RAY BROWN & THE WHISPERS
Go To Him
(Artie Wayne - Bess Coleman)
Australia 1965

Single on Leedon, July 1965, B-side of the hit Fool Fool Fool (#1 Sydney #4 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #1 Adelaide #1 Perth).

The Whispers were a chart-topping Sydney band that originated in the surf music scene as The Nocturnes. After acquiring Ray Brown as their lead singer, they went on to become one of the most popular Australian bands of the British Invasion era. See full history at Milesago.

This B-side has become something of a cult classic in its own right. See, for example, the Milesago website: ...2'15" of pure sonic adventure, one of those rare and extraordinary B-sides that almost eclipses the main event... Go To Him is one of the tracks on Ace Records' Hot Generation: 1960s Punk from Down Under [Amazon].

THE LONDON KNIGHTS*
Go To Him
(Artie Wayne - Bess Coleman)
USA 1965
Original version

*THE FOURSIGHTS
Two members of Leicester's Foursights, Tim Airey and David Lindsay, have confidently identified this recording as the unreleased track they recorded in London late in 1963. David was the drummer and lead vocalist and he has no doubt that he is listening to his own singing on this track. In fact, he is certain that the artist on the B-side is a "different band, different style" with "very American accents". Similarly, Tim Airey on hearing the Mike recording: "I realised immediately that it was, in fact, The Foursights singing on the original demo from 1963. There was no mistaking Dave's voice."

There is no reason to doubt this. There is no fame or fortune to be had from claiming this obscure track on an obscure independent label from fifty years ago. The songwriters have been properly credited all along, whatever the provenance of the audio. What happened between the recording session with Bill Coleman (see below) and this release remains a mystery.


Single on Mike, a small independent label run by Eddie Matthews. This is the first release of the song (see my rules for "original version").

It seems to be rare even as a reissue. It appeared on Cicadelic Sixties Vol 3 [R] which you might get second-hand on Amazon.


Many discographies wrongly date this as a 1966 release, but the single was reviewed in Billboard on 1 May 1965 (a 4-star "Spotlight Winner of the Week").

Label shot by Doug Richard.

BILL COLEMAN
Go To Him
(Artie Wayne - Bess Coleman)
UK 1965

Session

Recording session featuring Bill Coleman from Leicester band The Foursights, with the participation of Bill's sister Bess Coleman and her American songwriting collaborator Artie Wayne. Their copyright for Go To Him was registered in 1965 (US Copyright Office EU884345).

The masters were sold to Gene Schwartz at Laurie Records but were not released on Laurie.

Bill Coleman, a multi-instrumentalist, later recorded as The Willy Cole on a 1970 instrumental single he wrote and produced, Right On / Pretty Good B Side on the Phil-LA of Soul label. He worked as musical director for British pop star Helen Shapiro, and as bass player with Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen, later with Kenny Ball Jnr as bandleader.


Artie Wayne also co-wrote Judy Stone’s Australian hit 4,003,221 Tears From Now and he wrote (and later recorded) Marcia Hines's From The Inside. Also known as Art Wayne, he is a prolific songwriter who has also sung on his own records, for example on Where Does A Rock And Roll Singer Go? (1963) and on his own version of From The Inside. He and Ben Raleigh wrote Midnight Mary, a #10 Billboard hit for Joey Powers in 1963. Anyone who (like me) owned a copy of Keith's hit 98.6 (1967, #7 USA) would be familiar with the flipside, The Teeny Bopper Song, written by Artie Wayne & Jerry Ross.


References: Posts to Spectropop Group by Artie Wayne (#37638 30 January 2007, #33036 23 January 2006, #10155 5 March 2003) and by Doug Richard (#37621 29 January 2007).
 
THE FOURSIGHTS
Go To Him
(Bess Coleman)
UK 1963

Original demo recording

Unreleased in UK at the time, but apparently surfaced in 1965 on US label Mike (see above under London Knights).

Recorded at Regent Sound Studios, 4 Denmark Street. 


The bespectacled Foursights (also, The Four Sights), a British band from Leicester, were Bill Coleman (lead guitar, keyboards LEFT), Doug Abbott (rhythm guitar, keyboards, vocals RIGHT), Tim Airey (bass guitar FRONT), and David Lindsay (drums,lead vocals BACK). Songwriter Bess Coleman was Bill Coleman's sister. 

The Foursights travelled to London to record some demos, including Go To Him, after winning a talent competition.

One single on Columbia eventuated, But I Can Tell (1964) backed with And I Cry, both written by Bess Coleman.

The record company planned to release two of The Foursights' songs in the US using the name 'The London Knights', presumably to take advantage of the British Invasion craze.


Bess Coleman (c.1942-2014) was a British journalist who worked in PR for The Beatles and toured with them in 1964. She went on a second Beatles tour as a journalist in 1966. Her name is sometimes mentioned in Beatles contexts

When Bess was working as a Beatles press officer in New York in 1964 she teamed up with US singer, songwriter and producer Artie Wayne, and they wrote a number of songs together at that time. 

Bess Coleman moved to Australia in the 80s and ran a house restoration business with her husband. She died in 2014 in Kurrajong, north-west of Sydney. 


References, further reading:
1. Tim Airey, the Foursights' bass guitarist (now deceased), reminisced at length about the band on his page at a now-defunct Leicester website. The page can still be read at the Internet Archive, although most of the images are missing. It includes comments by other band members.
2. Alastair Roxburgh has a brief profile of The Foursights at his Telegoons webpages.
3. Report on The Four Sights and their record release in Leicester Mercury, February 1964, reprinted as "On This Day: 50 Years Ago" in 2014.
4. Artie Wayne on meeting and writing with Bess Coleman, 2006 blog.
5. Bess Coleman profile and interview, "On Tour With The Fab Four" Leicester Mercury, 30 June 2009; see also similar content in "John, Paul, George, Ringo - and Bess", same date and source. Neither page mentions The Foursights/Four Sights.
6. "Former Beatles press officer dies, aged 72", Leicester Mercury, 28 July 2014.

Later versions:

TYMES CHILDREN
Go To Him
(Artie Wayne - Bess Coleman)
USA 1966
Later version

Salem, Oregon band.

B-side of single #38 on Seattle label Panorama (fl.1964-68), Take Me Back.

Reference, further reading: 1. Pages at Northwest Music Archives, linked above. 2. This page at G45CENTRAL has an mp3 of the track.

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