Welcome to one of Australia's most experienced and professional artists - Joe Galea
Growing up in Sydneys notorious Kings Cross, Joe was influenced at an early age by American Merchant Seamen on R & R leave, playing their blues and soul records. Such artists as Solomon Burke, Ray Charles, Little Milton and Muddy Waters to name a few.
In his teen years Joe sang with his band The Midnighters alongside other Sydney up and coming stars of the future such as The Bee Gees, Billy Thorpe, and New Zealands Max Merritt, working places like Suzie Wongs, Whisky a Go Go, Surf City andTeenage Cabaret.
Joe, his brother and a couple of friends used the family garage for practice where every note they played and every word Joe sang, was being watched and taken in by several young boys from the local migrant centre at Villawood - who would have thought that in years to come they would become one of Australias leading bands known as The Easybeats.
The family garage was to turn out many popular Australian acts including three brothers originally from England who were glad to be able to polish up their act for their Saturday Night performance at Teenage Cabaret. As Joes band The Midnighters were the resident band at Teenage Cabaret, they also backed all the headliners performing there including those three brothers originally from England, of course The BeeGees.
Joe got the chance to further his experience overseas when he was spotted struttin his stuff at The Down Under Club at Kings Cross. He was offered a contract to be resident band at the new 5 star hotel in Bangkok The Narai Hotel. It wasnt unusual to have some of Americas top artists, travelling through Asia at the time, to sit in with the band for a magical night of entertainment, such people as the legendary jazz/blues pianist Roscoe Gordon . This contract was to last 2 years!
During this period, Joe was spotted by a high ranking American Officer who offered them a contract to tour through Vietnam entertaining the American troups, they appeared alongside such artists as - Sammy Davis Jnr., Laverne Baker, Duane Eddy and many others. They also crossed paths with many of Australias top acts that were also entertaining at the time.
Joe toured throughout Vietnam for the final 2 years of the Vietnam War, and were actually the last band to leave Vietnam before the final takeover that ended the Vietnam War.
After his return from overseas, Joe had a short tour of Germany playing to packed houses 7 nights a week, during this time he was fortunate enough to meet the late legendary blues man Champion Jack Dupree.
Joe formed several bands over the years, each one building up a faithful following - the most successful being Cross The Border working solidly every week for almost 10 years, but none have come even close to the present line up of talented musicians that Joe has with him in The Joe Galea Band.
Since Joe formed his own band they have been in constant demand at many venues in and around Melbourne as well as earning a reputation at Music Festivals as being The Highlight of the Festival.
Nicknamed The Nightingale on Steroids! by one of the photographers at the Wangaratta Festival, Joe continues to win audiences where ever he plays. He has the ability to reach out to every last person in the audience and take them on a musical experience that pleases and satisfies everyone!
The Mornington Festival and the Wangaratta Festival were reminiscent of the childrens story - The Three Little Pigs, Im sure you all remember, the music starts and then everyone is on the floor, and the house is jumpin!
I wouldnt have believed it if I hadnt seen it! Apart from Joes vocals, you also have the fantastic wailing solos from the Sax. Along with the excellent lead guitar, bass and drums you have - Joe Galea & the Rockin Blues All Stars.
We play live every week around Victoria, and also many interstate Festivals arund Australia. I always work well with live audiences and tend to "feed" off the crowd, if they are having a good time - I'm having a good time!
Artists that have influenced me are many - Bobby Blue Bland, Muddy Waters, Delbert McClinton, Solomon Burke, Fat's Domino, and of course you can't go past people like - Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown and Little Richard.
The Band consists of Lead Guitar, Bass, Sax, Drums, and Vocals (Myself)