BEV HARRELL
What Am I Doing Here With You
(P. F. Sloan - Steve Barri)
Australia 1967
#9 Sydney #10 Melbourne #5 Brisbane #1 Adelaide #3 Perth

Single on HMV label, biggest hit for Adelaide singer based in Melbourne. See career biography at Milesago.

This version apparently substitutes Doing for the Doin' of the original title.

TWINKLE
What Am I Doin' Here with You
(P. F. Sloan - Steve Barri)
UK 1966

British singer, real name Lynn Ripley, best known for 1964 hit Terry.

Single on Decca label.

P-NUT BUTTER
What Am I Doin' Here with You
(P. F. Sloan - Steve Barri)
USA 1966

Band from Phoenix Arizona.

B-side of single on Tower label, Still In Love With You Baby.

P. F. SLOAN
What Am I Doin' Here with You
(P. F. Sloan - Steve Barri)
USA 1965

On 1965 Dunhill album, Songs of Our Times, reviewed in Billboard 25 September 1965 [view at Google Books].

What Am I Doin' Here with You was also recorded by Dev Douglas (UK), Jenny Canton (South Africa) and Faux Freres (France): see the Discography of Cover Versions at the P. F. Sloan website.

P. F. Sloan & Steve Barri's songwriting collaborations include Secret Agent Man (Johnny Rivers) and A Must To Avoid (Herman's Hermit's). They also wrote Say It Again, recorded in Australia by Ray Brown & The Whispers.

P.F. Sloan's best-known composition is probably Eve Of Destruction (Barry Maguire), and he also wrote, for example, Take Me For What I'm Worth (The Searchers) and I Found A Girl (Jan & Dean).

Further reading: discographies and background at the P.F. Sloan website.

JOHNNY RIVERS
What Am I Doin' Here with You
(P. F. Sloan - Steve Barri)
USA 1965
Original version

On 1965 album Johnny Rivers In Action, on the Imperial label.

Reviewed in Billboard 13 February 1965 [view at Google Books], this appears to have been released before P.F. Sloan's own version.

Later versions:

THE CHICKS
What Am I Doing Here With You
(P. F. Sloan - Steve Barri)
New Zealand 1968
Later version

Single on Polydor by the Donaldson sisters, Judy (b.1950) and Suzanne (b.1952). They had a hit in 1969 with Miss You Baby (#5 NZ). Suzanne then became a successful solo singer as Suzanne Lynch, her married name, and later worked as a session vocalist for a number of big names in the UK and toured and recorded for several years with Cat Stevens. More recently she has joined three other well-known female New Zealand singers in The Lady Killers.

References, further reading: 1. Bruce Sergent's page on The Chicks has a solid bio and several images from back in the day. 2. Vernon Johnson, Dreams, Fantasies and Nightmares. 3. Forum thread on The Chicks at nzmusic60s70s. 4. Dean Scapalo, New Zealand Music Charts [store]. 5. SuzanneLynch.co.nz. 6. Suzanne Donaldson: bio and data at Rockonz. 7. The Lady Killers.

Version alert from Terry Stacey.

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