Australian Adelaide Nun Sells A Million Records in US

The first Australian record to sell more than a million records in the US was recorded by an Adelaide nun.
Sr Janet Mead taught at St Aloysius College and began writing rock masses in the early 70s.
The ‘Sisters of Mercy’ nun came to the attention of Sydney “radio priest” Fr Jim McLaren when she recorded Donovan’s “Brother Sun, Sister Moon”. (The theme from a movie about St Francis of Assisi.)
Fr Jim played the B-side, a toe-tapping rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer”.
The response was so great that 2UW added the song to the playlist and it became one of the most successful pop hits of 1974. It reached #3 and stayed in the Sydney charts for 21 weeks.
To date, the song has sold more than two million copies worldwide with releases in more than 30 countries, and more than 20 covers.
Sr Janet resisted the call to further her pop career and donated all the song’s royalties to charity.
“The Lord’s Prayer” is the biggest selling Christian single by an Australian.


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