Col Joye

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Col Joye
Birth name Colin Frederick Jacobsen
Born (1937-04-13) 13 April 1937 (age 81)
Origin Australian
Genres Pop, Rock and roll, Country
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, businessman
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1959-present
Associated acts Colin Joye and the Joy Boys

Colin Frederick Jacobsen AM (born 13 April 1937 in Sydney, New South Wales)[1], better known by his stage name Col Joye, is an Australian pioneer rock singer-songwriter, musician and entrepreneur, (he has also recorded various other cross-over styles such as country music), with a career spanning some sixty years. Joye was the first Australian rock and roll singer to have a number one record Australia-wide and experienced a string of chart successes in the early Australian rock and roll scene, that was emerging from the USA and the United Kingdom.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Joye started his career as a jewellery salesman, after leaving school, before performing and recording with his backing band, the KJ Quintet, that would become The Joy Boys[2] which included his brothers Kevin and Keith, Joye enjoyed a string of hits on the local and national singles charts of Australia beginning in 1959. Joye's first single, "Stagger Lee" was a cover of the Lloyd Price US original. However, his third single "Bye Bye Baby" reached No.3 on the Australian Kent Music Report charts in 1959, followed by "Rockin Rollin Clementine" also peaking at No.3.[3] His fifth single, "Oh Yeah Uh Huh", became his most successful, peaking at No.1. He also had other charting singles, including "Yes Sir That's My Baby" peaking at No.5 nationally. Joye was an original member of Brian Henderson's Bandstand television program, and appeared regularly on this show for fourteen years. Joye also toured Australia with fellow Bandstand acts, including Judy Stone, Sandy Scott, and Little Pattie. Joye's popularity leveled off with the changes to the music scene around the time of the rise of the British invasion, and especially The Beatles, and it was not until 1973 that he had another hit record, with "Heaven Is My Woman's Love" reaching No.1 on the Go-Set charts in 1973.[3]


During the period between personal musical successes in the 1960s, Col and Kevin Jacobsen built an influential entertainment management, publishing, and recording business, including ATA Studios in Glebe, NSW. This business worked with developing and promoting artists including the Bee Gees, and their brother Andy Gibb. Their promotions company, Jacobsen Entertainment, continued into the 2000s, with Col and Kevin remaining as principal members.[4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Joye won several music awards, including two ARIA Music Awards, and he earned numerous gold and platinum records. On 8 June 1981, he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for his entertainment and philanthropic work.[5] Joye also continued to perform publicly, including providing entertainment at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs post-1985 NSW Rugby League grand final victory celebration.[6] Joye was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988, the first year of such inductions.

In 1998, Australia Post issued a special edition set of twelve stamps celebrating the early years of Australian Rock 'n' Roll, featuring Australian hit songs from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. One of the stamps commemorated Joye, based on the song "Oh Yeah Uh Huh". Australia Post wrote that "Each of them said something about us, and told the rest of the world this is what popular culture sounds like, and it has an Australian accent".[7]

In 2010, "Bye Bye Baby", by Col Joye and the Joy Boys with backing vocals from the Sapphires, was added to the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia register.[8] The curator's notes stated that:

There is not a lot to this pop song, written by American Frank McNulty, other than a catchy title hook. The lyrics are about the singer saying goodbye to his girlfriend and how lonely he will be without her until the next time they meet.The original recording was made using a nylon string guitar, bass (wonderfully out of tune in the beginning) and minimalist drums with Col Joye almost whispering the vocals (as he had a cold at the time). This is the released version, with added celeste and ‘ooh-ahh’ backing vocals from the Sapphires, presumably to give it a little more musical interest.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, while pruning a neighbour's tree with a chainsaw as a favour, Joye slipped and fell six metres onto brick paving below, striking his head and falling into a coma, as well as sustaining serious lower back and shoulder injuries. Initially given a poor prognosis, he eventually recovered to start performing and touring again in 1998[10]


  1. ^ a b "Col Joye - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Joye, Col (1937-)". 
  3. ^ a b "GO-SET Magazine's Number One Singles in Australia 1966-1974". Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Jacobsen entertainment company Archived 19 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ It's an Honour - Member of the Order of Australia - 8 June 1981.
  6. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Australian Stamps : Rock Australia". Australia Post. 2001-03-20. Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  8. ^ stephen.groenewegen (28 October 2016). "The Sounds of Australia". Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Bye Bye Baby". australianscreen. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Talking Heads with Peter Thompson". ABC Television. 2006-09-25. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 

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