Little River Band - The Night Owl (1981)


Music from Australia and New Zealand in the year 1981: Little River Band's promo-video for the hit single 'The Night Owl' (September, 1981), taken from the 1981 album 'Time Exposure'. Note: This was to be the last album Glenn Shorrock would record with LRB - American newcommer Wayne Nelso takes vocals on this track, indicating the future direction of the band without Shorrock. Band Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia Track: The Night Owl Album: Time Exposure Composed By: Produced By: Label: EMI - Harvest Chat Position: # 18 (Australia) - # 6 (United States) Release Date: September, 1981 Footage Information: Links: - />- />- />- />- /> Line-up: Glenn Shorrock -- Vocals [ The Twilights (1964-1969) -- Axiom (1969-1971) -- Little River Band (1975-1981) -- solo artist (1981-1986) -- Little River Band re-joined (1988-1991) ] Beeb Birtles -- Vocals, Guitar [ The Zoot (1967-1971) -- Frieze (1971) -- Mississippi (1972-1974) -- Little River Band (1975-1991) -- Birtles Shorrock Goble] /> Derek Pellicci - Drums [ The Ash (1971) -- Mississippi (1972-1974) -- Little River Band (1975-1991) ] Graeham Goble -- Vocals, Guitar [ Allison Gros (1970-1973) -- Drummond (1971-1972) -- Mississippi (1972-1973) -- Little River Band (1975-1991) ] Wayne Nelson - Bass, Vocals Stephen Housden - Guitar -------------------------------------- NZOZ NZOZ1981 1981 Australia Early Eighties 1980's 1980s 80's 80s Extended Tags: Glenn Shorrock, Graeham Goble, Beeb Birtles, Wayne Nelson Musical Terms: AOR, MOR, FM, Classic, Rock, Aussie, Old Australian Band



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Little River Band LRB 1981 Australia Early Eighties



paulanderson79
I've only recently discovered LRB. They never were really visible in Britain (I was born in 1970). Musically unimpeachable. Vocals are stunning. Harmonies perfectly intoned. Incredible band.
2028 END
well, alrighty then.
jakey clifford
WHEN MUSIC WAS MUSIC
Ruben Delgadillo
Those Aussies can jam!
Kelly Sutton
I miss these days such great times and music
Peter Vida
Wow i miss when our musicians actually had talent
Golden Girl
I was 10 when this came out & I love Little River Band!
Kristin Burton
I wish these original members could get there name back from the current non-original members who don't sound anything like what they're meant to.
beatlemyn
This is my life theme song. They don't make them like this anymore. Go ahead and try those harmonies, Rhianna. This is talent, not auto tune. But why lose the video on the guitar solos?
Domenic Mittiga
First class harmonizing
MrDavidr86
One of the greatest vocal bands ever. Saw them live,, and it was like studio quality with the raw edge of being live. The best concert I've ever seen from a musical quality aspect!!!!!!
Animeman73
Ah, little River Band. When I was a boy growing up in the 1980's this was a song I listened to on the radio. This is a catchy song with a good feel to it and most importantly genuine soul. I miss great songs like this.
Scott Hornby
The harmonies of these original members is just fantastic. Those guys can really sing. The guy singing did the dirty on them and claimed their name.
Randy Hudson
Wayne was just killing it! Man, he nailed it!
RockotheCat13
People wanted them to rock out from their ballad - style songs. And they did it with this song in "81. I was cruising my muscle car when this song was playing on the radio; I was working as a bouncer back then w/ all kinds of ladies for the night.  This song defined me as a guy & what the game was. Thanks for posting it.
luvmuzk
Today is my 63rd birthday. I just saw an article about an interview with Wayne Nelson, and I would love to tell him personally that I have admired him since back in the early 80's. Not just because he played great music with a great band but because he looked like Ron Howard- Opie, and that always put a smile on my face. Wayne, you are still a handsome man, as well as a great musician . If You are ever in Hampton,Va. feel welcome to stop by for dinner!
Pearson7951
This is the good stuff, not like the fucking American LRB... Long live LRB, Long live Australia!
Class J Video Productions
I wasn't even born yet when this came out, but this is definitely one of my favorite songs by this band. I saw them a couple of times in Virginia Beach live at the oceanfront, and I got my picture taken with them. Unfortunately I lost the memory card that had my picture with them. Maybe I'll get another chance soon. 
craig nelson
i just saw them saturday.they really put on a show!
