Thursday, November 3, 2011

Chrissy Amphlett

♥ ♥ ♥ Today's Awesome Woman is Chrissy Amphlett (25 October 1959 - ) Lead singer of the Aussie rock band Divinyls, dubbed 'Queen of Australian Rock'. Trained as a singer and dancer, she left home as a teenager and travelled to England, France and Spain where she was imprisoned for three months for singing on the streets.

Chrissy met Mark Entee at a concert at the Sydney Opera House in 1980 and together they formed the band, performing for several years in live gigs in Sydney. The band's members kept changing, except for Chrissy and Mark whose relationship was extremely rocky.

The band released six albums between 1982 and 1996, peaking in 1991 with the success of the single "I Touch Myself" which reached Number 1 in Australia, 10 in the UK and 4 in the US. Divinyls did not release another album for nearly six years, splitting up around the time of Underworld's release in Australia.

Since 1999 Amphlett has been married to US drummer Charley Drayton who played drums on the Divinyls eponymous album and was the drummer in the reformed group. Amphlett lived in New York City with her husband, concentrating on a solo career and
writing her autobiography Pleasure and Pain: My Life.

In 2007 Amphlett revealed she was battling multiple sclerosis and in 2010 that she has breast cancer, gaining treatment in New York. Nonetheless, she performed Divinyl's songs and others with a thirty piece orchestra for the "Australian Rock Symphony" through January 2010.

Boys In Town, Science Fiction, Don't You Go Walkin, Elsie, Pleasure and Pain, Back To the Wall, Temperamental, I'm Jealous and I touch Myself, being some of her biggest hits.

Divinyls - Pleasure And Pain (1985)
Music from Australia and New Zealand in the year 1985: Divinyls' promo-video for the hit single 'Pleasure & Pain' (October, 1985) taken from the 1985 album '...