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Jon - Upstairs Downstairs (1967)

(Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb)
Australia Australia
Original version
#32 Brisbane

One of the ‘songs the Bee Gees gave away’, recorded mid-1966 in Sydney.

Queensland singer Jon Blanchfield was a star of national TV pop show Uptight. In mid-1976 he founded the Rainbird label, which released records by Lobby Loyde (Obsecration), Saltbush, Normie Rowe and others, but folded soon after it started. As John Blanchfield he has had a long career in artist management. His agency Beatroot Services has Normie Rowe as a client.

The personnel on Upstairs Downstairs includes all three Gibb brothers and Bee Gees drummer Colin Petersen. Joseph Brennan at Gibb Songs has the full details.

See also the B-side, Town Of Tuxley Toymaker Part 1, another original recording of a Bee Gees composition from the same sessions. It was later recorded by Billy J. Kramer (1967, #14 Perth) and by New Zealand artist Shane.

See also Jon BlanchfieldShe’s My Baby and Lavender Girl.

Herman’s Hermits - Upstairs Downstairs (1967)

(Graham Gouldman)
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ by Jon.

Written by Graham Gouldman, prolific songwriter and member of The Mockingbirds (You Stole My Love) and 10CC. His own version of Upstairs Downstairs was on his 1968 album Graham Gouldman Things and released as a single.