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Peter Doyle - Stupidity (1965)

(Solomon Burke)
Australia Australia
#6 Melbourne

Single on Sunshine. Double-sided hit with Heigh-Ho.

Peter Doyle: Melbourne singer (1949-2001), a graduate of TV's Swallows Juniors, backed by The Phantoms and later, at the Astor label, Grandma's Tonic. He joined The Virgil Brothers in 1968 and The New Seekers in 1970. See also Peter DoyleWhatcha Gonna Do About It.

Reference: Milesago's Peter Doyle page.

Further reading: The comprehensive and highly recommended PeterDoyleWebsite.net; and the Wikipedia entry on Peter Doyle

Thanks to Terry Stacey for version alerts.


Solomon Burke - Stupidity (1963)

(Solomon Burke)
Influential version

Single on Atlantic by the composer, B-side of Can't Nobody Love You, also on 1963 Atlantic album If You Need Me. Recorded 1962, unreleased until 1963.

Solomon Burke (1940-2010) was an influential and revered soul singer from a deep gospel background. His chart success was more in R&B than in pop, but he was cited by major pop or rock artists as an influence. The younger Rolling Stones, for example, recorded his Cry To Me and Everybody Needs Somebody To Love.

References, recommended reading: 1. Excellent Solomon Burke biography and critical assessment by Richie Unterberger at All Music. 2. Solomon Burke obituary from The Independent.

Dr Feelgood - Stupidity (1976)

(Solomon Burke)
Later version

On 1976 live album Stupidity YouTube.

Disambiguation: This is Dr Feelgood, British R&B pub-rock band formed 1971, not to be confused with Dr Feelgood and the Interns, the recording name of bluesman Willie Perryman, the originator of The Beatles' Mr Moonlight.

Other later versions of Stupidity:

The Undertakers - Stupidity (1964)

(Solomon Burke)

Single on Pye label, B-side of Just A Little Bit.

Jackie Lomax was a member of this Merseyside band. His single of George Harrison's Sour Milk Sea, with George producing and the participation of Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton, was among the first batch of singles released on the Beatles' new Apple label in August 1968.

The Undertakers also recorded Dessie Rozier's (Do The) Mashed Potatoes, best known in Australia through Billy Thorpe's version.

Further readingUndertakers page from the British Beat Boom website [archived page].

King Size Taylor & The Dominoes - Stupidity (1964)

(Solomon Burke)

Single on Decca.

From Ariola (Germany) LP Twist Time Im Star-Club 2

Merseyside group formed in 1957 who often worked in Europe, including Hamburg where Ted "King Size" Taylor hometaped The Beatles at the Star Club. Cilla Black often appeared as vocalist with the Dominoes.

See also: Skye Boat Song.

Further reading: King Size Taylor & The Dominoes from British Beat Boom [archived page].

The La De Das - Stupidity (1967)

(Solomon Burke)
New Zealand New Zealand
Later version

On Philips EP Stu-pid-i-ty YouTube by popular Auckland band that grew out of The Mergers, formed in high school in 1963. Their styles moved from the Shadows through the Stones to prog rock, before breaking up in 1975 with Kevin Borich the only remaining foundation member. From the late 60s they worked mainly in Australia, where their biggest hit was Gonna See My Baby Tonight.

See also The La De De Das'  How Is The Air Up There? (1966), and Hey Baby (1967), the first local single to reach #1 after the New Zealand pop charts began in 1966.

Further reading: 1. The La De Das page at Milesago covers all the personnel and stylistic changes. 2. Bruce Sergent's La De Das history at his NZ music site.

The Van Dykes - Stupidity (1962)

(Solomon Burke)
Original version