Johno gets to Eagle Rock with Ross Wilson
JOHNO Everson would have to be the biggest fan of Australia music legend Ross Wilson and his song Eagle Rock.
Dance teacher Sue Whiteman said the Ballina man, who has an intellectual and speech disability, loves performing the iconic song at all Alstonville Dance Studio performances.
"Johno has been part of the special dance group Little Dragons for the past four years and never misses a rehearsal," Ms Whiteman said.
Great performer of Eagle Rock
"We discovered he loved Eagle Rock and he performs it with his terry-towelling guitar."
There was no question that the dance group wouldn't go to see the former Daddy Cool member perform at Ballina RSL last Friday when he was there.
"We took Little Dragons to Ballina RSL and they were dancing all night," Ms Whiteman said.
"The RSL were so welcoming and even made Johno his own very special VIP badge."
Called up on stage
The highlight of the night, however, was when Ross Wilson announced to the audience he knew Johno was in the audience.
"I remember thinking I will need to help him get up the stairs to the stage," Ms Whiteman said.
"But before Ross Wilson had even invited him, Johno was up there standing next to him."
Johno got to jam with his hero onstage and even had Ross sign his terry-towellling guitar.
"As a Ballina girl I was so happy the whole audience got in to it and behind Johno," Ms Whiteman said.
"We do live in an integrated community."
History of Eagle Rock
- The song was released by the band Daddy Cool in May 1971 on the Sparmac record label
- Best selling Australian single of the year, achieving gold status in eleven weeks, and remaining at number one on the national charts for a (then) record ten weeks
- The song was re-released by Wizard Records in 1982, and reached number 17 on the Australian singles charts.
- The song's writer Ross Wilson explains the inspiration behind it: 'It came from a (London) Sunday Times liftout magazine A-Z on music. In the before blues section there was an evocative photo of rural black Americans dancing in a dirt poor juke joint - the caption was along the lines of "some negroes 'cut the pigeon wing' and 'do the eagle rock'".