Mabee Center E-Museum

Olivia Newton-John

1976

Biography

Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948 in Cambridge, England. She was raised in Melbourne, Australia, where her father was the headmaster of Ormond College (her grandfather Max Born won the Nobel Prize for physics). With four Grammys, Newton-John has had a successful musical career. Topping the charts in the genres of pop, country, and adult contemporary.

As a country singer, her first five charting singles all went Top Ten in the U.S.; as a pop singer, she had no less than 15 Top Ten hits, including five number one singles, highlighted by “Physical,” which spent ten weeks at number one in 1981-1982. Newton-John’s sweet voice suited both country-pop and soft rock perfectly, which is what kept her at the top of the charts until the mid-‘80s.

She didn’t release a full-length album in the U.S. until 1973, when Let Me Be There appeared. The title track from the record became a huge hit, going gold in early 1974 and peaking in the Top Ten country and pop charts. “Let Me Be There” was so successful it won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, much to the consternation of many members of Nashville’s music industry.

“Let Me Be There” was followed by four other Top Ten hits — “If You Love Me (Let Me Know)” (number two country, number five pop, 1974), “I Honestly Love You” (number six country, number one pop, 1974), “Have You Never Been Mellow” (number three country, number one pop, 1975), and “Please Mr. Please” (number five country, number three pop, 1975).

Newton-John has sold over 100 million albums all over the world. Not only was Olivia Newton-John a musician, she was an actress. Starring in the film version of Grease along side John Travolta. The soundtrack was one of the most successful in Hollywood history.

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