Sources of Australian Pop Records

from the 50s, 60s and 70s

[plus some Aussie originals and some New Zealanders]

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FIND OUT ABOUT:

The surprisingly complicated history of Dinah Lee's 'Do The Blue Beat'.

The Hawaiian singer who released 'She's My Baby' before Johnny O'Keefe.

'Froggy', the British singer-songwriter who wrote Russell Morris's 'Rachel'.

The mystery behind Ray Brown's classic B-side 'Go To Him'.

The British origins of Sherbet's first charting single.

The former Kingston Trio member who wrote Reg Lindsay's 'Armstrong'.

The lyricist who co-wrote both 'You're The Voice' and 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale'.

The true story behind the whistle on Normie Rowe's 'Que Sera Sera'.

Hollywood Eight: the real motel that inspired 'Hollywood Seven'.

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WHERE DID THEY GET THESE SONGS?

Johnny Farnham - Friday Kind Of Monday 1968

Billy Thorpe - The Word For Today 1966

Pastoral Symphony - Love Machine 1968

The Groove - You Are The One I Love 1968

Ray Brown - Pride 1965 

Little Pattie - Dance, Puppet, Dance 1965

The De Kroo Brothers - (And Her Name Is) Scarlet 1963

Johnny Young - Kiss Me Now 1967

The Delltones - Come A Little Bit Closer 1963

Jeff St John & The Id - Big Time Operator 1967

Matt Flinders - Picking Up Pebbles 1968

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'LOOK WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO MY SONG' - Melanie Safka

LAST 5 NEW PAGES, LATEST AT THE TOP:

• Lynne Fletcher - You Say Pretty Words (1965)
• Tony Shepp - Come To Your Window (1966)
• Jimmie Murphy - Moonlit Night (1963)
   Col Joye - (Making Love On A) Moonlit Night (1960)

• Kelly Green - So What (1963)
• Robbie Peters - Double Trouble (1968)

RECENTLY UPDATED PAGES:

• The Delltones - Come A Little Bit Closer
• Red Perksey Orchestra, Ray Dickson - Smiley + FURTHER UPDATES
• Col Joye - Bye Bye Baby (Goodbye)
• Johnny O'Keefe - Move Baby Move
• Flying Circus - Hayride + La La

OBSCURE ORIGINATORS DEPT:
THE SOUND JUDGMENT

This is Joe McGovern, a US college athlete who fronted The Sound Judgment. They were an eight-piece band of students from Penn State University, joined by one of their instructors.

Some of the band members quit their studies when their first and only single was released in 1968. The single went nowhere in the USA, and lead singer McGovern continued performing as Cody Marshall.

Later in the same year, in Australia, The Strangers released a rearranged version that charted in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. It is now a fondly remembered oldie in Australia, especially in The Strangers' home city of Melbourne where it charted at #8. More about the song here.

NEW TO THE LINKS PAGE:

• P.F. Sloan & Jeff Barri: a list at 45cat.com
A Trip to Toytown: retrospectively named pop sub-genre
Bomp! magazine 1973-1979
In the Can: sessionographies 1959-62
Songcraft podcasts: interviews with songwriters

AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER SONG HISTORY SITE SINCE 2004

Website by Lyn Nuttall.
Development: Lachlan Nuttall. Graphics: Gina Nuttall.
©Lyn Nuttall 2004-2020
Chart positions courtesy of Gavin Ryan's Australian Chart Books and
Dean Scapolo's Complete NZ Music Charts.
Special thanks to Terry Stacey for information, corrections and suggestions.
Thanks also to Tony Watson, Joop Jansen, More...