Sources of Australian Pop Records

from the 50s, 60s and 70s

[plus some Aussie originals and some New Zealanders]

ORIGINALS - COVERS - REMAKES

SONGWRITERS - CHART POSITIONS

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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'.

Heart'n'Soul's 'Lazy Life': the South African connections.

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 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:

• Kelly Green - So What (1963)
• Robbie Peters - Double Trouble (1968)
• Peter Posa - The White Rabbit (1964)
• Dig Richards - Love Express (1963)
• The Virgil Brothers - Here I Am (1968)

RECENTLY UPDATED PAGES:

• Johnny O'Keefe - Move Baby Move
• Flying Circus - Hayride + La La + FURTHER UPDATES
• Kamahl - Sounds Of Goodbye + FURTHER UPDATES
• Billy Thorpe - The Word For Today
• Pastoral Symphony - Love Machine

OBSCURE ORIGINATORS DEPT: GIL HAMILTON

In 1962 Gil Hamilton released the original version of a song called Move & Groove.

Johnny O'Keefe's version, an Australian hit in 1963, used the title Move Baby Move.

Another original version by Gil Hamilton was Tell Her (1962), a hit for The Exciters as Tell Him.

There never was a Gil Hamilton hit, but he didn't remain in obscurity. He changed his name to Johnny Thunder, charted #4 in the USA with Loop De Loop (1963), and had a long and successful career with his new name. More here.

NEW TO THE LINKS PAGE:

Songcraft podcasts: interviews with songwriters [section 08]
• Music lists at Rate Your Music [01]
Soul Music HQ [25]
David Kent's Australian Chart Books (+ new albums book) [02]
• Album Liner Notes [01]

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...