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Half century for Beatle killers


Bands come and bands go — and a few keep on keeping on. The Kravats have been entertaining Tasmanians for 50 years, a longer career than the grandads of rock, the Rolling Stones. In the early days they supported legendary Australian and international stars in Hobart, including Col Joye, Conway Twitty, Lloyd Price and Johnny O’Keefe.

In 1965 they beat the mighty Beatles to the top spot on the charts in Hobart with Baby Let Me take You Home and went on to feature four more times in the Top 40 charts.

In the years since, the Kravats have concentrated on the cabaret scene, with a series of long and popular residencies including one of 14 years at the Carlyle Hotel.

They mark their Golden Jubilee on New Year’s Day 2007 with another regular appearance, the Quiet Little Drink at the Shipwright’s Arms Hotel in Battery Point — 50 years to the day since their first gig.

Enjoy our tribute slide show and have a listen to Baby Let Me take You Home. — Fred Baker

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