G. Wayne Thomas
G. Wayne Thomas
|Birth name||Graham Wayne Thomas|
|Also known as||Wayne Thomas|
G. Wayne Thomas is a New Zealand born Australia based musician, producer and songwriter. His single "Open Up Your Heart"/"Morning of the Earth" reached #21 on the Australian Singles chart.
Thomas was born in Auckland, New Zealand and moved to Australia in 1968 and started writing music for commercials. He signed with Warners, relesead a single in 1971 and started working as a producer. He produced the soundtrack to the surf movie Morning of the Earth, changing what was going to be a Tamam Shud album into a various artists record. It featured Tamam Shud, Terry Hannigan, Brian Cadd, John J. Francis, Peter Howe and three G. Wayne Thomas tracks. The soundtrack was released in 1972 along with a single from the album, "Open Up Your Heart"/"Morning of the Earth".
In 1972 he put together a band called Duck to record an album. The band originally comprised Jon English, Bobbi Marchini, John Robinson, Bobby Gebert, Larry Duryea, Teddy Toi and Steve Webb. They released an album of covers, Laid, which was produced by Thomas.
Thomas started his own label, Warm & Genuine, and released a self-titled album in 1973. He followed that up with a soundtrack for Crystal Voyager. For this he put together a studio band called the Crystal Voyager Band. It consisted of Thomas, Bobby Gebert, Mick Liber, Rod Coe and John Proud. His last release on Warm & Genuine was in 1975 after which he signed with Polydor.
In 1979-80 he worked in a duo with Peter Bailey and together they released an album, Missing Persons and four singles.
- G. Wayne Thomas (1973) - Warm & Genuine
- reissued in 1974 as Open Up Your Heart
- Crystal Voyager (1974) - Warm & Genuine
- "Take It Easy"/"You're Not Alone" (1971) - Warner
- "Open Up Your Heart"/"Morning of the Earth" (1972) - Warner Aus #21
- "Everything in You"/"Call My Name" (1973) - Warm & Genuine
- "Hollywood"/"Morning Light" (1973) - Warm & Genuine
- "Changes"/"Into the Blue" (1973) - Warm & Genuine
- "Mercy for the Innocent"/"Junkyard" (1975) - Warm & Genuine
- "Just to Love You"/"How Can I Tell You?" (1976) - Polydor
Thomas and Bailey
- Missing Persons (1979) - Polydor
- "The Last Laugh"/"It's Alright" (1979) - Polydor
- "Missing Persons"/"Loving You" (1979) - Polydor
- "I Don't Want to Spoil Your Party"/"Half Way Home" (1980) - Polydor
- "Tobacco Road"/"They Loved Their Lives Away" (1980) - Polydor
- Morning of the Earth (1972) - Warner
- Producer. Performer "Morning of the Earth", "Open Up Your Heart" and "Day Comes"
- McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'G. Wayne Thomas'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 23 August 2004.
- McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Duck'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 6 August 2004.