Tuesday, 9 August 2011
I Can't Wait For September/Let Me Be Yours Until Tomorrow
'Can't Wait for September' was released in November 1970 on Du Monde Records (SDM-325) and entered the Go-Set Top 60 at #51 on Boxing Day 1970, and peaked at #24 before sliding back down the charts.
There is quite a little story about how and who actually recorded this single whether it was actually Erl's Court a popular Woolongong band of which Erl Dalby was a member prior to this singles release or Pyramid the band that Dalby hooked up with after Erl's Court's demise .
The full story can be found here.
And a special thanks to egro over at Midastouch Internet Radio for his excellent work in restoring this single for me.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Rocks in My Head/Red Pig/A Lover's Question/I Could Have Told You So/Someone Touched Me/Rock and Roll Mole/Tryin' Too Hard/Touch and Go/More to Life Than This/Last Train to Clarksville
Max Merritt (born Maxwell James Merritt in Christchurch, New Zealand on 30 April 1941) is a New Zealand-born singer-songwriter and guitarist who is renowned as an interpreter of soul music and R&B. As leader of Max Merritt & The Meteors his best known hits are "Slippin' Away", which reached #2 on the 1976 Australian singles charts, and "Hey, Western Union Man" which reached #13. Merritt rose to prominence in New Zealand from 1958 and relocated to Sydney Australia in December 1964. Merritt was acknowledged as one of the best local performers of the 1960s and 1970s and his influence did much to popularise soul music / R&B and rock in New Zealand and Australia.
Merritt is a venerable pioneer of rock in Australasia who produced crowd pleasing shows for over 50 years. He has engendered respect and affection over generations of performers which was evident at the 2007 Concert for Max to provide financial support after it was announced he had Goodpasture's syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) recognised Merritt's iconic status on 1 July 2008 when he was inducted into their Hall of Fame.
For more info on Max check out his Bio here
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Anne & Johnny Hawker are a Melbourne husband and wife duo. Orchestra leader and arranger Johnny Hawker worked on many Australian recordings. During 1968/69 Anne & Johnny had 5 hits together as well as 2 further solo hits by Anne. they released 10 singles, the biggest was the duos debut smash "Cinderalla Rockefella", which outsold the original by Esther & Abi Ofarim Australia wide. Their hit follow up's were: "Lovin' Season", "I Got You", "Dear World", & "Real True Lovin'". Anne also did particularly well with her own singles. "Boom-Bang-A-Bang", again matching the Top 10 placing of Lulu's original version & "Timothy" which followed it into the Top 20. Dear world was released in 1969 and made #30 in Melbourne.
A-7096 1968 Anne and Johnny Hawker "Cinderella Rockefella"/"Wiggle Your Toes
A-7109 1968 Anne and Johnny Hawker "Lovin' Season "/"Morning Song
A-7113 1968 Anne and Johnny Hawker "I Got You"/"We Can't Afford The "In" Crowd
A-7125 1968 Anne Hawker "Timothy "/"Albert
A-7130 1969 Anne and Johnny Hawker "You're Out Of Your Mind "/"Take A Breath
A-7133 1969 Anne Hawker "Boom Bang-A-Bang "/"All Day Long
A-7134 1969 Anne and Johnny Hawker "I Love Your Chin "/"My Lover And I
A-7136 1969 Anne and Johnny Hawker Dear World "/"Emmaline
A-7144 1969 Johnny Hawker "My Papa Has Got One (Les Moustaches) "/"Runaround
A-7149 1969 Anne and Johnny Hawker "Real True Lovin' "/"Long Gone
A-7168 1970 Anne and Johnny Hawker "Kelly Country / Chief of Police"
A-7170 1970 Johnny Hawker Banking Business / It's The Irish In Me
A-7194 1971 Anne and Johnny Hawker "How Are We Gonna Live to Be 100 Years Old / Jerilderie"
A-7197 1971 Johnny Hawker Band Ob-Li-Di Ob-La-Da / Big Momma Cass
A-7205 1971 Anne Hawker "This Is Melbourne" "/"Watching Raindrops
A-7208 1971 Anne and Johnny Hawker "With a Little Bit of This / A Man of Destiny"
Sunday, 12 June 2011
In the 1960's Issi appeared on Television programs like Bandstand, Kommotion, The GO! Show and Uptight.
In late 1969 Issi had his first hit song with "Incense" and moved into the 1970's as a regular presenter and performer on the "Happening 70s" TV Show. This continued for three years.
During the 1970s, Issi toured with the great stars of music, including: Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, The Everly brothers, The Platters, Ray Charles, The Supremes, Chuck Berry and The Drifters.
He also shared the Australian stage with John Farnham, Molly Meldrum, Lonnie lee, Johnny O'Keefe, The Deltones, Russell Morris, Brian Cadd, Doug Parkinson, Ronnie Burns, The Masters Apprentices and many more...!
From the mid-70s until the end of the 90's, Issi had his own Television Programs on the Nine Network in Melbourne, Sydney and the Ten Network in Brisbane. Issi is still active today touring with anyone of his tribute shows at the moment he can be seen performing around the country with his Legends of Las Vegas revue.
This single released by Issi in 1974 on the Image label has 2 songs that are poles apart the A side "Personality" is an old chestnut recorded by Lloyd Price but the B side Hitch Hiker really rocks out it was co written and produced by Peter Robinson guitarist for the Strangers the other co writer i'm presuming is Buddy England.
A World Of Our Own/Sinner Man/Open Up Them Pearly Gates/Myra/With My Swag On My Shoulder/Waltzing Matilda/Dese Bones Gonna Rise Again/When The Stars Begins To Fall/Run Come See/This Train/All My Trials/Just A Closer Walk With Thee/Chilly Winds/Kumbaya/The Hammer Song/Wild Rover/Katy Cline/Lonesome Traveller/Another You/The Light From The Lighthouse/Bound For South Australia/Lemon Tree/The Wreck Of The Old ' 97/Morning Town Ride
If every other track on this 1967 24 track Double LP was terrible you would still have to Download this Post just so you could have a listen to the beautiful voice of Judth Durham singing "All My Trials" but of course all the other tracks are not terrible great album great introduction to the Seekers who of course need no introduction.
The Seekers were a group of Australian folk-influenced popular musicians that was formed in Melbourne in 1962. They were the first Australian popular music group to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States. They were a highly popular band during the 1960s.
