COL JOYE WITH THE JOY BOYS & THE SAPPHIRES
Bye Bye Baby (Goodbye)
(Frank McNulty)
Australia 1959
#1 Sydney #3 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #2 Adelaide #2 Perth

Single on Festival, also released in the US on Decca as B-side of Rockin' Rollin' Clementine.

Charted in Sydney in the first week of May 1959.

Some US discographies mistakenly show the singer as 'Colonel Joye', but in this case Col is actually short for Colin.

This was the first hit record by Col Joye, a pioneering Aussie pop star of the rock'n'roll era. Born Colin Jacobsen in 1937, in 1957 he joined his brother Kevin's jazz band that was to become Col Joye and the Joy Boys. He had ten Top 10 hits in the Sydney charts alone from May 1959 to May 1962, including four #1s, and was a star on television pop show Bandstand. Something of a legend in Australia, his rock'n'roll suit is on display at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. See, for example, Col Joye from the Howlspace site [archived page].

Thanks to Tony Watson and to Terry Stacey for corrections.

SONNY WILLIAMS
Bye Bye Baby Goodbye
(Frank McNulty)
USA 1958
Original version

Single on Chicago label Coin, owned by Frank McNulty, the composer of Bye Bye Baby Goodbye.

Another Frank McNulty song was a hit for Col Joye in Australia: (Making Love On A) Moonlit Night (1960, #4 Sydney, #28 Melbourne, #13 Brisbane,#4 Adelaide).

Chronology: This was released in September 1958, as shown on the label (9-58). Dot, which pressed and distributed Coin, followed the practice of dating its labels in this way. The single was not reviewed in Billboard until 10 August 1959, most likely because of a redistribution of the single in response to Col Joye's release on US Decca.

Thanks to Frank McNulty and Tony Watson.

Later versions:

TERESA BREWER
Bye Bye Baby Goodbye
(Frank McNulty)
USA 1959
Later version

Single on Coral, reviewed in Billboard 15 June 1959, indicating it was probably released after Col Joye's Australian release.

 
JOHN FRASER
Bye, Bye Baby, Goodbye
(Frank McNulty)
UK 1959
Later version

Single on Pye, September 1959.
PERRY FORD
Bye Bye Baby Goodbye
(Frank McNulty)
UK 1959
Later version

Single on Parlophone, September 1959. Also released on Parlophone in Finland as B-side of Little Willie John's Leave My Kitten Alone (1959).

I'm guessing this is the same Perry Ford who, in the mid-60s, collaborated with Ken Lewis and John Carter to form The Ivy League. The three of them wrote the group's biggest hit, Tossing and Turning.

THE FOUR SEASONS
Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye)
(Bob Gaudio & Bob Crewe)
USA 1965
Red herring
#12 USA #40 Brisbane

Similar title but not to be confused with "Bye Bye Baby (Goodbye)" by Col Joye.

The sixteenth Billboard Top 40 track by New Jersey group led by Frankie Valli

Revived in 1975 for a #1 UK hit by The Bay City Rollers as Bye Bye Baby, also a hit in Australia.

Bye bye, red herrings. Break-up pop songs were bound to throw up titles with bye bye, goodbye and baby. See, for example Bye Bye Baby, Bye Bye (Paul Wayne, 1962), Baby, Baby, Bye Bye (Jerry Lee Lewis, 1960), Bye, Baby, Bye (The Sunrays, 1967), Bye Baby, Bye Bye (Fats Domino, 1964)...

Thanks to Dave Overett.

Reference: Bye Bye Baby search at 45Cat.

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