of Stars.

List of TV programs

New Faces, 1968, runner-up contestant
New Faces, 1970, winning contestant
Cartoon Corner, 1971–1977 Host
Hey Hey it’s Saturday, 1971–1999, 2009–2010, host and producer
Bandstand, 1976, Host
King of Pop Awards, 1976-7, host
The Graham Kennedy Show, 1970s regular artist
The Don Lane Show, 1970s regular artist
The Mike Walsh Show, 1970s regular artist
Family Feud, 1980–82, host
Countdown, 1981, guest host
The Daryl Somers Show, 1982-3, host
Blankety Blanks, host, 1985
TV Week Logie Awards, Host, 1988, 1991, 1996–98, 2006
New Faces, host and producer, 1989
The Russell Gilbert Show, producer, 1998
Gonged But Not Forgotten, producer (199?)
Dancing with the Stars, host, 2004–2007

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