Their Seeker are Judith Durham: vocals, piano, tambourine Athol Guy: double bass, vocals Keith Potger: twelve-string guitar, banjo, vocals Bruce Woodley: guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals
They had nine hits in Britain and Australia in the 1960s: "I'll Never Find Another You", "A World of Our Own", "The Carnival Is Over" (which The Seekers have sung at various closing ceremonies in Australia, including Expo '88 and the Paralympics and still stands as the 30th Best Selling Song in the United Kingdom), "Someday One Day", "Walk With Me", "Morningtown Ride", "Georgy Girl" (the title song of the film of the same name), "When Will the Good Apples Fall" and "Emerald City".
Thursday, 9 June 2011
I'm Back/Let Love Take Over/ The Morning After/I'm Gonna Try/I Could Cry/ Love And Peace/Heartbreak Melody/Chance Of A Lifetime/ I'm Still Not Through Missing You/Wait And See/One More Mountain/ Out Of This World In Love With You
Jay Justin McCarthy was born on 4th May 1940 in Sydney. After he left school he took a job as a shoe salesman at the Reynolds Shoe Store in Castlereagh and began studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Rather than pursue a classical career he became a professional pop singer. In 1960 he signed a recording contract with EMI's subsidiary label HMV Records. His debut single was released in August but it failed to make the charts. His second single Why Don't You Try became his breakthrough record in July 1961, spending eight weeks in the charts and reaching the Sydney Top 40.
By this stage he was appearing regularly on both Bandstand and The Johnny O'Keefe Show. He released two relatively unsuccessful singles before he hit it big with Proud of You in April 1963. It made the number one spot right around the country and spent a total of seventeen weeks in the charts. It was also released in the US on the Veejay Records label. Two more singles were released that year but neither emulated his previous success. Jay was also a talented songwriter and in collaboration with Joe Halford, the Artist and Repertoire man for EMI Records, wrote a number of songs for other local artists like Bryan Davies and Patsy Ann Noble.
Jay was also responsible for discovering young singing sensation Little Pattie. He spotted her performing at a dance at the Bronte Surf Club and arranged an audition for her with HMV Records. Jay and Joe also co-wrote her debut double-hit single called He's My Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy and Stompin' At Maroubra. Jay continued recording and issuing singles on a number of labels until the mid-Eighties. During this period he spent some time in the UK where he recorded one single with top British composer, producer and conductor Norrie Paramour. He also represented Australia at the World Songwriting Festival in Rio de Janeiro and even started his own record label called Jamboree Records.
Monday, 23 May 2011
White Rabbit/Gonk/Mad Hatter/Flap Jack/Grasshopper/Kola/Rosita/Hitchhiker/Nashville Express/The Old Blue Bear/Wheels/Turkish March/Greensleeves/Cotton Fields/Redwing/Gizmo/Swinging Serenade/Velvet Waters/The Old Rugged Cross/Whatsi
Peter Posa New Zealand's Rob EG had recorded a number of singles and then in 1963 he had his first big hit in NZ and Australia with the hit single "White Rabbit" and even in that wonderful year of 1963, when the Beatles had just arrived and the charts were overflowing with million sellers, it received enormous airplay. Peter was now headlining his own national tour with co-artists Bill and Boyd, and Max Merritt and the Meteors. A string of hit records followed, the same composers came up with "The Mad Hatter", then Margaret Raggett of Gisbourne penned "Grasshopper" and "Hitch Hiker". Peter himself wrote "Gonk", named after the fluffy toy of the moment, and then the track mysteriously called "?", and the radio contest to find it's name, which was eventually "Flapjack".
1963 and 1964 were one long whirl, Peter says he worked 363 out of 365 days in one of those years. On top of his New Zealand shows, he toured Australia, New Caledonia, Fiji, Tahiti and Vanuatu. To cap it all off, Viking's Ron Dalton arranged for "White Rabbit" to be released in the USA and for Peter to do six months work there. Before he left, his farewell tour, the "Peter Posa Spectacular" swept through the country, which took about eight weeks so huge was the public interest.In Nashville, Peter spent time at all the major recording studios and met his hero Chet Atkins. He played on the TV show Hollywood Palace where he was accompanied by the legendary jazz guitarist Herb Ellis. He met Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in Las Vegas, and worked his gigs mainly in LA.
But there was a downside as well. The "White Rabbit" had been released on a small independent label and there was little promotion. What's more Peter was on his own in the States and very homesick. So he made the decision to come home for Christmas 1964 and to confine his future touring to the South Pacific.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
One Way Love Affair/Steal Him Away
Kim has been Queensland's most awarded female entertainer for over 15 years.
She has appeared at 2 Royal Command performances and on every major television program throughout Australia. She released 4 singles and a 12" on the Infinity lable in the late 70's. She also released a single and an album for Sundown Records in Queensland. The single being "Love You Brisbane"the song was used in a popular promotion for Brisbane BTQ7 she also recorded a simmilar promotion for Perth called believe it or not "Love You Perth". Kim also sang the title for "The Henderson Kids" which ran on Network Ten in the Eighties.
Infinity K-7458 Givin' Up On Love /Lift Me (1979)
Infinity K-7655 Do Love Me Do /Are You Cuckoo? (1979)
Infinity K-7979 Holding Out For Love /Somewhere Between (1978)
Infinity K-8125 One Way Love Affair/Steal Him Away (1980)
Infinity X13028 Givin' Up On Love (Extended Version)/Givin' Up On Love /Lift Me 12", WHITE VINYL (1979 )
Sundown SUN 0047 Love You Brisbane / Taking the Easy Way Out (1983)
Sundown SUN 0063 Kim Durant – Take You're Time (With Me) Album
Kim Durant - TWO HEARTS 1985. (From tv series "THE HENDERSON KIDS").
Saturday, 14 May 2011
If I Could/Not Talking
"If I Could" was the best charting single for Australian band 1927. It made number 2 on the Australian national charts late in 1988 the single was lifted from the album ....ish #1 Australia; #2 1989 ARIA Australian Year End Albums Chart. The B-Side "Not Talking" was a non album track.
Friday, 15 April 2011
Reach Out For The One Who Loves You/Love Enough/Sweat And The Steam/Easy Street/First Thing In The Morning/Let's Go Dancing/Where Are You Girl/This Time Around/Stay With Me/Took My Heart To The Party
Mark Holden was a singer and film actor. He was an original cast member of soap opera The Young Doctors when it began in late 1976. Film roles included Blue Fire Lady and "Newsfront". Mark was the first pop star in the world to originate the lead role in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' in the first Australian production of the Webber and Rice musical.
