Order of Australia (AM)
Following sell out performances at rock dances, pubs and clubs he began sharing the stage with the world’s greatest performers. Col Joye is one of Australia’s greatest entertainment icons.
Capturing Australian audiences with an impact equaled by only a few. Col drew huge crowds to his personal appearances before he even signed a recording contract. He was a member of the original Brian Henderson’s Bandstand family, and as a result was a continuous face on television for over fourteen years.
Col was the first Australian Pop Artist ever to have a No.1 record nationally, with’ Bye Bye Baby’ and he was the first Australian to have a record on the American Billboard charts. He followed his initial success with successive number one hits and chart records with lists of hits including, ,’Oh Yeah Uh Huh’, ‘Rockin’ Rollin’ Clementine’ and ‘Yes Sir That’s My Baby’ ‘ Heaven Is My Woman’s Love’. Col was the first person to have three consecutive hit records and had no less than 7 in the Top 10 of the Charts.
Col Joye was the first recording artist to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame.
Further awards and achievements include:
- 3 times Logie Award Winner
- 2 times ARIA Award Winner
- Numerous Gold and Platinum Record Awards
- Golden Guitar Award
- 3 Variety Club Heart Awards
- 4 Mo Awards
- 2 Gold Mo Awards
- Many other industry awards plus recognition for his charity involvement
Col was awarded the Order of Australia in 1983 for Excellence in the Entertainment Industry and for his charitable involvement.
He has been an Australia Day Ambassador since its inception in 1983. Col was honoured with the release of his own Australian stamp which paid tribute to Australian music.
A tribute night “A Life In Music” honoured Col Joye and raised in excess of $500,000.00 for the Diabetes Foundation.
Col was proud to have been chosen to run as an Olympic torch bearer in the led up to the Sydney Olympic Games.
Col has been performing at the Manning Foundation “Christmas for Needy” functions for over 20 years. When the foundation was formally established, Col was appointed the Patron for the Foundation.