Highest Selling Album, Whispering Jack - Number One in Five Consecutive Decades - John Farnham
Date of Record: 2006
'John Farnham - Live At The Regent Theatre' was the very first concert that featured Supertext (closed captions for the hearing impaired).
John was the first Australian to be presented with a platinum album from EMI for record sales in excess of 1 million.
The carefully crafted album 'Whispering Jack', released in October 1986, became the highest-selling album by an Australian act in Australia, and peaked at number one on the Australian Album Charts for a total of 25 weeks. As of 2006, it was 24×platinum indicating sales of over 1.68 million units in Australia alone. The album was released internationally on RCA/BMG and peaked at No.1 in Sweden, No. 3 in Austria, and Top 20 in Norway. In August 1988 it returned to the Australian Top Ten.
John Farnham is the only Australian artist to have a number one record in five consecutive decades with singles: 'Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)' in 1967, 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head' in 1969/1970, and 'Age of Reason' in 1988; and albums: Age of Reason, Chain Reaction in 1990, Then Again... in 1993, Anthology 1: Greatest Hits 1986-1997 in 1997, 33⅓ in 2000 and The Last Time in 2002.