Pop Archives

Little Pattie - Pushin’ A Good Thing Too Far (1965)

(Bob Crewe - Sandy Linzer - Denny Randell)
Australia Australia
#31 Sydney #30 Melbourne #8 Brisbane #51 Adelaide

Single on His Master's Voice.

Teenaged pop star Little Pattie's real name was Patricia Amphlett (she is a cousin of Divinyls singer Chrissie Amphlett). Her career kicked off at the end of 1963 with a double-sided surf craze hit, He's My Blonde-Headed, Stompie Wompie, Real Gone Surfer Boy backed with Stompin' At Maroubra. She later moved on from the surf novelty with a number of well-chosen and well-produced songs: see, for example, Little Things Like Thatand Dance Puppet Dance.

Further reading: 1. The definitive source on Little Pattie is Graeme Browne's booklet on her career, available through OzMusicBooks. 2. Little Pattie: Stories and Highlights at Long Way to the Top [archived]. 3. Little Pattie entry at Wikipedia. 4. Patricia Thelma 'Little Pattie' Amphlett, OAM at Australian War Memorial's Who’s Who in Australian Military History. 5. Citation for OAM for services to the entertainment industry, 2003.

Barbara Lewis - Pushin’ A Good Thing Too Far (1964)

(Bob Crewe - Sandy Linzer - Denny Randell)
Original version

Single on Atlantic, B-side of Come Home, by Michigan soul-pop singer-songwriter.

Barbara Lewis wrote her own big hit Hello Stranger (1963, #3 USA) along with all the songs on her first album, produced by Del Shannon's breakthrough producer Ollie McLaughlin. She continued to write but later charted with songs written by others, including Baby, I'm Yours (1965, #11, wr. Van McCoy); Make Me Your Baby (1965, #11, wr. Helen Miller & Roger Atkins); and Make Me Belong To You (1966, #28, wr Chip Taylor & Billy Vera).

Lewis's 1964 single Someday We're Gonna Love Again (wr. Sharon McMahan) was covered by England's Searchers (1964, #11 UK, #34 USA).

CreweLinzerRandell, the writers of Pushin' A Good Thing Too Far – especially Bob Crewe – wrote many Four Seasons' hits. Let's Hang On! is also a Crewe-Linzer-Randell song. Bob Crewe, Four Seasons producer, usually wrote with Four Season Bob Gaudio.

Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer wrote and produced The Toys' A Lovers' Concerto, based on a melody by J.S. Bach.

Reference: Barbara Lewis bio by Richie Unterberger at All Music.

Dinah Lee - Pushing A Good Thing Too Far (1965)

(Bob Crewe - Sandy Linzer - Denny Randell)
New Zealand New Zealand

Single on Viking (NZ).YouTube

The label on this one has Pushing with a g, although the UK release on Aladdin has Pushin’, in line with other versions.

Powerful, energetic New Zealand singer known as ‘The Dynamic’ Dinah Lee, an admirer of Dee Dee Sharp and Millie Small, born Diane Jacobs in 1943. Her rocking versions of astutely chosen songs and her cutting-edge mod image made her extremely popular in New Zealand and Australia in the mid-60s. See the full account and appreciation at Milesago.