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Jewel Evelyn Coburn
March 4, 1958
Glen Innes, New South Wales
Born in Glen Innes, New South Wales to Arthur and Berice Blanch, who were established country music performers, Blanch first came to prominence as a young child in 1962 when she recorded the novelty song "I Wanna Stay on Jumbo" at the age of four. Throughout her childhood, Blanch regularly toured with her parents and appeared regularly on television programs in Australia and the United States including the The Linkletter Show, The Barry Crocker Show and Junior Bandstand. At the age of 8, Blanch had a recording contract with EMI Records.
The family embarked on a fifteen-month tour of the United States in the early 1960's, during which time Blanch attended a school in Beverly Hills, California. They returned to Australia in 1965 but permanently relocated to the United States in 1968 where Blanch was signed to Capitol Records and where she worked with Al De Lory.
However, during the 1970's, Blanch became better known for her acting, working on popular American television programs, The Mod Squad, Bonanza, Lassie (1954 TV series)|Lassie, Night Gallery, Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law and Jigsaw John. Blanch also appeared in the films, Baffled!, The Morning After (1974 film)|The Morning After, and Against a Crooked Sky.
Blanch also received critical praise for playing a visually impaired girl on the ABC Afterschool Special, ABC Afterschool Special#Season 4 (1975–76)|Blind Sunday in 1976. She also guest starred in an episode of Australian soap The Young Doctors in 1977.
Blanch's singing career took off in the late 1970's and was recognised as an emerging talent by publications such as Record World and Cashbox, and winning Billboard Country Music Award for Number One New Female Singles Artist in 1979.
Back in Australia, Blanch's handprints were imprinted into the new Australian Country Music Hands of Fame monument in Tamworth, New South Wales in recognition of the success she had already achieved during her career.
Blanch went on to have further success as a country music performer, winning three Golden Guitars at the Country Music Awards of Australia. In 1982, she was awarded Golden Guitars for Female Vocalist of the Year and for Album of the Year, for "The Lady and the Cowboy" which she had recorded with her father. The following year, Blanch was again awarded the Golden Guitar for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Upon marrying Barry Coburn in 1982, she returned to the United States in 1984 where Coburn and her husband opened a music publishing company called Ten Ten Music Group which she co-owned and co-managed for 31 years. In 2012, Coburn co-founded the Eleven Eleven Music Group with Jason Morris. Coburn sold her share of the Ten Ten Music Group in 2014.
In the media
- Atterton, Margot; Veitch, Alan (1984). The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Australian Showbiz. Sunshine Books. p. 25. ISBN 0-86777-057-0.
- "Jewel Coburn". Eleven Eleven Music Group. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- Blanch, Berice; Blanch, Arthur (2004). Wollun one: The story of the Blanch family. Tamworth Music. ISBN 0957853629.
- "Pop singer... at four". The Canberra Times. 19 April 1963. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- Boyan, Jenny (25 January 1967). "A little jewel of a singer". The Australian Women's Weekly. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- Hunter, Alan (18 August 1971). "Brisbane's Jewel sparkles in Hollywood". The Australian Women's Weekly. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- Eisenhuth, Susie (29 December 1976). "Even a TV ban could not dim Jewel". The Australian Women's Weekly. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- O'Connor, John J (21 April 1976). "TV: 'Blind Sunday' is a fine drama". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- "Australian Country Music Hands of Fame". History of Country Music in Australia. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- "Past Golden Guitar winners". Country Music Association of Australia. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- "Country music award to Johnny Chester". The Canbera Times. 1 February 1982. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- "Country music stars stay in their firmament". The Canberra Times. 31 January 1983. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- Freeman, Jon (23 March 2012). "Publishing veterans Coburn and Morris launch new company". MusicRow. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- Stephenson, Troy (17 December 2014). "Coburn sells portion of Ten Ten Music to Nettwerk". MusicRow. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
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