He won three Logies and performed for HRH The Prince of Wales at the Sydney Opera House. He hosted the infamous 'Silver Jubilee Countdown' amongst many other Countdown appearances and hostings. In 2007 he has appeared in cameo acting roles on Kath & Kim, NBC's 'The Starter Wife' with Debra Messing and as an Immigration Detention Officer on SBS's Fat Pizza .
Mark was a pop singer in the 1970s, having hits with songs such as Never Gonna Fall in Love Again and making several appearances on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's popular television series Countdown.
Relocating to Los Angeles in 1980 and as a songwriter, he had two Top Ten hits with the Temptations on Motown – ‘Lady Soul’ which is included on the 'Motown Greatest Hits 1972-92 Hitsville USA' CD Compilation and ‘Look What You Started’ which features on the definitive Tempations compilation 'The Emperors Of Soul' .
There were also hits with Tracie Spencer, Joey Lawrence, Will Downing, a #1 dance hit with Kathy Sledge, and over 50 cover recordings of his songs from artists as varied as Belinda Carlisle, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, The Manhattans, Donnie Osmond, Jose Feliciano, Fleetwood Mac, David Hasselhoff and Branford Marsalis.
He also developed and produced artists including Calvin Klein model and film star Milla Jovovich ('Chaplin', 'Blue Lagoon 2', 'Dazed and Confused', 'The 5th Element'), for EMI Records Group, New York. This led to her debut album; a US Top Ten Post Modern hit, it won critical raves including a 3 star review in Rolling Stone magazine.
For three years Mark worked with David Hasselhoff, producing and coordinating his albums, live promotion and musical projects for television, particularly in Europe where David enjoyed multi-platinum successes including the Top Ten hit in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, ‘Wir Zwei Allein Heut Nacht’ (‘Together alone tonight’) which Mark wrote with David Hasselhoff.
Jeremy Jackson, the actor who played David Hasselhoff's son on Baywatch, was signed to Mark Holden's production company and had two hits in Europe including 'You Can Run' which was Top 5 in Holland.
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
All I Do/Promised Land
In 1988, Braithwaite recorded and released his comeback album Edge. This LP featured a somewhat more adult contemporary sound than Braithwaite's previous work, and spawned four hit singles that returned him to the Australian singles charts after an absence of nearly a decade. Two of these hits, "As The Days Go By" and "All I Do", were penned by Canadian songwriter Ian Thomas; a third, "One Summer", was a Braithwaite original.
Braithwaite went on to have a number of solo hits in the early 1990s, including the Australian No. 1 "The Horses", a cover of a Rickie Lee Jones recording written by Jones and Walter Becker. He also made his first US chart appearance as a solo artist at No. 47 with the 1991 single "Higher than Hope", a song he co-wrote with Simon Hussey. By the end of 1991, Braithwaite's Rise album had become Australia's biggest selling CD of the year, and Edge had become the best selling album ever released by Sony Music Australia to that time.
Braithwaite then worked alongside Jef Scott, Simon Hussey and James Reyne to create the 1992 album Company of Strangers. Braithwaite sang lead or co-lead vocals on 4 of the album's tracks, including two Australian top 40 singles: "Motor City (I Get Lost)" (#26, 1992) and "Daddy's Gonna Make You A Star" (#35, 1993).
His comeback success was somewhat derailed by a 1992 lawsuit, in which his former managers sued Braithwaite for back payment of fees owing. The suit was successful, and Braithwaite essentially had to give up all the revenue he made from Edge and Rise, as well as a portion of the revenue from his next album, 1993's Taste The Salt. This last-named album was only moderately successful, and after a 1994 'best-of' collection was released, Braithwaite was dropped by his record company. He did not record another album for 12 years.
Sunday, 10 April 2011
Oh Boy/Alone Again Naturally
Born in a lumber camp town near Melbourne, Dianna learned to sing at an early age singing at school functions and for her family. At age 16, she became a part of a singing group and she soon opened for top stars like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. that were touring Australia. It was Frank and Sammy that wanted Dianna to move to America to further her solo career there. She started out becoming a regular on Don McNeill's Breakfast Club TV Show and appeared as a dancer and singer on the Jack Benny TV show. She soon was noticed by conductor Mitch Miller who in 1960 decided to give her a recording contract with Columbia Records and also as a regular on his show Sing Along with Mitch. Dianna released two albums in 1961 and 1962 geared at the pop market but none of these were successful. After Miller's show was cancelled in 1964, she and her new husband Thom McEwen decided to move back to Australia so she could restart her career there.
In 1967, Dianna and her husband moved back to the United States and settled in Nashville so that she could become a country singer. She signed with Dial Records that year, and in early 1968 had her first country chart single with "Lock, Stock, and Teardrops" which was a minor hit only reaching the top 70. It was enough to garner her a major record deal with Dot Records that same year and she released an album which would become her nickname "Miss Country Soul", later released in the UK on Ember Records. The album featured versions of R & B hits like "Hold On To What You Got", "Show Me", and others and also displayed her soulful voice as well. The album drew critical acclaim but the single released "Hold On To What You Got" only reached the top 60. It wasn't until 1970 when Diana first reached the Top 40 on the country charts with her version of Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces" and "Beneath Still Waters" (a decade later a Number 1 hit for Emmylou Harris). Starting in 1972, she started a string of major hits with songs like "We've Got To Work It Out Between Us" (1972), "It Meant Nothing To Me" (1972), and 4 straight Top 20 hits with "Say When" (1973), "It's A Man's World (When You Have A Man Like Mine)" (1973), "When I Get My Hands On You" (1974), and "Lean It All On Me" (1974), which would become her biggest hit reaching #13 on the country charts and a minor pop hit as well nearly breaking into the Top 100.
Dianna continued with ABC/Dot Records in which Dot had absorbed into with two more hits with "If You Wanna Hold On (Hold On To Your Man)" (1974) and "Oh Boy" (1975). These hits would become her last major hits to chart. She continued releasing albums and singles with the label until 1977. She made a brief comeback on the Kari label in 1981 with two minor hits with "This Must Be My Ship" and "Stirrin' Up Feelin's". After this, she and her husband moved back to Australia where she resumed her career there. Today, she is retired from the music business.
