Colin Frederick Jacobsen AM (born 13 April 1937),[1] better known by his stage name Col Joye, is an Australian pioneer rock singer-songwriter, musician and entrepreneur (he has also recorded various other cross-over styles such as country music), with a career spanning some sixty years. Joye was the first Australian rock and roll singer to have a number one record Australia-wide and experienced a string of chart successes in the early Australian rock and roll scene, that was emerging from the US and the United Kingdom.[1]

Col Joye
Birth nameColin Frederick Jacobsen
Born (1937-04-13) 13 April 1937 (age 85)
Sydney, Australia
GenresPop, rock and roll, country
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • businessman
Instrument(s)Guitar, vocals
Years active1959–present

Musical careerEdit

He was born in Sydney, Australia.[2] Joye started his career as a jewellery salesman, after leaving school, before performing and recording with his backing band, the KJ Quintet, that would become the Joy Boys[3] which included his brothers Kevin and Keith. Joye enjoyed a string of hits on the local and national singles charts of Australia beginning in 1959. Joye's first single, "Stagger Lee" was a cover of the Lloyd Price US original. However, his third single "Bye Bye Baby" reached No.3 on the Australian Kent Music Report charts in 1959, followed by "Rockin Rollin Clementine" also peaking at No. 3.[4] His fifth single, "Oh Yeah Uh Huh",[2] became his most successful, peaking at No. 1. He also had other charting singles, including "Yes Sir That's My Baby" peaking at No. 5 nationally.

Joye was an original member of Brian Henderson's Bandstand television program, and appeared regularly on the show for fourteen years. He toured Australia with fellow Bandstand acts, including Judy Stone, the De Kroo Brothers, Sandy Scott and Little Pattie. Joye's popularity levelled off after the changes to the music scene associated with the rise of the Beatles, and it was not until 1973 that he had another hit record, with "Heaven Is My Woman's Love" reaching No. 1 on the Go-Set charts in 1973.[4]

On 8 June 1981, he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for his entertainment and philanthropic work.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1990, while pruning a neighbour's tree with a chainsaw as a favour, Joye slipped and fell six metres onto brick paving below, striking his head and falling into a coma, as well as sustaining serious lower back and shoulder injuries. Initially given a poor prognosis, he eventually recovered to start performing and touring again in 1998.[6]


During the period between personal musical successes in the 1960s, Col and Kevin Jacobsen built an influential entertainment management, publishing and recording business, including ATA Studios in Glebe, New South Wales.[2] This business worked with developing and promoting artists including the Bee Gees, and their brother Andy Gibb.[2] Their promotions company, Jacobsen Entertainment, continued into the 2000s, with Col and Kevin remaining as principal members.[7]


Studio albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart
Songs That Rocked the Stadium
  • Released: 1959
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Festival Records (FL-7152)
Joy to the World
  • Released: 1961
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Festival Records (FL20636)
Col and Judy With Orchestra
(with Judy Stone)
  • Released: 1962
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Festival Records (FL30901)
For the Good Times
  • Released: 1972
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Ata Records (L 25210)
Heaven Is My Woman's Love
  • Released: 1973
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Ata Records (L 35036)
For You
  • Released: 1975
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Ata Records (L 35489)
Truck Stop
(with Bob Purtell, Laurie Allen and Jim Cooper)
  • Released: 1976
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Ata Records (L 35943)
A Little Bit of Country
(with Little Pattie)
  • Released: 1978
  • Format: LP
  • Label: Pisces (L27031)
Back to Rock 'N' Roll
  • Released: 1990
  • Format: LP, CD
  • Label: Ata Records (D 30233)

Charting compilation albumsEdit

List of albums, with Australian chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart
The Very Best
  • Released: 1980
  • Format: LP
  • Label: J&B (JB046)
20 Most Requested Songs
  • Released: 1984
  • Format: LP
  • Label: J&B (JB174)

Charting singlesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart
1970 "Come into My Life" 56
1973 "Heaven Is My Woman's Love" 1
1978 "Rock Around the Clock" 94

Other singlesEdit

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions
"The Garden"
(as Australia Too)
1985 22

Awards and recognitionEdit

ARIA AwardsEdit

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. They commenced in 1987. In 1988, Col Joye was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1988 Col Joye ARIA Hall of Fame Inducted

Country Music Awards (CMAA)Edit

The Country Music Awards (CMAA) are an annual awards ceremondy celebrating recording excellence in the Australian country music industry. It commenced in 1973. Slim Dusty has won 45 Golden Guitar (including one induction) at the Tamworth Country Music Awards of Australia. This is more than any other artist.[10]

Year Nominee / work Award Result (wins only)
1974 Heaven Is My Woman's Love Top Selling Album of the Year Won

Mo AwardsEdit

The Australian Entertainment Mo Awards (commonly known informally as the Mo Awards), were annual Australian entertainment industry awards. They recognise achievements in live entertainment in Australia from 1975 to 2016. Col Joye won two awards in that time.[11]

Year Nominee / work Award Result (wins only)
1980 Col Joye John Campbell Fellowship Award Won
1988 Col Joye Most Outstanding Club Act Won

Order of AustraliaEdit

The Order of Australia recognises Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service. They commenced in 1975.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1981 Col Joye Order of Australia (AM) Appointed


In 1998, Australia Post issued a special-edition set of twelve stamps celebrating the early years of Australian rock and roll, featuring Australian hit songs from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. One of the stamps commemorated Joye, based on the song "Oh Yeah Uh Huh". Australia Post wrote that "Each of them said something about us, and told the rest of the world this is what popular culture sounds like, and it has an Australian accent".[12]

In 2010, "Bye Bye Baby", by Col Joye and the Joy Boys with backing vocals from the Sapphires, was added to the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia register.[13] The curator's notes said "There is not a lot to this pop song, written by American Frank McNulty, other than a catchy title hook. The lyrics are about the singer saying goodbye to his girlfriend and how lonely he will be without her until the next time they meet. The original recording was made using a nylon string guitar, bass (wonderfully out of tune in the beginning) and minimalist drums with Col Joye almost whispering the vocals (as he had a cold at the time). This is the released version, with added celeste and 'ooh-ahh' backing vocals from the Sapphires, presumably to give it a little more musical interest."[14]


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  11. ^ "MO Award Winners". Mo Awards. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
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