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 1963

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:

• Jennifer Ryall - Everything's Alright (1972)
• MPD Ltd - You Might As Well Forget Him (1967)
• Bunny Walters - Take The Money And Run (1972)
• The Dream - Who Could Be Lovin' You (Other Than Me) (1968)
    • The Heart And Soul - Who Could Be Loving You (1968)
    • Bunny Walters - Who Could Be Loving You (1972)

• Aesop's Fables - Little Yellow Pills (1971)

RECENTLY UPDATED PAGES:

• Johnny Young, The Rajahs - Kiss Me Now
• Billy Thorpe - Mashed Potato
• Mr George - Lazy Susan
• Larry's Rebels > Bay City Union - Mo'reen + FURTHER UPDATES
• Johnny Farnham - Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)

OBSCURE ORIGINATORS DEPT

This singer-guitarist was from Pleasant Hill in California. In 1960 he recorded the original version of a song that was later recorded by two brothers from Perth. Their version became one of the most popular Australian records of 1963.

He is also a songwriter who recorded several of his own songs, but he did not write this one. He released a handful of singles before quitting professional music and becoming a high school teacher for the rest of his working life.

Although he never became a household name, he is a highly regarded virtuoso guitarist who has appeared now and then over the years on stage and record, right up until the present decade.

What was the Australian hit song that this singer from California originated? More here.

 

NEW TO THE LINKS PAGE

• Women's Weekly 1933-82, inc. "Teenagers' Weekly" 1959-60s 
• Andre's Oz Music pages, including:
    • Australian Bandstand: full episodes 1960-1960 
• Australian Record Labels: discographies + bonus content
• Rock & Country Encyclopedia & Discography
Small Independent Rockin' 45rpm Labels

AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER SONG HISTORY SITE SINCE 2004

Website by Lyn Nuttall.
Development: Lachlan Nuttall. Graphics: Gina Nuttall.
© Lyn Nuttall 2004-2018
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...