LYNNE FLETCHER WITH THE MIKE PERJANIK GROUP
Losing You
(Jean Renard - Pierre Havet - Carl Sigman)
Australia 1967
#26 Sydney

Single on His Master's Voice.

Brisbane singer Lynne Fletcher (b.1947) was working as a receptionist when she auditioned successfully for a local TV pop show (possibly Teen Tops on BTQ7), where she was coached by the producer and co-host, Nat Kipner.

After moving to Sydney three months later she appeared on major network music shows and was signed to HMV for six singles from 1965.

Her recordings included:
• A version of The Easybeats' In My Book (1966) that was released at the same time as The Easybeats' own version*
• An original Barry Gibb song You Do Your Lovin' With Me (1966, B-side of In My Book);
• You Must Be Joking (1966), an original song by Jay Justin, prolific Sydney singer-songwriter, co-writer of Little Pattie's popular surf-craze song He's My Blonde-Headed Stompie-Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy (1963);
• Nothing Lasts Forever (1967), her last record on HMV, by successful pop and Broadway composers Peter Udell and Gary Geld, original version by Margaret Whiting.

During the Vietnam War, Lynne Fletcher sang in a show for Australian troops on Christmas Day 1965 at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam.

See also You Say Pretty Words, a Sloan & Barri song first recorded by Ramona King.

* See colin47's comment at 45cat.com on the recording date of "In My Book" and its simultaneous release with the Easybeats version.

THE MIKE PERJANIK GROUP:
New Zealand-born Mike Perjanik wrote and arranged for Dinah Lee before moving to Australia, where he worked with such artists as Little Pattie and Bev Harrell. He has written numerous advertising jingles and TV themes, and has been a board member and chairman of APRA.

Further reading: Mike Perjanik's varied career at Debbie Kruger's website.

References, further reading: 1. "Sweetheart of Aussie Troops", Australian Women's Weekly, 22.12.65, p.81, archived at NLA's Trove. 2. "Christmas morning at Bien Hoa", AWW, 26.01.66, p.11, at Trove. 3. Lynne Fletcher discography at 45cat.com.

Song history researched in collaboration with honeydhont, Joop Jansen
and Kees van der Hoeven.

MICHEL LOUVAIN
Je Te Perds
(Renard - Havet - Sigman - Benet)
Canada 1963
Original version with these lyrics

Single on Apex label, B-side of Chaque Nuit.

Appears to be a further French version of Roseline/Connais-tu/Un Ange/Un Ange Est Venu/Mon Ange, probably based on the English language version recorded by Brenda Lee, Losing You. (Je te perds = I'm losing you.)

Michel Louvain: Québécois pop idol of the fifties, born Michel Poulin in 1937.

Also recorded by French pop star Dalida.

Further readingMichel Louvain page at Rétro Jeunesse 60.

DORIS DAY
Losing You
(Jean Renard - Pierre Havet - Carl Sigman)
USA 1963

On Love Him, album on the Columbia label, released December 1963, produced by her son Terry Melcher.

Album details at the Discovering Doris Day website.

BRENDA LEE
Losing You
(Jean Renard - Pierre Havet - Carl Sigman)
USA 1963
Original English language version
#6 USA #10 UK #32 Sydney #20 Melbourne #11 Adelaide #3 Perth

English lyrics by Carl Sigman.

Carl Sigman (1909-2000), composer and lyricist, wrote his first big hit Pennsylvania 6-5000 with Glenn Miller. His catalogue includes Ebb Tide, Arrivederci Roma, It's All In The Game, What Now My Love, Where Do I Begin (Theme from Love Story) and the theme song for the British TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood ("riding through the glen").

Further reading: 1. Carl Sigman official site: MajorSongs.com
2. Carl Sigman at the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

MARIA CANDIDO
Un Ange
(Jean Renard - Pierre Havet?)
France 1962

EP on Festival label (France).

Another version of Roseline/Connais-tu.

Also known as Un Ange Est Venu and Mon Ange.

Also recorded by Colette Deréal (1963).

JEAN RENARD
Connais-tu
(Jean Renard - Pierre Havet)
France 1961
Original version?

EP on Polydor label.

Recording by the original composer, who wrote this song in his youth as Roseline.

It is not clear whether this was released before or after Tino Rossi's recording of the same year.

Connais-tu does appear to be the earliest released form of the song that became Brenda Lee's Losing You.

TINO ROSSI
Connais-tu
(Jean Renard - Pierre Havet)
France 1961
Original version?

EP on Columbia label.

It is not clear whether this was released before or after Jean Renard's recording of the same year.

Connais-tu does appear to be the earliest released form of the song that became Brenda Lee's Losing You.

Red herring: Not the same song as Connais-tu by Nana Mouskouri.

[UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT]
Roseline
(Jean Renard)
France
Original melody

c.1950

This was the first song composed in his youth by French producer/composer/singer Jean Renard (b. 1933), later recorded as Losing You (Brenda Lee 1963), Connais-tu? (Tino Rossi 1961, Jean Renard 1961, Collette Deréal 1963) and Un Ange (Mario Candido 1962).

Song appears to be known also as Mon Ange and Un Ange Est Venu (Renard-Havet).

In the early sixties, Jean Renard also recorded for a time under the name Big Twist.

Reference: Jean Renard page at Les Auteurs et Compositeurs de la Chanson Française.

Further reading: Jean Renard's memoir Que je t'aime... la vie, 2003 [Amazon].

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
Losing You
(Springfield - Westlake)
UK 1963
Red herring
#9 UK #37 Adelaide

Same title but not the same song as "Losing You" by Lynne Fletcher.
SHARON O'NEILL
Losing You
(Sharon O'Neill)
Australia 1983
Red herring
#37 Sydney #8 Melbourne #24 Brisbane #22 Adelaide #47 Perth

Same title but not the same song as "Losing You" by Lynne Fletcher.

New Zealand singer-songwriter, in Australia from the early 80s. See her biography and discography at Bruce Sergent's New Zealand music site.

TRUE STORIES
Losing You
(Herman Kovac - Tony Chambers)
Australia 1990
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as "Losing You" by Lynne Fletcher.

Sydney band, formed circa 1988. (Spencer et al, Who's Who of Australian Rock.)

KATE CEBERANO
Losing You
(Cadell - Ceberano)
Australia 1991
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as "Losing You" by Lynne Fletcher.

Single on Regular label, B-side of Every Little Thing.

Jazz/blues/pop singer (b. 1966), previously  sang with mid-80s dance/funk band I'm Talking. See biography at Kate's official website.

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