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An Australian band formed by singer song writer, Greg Quill in 1971.

The group are mainly remebered for the hit 'Gypsy Queen' charting in 1972.

One of the most important directions in music in the late Sixties and early Seventies. Singer-songwriter Greg Quill and his band Country Radio were pioneers in this field in Australia.

Prior to forming Country Radio, Quill was already well-known on the Sydney folk scene as a solo performer, and he also ran The Shack, the fondly-remembered folk venue at Narrabeen, on Sydney's Northern Beaches in the late 1960s.

Released in August, the single spent 13 weeks in the national charts and peaked at #12. With its wistful mood and its elegant, lyrical images of the road, "Gypsy Queen" is reminiscent, at least in mood, of Spectrum's "I'll Be Gone", and it has similarly become one of the genuine classics of the era, although it is regrettably rarely heard these days.

The production of this quality song was a credit to Quill with strong rock and country elements.

1972 Country Radio made a three-month tour there, marking the beginning of Greg's long association with what woud become his adoptive homeland.

The group remains one of the most popular country rock bands of the seventies.

The band would later disband in 1975.

Members include.

Orlando Agostino (guitar) 1971
Mal Algar (bass) 1971-72
John A. Bird (piano) 1971-72
Chris Blanchflower (harmonica) 1970-73
Tony Bolton (drums) 1972-73
Kim Bryant (drums) 1971
Rod Coe (bass) 1971
John Bois (bass) 1972-73
Ace Follington (drums) 1971
Dave Hannagan (drums, vocals) 1970-71
Russ Johnson (guitar) 1973
Greg Quill (vocals, guitar) 1971-73
Kerryn Tolhurst (guitar, dobro, slide guitar, mandolin) 1972-3
John Walsh (bass) 1971

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