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Daryl Braithwaite will be forever remembered singing his hit single The Horses, but there’s so much more to the Melbourne singer, who talks about his life in the second episode of the television series Time of my life, brought to you by Apia and 7Two.

Born in Melbourne 1949, Daryl and his twin brother Glenn lived with their grandparents while their father, a plumber, worked on the Snowy Mountain Scheme. Both boys sang in the school choir, and went to school with fellow Australian celebrity Olivia Newton John, before the family moved to Sydney in 1963.

By age eighteen, Daryl had devoted himself to music and joined his first band Bright Lights. He went on to join Sherbet, which had formed the year prior and just released their first single. After a short stint as second lead singer, Daryl became lead vocalist for Sherbet soon after fellow band mate Denis Loughlin left the band. By 1972, Sherbet were supporting major visiting artists and began playing its own material off the back of its debut album release Time Change… A Natural Progression. That same year, Sherbet was voted ‘Most Popular Australian Group’ by readers in the annual Go-Set Magazine pop poll.

In 1973 Daryl began his solo career alongside Sherbet, and over the next 20 years he achieved 15 solo hits in the Australian top 40 and was named TV Week’s King of Pop for three consecutive years from 1975-1977. Meanwhile, Sherbet continued to dominate the Australian music scene, appearing on Countdown more than any other band. Sherbet’s biggest singles were Summer Love (1975) and Howzat (1976), both reaching number one in Australia before the band broke up in 1979.

Throughout the 1980’s Daryl moved back to Victoria, where he set about building a new home with his wife Sarah and became a father to son Oscar.  In 1988, Daryl released a new solo album Edge, which by 1990 had become Sony Music Australia’s best-selling album ever released. That same year, Sherbet was inducted into the ARIA hall of fame while Daryl also released the biggest selling CD of the year – Daryl’s solo album Rise which featured hit single The Horses. Daryl currently resides in Melbourne, and continues to tour Australia for his dedicated fans. In 2013, Daryl joined fellow Australian music legends Ross Wilson, James Reyne and Joe Camilleri on the APIA ‘Time of My Life’ tour to sold out crowds.

To find out more visit the official Time of My Life page at www.yahoo7.com.au/timeofmylife, or watch the show at 6:30pm on Saturdays on 7Two.

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Written by Debbie McTaggart

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