Pop Archives

Judy Stone - House For Sale (1977)

(Harry Lloyd - Gloria Sklerov)
Australia Australia

Single on Polydor by popular Australian singer, a regular on the long-running TV pop show Bandstand.

Judy Stone was often on the charts in Australia from the early 60s to the mid-70s. Most of her singles were versions of current or recent releases from America or Britain (with some other countries as exceptions). Her pleasant voice and personality boosted the appeal of the local product, and occasionally she would co-chart with the original version.

See also, for example, her hit 4,003,221 Tears From Now.

For more on songwriters Harry Lloyd and Gloria Sklerov, see their composition Hollywood Seven, an Australian hit for Jon English in 1976. They also wrote, for example, the Vicki Lawrence hit He Did With Me (1973).

Further reading: Wikipedia article on Judy Stone.

Thanks to Guuz Hoogaerts for heads-up, version alerts and other information.

Lucifer - House For Sale (1975)

(Harry Lloyd - Gloria Sklerov)
Netherlands Netherlands
Original version
#4 Netherlands

Single on EMI.

A classic oldie in the Netherlands, House For Sale was the first of several hits for this Dutch band formed in 1972, with keyboardist-guitarist Margriet Eshuijs on vocals.

Lucifer continued with new recruits after three members joined Match in 1977. 

In 2011, Radio 2 in The Netherlands included House For Sale in its Top2000 Cover Contest, one of five songs that contestants were invited to cover. [See archived pages here and here.]

References: 1. Lucifer history at Alex Gitlin's Nederpop Encyclopedia. 2. Dutchcharts.nl.

The Gino Marinello Orchestra - House For Sale (2008)

(Harry Lloyd - Gloria Sklerov)
Later version

On Twilight Melodies, one of many albums by studio outfit specialising in easy listening arrangements of popular songs. Biographical details of Maestro Marinello are elusive.

Some other later versions, all from The Netherlands:

An + Jan - Vrij Perceel (2006)

(Harry Lloyd - Gloria Sklerov [+ Dutch lyricist])
Netherlands Netherlands
Later version

Dutch version of House For Sale. Vrij Perceel translates as something like "vacant premises".

An + Jan (aka An + January) are Marjolein Meijers and Jan Rot. Both already had varied careers in music and theatre before touring as a duo in 2002 with guest accompanists. Since 2003 they have released albums of their reworkings of pop and country classics.

References (all in Dutch): 1. Entries for An + January and Jan Rot at MuziekEncyclopedie.nl 2. Marjolein Meijers entry at nl.wikipedia.org. 3.  An + Jan chronology at JanRot.nl.

The 5th Dimension - House For Sale (1974)

(Larry Brown - Oleg Lopatin)
Red herring


On the 1974 album Soul And Inspiration.

 With its connotations of breaking up and selling up, it’s not surprising that House For Sale has been used many times as a song title.

Browse the song title at All Music, or do a title search at BMI where the examples cover several pages.