Dreaming My Dreams Of You/One Eyed Man
Born in the central Victorian city of Bendigo, Hewett began her career at the age of 12 when she sang with The Esquires at the Bendigo YMCA. During the 1960s she toured Australia with a number of groups including the Laurie Allen Revue. She began her recording career in the early 1970s with the release of her debut single "Superstar" and sef-titled album Colleen Hewett. Cast in the musical Godspell at the original Playbox Theatre in Melbourne, she received a gold record for "Day by Day" (1972), her song from the show. These successes led to her being crowned Queen of Pop two years running. She later achieved two further gold records for "Dreaming My Dreams With You" (1980) and her version of "Wind Beneath My Wings" (1983).
Dreaming My Dreams With You charted at #2 Sydney #1 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #1 Adelaide #1 Perth #34 NZ . Dreaming My Dreams With You appears on the 1983 Self Titled Album while the B-Side is from the 1974 M'Lady album.
Saturday, 2 April 2011
Bound For Glory/Wild Boys/Heaven/Stone Cold/Fire And Water/Born Survivor/Motorbike Song/Love From Ashes/Born To Be Wild/Bad Days
Gary Stephen "Angry" Anderson AM is an Australian rock singer, television presenter/reporter and actor. He is best known as the vocalist with the hard rock band Rose Tattoo since 1976 but he is also recognised for his acting roles and his charity work. On Australia Day, 1993, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his role as a youth advocate.
'Biography- Born Gary Stephen Anderson on 5 August 1947 in Melbourne to an Australian father and Mauritian mother, he first came to notice as the vocalist with Buster Brown, a band he fronted between 1973 and 1975. The original line-up also featured drummer Phil Rudd, who left the group in 1974 to join AC/DC, and Paul Grant as guitarist who still plays locally in Melbourne. Buster Brown released an album, Something to Say in 1975, before disbanding the same year.
Rose Tattoo had been formed by Peter Wells of the heavy metal band Buffalo. Anderson replaced the group's original singer Tony Lake and when drummer Michael Vandersluys departed soon afterwards, he was replaced by Dallas Royall, who was Rudd's replacement in Buster Brown.
Anderson joined as a guest vocalist with The Incredible Penguins in 1985, for a cover of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", a charity project for research on Fairy penguins, which peaked at #10 on the Australian Kent Music Report in December.
Anderson led Rose Tattoo through six studio albums until disbanding the group in 1987, by which time he was the only member remaining from the initial line-up. During 1986, as the group was winding down following the recording of the album Beats From a Single Drum, Anderson joined The Party Boys for an Australian tour, but never recorded with them. The previous year he appeared as the character Ironbar Bassey in the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. By this time Anderson had established himself as an advocate on social issues and made regular appearances on the Channel Nine program A Current Affair as a human interest reporter.
In 1987, he had his biggest hit, when the ballad "Suddenly" from the Beats from a Single Drum album was used as the wedding theme for the Neighbours episode in which the popular characters Scott Robinson and Charlene Mitchell married. In 2009, in homage to this moment, the song was featured in the final episode of BBC3's comedy Gavin and Stacey, during the wedding of characters Nessa and Dave. The track reached #1 in Australia and #3 in Britain. Beats from a Single Drum had been planned as Anderson's debut solo release, but had been billed as a Rose Tattoo album due to contractual obligations; however, after the success of "Suddenly", it was re-released in 1988 as an Angry Anderson album.
With the dissolution of Rose Tattoo, Anderson pressed on with a solo career, releasing the album Blood From Stone in 1990 that produced the hit single "Bound for Glory". He performed this song during the legendary pre-match entertainment at the 1991 AFL Grand Final between Hawthorn and West Coast, appearing on top of a Batmobile. In 1992, he appeared in the highly successful Australian arena-style revival of Jesus Christ Superstar as Herod.
In the early years of the 2000s, he participated in and organised a string of charity events. In 2002, Anderson played with former members of The Angels at the Bali Relief concert in Perth, Western Australia, held in aid of victims of the Bali bombing. Angry is heavily involved in the work of the Dunn Lewis Youth Development Foundation, which is a lasting legacy of two of the 88 Australian lives lost in the bombings.
In 2003, Anderson appeared in a cameo role as the character Kris Quaid in the independent Australian feature film Finding Joy. At the end of the film, he sings his hit "Suddenly".
Today, Anderson is a single father of four, and lives in Sydney. Having lost five former band mates to cancer (Dallas Royall, Peter Wells, Ian Rilen, Lobby Lloyde and Mick Cocks), Anderson became an advocate for men's health. He currently appears in a TV campaign promoting awareness of prostate cancer.
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Time To Go To Bed/Losing You
Digby George Richards (1940-1983), singer and composer, was born on 12 September 1940 at Dunedoo, New South Wales, elder child of New South Wales-born parents Gordon Forrest Richards, policeman, and his wife Mona, née Dennis. Dig attended Narooma Central and Moruya High schools. After completing the Leaving certificate in 1957 he worked at Waltons-Sears Ltd in Sydney.
His family and American rock’n’roll music were major influences on Dig. His brother Doug learned melody lines on their father’s guitar and started writing songs. Dig abandoned his retail traineeship for music, after becoming the vocalist for the band ‘The R-Jays’, which sought a recording contract. Ken Taylor of Festival Records auditioned the band in 1959 and, largely on the strength of Doug’s song I Wanna Love You, signed them. They became the third local artists, following Johnny O’Keefe and Col Joye, to gain a contract with Festival Records. The song entered radio 2UE’s Top 40 on 25 July 1959, and spent seventeen weeks on the charts, reaching number eight. Between his first hit and May 1960, Dig recorded more songs with ‘The R-Jays’, three of which—I’m Through, (Real Gone) Annie Laurie and Comin’ Down with Love—entered the charts, but did not have the success of their first record.
A handsome man with a good stage personality, Dig Richards was a popular performer who supported American singers including Ricky Nelson and Crash Craddock. Television shows such as ‘Bandstand’, from 1958, and O’Keefe’s ‘Six O’Clock Rock’, from 1959, extended his audience and popularity beyond dances and live performances. From August 1959 ‘The R-Jays’ were the studio band for ‘Teen Time’ on Channel 7.
Richards’ career was threatened as a result of injuries he sustained in a car accident in October 1959. A couple of years later he and ‘The R-Jays’ parted amicably and he began to write his own material. While he kept his early fans, he wanted to broaden his appeal. He took voice and guitar lessons and developed a new image. A comeback single in 1962, Raincoat in the River, defined his change from rock’n’roller to a slightly folky, country singer. On 10 July 1964 at the Church of St John the Baptist, Milsons Point, he married with Anglican rites Susan (Suzanne) Margaret Clark, a telephonist. That year he hosted the ‘Ampol Stamp Quiz’, a television show for children. Often performing in clubs, he sought new markets in South-East Asia, touring there—including Vietnam—in the late 1960s.
