Keith Lamb migrated to Australia in 1970 with friend Robin Jackson. In 1971 Keith formed Hush and the original line-up consisted of Keith Lamb (vocals), Chris Nolan (keyboards), Robin Jackson (guitar), Rick Lum (bass) and John Koutts (drums) Les Gock joined Hush in 1972, as did Chris Pailthorpe, replacing Robin Jackson, John Koutts and Chris Nolan. The new line-up which continued to 1976 was Keith Lamb (vocals) Les Gock (guitar) Rick Lum (bass) and Chris Pailthorpe (drums). Rick left towards the end of 1976 and was replaced by Jacque De Jong. The band split up altogether not long after.
Hush, finalist in the 1972 Hoadleyâ€™s National Battle of the Sounds was well on its way to being one of the top bands in Australia. 1973 was the beginning of Hushâ€™s intensive national touring- playing more than 200 towns and cities, driving approximately 4,000 kilometres each week. Hush were often on tour for 9 months of the year.
The single, Get the Feeling, and album Aloud N Live were released in late 1973. Get the Feeling was a hit in NSW. In March â€�74 the band signed with RCA/Wizard Records and their single â€śWalkingâ€� became the first national hit for Hush. Robbie Porter took over production of the bandâ€™s recording and the first product of this association was the hit single â€śBoney Maroneyâ€� an updated version of the Larry Williams rocker. ˇ°Boney Maroneyˇ± was number 1 in 1975. Later that year, the cover â€śGlad All Overâ€� was another hit for the band. #17 Sydney #6 Melbourne #5 Brisbane #7 Adelaide. Hush were regular performers on Countdown, Australiaâ€™s much-loved music show, including an unforgettable performance for first colour episode to go to air. The band with the most colourful outfits got the gig! Keith Lamb and Les Gock co-compered Countdown on several occasions.
2006 and Hush have reformed for the Countdown Spectactular Concerts performing live in Arenas all around Australia. Promoted by the Frontier Touring Company and filmed by ABC Television for a DVD.
What are the guys up to now?
Keith has now happily settled in Bendigo, Victoria, where he is creatively involved with Rajmahal, the embroidery business. He is co-author of TAOC, The increasingly popular Art of Conversation game. Keith still actively sings and records. The recent Countdown Spectacular concerts gave him a great opportunity to strut his stuff again at huge arenas all around Australia. He has two children â€� Matthew and Sarah. Keith is now also a proud happy Grandfather.
After Hush broke up in the 70â€™s, Les set up a business and offered his musical skills to the ad industry with phenomenal success. The company grew to become Song Zu, a music and sound design mecca in Sydney and Singapore. Les sold his successful company to develop an exciting new direction. Today, â€śLes Gock Sound Thinkingâ€� is a respected audio branding consultancy that plays an integral and vital part in the communication and management of leading Australian brands.
Rick lives in Sydney and after many years working in Advertising agencies as an award winning Art Director and Graphic Designer, has now set up his own business â€� RICK LUM DESIGN. His specialty is logo design and all other facets of visual communication. He still plays Bass and acoustic guitar. The last band Rick co-founded was The Ginhouse Blues Band and they worked the Sydney pub blues scene. Rick is also very active with his love for drawing & painting.
So what does a rock n roll drummer do when he takes a long break from the circus? This one goes back to university and re-invents himself as an architect. Chris now engages in a successful career working for a high profile Sydney architect company. Recently having to take up drums again for the Countdown Spectacular Tour, he now enjoys the best of both worlds in having a professional career and the chance to indulge in his love for drumming again.
Jacques de Jongh
Jacques had been the rhythm guitarist for Redhouse Roll Band (Redhouse) from 1975-76. Jacques also toured with John Paul Young's All-stars Band. He has re-joined Hush for several reunion occasions, including Hey Hey It's Saturday.