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Peter & The Silhouettes - Claudette Jones (1966)

(Kevin Clancy - Peter Rechter)
Australia Australia
Original version

Claudette Jones was written by Silhouettes lead singer and keyboardist Peter Rechter with lead guitarist Kevin Clancy.


Essential reading: Jason Barnard’s 2024 interview with Peter, at the website of UK podcast Strange Brew.


The Silhouettes, from Bendigo in Victoria, were formed in 1964. Claudette Jones was one of two Silhouettes tracks included on The Scene … Northern Victoria, a 1966 LP recorded in Melbourne by various artists from Bendigo and nearby towns.

In 1966, with a partially changed line-up, The Silhouettes became The Tol-Puddle Martyrs, whose keyboard-driven r&b sound and lyrics of social commentary made them one of the hippest and most popular bands in their region. They recorded two still highly-regarded singles, Time Will Come/Social Cell (1967) and Love Your Life/Nellie Bligh (1968).

Time Will Come at YouTube

In recent years there has been renewed interest in The Silhouettes and The Tol-Puddle Martyrs, especially by aficionados of overlooked 60s beat/garage bands. Reissues, broadcasts and remakes of Claudette Jones have come from a number of independent sources, often beyond Australia.

The Silhouettes’ original version of Claudette Jones is on the collection Tol-Puddle Martyrs, along with all four original sides of The Tol-Puddle Martyrs’ 1960s singles. Also included is a later recording of Claudette Jones by Peter Rechter’s band Secrets(see below).

Update 2024: Peter Rechter has continued to write and record, and in recent years has released further Tol-Puddle Martyrs albums. The latest, Houdini in Reverse was released in 2023. See also, for example, Brain Fade (2019) and Under a Cloud (2021).

Early Tol-Puddle Martyrs tracks have added some 1960s ambience to several film and TV soundtracks, including for What We Do in the Shadows (2019), The Oath (2019), and the trailer for A Very English Scandal (2018).

Further reading: 1. Tol-Puddle Martyrs at Facebook. 2. Tol-Puddle Martyrs history by Richie Unterberger at All Music Guide.


Peter & the Silhouettes, as seen on the album
cover of The Scene … Northern Victoria
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99th Floor - Claudette Jones (1993)

(Kevin Clancy - Peter Rechter)
Italy Italy
Later version

On Teen Trash Vol. 9 on the Music Maniacs label, by Italian “60s garage punk band” formed in Turin, 1989.

Listen at YouTube


The Firebirds - Claudette Jones (1995)

(Kevin Clancy - Peter Rechter)
Netherlands Netherlands
Later version

Dutch sixties-style rock/surf band. On 7″ EP Special Request on Teenscream label. Also on the Firebirds’ album My First Sonny Weissmuller Album (2000) on Ahoea label.

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The Sidekicks - Claudette Jones (1999)

(Kevin Clancy - Peter Rechter)
Later version

7″ single, Big Town Redneck Claudette Jones, released on Melbourne label Corduroy #060.

Recorded in London March 1999 (Discogs.com). A 1999 release seems to fit into Corduroy’s chronology (45cat).


The Secrets [Tol-Puddle Martyrs] - Claudette Jones (2001)

(Kevin Clancy - Peter Rechter)
Australia Australia
Later version

Peter Rechter’s post-Tol-Puddle Martyrs band, first formed in 1977 as Ginger, became The Secrets in 1979. They disbanded in the 80s but were re-formed in 1996 by Peter with Graham McCoy, and were still releasing fresh material into the early 2020s.

This was recorded at a Secrets session but has also been distributed with the old Tol-Puddle Martyrs name.

Now available on the retrospective album Tol-Puddle Martyrs, along with original 60s tracks by Tol-Puddle Martyrs and Peter & The Silhouettes.


The Kamikaze Trio - Claudette Jones (2002)

(Kevin Clancy - Peter Rechter)
Australia Australia
Later version

Track by Melbourne post-punk band on the various artists album Wild About You! A Tribute to the Australian Rock Underground (1963-1968), on Weather Records. The album also included a version of The Tol-Puddle Martyrs’ Time Will Come by Pink Stainless Tail.

A project of Melbourne community radio station 3CR.


Lords Of Gravity - Claudette Jones (2005)

(Kevin Clancy - Peter Rechter)
Australia Australia
Later version

On album Contact by garage/punk/folk band on the Off The Hip label, by the record store of the same name at 381 Flinders Lane (via Tavistock Place), Melbourne.

Listen at YouTube