Growing up as a child in the 1980s in Australia you could almost guarantee that one show that was always on in the background was Sale of the Century, you would see Tony Barber run out on to the set and you would here Pete Smith the voiceover king introducing Tony to the show. The opening music was exciting and even as a child we would watch the show, in fact we would watch Wheel of Fortune which was hosted by Baby John Burgess and then succeeded by Tony Barber and Family Feud.
The funny thing about the music on Sale of the Century is when you heard it you knew it was dinner time in your house and if you were lucky enough your family had a smaller TV on in the kitchen and you could sit and watch it whilst you were eating tv.
Tony Barber is a charismatic game show host, he made the show exciting and fun to watch. It is in my opinion that Australia had three legendary game show hosts and they were Tony Barber, Ian Turpie and John Baby Burgess. Tony Barber was born in Lancashire England in 1940, Tony is well known for his hosting role on Sale of the Century but his time on TV dates to the 1970s. He started out hosting the popular game show called Great Temptation which was screened on Network 7.
Pete Smith OAM was one of the most recognised voice over artists in Australia and was known mostly for his work on GTV-9 Melbourne as their announcer. Pete was the announcer on Sale of the Century for 21 years.
Since I started MJB Memorabilia which only started out as selling high end memorabilia I am now interviewing Celebrity’s which has been so much fun and learning so much about their careers and life. I am pleased to announce that I will be interviewing game show king Tony Barber in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye on the MJB Facebook page and this blog for updates.