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Sherbet
, 1974

by Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph

Formed in 1969 from the remnants of two dance bands, Sherbet played for eight gruelling months in a Sydney discotheque before being spotted by the young Roger Davies, who was later to manage Tina Turner and Janet Jackson. By January 1972 the lineup had settled to the members shown here. Between 1971 and 1978 Sherbet released 15 albums and 30 singles, 20 of which were consecutive hits. Named Best Australian Group in the TV Week King of Pop Awards every year from 1973 to 1978, they gained a sound edge over other bands through Garth Porter's Mellotron machine. During this time, Morley photographed several of their album covers, including an infamous nude portrait of the band first taken for POL. In 1979 Sherbet changed their name to Highway, attempting to project a heavier image in a failed assault on the US. After splitting, they briefly reunited as The Sherbs, this time aiming - in vain - at an audience their own age. Braithwaite now sings on the club circuit.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2003.55