R.I.P. Divinyls Lead Singer Chrissy Amphlett (1959 – 2013)

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April 22nd, 2013:

Today comes the very sad news that Divinyls lead singer Chrissy Amphlett passed away in New York after a long battle with cancer.  Her family released the following statement:

"Our beloved Chrissy peacefully passed this afternoon. Christine Joy Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with exceptional bravery and dignity. She passed gently, in her sleep, surrounded by close friends and family, including husband of fourteen years, musician Charley Drayton; her sister, Leigh; nephew, Matt; and cousin Patricia Amphlett (“Little Pattie”).

Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity; she always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women. Best remembered as the lead singer of the ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Divinyls; last month she was named one of Australia’s top ten singers of all time. Chrissy expressed hope that her worldwide hit ‘I Touch Myself’ would be utilized to remind all women to perform annual breast examinations. Chrissy was a true pioneer and a treasure to all whose lives her music and spirit touched".

The band Divinyls began in 1980 and continued in various forms until 2009.  They had 2 no.1 singles in Australia – 'Pleasure & Pain' in 1985 and 'I Touch Myself' in 1991 (which  also went to no.4 in USA and no.10 in the UK).  Other hits included 'Boys In Town', 'Science Fiction', 'Only Lonely' and 'Good Die Young'.

Known for their live shows Divinyls started around the same time as INXS in 1980 and even played many pub shows in Australia together.  They also both shared the stage on Day 1 of the massive US '83 festival in California in May 1983.  And then toured together during the hughly successful 'Australian Made' tour around Australia in December 1986 / January 1987.  Chrissy Amphlett often mentioned in interviews that Michael Hutchence was a good friend.

Farewell Chrissy…thanks for three decades of great Aussie rock music.  You will always be remembered as a pioneer in rock music for women in Australia.

Watch video footage taken from 'Australian Made: The Movie' of Michael Hutchence & Chrissy Amphlett interviewed together in January 1987:

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