10: The Star – Ross D. Wyllie


Entered Charts1 October 1969
Entry Point39
Highest Chart4
Weeks In:17

If asked you who Australia’s best song writer is, it would be as subjective as someone being silly enough to name their top 30 songs of the 1960s. Plenty of names would be raised but would one of them be Johnny Young – he of Young Talent Time fame? As we enter the top 10 and kick off with this song – which was also a hit in the UK for Herman’s Hermits (as Here Comes The Star), we find the first of two Young compositions.

Ross D. Wyllie was born in Brisbane and contracted polio as a youngster. After relocation to Melbourne, he hosted music shows and, later, movies on TV. In 1969, Wyllie had two hits – firstly Funny Man, written by Ray Stevens and then later in the year, The Star, written by Johnny Young.

As with many songs of your childhood, they disappear from your life and then suddenly reappear on compilation albums or as cover versions. The Star is one such single and a very impressive way to kick off our Top 10 Songs of the 1960s.