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 

Judy Stone - 4,003,221 Tears From Now 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 1959

Johnny Young - Cara-Lyn 1966

The Delltones - Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands 1962

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:

• Jon English - Behind Blue Eyes (1977)
• Elm Tree - Rainbow (1970)
• The Kinetics - You're So Good For Me (1967)
• Mecca - Black Sally (1970) + UPDATED
   • Human Instinct [NZ] - Black Sally (1970)
   Human Instinct - Tomorrow (1970)

• Clapham Junction - Good Time Music (1969)

RECENTLY UPDATED PAGES:

• Marcia Hines - You
• De Kroo Brothers - (And Her Name Is) Scarlet
• Johnny Cooper [AU] - Farmer John
   • Steve & The Board - Farmer John

• Vic Sabrino - Rock Around The Clock
   • Johnny Cooper [NZ] - Rock Around The Clock

• Peter & The Silhouettes - Claudette Jones + FURTHER UPDATE

 

OBSCURE ORIGINATORS DEPT

This singer from Philadelphia recorded the original version of a big Australian hit of the 1960s. He was in a group called The Lavenders with Leon Huff of Gamble & Huff, the Philly Soul masterminds.

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

 

 

 

NEW TO THE LINKS PAGE

• Stage musicals: data at Ovrtur
• Aussie pirate DJ Ian Damon (Davidson) 
Film & TV soundtrack listings: search at Ringostrack
• Who Sampled: search sampled songs and their samplers.
• Oh Boy! 50s UK TV pop show, episode-by-episode history 

AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER SONG HISTORY SITE SINCE 2004

Website by Lyn Nuttall.
Development: Lachlan Nuttall. Graphics: Gina Nuttall.
© Lyn Nuttall 2004-2017
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...