In 1970 Dig went to England, returning as Digby, complete with beard and longer hair. He recorded Harlequin, an album of his songs, which had several hits including A Little Piece of Peace and People Call Me Country. Recording earlier with CBS Records, he switched to the Radio Corporation of America and RCA Records of Australia Pty Ltd. In 1973 he recorded in Los Angeles with top session-musicians, who were attracted not only by the quality of his songs but also by his Australian accent. This album, Digby Richards, also produced several hits.
Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 1982, Richards died on 17 February 1983 at St Leonards, Sydney, and was cremated. His wife and their son and daughter survived him.
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Please Don't Go/What The World Needs Now Is Love/Could It Be Love/The Look Of Love/I'll Catch The Sun/Everyday Of My Life/You And I/My Cherie Amour/Let It Be/Make It Easy On Yourself/The Shadow Of Your Smile/Sing A Rainbow
Barry Hugh Crocker OAM (born 4 November 1935, in Geelong, Victoria, Australia) is a popular Australian singer, with a crooning vocal style.
After doing National Service with the RAAF in 1955, Crocker toured the club circuit in Melbourne, formed a partnership with David Clarke then performed in the England and the United States. He returned to Australia to star in The Barry Crocker Show (1966–67) on Network Ten. He made his acting debut on a 1969 episode of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.
In May 1973 he released the album "Music Makes My Day", featuring an updated version of Robin Luke's "Susie Darlin" on the Festival label. The recording featured Olivia Newton-John and Pat Carroll on backup vocals and enjoyed chart success, reaching Number 25 in Sydney, Number 7 in Melbourne, Number 3 in Brisbane and Adelaide.
He sang the original recording of the theme song for the Australian soap opera Neighbours.
Crocker also has had a semi-successful career as an actor, most notably starring alongside Barry Humphries in the title role of The Adventures of Barry McKenzie and its sequel, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own. The character of Barry McKenzie gave rise to Crocker recording ribald songs such as "My One Eyed Trouser Snake". Appointed Melbourne's King of Moomba in 1976.
He had a lead role in short-lived prison drama Punishment (1981). In 1994 he appeared as himself in the film Muriel's Wedding. He featured in the role of The Lecturer in the 2008 Australian premiere of the stage musical Reefer Madness.
Crocker also features prominently in the 2010 Australian feature film Ricky! the movie.
He has also guest starred on two episodes of the Australian satrical black comedy series Review with Myles Barlow.
In 2005, Crocker was featured on the Nine Network program This Is Your Life.
During the 1990s, the rhyming slang expression, "Barry Crocker" emerged in Australian English, to mean a "shocker", as in "very poor".
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Lady/You Are The Sun
Digby Richards grew up in Narooma, and moved to Sydney, and met A guy called Jon Hayton in a music store. Jon thought Dig was (a) Good looking (being a dead ringer for James Dean, as you can see) and (b) had a voice, so signed him up as a singer in the band, the Red Jeans (later the R'Jays, then later the Rajahs).
They took off and Dig and the R'Jays were the third act signed to Festival Records (after Johnny O'Keefe and Col Joye), hitting the charts with their single I wanna love you. Initially he sung a bit flat (Am I the first person to ever say that?), but got his act together and produced some fantastic, rip-roaring tunes, and really honed his vocal skills.
He become one of the most prolific artists of the era, touring nationally (hilariously documented in Behind the Rock, in our Reading section) and made many TV appearances (even having his own show) well in to the late sixties.
He went over to America and the UK in the seventies and re-invented himself, as 'Digby' Richards, complete with beard, and wrote some pretty good country-rock tunes (six albums), to moderate success.
Tragically, Dig died in Royal North Shore hospital on the 16th Feb 1983 of Pancreatic Cancer.
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Gangster Of Love/Goodbye Baby/Born In Mississippi/Truth
I don't know why I haven't thought to post this before this is the first Billy Thorpe album that I ever owned it's actually the first Billy Thorpe anything I ever owned I don't know why I hadn't bought any of his records before this time because I actually liked him in the 60's I loved watching "It's All Happening " mainly because it was live, I was very fortunate to be able to watch it every week must have been nothing on in that time slot that my parents wanted to watch, i'm fairly sure it was late Sunday arvo around 5pm .
After Billy's initial fame he had some money problems and lagging popularity so he moved down to Melbourne and changed his whole image from that of a beat popstar into a long haired blues rocker and I loved it this was my favourite album for so long.
The album only has 4 songs on it a long and a short song on each side, side 1 has " Gangster of Love " clocking in at 14.52 and on the other side " Born in Mississippi" at 12.15.
Critics said that it was boring pretentious and the songs were overly long but I know what I like. At the time I was into Black Sabbath Deep Purple and Free to name a few so this was right up my alley. So if you haven't heard it before give it a go.
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Little People/You're The One/Send Her Away/Won't Someone Say/Don't Bother Calling/I'm Taking Him Back/Lu/Picture Me Gone/No Longer Part of Your Life/Mr 7654312/*Always Something There To Remind Me/*May My Heart Be Cast Into Stone/*You Don't Have To Say You Love Me/*Off And Running/*Send Her Away/ *I Walk Alone
Yvonne Barrett (1946 – 2 September 1985) was an Australian pop singer who made the Top 40 charts in Melbourne & Sydney and was nationally known for her TV appearances. She began her performing career early, commencing ballet lessons at the age of two and a half. This led to appearances in stage shows such as Sound of Music and Carnival. She took singing lessons in her mid-teens and was able to pass an audition for Australia's national pop music TV program. The Go! Show. She soon became a regular on this show doing songs like "Off & Running", "I Walk Alone" and The Toys "A Lovers Concerto". Signed to Go records, a record label spin-off from the show, Yvonne achieved her most chart success in 1965-66 with her version of the Tony Hatch song, "You're The One" b/w " Little People". In Dec 1965 she performed over Xmas in a tour for Australian troops in Vietnam.
1970 saw her voted a runner-up in the Go-Set magazine national Pop Poll. Although not achieving further chart success she retained considerable popularity through her live appearances, and on national TV shows, such as Uptight and Happening 70-72 doing songs such as, "Always Something There To Remind Me" and Rare Earth's, "Get Ready". In 1970 she released the single Lu (a Laura Nyro song) which featured her big voice with a brassy jazz-rock, Blood Sweat & Tears style arrangement. During the 1970s she moved into session work and club appearances. In the 1980's Yvonne Barrett moved from Perth to Sydney and began working as a waitress.
