Multi-skilled entertainer Greg Anderson (b.1950) started out as an infant in his parents’ international whip-cracking act. By the time he became a teenaged pop singer in the mid-60s he had already been appearing regularly on Melbourne television for several years. He was still performing into the 2000s, billed as Australia’s Electric Cowboy.
Anderson’s only charting single was with his own composition, No Roses For Michael (1970, #34 Sydney, #4 Brisbane, #4 Adelaide), from the Nine Network TV film of the same name.
Thanks to Dunks at Milesago for suggestion and research.
Single on Decca August 1966 by R&B band led by Art Wood, brother of Ron Wood. Members included Jon Lord, later of Deep Purple.
Further reading: 1. Singles discography at 45-rpm.co.uk. 2. Artwoods biography at All Music Guide. 3. Wikipedia article on The Artwoods. 4. The Artwoods Meet Solomon Burke & Benny Spellman at Funky16Corners.
Single on Alon May 1965, re-released as a B-side on Atlantic, June 1965. Florida-born singer Benny Spellman (1931-2011) recorded with legendary producer Allen Toussaint in New Orleans, notably on Toussaint’s compositions Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette), his biggest hit, and Fortune Teller, later recorded by The Rolling Stones and Australia’s Throb.
Spellman is also heard singing the bass line on Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law.
Further reading: 1. Brief Benny Spellman biography by Bill Dahl at All Music. 2. Allen Toussaint at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. See also biography by Steve Huey at All Music Guide. 3. The Artwoods Meet Solomon Burke & Benny Spellman at Funky16Corners.
Not to be confused with ‘I Feel Good’ by Greg Anderson.
Single on King, James Brown’s biggest hit on the US pop charts.
1966, released 2008
Live performance, recorded October 1966, unreleased until Norton Records’ vinyl album Chants R&B (2008)
Christchurch band, originally known simply as Chants, resident at Christchurch venue The Stage Door. Late in 1966 the band moved to Melbourne where they broke up a few months later. A notable founding member was Mike Rudd, later with Australian bands Party Machine, Spectrum, Ariel and Mike Rudd & The Heaters.
See also Early In The Morning.
Thanks to Andrew Ainsworth for version alert.
Single on Impact December 1966.
Popular band, from Ponsonby in Auckland, often in the New Zealand Top 10 in the late 60s. Vocalist Larry Morris later went solo and had six singles on the NZ charts 1969-1983 including The Hunt (1969, #5 NZ) and The Game (1970, #8 NZ).
Further reading: 1. The Larry’s Rebels page at Bruce Sergent’s New Zealand music website. 2. Larry Morris interview with Murray Cammick at NZ music website Audio Culture (January 2016). 3. Larry’s Rebels profile at Audio Culture.
Thanks to Terry Stacey for version alert, and to Larry himself for correction.
Single on Mandrill by New Zealand band formed by brothers Jonathan Michael (Mike) & Geoff Chunn, both of whom had been significant in the early history of Split Enz. The drummer from Citizen Band, Brent Eccles, joined Australian band The Angels in 1981.
Produced by Mandrill’s owner Glyn Tucker (b.1945, aka Glyn Conway), himself a guitarist, singer and songwriter, a former member of The Embers and The Gremlins and other bands. He became a prolific producer after a musical career that began in the late 1950s.
References, further reading: 1. Audioculture’s image-rich page on Citizen Band. 2. Pages at Bruce Sergent’s site: The Embers, The Gremlins, Citizen Band and Split Enz. 2. Wikipedia: Citizen Band, Split Enz, Mike Chunn and Geoff Chunn. 3. Pages on Glyn Tucker and the Mandrill label at Audioculture: highly recommended.
On EP No Ordinary Band on CBS (NZ).
This was sponsored by major New Zealand brewing company DB. The promotion was for Joseph Kuhtze Lager, named after the 19th century Bavarian-born brewer whose son W. J. Coutts co-founded Dominion Breweries, now known as DB.
Tony Waine, bass (earlier with The Narcs);
Paul Dunningham, drums (Coup D’Etat, Hello Sailor, Mi-Sex);
Andy Dickson, guitar (The Narcs);
Simon Alexander, keyboards (Chrome Safari);
Kim Willoughby, vocals (Gurlz, later with When The Cat’s Away).
Gavin Burgess is a writer as well as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, studio engineer/producer, and an archivist of New Zealand recordings (AudioCulture). One of his areas of interest is the music of the Whanganui region. His website is at Gavland.co.nz
Gavin Burgess, guitar, vocals;
David Rogerson, guitar (earlier with Smart Artz);
Neville Messent, drums;
Murray Loveridge, bass (Quincey Conserve).
Thanks to Gavin Burgess for version alerts and related data on Citizen Band, The Kuhtze Band, and Gavin Burgess Band.
Same title but not the same song as “I Feel Good” by Greg Anderson.
Single on Aladdin by New Orleans singer Shirley Goodman (1936-2005) with the song’s composer Leonard Lee (1936-1976). Their other charting single was Let the Good Times Roll (1956, #20 USA), a Goodman-Lee composition.
Shirley reappeared on the Top 40 in 1975 with Shame, Shame, Shame by Shirley (And Company) (#12 USA, written by Sylvia Robinson of Mickey & Sylvia).