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John Farrar
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Music Producer
    (November 8, 1946- )
    Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Settled in Malibu, California
    Member of The Strangers (1964–1970) and The Shadows (1973–1976)
    Productions include the ‘Grease’ and ‘Xanadu’ soundtracks
    Three Eurovision Song Contest appearances (1973 to 1975)
    Grammy for Record of the Year (‘I Honestly Love You,’ 1975)
    It’s pronounced almost like ‘Ferrari.’
    During his early teenage gigs in Melbourne, he was worried about becoming an obscure studio musician.
    Though his own track was not released for some 23 years, he predated Peter Frampton for the use of the Vocoder sound effects unit heard on ‘Frampton Comes Alive!’.
    His self-titled solo album from 1980 went nowhere on its own (though two songs would be recycled for the ‘Physical’ album).
    He received a Golden Raspberry nomination for Worst Original Song (1981, ‘Suspended in Time,’ Xanadu soundtrack — to be fair, it was Xanadu).
    Given that he worked with at least four different groups over 13 years, he wasn’t a slouch as a performer, either.
    Having produced or co-produced some 20 albums over an 18-year stretch – and written or co-written at least four number-one singles – he was the key figure in Olivia Newton-John’s career (and future husband to her vocal partner).
    Initially add-ons to round out the set, one of the two songs he added to the film version of ‘Grease’ cemented his muse’s image shift.
    He also produced for Neil Sedaka and Irene Cara.
    His two sons followed in his musical footsteps, albeit with separate groups.

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