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Hush - Bony Maronie (1975)

(Larry Williams)
Australia Australia
#13 Sydney #1 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #2 Adelaide #7 Perth

Single on Wizard label.

Glam band from Sydney with a boogie beat, Hush inspired teenybopper hysteria in the mid-70s, fuelled by their appearances on the national TV pop show Countdown.

The band reformed for a charity performance in 2004: see John Elder’s interview with Keith Lamb, who founded the band in 1971.

Larry Williams - Bony Maronie (1958)

(Larry Williams)
Original version
#14 USA #11 UK

New Orleans rock’n’roll singer-songwriter and pianist Larry Williams (1935-1980) had two hits on Specialty, Short Fat Fannie (1957, #5 USA, #21 UK) and Bony Moronie (1957, #14 USA, #11 UK), but several of his compositions were recorded by other artists, including fellow Specialty rocker Little Richard.

Williams’s danceable records were in a similar vein to Little Richard and other New Orleans contemporaries, with jumping sax, thumping piano and raw vocals. His songs were especially popular with musicians of the British beat era: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and John Lennon, for example, recorded versions of Larry Williams songs.

See also The TwilightsBad Boy.

References: 1. Larry Williams at All Music Guide. 2. The Wikipedia entry has a partial but impressive list of who covered which Larry Williams songs.

The Appalachians - Bony Maronie (1963)

(Larry Williams)
#25 Melbourne

Single on ABC-Paramount label.