KEVIN SHEGOG & THE GOLD-TOPPERS
One Small Photograph
(Kevin Shegog)
Australia 1961

Original version


Label shot from Cameron Fahey at Fhoenix Rising.

Single on W&G. Song also known as One Small Photograph Of You.

Kevin Shegog: Popular country singer and songwriter (c.1923-2000), originally from Tasmania, who recorded prolifically for W&G in Melbourne. His big hit was Wolverton Mountain, which Victorians bought in preference to Claude King's original.

One Small Photograph wasn't a chart hit, but it was a popular country song often heard on Victorian radio.

Further reading: Chris Spencer's review of Ballad Of A Hillbilly Singer [archived page].

Later versions:

DOROTHY BAKER
One Small Photograph
(Kevin Shegog)
Australia 1962
Later version

EP track on W&G label.

Melbourne singer Dorothy Baker took another Kevin Shegog song, Darling, onto the charts in January 1963 (#27 Melbourne).

She also charted at #5 in Melbourne with I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain, a cover of Jo Ann Campbell's answer song.
REX FRANKLIN
One Small Photograph
(Kevin Shegog)
New Zealand
Later version

Veteran New Zealand country singer, also in duets with Noelene Franklin.

See notes at reissue label Bear Family, about the collection A Real New Zealand Cowboy Song [archived page] which includes One Small Photograph.

This track is probably from some time in the 60s.

THE SINGING KETTLES
One Small Photograph
(Kevin Shegog)
Australia
Later version

Bill, Ross and Max Kettle, Tasmanian country music trio recording from 1961, on the mainland from 1969. Max died in 1971, but Bill and Ross continued performing together until 1988. The Kettles were admitted to the Roll of Renown at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2005. See biography at Bellbird Music.

I can't date this one: could be 60s or early 70s.

JOHNNY CHESTER & HOTSPUR
One Small Photograph Of You
(Kevin Shegog)
Australia 1980
Later version

On the album Johnny Chester & Hotspur.

Melbourne singer, guitarist and songwriter Johnny Chester started out with the Chessmen in the late 50s, performing at dances he organised in the northern suburbs. Signed to Melbourne's W&G label, he had a number of Top 10 hits in Melbourne from 1961. He became a disc jockey with Top 40 station 3UZ in 1966, and built a successful national career in country music from the 1970s. His website is at www.JohnnyChester.
AMBUSH
One Small Photograph
(Kevin Shegog)
Australia
Later version

Not Sydney rock band Ambush, but more likely a lesser-known bush band of the same name formed on the NSW Central Coast in the late 80s.

Thanks to Steve Massey of the Australian Suburban Rock band Ambush [archived page].

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