Australia’s Queen of Yodelling
As time goes by anniversaries take on more significance.
Having started out in show business with her sister Rita back in the 1945, Mary Schneider has had her fair share of anniversaries and achievements.
To coin a grand old phrase ‘the best is yet to come’.
Having surpassed the ‘Platinum Anniversary’ (72 years) as an entertainer and recording artist Mary Schneider has a brand-new album project about to be released.
Yodelling the Big Bands – a yodelling celebration of the big band era with a dazzling selection of standards arranged and performed by the incomparable Mary Schneider. Mary’s showbiz career started in the post war years when she and Rita performed as The Schneider Sisters. They toured the country and performed many times on TV from its inception in Australia. In fact, that same year – 1956 – when TV began in Australia, Mary and Rita penned and recorded the first Australian ‘rock ‘n’ roll” original tune with ‘Washboard Rock’n’Roll’. This song was later recognised for its significance in Australian rock n roll history when featured in the ABC TV documentary Series ‘Long Way to the Top’.
Mary has been a constant on TV throughout her varied career. The Graham Kennedy, The Don Lane Show, Mike Walsh Show, The Today Show, Good Morning Australia, Beauty & The Beast, Good News Week, Roy & HG, Rove Live, Spicks & Specks, Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, Regis & Kathy Lee, Good Morning America, CNN, The Howard Stern Show, German & Swiss Variety Shows, Eurotrash (with Jean Paul Gaultier), Deustasche Academy Awards in Berlin Opera House and… the list goes on.
Mary’s music has appeared in countless TV and film productions including Sex in The City, Disney and Universal movies, Dirty Deeds, Dudley Do Right, Malcolm In The Middle + TV Commercials for McDonald’s, Miller Beer, Telco’s, M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’ and most recently the new TV spot for NAB Auskick.
In most cases the music licensed into this variety of TV and Film productions has been Mary’s outstandingly successful Yodelling the Classics.
Created and arranged with her sister Rita and orchestrated by maestro Tommy Tycho AM MBE – Yodelling the Classics (Vol. 1 & 2) became a worldwide success. The popularity of Mary’s yodelling earned her the title ‘Australia’s Queen Of Yodelling’.
Mary’s love and great talent for yodelling began when she was a young girl growing up Brisbane. She was impressed by the traditional Country & Western songs of the day which usually included a yodel. Mary would sit up in the mango tree in her backyard for hours practising the technique of yodelling. Little did she know that she would go on to sell hundreds of thousands of records, perform all over the world and win countless awards and accolades.
Now in 2017, after many years of planning, arranging and recording – Mary Schneider’s new Yodelling the Big Bands album is about to swing into action.
As a taste, the new big band yodelling arrangement of the classic late 19th Century French tune “La Cinquantaine” – (otherwise known as ‘Golden Wedding’) gets the yodelling treatment with dazzling results.