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Allison Durbin - Amerikan Music (1972)

(John Carlton - Wayne Wright)
Australia Australia
#13 Sydney #10 Brisbane #21 NZ

Single on His Master's Voice (Australia), July 1972, by New Zealand singer working mainly in Australia from the mid-'60s. Also on Columbia single in New Zealand.

Produced by Howard Gable, another New Zealander in Australia who was married to Allison Durbin around this time. 

The arrangement is by Peter Jones, the prolific Australian composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (b.1942). See, for example, Linda George's Neither One Of Us.

See also Allison Durbin's Don't Come Any Closer (1968), I Have Loved Me A Man (1968), Put Your Hand In The Man (1971), and her duet with Australian pop star Johnny Farnham on Baby Without You (1971).

Further reading: 1. Allison Durbin at Bruce Sergent's NZ music website. 2. Allison Durbin at Wikipedia. 3. Peter Jones credits at Discogs.com. 3. OzCat's Peter Jones biography (1999).

Suggestion from Terry Stacey.

Steve Alaimo - Amerikan Music (1972)

(John Carlton - Wayne Wright)
Original version

Single on Entrance, March 1972.

Produced by songwriter-guitarist-producer Chips Moman (1937-2016), a major figure in both Memphis soul in the 60s and in Nashville country music from the 70s.

Singer, producer, label owner and occasional actor Steve Alaimo (b.1939) started out in Miami band The Red Coats and recorded many solo singles from the late 50s to early 70s without having a hit. He was better known in the late 60s as co-host on TV's Where the Action Is for which he was also music director.

In 1973, with Henry Stone, Alaimo formed prominent disco label TK Records which released George McCrea's Rock Your Baby (1974, #1 USA) and KC & The Sunshine Band's nine Top 40 #1 hits (1975-79, including five at #1). In 1987 he formed his own label, Vision.

References, further reading: 1. The Steve Alaimo Wikipedia entry links to these useful sources: a Steve Alaimo bio by Ben Mclane at McClane & Wong; and the Steve Alaimo page at Audio Vision, the Miami studio founded by Alaimo. 2. TK Records Story at Both Sides Now. 3. Chips Moman obituary at The Guardian.