Sources of Australian Pop Records

from the 50s, 60s and 70s

[plus some Aussie originals and some New Zealanders]

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The classic instrumental by Melbourne's Thunderbirds that came from a jingle on WKBW, Buffalo NY.

The Delltones hit co-written by a future NSW District Court Judge.

The Purple Hearts track first recorded for a US Government education campaign.

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

The Aussie version of 'Konnichiwa Akachan', co-written by the composer of 'Sukiyaki'.

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

The Johnny Chester hit first heard in the 1943 film I Walked with a Zombie.

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WHERE DID THEY GET THESE SONGS?

Ray Brown - Pride 1965 

Dinah Lee - Do The Blue Beat 1964

Heart'n'Soul - Lazy Life 1969

Johnny O'Keefe - She's My Baby 1959

The Groove - You Are The One I Love 1968

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:

• Little Pattie - I Just Need Your Love (1965)
• 
The Escorts - The House On Soul Hill (1967)

• The Avengers - Listen, Listen (1969)
• The Cherokees - That's If You Want Me To (1965)
• Laurie Wade's Cavaliers > Marty Rhone - Every Minute Of You (1967)

RECENTLY UPDATED PAGES:

• Dig Richards & The R' Jays - Comin' Down With Love
• Little Pattie - Dance Puppet Dance
• Dove - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
    • Love Affair - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
• Captain Matchbox etc. - My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes 
   + FURTHER UPDATES

• Dinah Lee - Do The Blue Beat — The Jamaican Ska
   + FURTHER UPDATES

OBSCURE ORIGINATORS DEPT

She recorded the original version of one of the most familiar Australian oldies of the 1960s. It wasn't a hit for her, but it was for a much-loved female singer who had many songs on the Australian charts in the 60s and 70s.

This obscure original artist had been a member of US girl group The Angels. She was married to the lead singer of Dickie Doo And The Don'ts.

What was the Australian hit song that she originated? More here.

NEW TO THE LINKS PAGE:

• The British Sound: 'family trees' of band line-ups
Brisbane Music Graveyard: archive of lost bands
Bide et musique: search for French discographical info
• Masters of Melody: British radio orchestras & dance bands 30s-60s
• Michael Thomas's 78 rpm label index with info and label shots 

AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER SONG HISTORY SITE SINCE 2004

Website by Lyn Nuttall.
Development: Lachlan Nuttall. Graphics: Gina Nuttall.
©Lyn Nuttall 2004-2019
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...