Pop Archives

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - About Love (1964)

(Buddy Mize)
Australia Australia
#3 Sydney #7 Melbourne

Single on Parlophone October 1964, a double-sided hit with the A-side, Sick And Tired.

Billy Thorpe (1946-2007): British-born singer, guitarist and songwriter whose family emigrated to Brisbane in the 1950s. Based in Sydney from 1963, ‘Thorpy’, with The Aztecs, had numerous pop hits in a variety of styles, but at the end of the 60s, then in Melbourne, he fronted a loud, rocky, blues-based formation of the Aztecs that contrasted with his earlier pop idol image. Later, his solo and business career took him to Los Angeles, and he wrote two popular autobiographical books, Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy) and Sex And Thugs And Rock’n’Roll [AbeBooks link].

Further reading: Paul Culnane’s account of Billy Thorpe’s career at Milesago.

The Searchers - Sho’ Know A Lot About Love (1963)

(Buddy Mize)
Germany Germany
Influential version

On the Phillips album P 48 052 L Sweets For My Sweet – Recorded “Live” At The Star-Club Hamburg, Germany, recorded in 1963, released in Germany in 1963 or 1964.

Also on the Star Club album were two other songs recorded by Billy Thorpe in 1964: Mashed Potato and Sick And Tired (the A-side of About Love).

The Hollywood Argyles - Sho’ Know A Lot About Love (1960)

(Buddy Mize)
Original version

Single on Lute April 1960, B-side of the #1 hit Alley-Oop.

The Hollywood Argyles were a studio group formed by producer Gary Paxton with Kim Fowley to record a pop version of Alley Oop, written by country singer-songwriter Dallas Frazier  

The writer of Sho’ Know A Lot About Love is Buddy Mize, a Nashville singer-songwriter who was also one of the backing singers for the Hollywood Argyles, with Paxton on lead vocals and the drummer Sandy Nelson on “garbage cans and… background screams“, among other personnel. 

One of Buddy Mize’s better known credits is for (You Keep Me) Hangin’ On, written with Ira Allen, on the 1974 Ann Peebles album I Can’t Stand The Rain (not the same song as The Supremes’ You Keep Me Hangin’ On).

Buddy Mize was a co-founder of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation. Country singer-songwriter Billy Mize is his brother. 

Further reading: 1. Gary Paxton’s account of the recording session, quoted at Jerry Osborne’s Mr Music website. 2. Gary Paxton at Wikipedia.

Tony Worsley And The Fabulous Blue Jays - I Sure Know A Lot About Love (1964)

(Buddy Mize)
Australia Australia
Later version

Single on Sunshine November 1964, also on EP I Sure Know A Lot About Love.

The Blue Jays were originally formed in 1959 in Melbourne, where they recorded on the Crest label. Laurie Allen, later of Bobby & Laurie, was their lead singer in the early 60s. They were joined with Brisbane singer Tony Worsley in 1964 to record on Sunshine as The Fabulous Blue Jays. By that time drummer Bob Johnston was the only remaining original member of the band.

See also Just A Little Bit and Tony Worsley’s solo releases Missing You and Velvet Waters.

Thanks to Terry Stacey for version alert.