JOHNNY O'KEEFE WITH THE DELLTONES & THE DEEJAYS
Why Do They Doubt Our Love
(Johnny O'Keefe)
Australia 1959
#9 Sydney #4 Melbourne #18 Brisbane

Original version

Single on Leedon. In Melbourne the B-side, You Excite Me, also charted. Re-released in 1967.

For more on J.O'K. (1935-1978), Australia's King of Rock'n'Roll, see his defining, much-covered record The Wild One (1958).

O'Keefe has a co-writer credit for The Wild One, but Why Do They Doubt Our Love is exceptional among his charting singles for having been written by him alone. He also wrote the theme song to his TV music show Six O'Clock Rock.

Thanks to Terry Stacey for the suggestion and the version alerts.

Later versions:

ROY SONE
Why Do They Doubt Our Love
(Johnny O'Keefe)
UK 1959
Later version

Single on Decca by British actor and singer mainly active on the stage.
WARREN WILLIAMS
Why Do They Doubt Our Love
(Johnny O'Keefe)
Australia 1961
Later version

Single on Leedon by Sydney singer and songwriter (b. 1940) who had several charting singles in the first half of the 60s (especially in Sydney), initially with The Squares but mainly as a solo artist. He was regularly seen on TV pop shows, including Six O'Clock Rock and Bandstand.

Why Do They Doubt Our Love was the B-side of A Star Fell From Heaven.

 
JOHNNY O'KEEFE
Why Do They Doubt Our Love
(Johnny O'Keefe)
Australia 1967

Re-release on Leedon of Johnny O'Keefe's song from 1959. The A-side, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, was another previously released song, from 1961 on the EP Jubilee.

Thanks to Tony Watson

JADE HURLEY
Why Do They Doubt Our Love
(Johnny O'Keefe)
Australia 1976
Later version

Single on Festival by songwriter-pianist whose big break came with his appearance on Johnny O'Keefe's Six O'Clock Rock in August 1959 when he changed his name from John on JO'K's advice.

See Jade Hurley's Gold and Silver for more details.

Further reading: Jade Hurley page at Tamworth Rage.

 
JOHNNY CHESTER & HOTSPUR
Why Do They Doubt Our Love
(Johnny O'Keefe)
Australia 1980
Later version

Track on the gold selling album on WEA Johnny Chester & Hotspur. Melbourne singer, guitarist, songwriter and disc jockey Johnny Chester had a number of Top 10 hits in Melbourne from 1961. He built a successful national career in country music from the 1970s.

See also Shakin' All Over, Midnight Bus and One Small Photograph Of You.

Further reading: Official site at www.JohnnyChester.

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