Liv Maessen

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Liv Maessen
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Pop, country
Occupations Entertainer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1969–1974
Labels Polydor, Fable

Liv Maessen is an Australian pop singer who had hits in the early 1970s with "The Love Moth", "Knock, Knock Who's There?" and "Snowbird". In 1969, Maessen had finished second in the New Faces talent show. Her prize included a recording contract with Ron Tudor's Fable Records which released her albums, Live for Life (1971) and Best of Liv Maessen (1973). She won the 1970 Logie Award for 'Best New Talent'. In the Go-Set Pop Poll, Maessen was voted in the top 5 as most popular female vocalist in both 1970 and 1971. For her single "Knock, Knock Who's There?", Maessen became the first Australian female artist to be awarded a gold record certificate. After her recording career, Maessen turned to cabaret and club work by the mid-1970s.

Biography[edit]

In 1969 Maessen finished second on the series final of the TV talent show New Faces.[1][2] Maessen was a mother of two children from Melbourne and signed with Ron Tudor's production company.[2] In December Maessen released her debut single "The Love Moth", which was an English language cover version of an Italian song, "La Pioggia", by Gigliola Cinquetti.[2][3] Maessen's version reached the Go-Set National Top 40 in April 1970 and was a top 10 hit in Melbourne.[3][4][5] Maessen also appeared on local TV shows.

Maessen's second pop single, "Knock, Knock Who's There?" was a cover version of Mary Hopkin's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1970.[1] It was released on Fable Records in April 1970 and peaked at No. 2. It co-charted with Hopkin's version.[6] During the 1970 radio ban, a major dispute between commercial radio stations and record companies, Hopkin's version was not well known to Australian listeners.[2][7]:267 "Knock, Knock Who's There?" finished third on Go-Set's Top Records for the Year of 1970 and was the highest placed by an Australian artist.[8] Maessen became the first Australian female artist to be awarded a gold record certificate for a single with sales of over 50,000.[2] She won the 1970 Logie Award for "Best New Talent" and in the Go-Set Pop Poll was voted in the top five as most popular female vocalist.[2][7]:259

Maesson's third single, "Snowbird", was a country pop hit for Canadian singer Anne Murray.[1][2] It was issued in August 1970 and peaked at No. 16.[9] In March 1971 Maessen released her fourth single, "Hurry on Down", which did not chart.[1][2] In mid-1971 she was again voted in the top five as most popular female vocalist by Go-Set readers.[2][7]:261 Her debut album, Live for Life, appeared in July with another single, "Here I Go Again", in October. She released "Love Is for the Two of Us" late in 1971 which was a duet with TV personality Jimmy Hannan.[2] Two further singles followed in 1972 and her last commercial release was "Hey Mama, Sing Me a Song" in 1974.[2] After her recording career, Maessen turned to cabaret and club work by the mid-1970s.[1][2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Live for Life (Fable Records, July 1971)
  • Best of Liv Maessen (Fable Records, 1973)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Liv Maessen (Fable Records FBEP 158, 1970)
  • Knock, Knock Who's There? (Fable Records, January 1973)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Label
Go-Set Australian National Charts
1969 "The Love Moth" 40[10] Polydor
1970 "Knock, Knock Who's There?" 2 Fable
"Snowbird" 13
1971 "Hurry on Down" 93
"Here I Go Again"
"Love Is for the Two of Us" (Jimmy Hannan)
1972 "New Love Day"
"Everbody's Reaching Out For Somebody"
"A Taste of Money"
1974 "Hey Mama, Sing Me a Song" Philips

Other appearances[edit]

  • "Little Green Apples", "A New Love Day" on Channel 9 'New Faces' Discoveries by Various Artists (Fable Records, 1970)

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e McFarlane 'Liv Maessen' entry. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Kimball, Duncan (2007). "Liv Maessen". Milesago: Australasian Music and Popular Culture 1964–1975. ICE Productions. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "'Love Moth' – Liv Maessen (1969)". Pop Archives – Sources of Australian Pop Records from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Lyn Nuttall. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Go-Set search engine results for 'Liv Maesson'". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 31 January 2011.  Note: Go-Set published its national charts from October 1966 until August 1974. Liv Maessen's last name is misspelled as Maesson.
  5. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed (11 April 1970). "National Top 40". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed (8 August 1970). "National Top 60". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Kent, David Martin (September 2002). The Place of Go-Set in Rock and Pop Music Culture in Australia, 1966 to 1974 (Portable Document Format (PDF)) (Thesis). Canberra, ACT: University of Canberra. pp. 255–264, 267. Retrieved 31 January 2012.  Note: This PDF is 282 pages.
  8. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed (January 1971). "Top Records for the Year of 1970". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed (14 November 1970). "National Top 60". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts 11 April 1970". Poparchives.com.au. 11 April 1970. Retrieved 25 September 2012.