THE PURPLE HEARTS Of Hopes And Dreams And Tombstones (Joy Byers)
Australia 1966 #21 Melbourne #5 Brisbane
The Purple Hearts emerged in Brisbane 1963-64 and removed briefly to Sydney before becoming a popular live band in Melbourne from 1966. Founding members Mick Hadley and Bob Dames, recent arrivals from the UK, had first-hand experience of the London R&B scene, and the band was strongly influenced by the likes of John Mayall, Graham Bond, the early Rolling Stones and through them, authentic American blues. Essential to the Purple Hearts' image as an uncompromising R&B band were vocalist Hadley and lead guitarist Barry Lyde, later known as Lobby Loyde.
JIMMY FRASER Of Hopes And Dreams And Tombstones (Joy Byers)
Single on Columbia, #43407. The unknown Jimmy Fraser's public service single,1 about going back to school and getting qualified, unaccountably became an R&B classic in Australia when it was covered by The Purple Hearts.
Joy Byers wrote, for example, Eddie Cochran'sC'mon Everybody (1958, #35 USA, #6 UK),2Timi Yuro'sWhat's A Matter Baby (1962, #12 USA) and several Elvis Presley songs.3 She also wrote with her husband, Bob Johnston, producer of (for example) Bob Dylan'sBlonde On Blonde and Simon & Garfunkel's early albums. Johnston has claimed co-writer credit for many Joy Byers songs which he explains were credited solely to his wife for contractual reasons.4, 5