On September 3 1985, Yvonne Barrett was found murdered at her unit in the inner western Sydney suburb of Birchgrove
Friday, 11 March 2011
Little Boy Sad/Wendy Don't Go
Melbourne beat trio driven by a heavy rhythm section, formed in 1965. The 'M', the 'P' and the 'D' were for Mike Brady, Pete Watson and Danny Finley. Mike and Pete had met in Shadows-style band The Phantoms, and Danny had been drummer with another instrumental band The Saxons. Within three weeks of forming, MPD scored invaluable national exposure and wide acclaim when they joined Tony Worsley & The Fabulous Blue Jays on the 1965 Dave Clark Five package tour.In just two months, bolstered by regular appearances on TV pop showcases across the country, the boys had rocketed up to the same level as the top stars of the day, Normie Rowe and Bobby & Laurie, not to mention the invincible Easybeats. Like many bands of the time with a modicum of talent and ambition, and a will to prove themselves beyond the perceived career constrictions in Australia, MPD Ltd decided to tackle the UK in early 1966. Regrettably, like most of the other bands who made the trip, their British foray was a disaster from the outset. Like The Easybeats, The Twilights, Normie Rowe & The Playboys and The Bee Gees, MPD Ltd set sail for Britain (on the Achille Lauro) in August 1966 after a frantic send-off by 5,000 screaming fans at Perth's Fremantle docks. They were met and welcomed in London by their old mate, Snowy Fleet from the Easys but were immediately demoralised to find absolutely no work or even promotional activities lined up.
While in London, the group began recording backing tracks with Pye Records in-house producer John Schroeder, but these recordings languished uncompleted in the wake of MPD's hasty return home after just four months. The group was in turmoil at this stage and they undertook an ill-advised national homecoming tour, during which ferocious backstage arguments and even fisticuffs had become the order of the day, and by the time "Paper Doll" came out, the band had already eventually called it quits.
The band released 6 singles with Little Boy Sad going #5 Sydney #1 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #8 Adelaide #1 Perth it was a Double-sided hit in Melbourne with the B-side, Wendy Don't Go.
Jul. 1965"Little Boy Sad" / "Wendy Don't Go" (Go!! 5010)
"Lonely Boy" / "Wild Side Of Life" (Go!! 5014)
"(Remember) Walkin' In The Sand" / "If You Were Mine" (Go!! 5020)
"No Regrets" / I Won't Be Back" (Go!! 5027)
"Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder" / "I Am What I Am" (Go!! 5031)
"Paper Doll / You Might As Well Forget Him (Go!! 5049)6 singles
Little Boy Sad went to #5 Sydney #1 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #8 Adelaide #1 Perth it was a Double-sided hit in Melbourne with the B-side, Wendy Don't Go.
Mike Brady was later responsible for numerous well-known advertising jingles, and as one half of Two Man Band had a hit in 1979 with the Australian Rules football song Up There Cazaly.
Someday/Is It Raining
Guitarist, singer, songwriter and author Tony Barber is one of the unsing heroes of the Beat Boom in Australia. Rock historian Dean Mittelhauser considered him "one of our most underrated performers from the Sixties" and felt that Tony had "played a bigger part in the success of Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs that has been generally credited".
Tony was one of the many music-crazy young migrants who arrived in Australia in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and he had played in a minor band called The Electrons before leaving the UK. Within weeks of his arrival in Australia in 1964 he met a cocky young singer called Billy Thorpe in Kings Cross and he was immediately drafted in as the fifth member of Billy's backing band, The Aztecs. Tony was already developing into a competent pop writer and he composed both sides of the Aztec's first single "Blue Day" / You don't love me", released on the Linda Lee label in April 1964.
Two days before The Aztecs' next recording session, Tony received a 'care package' from his brother in the UK that contained the Rolling Stones' first EP. Afer hearing The Stones' version of Lieber & Stoller's "Poison Ivy", Tthe Aztecs decided to record the song on their next single. It's now a matter of history that their version (widely regarded as being superior to The Stones') shot to #1, became one of the biggest Australian pop hits of the year, kept The Beatles out of the top spot in the Sydney charts in the very midst of their tour, and made Billy and The Aztecs into national stars. Tony featured on the next three Aztecs singles, "Mashed Potato" "Sick and Tired" and "Over The rainbow" -- all of which were major hits -- but in late 1965 Tony and the rest of The Aztecs quit en masse, mainly because of ongoing financial wrangles with manager John Harrigan.
After leaving The Aztecs, Tony and fellow Aztec Vince Maloney formed the shortlived Vince & Tony's Two, with John Shields on bass and Jimmy Thompson on drums. In late 1965 Tony was signed as a solo artist to the newly formed Everybody's label, which had been established by Clyde Packer's Consolidated Press. Tony's solo debut single (produced by Nat Kipner) was a thumping beat original called "Someday", which it was one of the first (and only) four singles issued on Everybody's. None of these singles -- including Tony's -- was unsuccessful on first release because of resistance from radio DJs who (not unreasonably) regarded the label as blatant cross-promotion for Packer's Everybody's magazine and refused to name it on air.
The label was hastily rebadged as Spin Records and Tony's single was re-issued in February 1966. This time it took off, becoming a major hit that peaked at #7 in Sydney and #11 in Melbourne. Tony released four more singles on Spin -- "Wait By The Water" (Apr. 1966), "Wondrous Place" (July '66), "Lookin' for a better day" (Jan. 1967) and "Bird's Eye View", which was written for a long-forgotten TV documentary. Tony was also granted the rare privilege of recording an entire LP, entitled Someday ... Now!, on which he was backed by labelmates Steve & The Board and The Bee Gees.
Although he was signed to Spin as a recording artist, Tony also worked with another independent label during this period, the Melbourne-based Phono Vox. He produced several singles by Phon Vox artists, including Denise Drysdale and The Bentbeaks, and he also wrote the A-side of Denise's single "Sunshine Shadow". In late 1967, after his Spin contract had ended, Tony released one single under his own name on Phono Vox, but this proved to be his swansong as a recording artist. During 1967 Tony married his girlfriend Sue Peck, a staffer with Go-Set magazine, and soon after he left the pop scene to concentrate on business ventures and raising a family. In the 1980s he reunited with his old friend Billy Thorpe in the successful 'Sunshine Friends' soft toy enterprise.
