Reg Denver is a man of remarkable talents, who has packed into this life an astonishing number of musical achievements.
Born in the South Coast City of Wollongong, Reg showed early signs of unusual musical & vocal talents which he was quick to develop. His instrumental choice was the guitar, which proved to be the perfect compliment to his unique vocal skills.
In the early 1960’s as a very young teenager, his first professional job was in a regular spot with his own group, The Crescendos on Radio 2WL’s “Teen Show”. This lead to a hectic involvement in the Sydney Rock Scene, where he appeared in the Johnny O’ Keefe Dance Show and subsequently shared the stage with such local luminaries as Crash Craddock, The Bee Gees, Normie Rowe & The Playboys, The LeGrarde Twins, Dig Richards, Ian Crawford, Ray Hoff, Rob. E. Gee, The Crescents, Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs & The Easybeats.
In 1970, he went to the United Kingdom, where he appeared on B.B.C & Granada T.V. before touring England, Scotland & Wales. During these tours he trod the boards with a list of stars that reads like a “Who’s Who of Show Business”. P.J Proby, Matt Monroe, Del Shannon, Johnny “I Can See Clearly Now” Nash, The New World Trio, The Searchers, The Fortunes, Carl “Wimmaway” Denver (no relation) & Gerry Marsden of Gerry & The Pacemakers, Lou Rawles, John Denver, Nancy Wilson & Rick Price. He worked with them all.
He followed this with tours of France, Belgium, Germany & South Africa, before returning to Australia where he established himself as a successful businessman.
Reg has always been an enthusiastic fan of the great Roy Orbison and following Roy’s untimely death in 1988, he decided to present a stage Tribute to Roy Orbison. This requires very special talents, which Reg has in abundance. He has a vocal range of three octaves, which is an essential requirement for anyone planning an Orbison Tribute. He sings like Orbison, he plays guitar like Orbison & believe it or not, he even looks like Orbison. In fact, you could be excused for wondering if indeed, you were actually seeing & hearing Orbison.
That should be enough, but he has gone further. He booked Horrie Dargie to write & arrange the music for the entire show, then surrounded himself with seven of Sydney’s best musicians, led by renowned musical director Vince Lombardo, talented, beautiful dancers & Australia’s own singing sensation the fabulous Anne Dargie. The result is a show of rare quality that you will thoroughly enjoy & remember with great pleasure for a long time.