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Allison Durbin (born Auckland, New Zealand, 24 May 1950) is a New Zealand-born Australian former pop singer. In the early 1970s Durbin’s visual ‘trademark’ was her lustrous waist-length auburn hair.

Durbin began performing in public in her early teens and after winning a talent contest at an Auckland ballroom, she was signed to Eldred Stebbiing’s Zodiac Records at the age of 14 and issued a number of singles on the label. Her third Zodiac single, a cover of Herman’s Hermits “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat”, out-sold the original in New Zealand and became her first chart hit[1]. She built up a following in New Zealand, recording and fronting the Mike Perjanik Group and she travelled with them to Australia in 1966 for residencies in Sydney. After nine months in Sydney she left the group to establish a solo career, making numerous appearances on Australian TV pop and variety shows[2].

Durbin’s first single for New Zealand HMV, “I Have Loved Me A Man”, became a #1 hit in New Zealand and also a hit in Australia. The song won her the 1968 “Loxene Golden Disc Award” at the New Zealand Music Awards and she was named New Zealand Entertainer of the Year in 1969.[3] For three years running (1969, 1970 and 1971), she won Australia’s “Queen Of Pop” award for Best Female Artist.[4]

In 1971 she recorded a duet album, Together, with John Farnham, who had been voted Australia’s “King Of Pop” during the same years Durbin received her awards[5].

Her other records include:

* “Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Man”
* “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”
* “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me” (included in the 2001 compilation album The Very Best of Kiwi Country)

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  • BeckyLovesDelta

    Oh, I see why I had no photo when I scrobbled. Her name was spelt wrong in my library. I had it on Alison Durban, Then Allison Durban. Now, The proper spelling' Allison Durbin.

    21 Feb 2011 Reply