In 2002, after more than thirty years away from the limelight, Tony reunited with Billy and the original Aztecs for the historic Long Way To The Top concert tours. His experiences inspired him to write a memoir of the tour and his early days as a pop musician, entitled Long Way Til You Drop. Regrettably, there was opposition to the book from some of those involved in the LWTTT tour, fuelled by pre-publication media hype that suggested it would be a tell-all exposé. In the event, Tony's book proved to be an entertaining, witty and affectionate account of an important chapter in Australian rock history.
She's A Mod /Cruel Sea
No New Zealand song captures the joy, dizziness and sheer optimism of the 1960s youth experience better than the Ray Columbus and the Invaders’ three-time hit 'She’s a mod'
'She's a mod' was recorded in Auckland a few weeks before the New Zealand tour by the Beatles in June 1964. It traded on the so-called British invasion of trendy fashions, groovy dances and swinging morality. Carnaby Street, the Pill and Mary Quant were about to become household names.
Beatlemania was on the rise, but American artists and dance crazes still dominated at the start of 1964. Columbus and his band the Invaders had always preferred the hard-edged British image that made them the toast of their home town of Christchurch. After moving to Auckland at the end of 1962 the band attracted a following at nightspots, such as the Shiralee, for their danceable rhythm and blues, matching pink guitars and mod image of shaggy hair, black drainpipe trousers and winkle-picker shoes.
The world was by now flooding into New Zealand lounges via the flickering black and white TV broadcasts, which began in 1960. Even though a 23-inch set cost the equivalent of 10 weeks’ average salary, the new medium caught on so quickly that by 1964 the stuffy state radio’s night-time audiences were crumbling. Youth became the ultimate beneficiary.
After years of bans on noisy songs like Chubby Checker’s version of 'The twist' and a single half-hour national hit parade per week, teenagers finally got a look-in. The breakthrough was the Sunset show on Wellington station 2ZB, which played 90 minutes of pop every evening. It was presented by DJ Peter Sinclair, who also fronted a new Wellington-based TV pop show Let’s go!
Ray Columbus and the Invaders went to Australia in 1963. Sydney teenagers mostly identified as either bleached-out surfies or leather-and-chains-clad rockers. At the 2000-capacity venue Surf City, the Bondi youth all hopped around, doing what the New Zealanders thought was a moronic dance called the Surf Stomp.
So Columbus, a former champion tap dancer whose life changed when he heard Elvis, decided to teach them his own Mod’s Nod, where the dancer’s feet mostly stayed in place, but the torso swayed and the head never stopped shaking. At a time when dancing to bands was everything, the band already swayed in unison to the Mashed Potato and the Hitchhike. Columbus and his Invaders were old hands at these post-Twist dances. They had learned them at the Christchurch clubs, where the band got its start, in the early 1960s from off-duty black American servicemen from Operation Deepfreeze.
In May 1964, shortly after arriving back in New Zealand, Columbus and his band recorded 'She’s a mod' for Zodiac Records in Eldred Stebbings's rumpus room in Herne Bay, Auckland. Obscure British songwriter Terry Beale had penned the number, and it was offered to the band in Sydney by a record plugger called Jack Argent, the song publisher of the Beatles in Australia.
Initially, none of the Invaders liked 'She’s a mod', although Columbus thought it had potential. The version that finally appeared was rockier than the original British acetate, and it added a harder guitar sound and the exuberant 'Yeah, yeah, yeah' hook that defined the times.
Nearly 40 years later the song sounds surprisingly fresh, given the primitiveness of Stebbings's studio equipment, which meant Columbus couldn't even hear his own vocals during the recording. The song was released here in June 1964 as the Beatles swung pois and charmed the nation. Faced with that sort of competition, 'She’s a mod' faded from view.
To everybody’s surprise, the song became an overnight smash in Sydney during October 1964. It topped the charts and reportedly sold 20,000 copies in less than three weeks. The band raced over there to capitalise on the success, with the newly married Columbus quitting his honeymoon after three days to join the other band members. The band soon repeated its success in New Zealand, and it became an overnight Australasian teen sensation and was mobbed wherever it went.
The band had other hits, notably the brooding Loxene Golden Disc Award winner 'Till we kissed'. None ever reflected the times like 'She’s a mod'. After the band broke up in 1965, Columbus rerecorded the song with a brass band backing for his solo album. He tried yet another treatment while living in California and recording with his band Art Collection.
The song’s durability became apparent during the 1980s as the classic hits format swept through radio. Early in the decade, the original 'She’s a mod' went Top 20 again. In 1990 a rap version by Columbus with Double J and Twice the T topped the Auckland charts and went to number two nationally.
Because 'She’s a mod' is pitched in quite a high key, Columbus admitted in a 1993 interview that it posed a challenge for an older voice. He was still enthusiastic about the first New Zealand record to top the Australian charts: 'I can’t just throw it away, but I don’t want to ... I enjoy singing it and the crowds love it. That song has been good to me.'
Adapted from an article by Redmer Yska in North and South, 1993.
She' A Mod charted well in Australia #1 Sydney #1 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #2 Adelaide #2 Perth the B-side is an instrumental by the Invaders.
Friday, 11 February 2011
Scars Of Love/Come & Get It
Cheetah were an Australian rock band active between 1977 and 1982. The main members and vocalists were sisters Chrissie Hammond and Lyndsay Hammond. They had been session vocalists for many Australian artists including Jo Jo Zep, Jon English, Marc Hunter, Flash and the Pan and as a vocal duo toured with Stevie Wright, Norman Gunston and Daryl Braithwaite. Lyndsay Hammond fronted a group called Skintight and toured with Renée Geyer before forming Cheetah with Chrissie Hammond.
The band is best known for their hit singles Walking In The Rain, Deeper Than Love and Spend The Night.
Cheetah toured across Australia, the UK and Europe including appearances at Roskilde in Holland, the Nuremberg and Wiesbaden Festivals in Germany and a show at the 1982 Reading Festival with Iron Maiden to an audience of 120,000 people.
Chrissie Hammond would become better known outside Australia for performing vocals for Rick Wakeman.
The group reformed in 2006 to perform in the Countdown Spectacular and a subsequent tour of Europe.
I don't think this was ever released in Australia as a single this is a UK release both songs are from the album "Rock 'n' Roll Women".
Here's a Youtube link for the girls on the Countdown tour.
