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Line up: Bon Scott (Vocals), Bruce Howe (Vocals, Bass), Mick Jurd (Guitar), John Bisset (Organ, Vocals), John Freeman (Drums) & Special Guest at Myponga Uncle John Eyers (Harmonica) later Uncle would fully join the band.

Style: Rock & Blues

The four members of the original Fraternity all came from Sydney R&B band Levi Smith's Clefs Bruce Howe (Bass), Mick Jurd (Guitar), John Bisset (Organ) and Tony Buettel (Drums). They had recorded one of the first Australian prog rock albums 'Empty Monkey' released in March 1970. The band also backed Doug Ashdown on his album Age Of Mouse. The musicians decided to leave Barrie McAskill and the Levi Smith Clef's forming Fraternity. As a four piece Fraternity issued their first single, 'Why Did It Have To Be Me?'/ 'Question' in October 1970. By the time the single came out Bon Scott (Vocals) and John Freeman (Drums) had joined the band. A far cry from the Bubblegum pop of The Valentines, Fraternity gave Bon Scott a chance to indulge in his passion for tougher Rock n' Roll. Fraternity recorded its debut album Livestock on the Sweet Peach label. Although Livestock featured a patchy mix of rock/pop tunes and metaphysical, art rock ramblings, it revealed a band attempting to approach a uniquely Australian sound. 

  

In 1970, Hamish Henry approached Sydney based band Fraternity to manage and financially support them. Fraternity moved to a property at Aldgate, Adelaide known as Hemming's Farm. In late January Fraternity were billed as one of the headliners for the Myponga Progressive Pop Festival, which was also financed and organised by their manager Hamish Henry. Fraternity went on to gain number #1 status in the charts with 'Seasons Of Change' written by John Robinson and Neale Johns of Blackfeather, who later released their own version. The band won the national Hoadley's Battle Of The Sounds competition in August 1971, which earned them a trip to England which they embarked on in 1972 after recording their second album 'Flaming Galah'.