"John Peter Farnham" (July 1, 1949 ) is an Australian pop singer. Whilst not having the international success of, for example, Kylie Minogue, Savage Garden, or The Seekers, domestically he has remained one of Australia's best-known performers over a career spanning more than 30 years. He is the only Australian artist to have a number one record in five consecutive decades.
Born in Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom, Farnham spent the first years of his life in England before migrating to Australia in 1959. An undistinguished student, he began a plumbing apprenticeship before taking leave from that to pursue music.
His first commercially-successful recording was a novelty song entitled "Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)". Released in November 1967, it hit No. 1 on the Australian charts in January 1968 and remained there for 6 weeks. Selling 180 000 copies in Australia, it was the largest-selling single by an Australian artist of the decade. The clean-cut pop star made several more successful albums, but by the 1970s his recording career began to dwindle and he turned to television, appearing in a situation comedy and narrating documentaries, whilst singing in clubs. ...