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Laurie Wade’s Cavaliers - Every Minute Of You (1967)

(Nat Kipner - Carl Keats)
Australia Australia

Single on CBS by Sydney band with Laurie Wade (guitar, vocals), Ivan Norman (guitar, vocals), Robert Campbell (bass, till 1966), Warren Isaacs (bass, from 1966), and Chris Rees (drums). The band was formed c.1963 and broke up c.1968.

Laurie Wade’s Cavaliers’ first release had been a surf-style guitar instrumental single on Linda Lee in May 1964, The Phantom Guitarist / Cloudburst YouTube, both written by Laurie Mudge. (The Phantom Guitarist is on Ace/Big Beat’s Board Boogie: Surf ‘n’ Twang From Down Under.)

By this time, Beatlemania and the British Invasion were well under way, and the Cavaliers’ following singles 1965-1967 on CBS reflected those trends. They had vocals, for a start, something a lot of instrumental bands added at that time.

At CBS The Cavaliers were produced by the notable Norwegian-born musician, composer and orchestra leader Sven Libaek who produced a number of well-known Australian artists.

Chris Bishop at Garage Hangover notes some innovative or adventurous production and guitar work, with some compositions by Laurie Wade: Say Hey (1965) YouTube, To Win Your Love plus the B-side Don’t Quit Now YouTube (1965), and The Colour Of Her Eyes (1966) YouTube. (I wonder whether Laurie Mudge, composer of the instrumental tracks, may have been Laurie Wade. Speculation, don’t copy & paste me.)

Further reading: 1. Garage Hangover’s page on Laurie Wade’s Cavaliers has more than you’ll find elsewhere. 2. Bizarro Shadows World Down Under, my blog post about instrumental bands getting hip to the beat scene c.1964.

Marty Rhone - Every Minute Of You (1966)

(Nat Kipner - Carl Keats)
Australia Australia
Original version

Single on Spin, B-side of Nature Boy, by singer, songwriter and actor, real name Carl Van Rhoon (b.1948). In 1966 Spin Records teamed him with established Sydney band The Soul Agents. His later solo career was interrupted in 1970 when (like Normie Rowe) he was conscripted into the Australian Army for two years.

See also No No No No No (1967), She's Coming Home (1968) and Denim And Lace (1975).

The Writers:
Nat Kipner (1923-2009) was an A&R man and major producer at Spin Records where he was responsible for the Bee Gees' later Australian singles. During World War II he had been stationed with the US Army Air Corps in Brisbane, Australia, where he married a local woman, and the family returned to live in Brisbane in the early 50s. He co-wrote, with John Vallins, the Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams hit Too Much Too Little Too Late (1978, #1 USA) 

Carl Keats, later known as Carl Groszmann, was guitarist with Steve & The Board, the band of Nat Kipner's son Steve. Carl went on to write Status Quo's Down The Dustpipe (1970, #12 UK).

Further reading: 1. Marty Rhone & The Soul Agents page from Howlspace [archived]. 2. The still-active Marty Rhone's website at MartyRhone.com. 3. Marty's YouTube channel has videos of his recent work. 4. Nat Kipner bio at IMDb.