Nick Viola
Great song, has kind of a southern feel to it!
lisa smith
Good Aussie band, love these guys, wish I could have seen them play, well before my time though
Vince Gedeon
one best 80s songs ever
bfan64
I saw them in a small club in San Diego around 1989. They were fantastic! This is one of my favorites.
rebecca taylor
REAL MUSIC UNLIKE TODAYS JUNK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
troy kester
AWESOME!! ALWAYS LOVED THIS SONG!!!
Terry Thomas
God this describes my youngest son so well !
Wild1995
Long live 1981
Sonny Starr
Wayne Nelson has an amazing voice. He is still rocking with the band after all these many years. This was their 2nd biggest hit.
dale davis
My favorite song by this band by far. Much underated as was Firefall.
Anthony L
One of the best real songs of the 80s. Real talent, as opposed to synthesizers, etc., that characterized 1983+ 1:20 best verse ever 1:30 best moment of that verse
Vince Gedeon
this brings back lots old memory s I WANT MY MTV lol
David Moore
LRB ruled the radio back in the day. This is just one of many hits!
Blonde 1973
Love little river band. Most underrated band. Should be in the hall of fame. So talented and so much harmony. This is what music is 🎶🎶🎶❤️❤️❤️
Sandy Tonkin
Brings back good memories!!!
Ron Stewart
Talk about versatility in the vocals harmony superb
Diane Schipper
miss you guys please come back not the fake ones you guys are the only ones we want
Alfonso Mad
Lyrics There's a bar right across the street He's got a need he just can't beat Out on the floor, he shuffles his feet away He'll get the girl 'cause he looks so fine He's gonna win her every time He knows he will, he's dressed to kill He's a night owl Move on There's a heart of a night owl callin' To belong She's cryin' in the night Be strong And find the heart of the night owl fallin' Stay up till dawn Until the night is gone What will become of the restless kind Where do they go when they've done their time Wearin' their hearts out on the line For all to see Must be the gypsy in their soul They have a need to rock and roll They always will They're out there still They're the night owls Move on There's a heart of a night owl callin' To belong She's cryin in the night Be strong And find the heart of the night owl fallin' Stay up till dawn Until the night is gone There's a bar right across the street He's got a need he just can't beat Out on the floor he shuffles his feet away He'll get the girl 'cause he looks so fine He's gonna win her every time He knows he will, he's out there still He's a night owl So move on There's a heart of a night owl callin' To belong He's cryin' in the night Be strong And find the heart of the night owl fallin' Stay up till dawn until the night is gone The night goes on and on Until the night is gone. Written by Graham Goble • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group
jackie stinson kelly
1981 Little River Band , Awesome song love to hear them sing,😄😃😂😀😊
Samson Crosswood
Tennessee Martin. That's in my backyard. Shorrock must have had a good time in the Mid-South.
Stephen Goss
Produced by Sir George Martin.
val tau
Nice Eagles song..  :)
Vic Mohr
You can see the passion in all their expressions. Awesome!!!!
peterp62
ev´ry time I hear this song, I ask myself why LRB ever had another singer than wayne. He´s perfect
Michael Moon
Rock on LRB! this is some classic shit... I miss good music like this! 
TheGertn8r
They are playing at the Pickerington Violet Festival in Pickerington, Ohio Saturday, July 16.
Ethan Jordan
I've always loved this song. I was 4 when it came out.
iminthe70stang
i wish it was 1981
Brandon Quatro
Some obscure backup guitar player from the group's later (less popular) years somehow got the legal rights to the name "Little River Band". He now tours the US with what is basically a tribute band doing covers of all LRB songs and raking in all the $$$. The original members you see singing and playing in the Videoclip above have been cheated out of possibly millions of dollars.
rock dawg
this has been my fav songs from the 1980'ds
Lois Pulliam
going to see them at the golden nugget saturday night !! yay!!!
studioblogic
That's the great Wayne Nelson singing the lead vocal... Salute Wayne!
Retired Sergeant
Kinda funny that LRB originated in Australia and now is composed of dudes from the USA
Cmmmm
I remember this video being so intense when I was a kid. This "night owl" was after this girl... would she get away? Hahaha
Valentín Giaccaglia
such a good music!
Laura Cimino
2:48 to the end is the best!I love it when he sings "He shuffles his feet away" in that higher register! It's always been my favorite part of the song...Anyone agree? My mother used to teach triple time swing to this song...Remember the good old 45'S? I am sooo glad that I grew up in this era, and The Little River Band is legendary... The best...PERIOD.
gjersy
I love the guitar build up and stop at 2:44-46, always have!
