Shy Boy
(Ken Burgess - Keith Hopkins [Keith West] - Mark Wirtz)
New Zealand 1968

Single on HMV (NZ), May 1968 by New Zealand band from Lower Hutt, active c.1966-1971. Produced by Howard Gable.

The Simple Image had half a dozen charting records in New Zealand including Spinning, Spinning, Spinning (1968, #1) and Grooviest Girl In The World (1969, #3). The band adopted a very 'mod' image, with their stage uniform always consisting of navy blue capes with pink lining, floral shirts, bell-bottomed trousers and Cuban-heel boots. [Bruce Sergent].

Thanks to Walter for suggestion and chronology.

References: 1. Bruce Sergent's history of The Simple Image. 2. Label shot at 45cat. 3. Shy Boy at Second Hand Songs. 4. Dean Scapolo's NZ Music Charts 1966 to 1996 [link].

Shy Boy
(Ken Burgess - Keith Hopkins [Keith West] - Mark Wirtz)
UK 1968

On Parlophone album Tomorrow, February 1968, produced by Mark Wirtz.

Tomorrow vocalist Keith West is perhaps best known for Excerpt from a Teenage Opera (1967, #2 UK), aka Grocer Jack, from Mark Wirtz's Teenage Opera project.

References, further reading: 1. Chronology from contents of New Musical Expres, February 1968: "Tomorrow: Tomorrow [Parlophone PCS 7042, LP release]".  2. Tomorrow the album at Wikipedia. 3. Teenage Opera at Wikipedia: follow links to Mark Wirtz, Keith West.

Shy Boy
(Ken Burgess - Keith Hopkins [Keith West] - Mark Wirtz)
UK 1967
Original version

Single on Parlophone, October 1967, arranged, directed and produced by Mark Wirtz.

To take in the extensive career of Mark Wirtz (b.1943, Strasbourg) see the discography and biography at

Nick Lowe and Brinsley Schwarz were in Kippington Lodge when it evolved into the pub rock band also called Brinsley Schwarz.

Writers: The song is credited to Burgess & Hopkins but Wirtz's name also appears at BMI (Work #4671565).

References, further reading: 1. Label shot at 45Cat. 2. Brinsley Scwarz-Kippington Lodge at Wikipedia. 3. Kippington Lodge at Cherry Red Records. 4. BMI Repertory search.

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