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Johnny Farnham - Scratchin’ Ma Head (1968)

(Doug Flett - Guy Fletcher)
Australia Australia

Single on Columbia, B-side of Rose Coloured Glasses (October 1968, #10 Melbourne, #7 Brisbane, #7 Adelaide).

The A-side Rose Coloured Glasses was a Hans Poulsen composition: see for example his hit Boom-Sha-La-La-Lo (1970), covered in New Zealand by The Inbetweens (1970, #18 NZ).

Johnny Farnham: enduring 60s pop star from Melbourne who had a career revival in the 80s, largely through the hugely popular contemporary album Whispering Jack and its three hit singles.

For more on Farnham see, for example, his first release Sadie The Cleaning Lady (1968), the biggest selling Australian single of the 60s; or his international hit You’re The Voice (1986) from Whispering Jack.

Tony Crane - Scratchin’ Ma Head (1968)

(Doug Flett - Guy Fletcher)

Single on Pye, April 1968. Produced by Tony Hatch.

The obvious thing would be to assume this is Tony Crane of The Merseybeats. I'm guessing this is not the same Tony Crane. At least one source online agrees with me.

The Event - Scratchin’ Ma Head (1967)

(Doug Flett - Guy Fletcher)
Germany (recorded in UK)Germany (recorded in UK) Germany (recorded in UK)
Original version

Single on German label Metronome, B-side of Mervyn Guy, apparently released only in Germany but recorded in England at Pye. Both sides of the single were written and produced by the writers, Doug Flett & Guy Fletcher. Not only that, but notes at 45cat.com say this was a "UK group featuring Guy Fletcher". Doug Flett's name is spelt "Doub Flett" on the label.

Other Flett-Fletcher compositions include Cliff Richard's Power to All Our Friends (1968, #4 UK); The Hollies' I Can't Tell the Bottom from the Top (1970, #7 UK, #82 USA); Is There Anyone Out There by Ray Charles (on Love & Peace, 1978); and Frankie Valli's Fallen Angel (1976, #36 USA, #11 UK). Elvis Presley recorded three of their songs.

For more about the careers of Flett & Fletcher see The Rebels' #1 NZ hit My Son John (1969), a cover of The Onyx's UK release of a Fletcher-Flett composition. See also Wind And Rain (1973) by Melbourne band Bluestone.

Reference: There's not much written about The Event online. Apart from the 45cat detail quoted above, I haven't found anything more than is covered in one paragraph at the blog Roots and Traces: Spurensicherung. This seems to have been their only release.