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 singer-songwriter from Birmingham 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 - Everything Is Out Of Season 1968

Col Joye - Oh Yeah Uh Huh 1959

Pastoral Symphony - Love Machine 1968

Liv Maessen - The Love Moth 1969

The Groove - You Are The One I Love 1968

Ray Brown - Pride 1965 

Johnny O'Keefe - So Tough 1958

Little Pattie - Dance, Puppet, Dance 1965

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

Maple Lace, Frankie Davidson - Gimme Dat Ding 1970

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:

Diana Trask - Going Steady (1958) + UPDATED
• Johnny Devlin - Hey Little Angel (1961)
• Lynne Fletcher - You Say Pretty Words (1965)
• Tony Shepp - Come To Your Window (1966)
• Jimmie Murphy [NZ] - Moonlit Night (1963)
   Col Joye - (Making Love On A) Moonlit Night (1960)

RECENTLY UPDATED PAGES:

Normie Rowe - Pride And Joy
   Lew Pryme [NZ] - Pride And Joy

Mental As Anything - Just Like Romeo And Juliet
Donnie Sutherland - Fairyland
The Thunderbirds - Wild Weekend 4 VERSIONS ADDED
Ray Columbus & The Invaders - C'mon And Swim

NEW AT THE BLOG 2020:

Only in Oz: Diana Trask - 'Oh Boy'
By the way, what is yéyé? Guest post by Philippe Edouard

            

OBSCURE ORIGINATORS DEPT:
WILLY & RUTH

Willy & Ruth recorded the original version of Come A Little Bit Closer (1954), a well-known oldie in Australia through the local hit version by The Delltones (1959).

Come A Little Bit Closer was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was the first release on their own label, Spark.

Also on Spark soon after was Willy & Ruth's Love Me (1954), later a hit for Elvis Presley, also written by Leiber & Stoller.

Willy and Ruth were both in a gospel quintet called The Honey Bears who were recording for Spark. Willy sang lead, and Ruth was married to the bass singer.

Willy went on to release some records of his own, but nothing more seems to be known about Ruth, not even her surname.

Maybe someone will read this and let us know more. In the meantime, see the history of the song at this page.
            

NEW TO THE LINKS PAGE:

Australian A.M. Radio History by Bruce Carty
Johnny Mercer, lyricist and composer: song database
Françoise Hardy: cover versions by her, and her songs covered
Australian 45rpm Revolution: history by Jordie Kilby
• P.F. Sloan & Jeff Barri: a list at 45cat.com

AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER SONG HISTORY SITE SINCE 2004

Website by Lyn Nuttall.
Technical: Lachlan Nuttall. Design: 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...