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:

• Robbie Peters - Double Trouble (1968)
• Peter Posa - The White Rabbit (1964)
• Dig Richards - Love Express (1963)
• The Virgil Brothers - Here I Am (1968)
• Dove - Magic To Do (1974)

RECENTLY UPDATED PAGES:

• Billy Thorpe - The Word For Today
• Pastoral Symphony - Love Machine
• Autumn - Song To Raymondo
• Donna Gaye - Untrue, Unfaithful
• Johnny Young - Cara-Lyn

OBSCURE ORIGINATORS DEPT

In 1964 he recorded a song that would become a #1 hit for a major Australian pop star of the 60s.

He might be obscure to many Australians, but in America he is known as a football star of the 50s and 60s.

He has acted in many TV series, and is known well enough to have appeared as himself in an episode of The Simpsons

As a bodyguard for Robert Kennedy, he subdued and disarmed Kennedy's assassin in 1968. 

You might not know him, but you probably know the song if you were listening to Australian pop music in 1965. More here.

NEW TO THE LINKS PAGE:

David Kent's Australian Chart Books (+ new albums book) [02]
• Album Liner Notes [01]
• Historic London record label addresses [10]
• Go-Set magazine: blog by David M. Kent [02]
Soundscapes: essays on media culture [03]

AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER SONG HISTORY SITE SINCE 2004

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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...