It Was You
(Peter Townshend - Eula Parker - Barry Gray)
Australia 1966

Single on Parlophone, B-side of Seven Golden Daffodils.

It Was You is an early composition by Pete Townshend of The Who, with co-writer credits to an Australian singer-composer from Melbourne and an English arranger and composer of TV themes. Scroll down to The Detours for the whole story.

Chaos And Co were a Launceston band who also worked in Melbourne. They came third in the 1966 Hoadleys Battle of The Sounds after winning the Launceston heat.

Chaos And Co's John and Trevor Evan-Jones were in several other bands after this, notably the 70s British progressive band Jonesy.

For more on Chaos And Co, see the A-side Seven Golden Daffodils.

It Was You
(Peter Townshend - Eula Parker - Barry Gray)
UK 1964
Original version

The third Parlophone single of four released 1964-65 by band from Harlow in Essex, previously known as The Blue Beats and The Cossacks.

The Naturals' second single I Should Have Known Better (#24 UK) entered the charts in August 1964, the month after The Beatles' original version came out on the album A Hard Days' Night and in the film.

ReferenceThe Naturals at British Beat Boom [archived page at from defunct Geocities site].

It Was You
(Peter Townshend - Eula Parker - Barry Gray)
UK 1964

Unreleased, unverified

Some sources mention an unreleased Who recording of It Was You from 1964, and they might have performed it live in the early days.

See, for example, the discussion thread at Steve Hoffman Music Threads where one poster cites The Who on Record: A Critical History, 1963-1998 by John Atkins:

...there is an acetate from the High Numbers days belonging to a private collector which includes a reprise of "It Was You"

Another poster suggests:  

Matt Kent [Who authorsupposedly owns the acetate reel that has It Was You on it.

Mark Wilkerson, in Who Are You: The Life Of Pete Townshend writes:

It Was You... was deemed worthy enough to be recorded by The Who the following year [i.e. 1964] (which again remains unreleased).
It Was You
(Peter Townshend - Eula Parker - Barry Gray)
UK 1963


Late 1963 recording by the band that became The Who.

Pete Townshend, then a student at Ealing Art College, was recruited into The Detours in early 1962 by Roger Daltrey whom he had known at Acton County Grammar School. Another schoolfriend, John Entwistlewas already a member. At the time of this recording, their first, they were a well-established live band that had gone through several personnel changes. This line-up of The Detours would become The Who, although drummer Doug Sandom would later be replaced by Keith Moon.

The song is the earliest published Pete Townshend composition, and the session came before the early single released by The Who on Fontana in July 1964 using the short-lived band name The High Numbers.

Written by Townshend - Gray - Parker?

The recording was made in the home studio of Barry Gray, an arranger and composer best known for his work on Gerry Anderson's children's marionette series including Thunderbirds.

It's an unlikely connection, but Eula Parker must be the Australian singer and composer from Melbourne (born c.1927) who left for the UK at the end of 1954 and joined the popular vocal group The Stargazers in late 1955.

As a songwriter, she is known for The Village Of St Bernadette, a hit for Andy Williams in 1960 (#7 USA), for which she won an Ivor Novello Award in 1960 for Most Outstanding Song of the Year.

Back in Australia, Parker had often been heard on ABC radio, both solo and in The Parker Sisters trio, and she was a regular on Melbourne radio station 3DB's Happy Gang.

Barry Gray and Eula Parker worked together a number of times. For example, Parker appears as "Mary Jane", vocalist and co-composer (with Gray) on Robot Man / Just the same as I do by Mary Jane With Barry Gray And His Spacemakers (1963), and she sings a track on the 6-track EP Space Age Nursery Rhymes by Barry Gray & His Music (1967).

One source suggests - plausibly - that Gray and Parker were credited for their arranging, but their exact role is probably hard to pin down. 

There are two views of how The Detours connected with Barry Gray. It was either (1) through Pete Townshend's father Cliff, a professional musician who had played sax in an RAF band conducted by Gray early in the war years,* or (2) through Pete Townshend's friend from his schoolboy band The Scorpions, Pete Wilson, whose father was a friend of Gray's. Pete Townshend doesn't throw any light on this in his biography Who I Am, but both his parents had contacts in the music business, and he gives other examples of where these were useful early in his career. 

* The biography [pdf] at the Barry Gray website has details of his service as conductor at RAF Padgate, Lancashire, and of his construction of the home studio in Dollis Hill, northwest London.

† The Pete Wilson version of Pete Townshend's connection with Barry Gray is in, for example, Andy Neill & Matt Kent's Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the Who 1958-1978, (p. 25: excerpt at Google Books); and in Mike Segretto's The Who FAQ (Google Books extract)

Image: The Argus, Melbourne, 8 November 1955. Eula Parker was often mentioned in Melbourne dailies The Argus and The Age, often with a photograph. Browse this search result at Trove for other examples.





















 References: 1. Pete Townshend, Who I Am (2012). 2. Copyright details at Copyright Encyclopedia. 3. Toute premiere chanson composee par Pete Townshend at Who Forum. [On the writer credits: Pete Townshend pour le texte et la mélodie, Eula Parker et Barry Gray en tant qu'arrangeurs.]. 4. John Atkins, The Who on Record: A Critical History, 1963-1998, pp 30-31 [Google Books] 5. List of Barry Gray's productions for Gerry Anderson (Eula Parker appears as vocalist on several recordings) and the discography [pdf] at the Barry Gray website. 6. The Stargazers at (Eula Parker in photo?) 7. Eula Parker history at ABC Radio's Rare Collections goes into her early career, as well as The Parker Sisters, in more detail. 8. Post at Whirligig Forum about Eula Parker's time in The Stargazers. 9.  Ivor Novello Awards for 1960 at the official site of the awards. 10.  Newspaper mentions of Eula Parker 1940s-50s  at National Library of Australia's Trove newspaper archive. 11. Mike Segretto, The Who FAQ12. Andy Neill & Matt Kent, Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the Who 1958-1978.


Thanks to Craig Smith for corrections.

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