JOHNNY O'KEEFE & THE DEE JAYS
So Tough
(Gary Mears)
Australia 1958
#15 Sydney #5 Melbourne #18 Brisbane #2 Adelaide #33 Perth*

Johnny O'Keefe (1935-1978), known in Australia as "The Wild One", "The King of Rock'n'Roll" or just "J. O'K.", was a pioneer Australian rocker, a chart topping artist in his home country. A TV mini-series about his life was made in 1985, Shout! The Story of Johnny O'Keefe.

Further reading: The definitive biography is Damian Johnstone's The Wild One (2001).

*Charted in Perth in 1972.

THE CUFF LINKS
So Tough
(Gary Mears)
USA 1958

Los Angeles group.

Single on Dooto label, recorded as a cover version of the single on Challenge by The Kuf-Linx.

This is not the same group that earlier recorded Guided Missiles on the same label (Dootsie Williams's Dootone, renamed Dooto).

Thanks to Brian Lee for clarification and background.

THE KUF-LINX
So Tough
(Gary Mears)
USA 1957

Los Angeles group, single on Challenge label.

See Challenge label discography at Butcher Pete's website.

This group has no connection with The Cuff Links, who issued a cover version of this record on Dooto.

Thanks to Brian Lee for clarification.

THE ORIGINAL CASUALS [= THE CASUALS]
So Tough
(Gary Mears)
USA

See below: this is a later issue of So Tough by The Casuals (same record company, same catalogue number).

See label shot at Terry Gordon's Rockin' Country Style website.

THE CASUALS
So Tough
(Gary Mears)
USA 1957
Original version
#12 Canada

Single on Texan label Back Beat, released December '57 from an August '57 session.

Group from New York area. Songwriter is (Frederick) Gary Mears, the Casuals' vocalist. (Not to be confused with Buzz Cason's Nashville group, also called The Casuals.)

Reissued soon after by the same group under the name of The Original Casuals (same record company, same catalogue number).

Label also credits Alex Sample and Orchestra.

See the Casuals/Original Casuals discography on Back Beat and So Tough label shot at Terry Gordon's Rockin' Country Style website.

Thanks to Brian Lee for clarification.

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