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Bobby Cookson - Flutter Flutter (1961)

(Mel Tillis - Johnny Ferguson)
Australia Australia
#20 Melbourne

Single on Astor by Melbourne singer and guitarist who was with The Premiers before going solo. Bobby Cookson had – as Ian McFarlane puts it – "a powerful Roy Orbison-style voice which made him a popular attraction".

Bobby Cookson released nine singles 1961-1965, either solo or with The Premiers. He charted in Melbourne with Flutter Flutter (1961, #20), Timber (1962, #29), I Could Have Loved You So Well (1963, #14) and Rona (1963, #28), all on Astor.

His last single was on the new Go!! label, Funny Man (1965), the song that was later a hit in Australia for Ross D. Wylie.

The Premiers also recorded under their own name (Mary Had A Little Lamb, 1963, #37 Melbourne) and backed Betty McQuade, although not at the time of Midnight Bus.

Listen to Bobby Cookson – Flutter Flutter at MPH’s Bobby Cookson page.

References: 1. Gavin Ryan’s Melbourne chart book. 2. First Wave and Second Wave discographies. 3. Go!! discography at Global Dog. 4. Ian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of Australian Rock & Pop. 5. Spencer et al, Who’s Who of Australian Rock.
Further reading: 1. Notes on a 2004 Premiers reunion (without Bobby Cookson) at the Peter Doyle website. 2. Bobby Cookson & The Premiers just squeezing into the Top 100 at 5AD Adelaide December 1961 (ARSA page).

3. Image at State Library of Victoria.
Suggestion from Bruce R. Gillespie.

Johnny Ferguson - Flutter Flutter (1960)

(Mel Tillis - Johnny Ferguson)
Original version

Single on MGM by singer best known for charting earlier in the same year with John D. Loudermilk’s Angela Jones (1960, #27 USA).

Co-written by prolific Nashville singer-songwriter Mel Tillis. As well as recording successfully in his own right, Mel Tillis also wrote, for example, Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town (Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 1969) and co-wrote Detroit City (Bobby Bare 1963, Tom Jones 1967).

References: Kees van der Hoeven’s John D. Loudermilk site. Mel Tillis biography at All Music Guide. Mel Tillis repertoire at BMI.