7 March 1945 (age 75)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
In early 1970 Hans signed with Ron Tudor's newly-established independent label Fable Records. His timing was fortuitous – soon after he signed with Fable, a cabal of Australian labels ganged together and imposed the infamous 1970 Radio Ban, which resulted in nine-month boycott on the supply of free recordings to commercial radio stations.
Thanks in part to Fable's new-found industry 'clout', Hans' scored a major national hit with his first single for Fable, "Boom Sha La La Lo" (April 1970), which he co-wrote with former Seeker Bruce Woodley. It was only the second single released by the label but it shot into the national Top 10, peaking at #6 in May 1970 and charting for 18 weeks. He had further success with his next single, "Light Across The Valley", which made the Top 40, although it only got as high as #30 (December). Given the dramatic difference in chart placings, it may not be a coincidence that the Radio Ban had ended a month or so earlier.
Hans' debut album Natural High came out during the year, and it featured a stellar lineup of backing musicians including guitarists Billy Green (Doug Parkinson In Focus) and Mick Rogers (Procession, Bulldog), bassists Duncan McGuire (Doug Parkinson In Focus) and Mick Flynn (The Mixtures), and session veterans Graham Morgan and Geoff Hales (drums) and Peter Jones (keyboards), who played on many Fable albums and singles, as well as scores of other notable Australian recordings.
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