Grantley Dee (Grantley De Zoete 1946-2005) was a popular Melbourne disc jockey and singer who worked on radio at 3AK Melbourne and later at 7EX Launceston. He had six charting singles in Melbourne in the late 60s.
Further reading: Rockabilly Hall of Fame’s Grantley Dee page [archived].
Thanks to William Fitch for this item of interest: Grantley Dee’s parents ran a newsagency on the corner of Burke Road and Belmore Road, East Kew, opposite Stradbroke Park (by email).
Single on New York label Old Town by versatile pop-r&b singer whose only hit was this song.
Produced by Henry Glover (1921-1971) who had a varied career, a talented jack of all trades who served at various times as a producer, arranger, songwriter (Huey). One of his compositions was Drown In My Own Tears, a soul classic recorded by many, notably Ray Charles and Joe Cocker.
*Bert Lawrence was credited as co-writer on Carl Spencer’s 1958 recording, but Billy Bland’s (1960) credited Henry Glover, as did subsequent versions. The song was altered considerably for Billy Bland’s version, and producer Glover played a crucial role in recording and releasing it, in a process that was almost an accident (Unterberger).
This is Billy Bland: not to be confused with Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland.
**Bert Lawrence is credited as co-writer but subsequent versions credit Henry Glover instead. I can find no copyright registration by Spencer–Lawrence in years around 1958. See above under Billy Bland.
New Yorkers Carl Spencer and his brother Bobby both sang in R&B vocal groups and wrote songs (Bobby co-wrote My Boy Lollipop). Carl was also in The Halos, released solo records, and recorded with Arthur Crier as The Pre-Historics .
References: 1. Song history at The Originals by Arnold Rypens. 2. Marv Goldberg’s page on Carl Spencer’s associate Arthur Crier mentions Carl in several places. 3. Discogs.com bios (linked in text or browse Discogs.com site search for Carl Spencer).
Single on Columbia by Adelaide band whose line-up included Idris Jones, later of The Mixtures, and his brother Evan.
Idris & Evan Jones wrote The Mixtures’ hit The Pushbike Song (1970, #2 UK #44 USA #1 NZ #1 Sydney #1 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #1 Adelaide #2 Perth.
Not to be confused with Melbourne contemporaries The Gingerbreadmen.
Image: Thanks to Evan Jones.
Single on Decca by legendary honky-tonk country singer (1932-1984).
Further reading: David Vinopal’s biography of Ernest Tubb at All Music.
Herb Alpert worked in A&R for Doré before co-founding A&M Records.
This appears to have been the only record by Dee Torres. Kent’s collection Dore L.A Soul Sides Volume 2 includes Torres’s composition I Want You from the B-side.
Doré was home to many one-off acts such as Dee Torres, the Puffs, Rambling Willie and Johnny Braff, who produced fascinating tracks..Notes to Dore L.A Soul Sides Volume 2
His skiffle group The Housewarmers, formed in 1956, became rock’n’roll band The Tremellos a couple of years later.
Version alert from Philippe.