John J. Francis

Back then…

John J. FrancisSinger/songwriter G. Wayne Thomas was the music producer of the legendary Australian surfing movie Morning of the Earth. The soundtrack of the album featured a host of original Australian talent in the likes of Tamam Shud, Brian Cadd, Terry Hanagan, etc. and also included a song of G. Wayne Thomas' that was to become a hit record, Open Up Your Heart.

Many of the basic music and vocal tracks were laid down at Copperfield studios. G. Wayne Thomas had been instrumental in getting Warner Bros to release Rock 'n' Roll Refugee after hearing a new track JJ had just completed when he was doing these sessions. The song was Simple Ben. Thomas called director Albie Falzon to come and listen to a song that he thought would fit into the film perfectly. Falzon agreed and Simple Ben joined the film in becoming an Oz classic and is still remembered as a long-time surfing anthem. The soundtrack to the film went gold in sales, the first surf movie to ever achieve this feat.

Simple Ben could be heard up & down the coast.