Friday, 4 February 2011
Rock 'n' Roll Love Letter/Ring Ring/Dah Doo Ron Ron/High Hopes/Ma He's Makin Eyes At Me/Let Your Love Flow/Somewhere Over The Rainbow/Jeans On/Heartbeat It's A Lovebeat/Calendar Girl/That's Rock 'n' Roll/Anything You Can Do/I'm Your Little Boy/When I Kissed The Teacher/Ben/Everybody Needs A Rainbow - Everything Is Beautiful.
Tina Arena grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Moonee Ponds and made her television debut on Young Talent Time (YTT) in 1976 at age 7 where she was a regular until she left the show in 1984.After leaving YTT she went on to finish her schooling and starred in the theatrical productions of "Nine", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat", as well as many jingles and support gigs before releasing the Albums "Strong as Steel", the Multi ARIA-winning "Don't Ask" and "In Deep", as well as contributing to the motion picture soundtrack of "Zorro".
John (Johnny) Bowles was with (YTT) from (1977-1981) after his tenure with the show he headed into cabaret and musicals, including Cats and Phantom of the Opera. He wrote and toured with The Peter Allen Songbook in 2000, and in 2001, wrote and directed the documentary Young Talent Time Tells All and recently finished touring with Cats in Greece.
In 1977 they released "Tiny Tina & Little John" Tina was 8 years old and John 10 years old. The album was released on the Pisces label tried to find out why the album was released on that label and not L&Y label. While having a poke around on the Young Talent Time site I noticed that from 1977 onwards the (YTT) albums started to appear on that label. Ross Burton seems to be the common denominator as he produced "Tiny Tina & Little John" and started producing the (YTT) albums as well.
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Hold Your Head Up/She's A Mystery
The Party Boys was an Australian rock band with floating membership that existed from 1982 until 1992. Initially established by Mondo Rock bass player Paul Christie as a part-time venture for professional musicians with downtime from other projects, the group has boasted members from acts such as Status Quo, The Angels, Sherbet, Skyhooks, Rose Tattoo, The Choirboys, Australian Crawl, Divinyls, Models, Dragon and Swanee plus international stars including Joe Walsh, Eric Burdon, Alan Lancaster and Graham Bonnett.
This single is of the 1987 album "Party Boys"and the personel on this platter were John Swan vocals, Kevin Borich guitar, Paul Christie drums, Richard Harvey drums, John Brewster guitar and Alan Lancaster bass.
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Adultery/Deep Blue Sea
Adultery is a single by Australian rock/pop group Do-Ré-Mi which was released by Virgin Records in October 1987. The tracks were written by lead vocalist Deborah Conway, drummer Dorland Bray, bass guitarist Helen Carter and guitarist Stephen Philip. Do-Ré-Mi's debut single "Man Overboard" had been top 5 hit in 1985, but Adultery, which charted on the National singles charts, had less chart success. It was released as a single in different forms for UK, German and North American markets, the Australian 1987 CD version had five track and then we have this post the 7" Vinyl version in a lovely picture sleeve the A-side appears on the The Happiest Place in Town album but not the B-side.
She's My Baby/She Wears My Ring
"Released in Australia December 1959, charted January 1960. Single on Liberty label in USA, Leedon in Australia.
#1 Sydney #1 Melbourne #2 Adelaide #3 Adelaide
Recorded in Los Angeles at Gold Star studios, produced by Snuff Garrett, "with the Ernie Freeman Chorus & Orchestra".
Johnny O'Keefe (1935-1978), known in Australia as "The Wild One", "The King of Rock'n'Roll" or just "J. O'K.", was a pioneer Australian rocker, a chart topping artist in Australia.
She's My Baby came to Johnny O'Keefe through co-writer Scott Turner, American guitarist, singer and songwriter, real name Graham Morrison Turnbull, also known as, Scott Turner, Scotty Turnbull or Graham Scotty Turnbull (he also wrote as Allison Dewar).
Turner/Turnbull was on tour with Tommy Sands in Australia when he sang the song to Johnny O'Keefe in March 1959. When Johnny O'Keefe travelled to the States later in the year he met up with Scott Turner again, and recorded She's My Baby for Liberty in Los Angeles, with Turner on guitar. Scott Turner passed away in February 2009." "Lyn Nuttall Pop Archives"
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Where Are You/Spicks And Specks/Playdown/Big Chance/Glass House/How Many Birds/Secondhand People/I Don't Know Why I Bother Myself/Monday Rain/Tint Of Blue/Jingle Jangle/Born A Man
Rare Precious & Beautiful is a reissue of their album "Spicks and Specks", from 1966. These early tracks feature fairly spartan vocal harmony pop with some mild psych influences. Don't be misled by their awful reputation these early tracks are somewhat decent pop/psych. To me this was their coming of age album giving a hint of what was to come once they set up shop in the UK has their first major aussie hit Spicks and Specks bought the single still love it also on there are their versions of the Mike Furber single "Where Are You/Seconhand People" another great single. If you're a fan of the Bee Gees 60's music you should like this.
Friday, 21 January 2011
Love Me Girl/Stop, Look and Listen
The Clique came from Perth W.A. and not long after forming they won the Western Australian section of the Hoadley's Battle of the sounds (I used to love going to those). So off they went to Melbourne to compete in the national final at Festival Hall the guys didn't win but they did end up with a record deal with the GO! label and a spot on the GO! Show.
This single was there only recording which they put down at the Bill Armstrong Sound Recording Studios in South Melbourne. Both tracks were written by the band Lenny Hayworth wrote "Love Me Girl" which was the A-side and Mike Carr penned "Stop, Look and Listen" the B-side. the band was given the oppotunity to move to melbourne but declined deciding to finish up the band (as 2 of the boys Joe and John were only 16 and the other 2 only 20) and continue their studies.
Joe Orifici - vocals, keyboards
Lenny Hayworth - guitar
Mike Carr - guitar
John Tucak - bass
Ferdie Ferrante - drums
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Advice /I Had A Dream
In March 1968 Doug Parkinson, Billy Green, Duncan McGuire and Rory Thomas all ex Questions reunited and recruited a new drummer, Doug Lavery (ex Running Jumping Standing Still, Andy James Asylum) and took a new name that acknowledged the rapidly growing stature of their lead singer Doug Parkinson In Focus.
The debut In Focus single "Advice" / "I Had A Dream" (May 1968) didn't chart, although it set the scene of things to come in confident fashion, but the original lineup fell apart in August 1968.