Below is a condensed biography of Diana Trask. Read how she achieved super stardom in both Australia and overseas.
Diana Trask was born in Melbourne, Australia on the 23rd of June 1940. Her remarkable music career began at the age of just seventeen, when she won the Swallow’s Parade television talent quest on Australian Television. A year later, Diana was singing on the local television variety show In Melbourne Tonight hosted by Graham Kennedy.
In 1959 Diana was signed as the support singer for the Stan Freberg tour of New Zealand. Diana
impressed American promoter Lee Gordon so much she was immediately signed to tour Australia with The Frank Sinatra Show. Sinatra was very impressed with the young Melbourne singer and suggested that she should try her luck in the US. Diana accepted the advice and went to the US where she made her American debut in August of 1959 at the Blue Angel Nightclub in New York. She was signed to CBS
and recorded singles and albums with producer Mitch Miller.
The American Dream
In 1961 Diana landed a regular singing
spot on the national television series Sing Along with Mitch and was signed to a three year contract by NBC television. Diana became a household name in the US and was a big attraction when she performed in Las Vegas. Diana worked with the big names in show business and formed friendships with performers such as, George Burns, Danny Thomas and Jack Benny.
Thom Ewen and Diana were married in Australia in 1962 and they had two boys. In the late sixties, Diana made the change from singing ballads to concentrate on country songs with great success. The family settled in Tennessee and Diana signed with the DOT label. Diana played The Grand Ole Opry. In 1969 Diana received a Grammy Award nomination for her version of I Fall To Pieces. Her popular hit song Oh Boy was released in 1973. Diana returned to Las Vegas, appearing in a show with famous Country Music artists. She also toured with Glen Campbell and Hank Williams Jnr. Over the years Diana was a special guest on television shows with Dinah Shore, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin and many other famous hosts.
The Daughter Of Australia
In 1985 Diana was invited to sing at the Australian Rules Football Grand Final in Melbourne and then again in 1996 for the 100 years of Australian Football celebrations. These days she is a proud grandmother and really enjoys her family. Thom and Diana sailed their yacht around the Caribbean and toured the world. In recent years Diana has studied natural medicine and graduated with honours as a Master Herbalist.