Counting down... The Silver Jubilee Australian Top 20, 1977

The Queen's Silver Jubilee, commemorating 25 years of her reign, was celebrated in 1977. In Australia, a specially-produced LP was released by the Silver Jubilee Commemorative Organisation, chaired by entrepreneur Harry M Miller.

Proceeds of the sale of the limited-edition album went to the Queen's Silver Jubilee Appeal for Young Australians, to be distributed in the form of grants or awards to help young Australians. His Royal Highness Prince Charles was Patron of the Appeal.

The Australian record industry collaborated to produce the album. Several record companies, and all the artists, songwriters and publishers involved donated their contributions.

The inside of the album cover reveals a Sgt. Pepper's-style collage of stars of the '70s – Sherbet, Skyhooks, Little River Band, Dragon, Air Supply, Ariel, Supernaut, Hush, Ferrets, Flash in the Pan, Ol' 55, AC/DC, John Paul Young, Mark Holden, Marty Rhone, Richard Clapton, Marcia Hines, Renee Geyer, Jon English and the Ted Mulry Gang.

Inside cover of Count Down Silver Jubilee Australian Top 20 album, 1977
Inside cover of Count Down Silver Jubilee Australian Top 20 album, 1977

The album was produced and promoted through the popular ABC TV music program Countdown, hosted by compere Ian 'Molly' Meldrum.

Prince Charles officially launched the Silver Jubilee Australian Top 20 album on Countdown on 13 November, during his 1977 visit to Australia to mark the Silver Jubilee.

The pre-recorded interview between Prince Charles and Molly Meldrum was to become a memorable TV moment. A nervous Meldrum made continual errors. When lost for words, and prompted by the Prince who asked Meldrum about a recent visit to England, Meldrum referred to the Queen as Prince Charles' mum. The Prince replied, 'You mean Her Majesty the Queen'.

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    Front cover of the Silver Jubilee Australian Top 20 album
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    News release issued by the Silver Jubilee Commemorative Organisation
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    Prince Charles and Molly Meldrum on Countdown
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