Aunty Godmother
Great tune and I agree with the other post; not like the crap that's out now! He's too close to the mike. Just wish he wasn't kissing the microphone.
thelanceman64
This songs reminds me of the start of my senior year of high school, September of 1981! Very good song.
Scott Janz
Although I like this video, it doesn't have the energy the live from Melbourne 1983 version has.  Long live any version of LRB.
NightOwl
love this song, 80's rule.
Tommy Minley
I wonder where he got his Tennessee Martin t shirt
marrod Rivera
super great
Ariel Cohen
Is B Sullivan playing bass?
brad b
One of my personal favorite songs of all time : )
elamite66
CLASSIC! back in the day when I was about 17 cruising the NY streets, bars, clubs, drug spots looking to get lucky burning the candle at both ends always brings back the good and the bad My people had moved to Western NC but at 16 I had my own place and could not leave NY To me NY was not only my home town but the crossroads of the world RIP all those who did not make it Te amos la ciudad NY Vaya con Dios
Pwrcritter
Why the best singin band since the eagles!
Pwrcritter
Glen Frey has said in the past that he thinks LRB is the best singing band Ever!
Pwrcritter
Glen Frey said LRB is the best singing band EVER.
Pwrcritter
He can sing, chew gum AND play bass at the same time!
Pwrcritter
I like Glen's Joe Cocker gyrations.
Pwrcritter
He Can chew gum and sing at the same time!
Pwrcritter
LIke Glenn Frey has said; the best singing band since the Eagles.
Pwrcritter
Gotta love Shorru'ks Joe Coker mannerisms.
Wildcock23
28 people are early worms...
sld4907
Great song. I saw the Little River Band just a few weeks ago in a really small venue. Although some of original members are gone, the band still rocked and put on a great show.
Aaron Wash
Bad boys 1983
vegasguitars
Wayne Nelson with Gobles and Shorrock - these guys are incredible together!
Matthew Dagnan
This Song reminds me of that old 80s movie "Bad Boys", they played LRB all through it.  Such a talented Band.
CaptNemo100
@jonnyquest0407 Well.....what you hear is the studio version with David Briggs on lead guitar; however, the person you see playing lead guitar in the video appears to be Steve Housden. I think by the time they made this video Briggs had left. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
5515mark
The great thing about this video, is that one of the guys actually looks like an owl.
Roosevelt McCarter
What album was this taken from? Time Exposure or First Under The Wire?
fluffydolly
early mtv another classic forgotten
Wild1995
BINGO YOU are so right I love 1981
Wild1995
THANK YOU FOR POSTING I also have been looking for this too. It reminds me of the summer of 1981.
newmark401
Produced by none other than Sir George Martin, although he was only George Martin back in 1981.
rc70ys
Absolute legends.
Matthew Smith
@carouselgal yeah, but unfortunately, they weren't really playing lol I remember seeing them do this on Solid Gold too. It was still fun to watch :-)
Matthew Smith
You know, if you really think about it, every song is written for a certain vocal. Case in point; Noboody could sing this song like Wayne Nelson. It's made for his voice. Cool Change was written for Shorrok's voice. We Two was written for Farnham's voice. Don't compare these vocals, it's not fair to any of them. Truth be told, they sound great as a band, solo an harmony wise!
MrJacutz
Wayne Nelson and Sharrock singing together... Just plain Awesome. I've loved these guys since the early 80's!
siasti
I always thought John Farnham was the singer on this...and, yes, Wayne Nelson does have a great voice.
Marlena Marbet
OH my gosh, I have waited a long time to see this video. I just love Wayne Nelson's voice. lol. Thank you for posting this.
Michael Spain
real music
illiniguy58
One of the most UNDER rated bands...ever!!
ScottTheDott M.
One of the best rock songs of the 1980's. Wayne Nelson vocal range with the driving guitar is nothing short of outstanding! Thanks for the post!
lisa love
I ll tell you what!every word is 
Retired Sergeant
Just saw these guys Friday at the Fraze in Kettering Ohio...while Wayne is the only one left, they sounded just as good as ever, and in my opinion, better than the group they opened for...KC and the Sunshine Band..
Kevin Miller
47 people cant get the girl
Dallas Filby
While I think that Glen was the best singer that LRB ever had, Wayne Nelson who's singing here is one of my favourite singers of all time. Nobody could sing this the way he does.