THE DELLTONES
Come A Little Bit Closer
(Jerry Leiber - Mike Stoller)
Australia 1963
#3 Sydney #2 Melbourne #5 Brisbane #6 Adelaide #4 Perth

Single on Leedon. Sydney vocal group The Delltones, featuring the bass of the ironically nicknamed 'Pee Wee' Wilson, were a fixture of the Australian rock'n'roll scene from their formation in 1959. Their official site is at www.delltones.com.

Writers of this song, Leiber & Stoller, produced another Come A Little Bit Closer, for Jay & the Americans, but it was a different song, written by Boyce, Farrell and Hart.

THE FOUR COINS
Come A Little Bit Closer
(Jerry Leiber - Mike Stoller)
USA 1962

Single on Jubilee.

In the early 50s, vocal group The Four Coins had been horn players in the band of the young Bobby Vinton who, like them, was from the Pittsburgh suburb of Canonsburg. They charted Top 40 in the US five times 1955-1958. Their biggest hit, and the song they are most remembered for, was Shangri-la (1957, #11).

Reference, further reading: Four Coins at Pittsburgh Music History.

SUE THOMPSON & HANK PENNY
Come A Little Bit Closer
(Jerry Leiber - Mike Stoller)
USA 1954

Cover version on Decca by singer Sue Thompson and her then husband, the hillbilly artist Hank Penny.

Sue Thompson was later successful as a solo pop singer on the Hickory label, notably with the John D. Loudermilk songs Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) (1961, #5 USA) and Norman (1962, #3). Her last charting single was with Loudermilk's Paper Tiger in 1965 (#23 USA).

Further reading: 1. For more on Sue Thompson's career, see under Donna Gaye's Australian variation on Norman. 2. Hank Penny article at Wikipedia.

WILLY AND RUTH
Come A Little Bit Closer
(Jerry Leiber - Mike Stoller)
USA 1954
Original version

Single on Leiber & Stoller's own Spark label, #101, the label's first release. Willy & Ruth were members of The Honey Bears, a gospel group also signed to Spark.

Willy was Willie Headen (also, Hayden) who recorded some singles in his own right.

Of Ruth, nothing much seems to be known, although the Elvis History Blog says that Willie Headen was the lead singer of the Honey Bears, and Ruth was married to the group’s bass singer.

Willy & Ruth's second single, on Spark #105, was Love Me (1954), another Leiber & Stoller composition that was a hit for Elvis Presley (1956, #2 USA).

JAY AND THE AMERICANS
Come A Little Bit Closer
(Tommy Boyce - Wes Farrell - Bobby Hart)
USA 1964
Red herring
#3 USA #1 Sydney #10 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #56 Adelaide #1 Perth

SAME TITLE BUT NOT THE SAME SONG AS
'COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER' BY THE DELLTONES.

Single on United Artists YouTubeProduced but not written by Leiber and Stoller, writers of the Delltones song Come A Little Bit Closer.

Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart were regular song-writing partners who also had some success with their own records, including I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight (1968, #8 USA). For more details see under Opportunity (a co-write by Hart)..

Wes Farrell (1939-1996) co-wrote Johnny O'Keefe's Australian hit Move Baby Move. See under that song for more on his career.

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