The musical talent behind The Black Sorrows
As one of the country’s most successful musicians, Joe Camilleri has been sharing his love of music as a prolific songwriter and performer. He is best known for being the lead of two iconic Australian bands, as well as for writting countless hit songs, including So Young, Hit And Run, Chained To The Wheel and Never Let Me Go.
In 1975, Joe formed Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons in Melbourne’s western suburbs. As a self-taught musician, Joe led the band across a successful eight year run, including significant sales and radio airplay that defined an era. The band toured Australia and the USA with their diverse discography of R’n’B, reggae, power pop and ska.
Soon after in the early ‘80s, Joe and his friends decided to form a new band “just for the fun of it”. The Black Sorrows would later become one of the country’s most legendary touring bands ever, having released 12 albums over fifteen years that sold well over a million albums worldwide. Three of their albums have amassed triple platinum sales, while their other releases have also received gold and platinum sales.
The band featured a rotating line-up of some of Australia’s finest musical talents, including Vika and Linda, Jen Anderson, Stephen Hadley, Michael Barker, Peter Luscombe, Nick Smith, Ross Hannaford and James Black (just to name a few).
In 1990, The Black Sorrows won the ARIA Award for Best Band.
A deeply respected music producer, Joe draws on his successful producing experience with The Black Sorrows to collaborate with other Australian artists, including with Tiddas, Overnight Jones, Renee Geyer. He also owns and runs Woodstock Studio, the premium recording studios in Melbourne.