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Frankie Howson - Seventeen Ain’t Young (1969)

(Jeff Barry)
Australia Australia
#35 Melbourne

Single on Astor, apparently produced by Melbourne disc jockey Stan Rofe, although he is not credited on the label. The B-side was Hide And Seek (Mark BarkanRitchie Adams), a song from the same Archies album that Seventeen Ain't Young appeared on.

Frankie Howson (b.1952): Melbourne singer, actor, dancer, producer, director, songwriter, music publisher, author, poet, playwright, promoter, co-founder of Boulevard FilmsHowson was a child actor-singer-dancer who went on to a long and diverse career in all of the entertainment media in Australia and the US. His biography is difficult to sum up briefly: follow the links below to get a fuller picture.

The 2011 album I Used To Be An Outlaw: The Songs Of Frank Howson includes contributions from a number of distinguished names in music and film. 

References, further reading: 1. Frank Howson filmography at IMDb. 2. Frank Howson at Wikipedia. 3. "Frank Howson" in Tony Harrison (comp), The Australian Film and Television Companion (1994), p.441. 4. Frank Howson biography at AustLit. 5. Biography and other content at FrankHowson.com. 6. "Showbiz veteran bouinces back from brink", story and interview, Melbourne Age, 23 May, 2011.

In case you were wondering: According to the Wikipedia article on Howson, his full name is Frank Michael Howson and he is a cousin of John Michael Howson.

The Archies - Seventeen Ain’t Young (1968)

(Jeff Barry)
Original version

Track on the first, self-named album by studio band The Archies. It yielded their first of four charting singles, Bang-Shang-A-Lang (#22 USA).

Music supervisor Don Kirschner and producer Jeff Barry formed The Archies as a fictional band heard on The Archie Show, a Saturday cartoon series based on the Archie comic books.

Barry wrote or co-wrote most of the songs, and session singer Ron Dante was heard on lead vocals, along with (at different times) Jeannie Thomas, Toni Wine or Donna Marie.

Singer-songwriter Andy Kim joined the project and co-wrote The Archies' two biggest hits with Jeff BarrySugar Sugar (1969, #1 USA), and Jingle Jangle (1969, #10).

Reference: Biography of The Archies by Steve Huey at All Music. Follow the links for details of individual personnel.