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Python Lee Jackson - Um Um Um Um Um Um (1966)

(Curtis Mayfield)
Australia Australia
#21 Brisbane

Single on CBS by soul-R&B band formed in Sydney, 1966, also popular on the Melbourne live scene. Founding members David Bentley and David Montgomery had been in The Id. Three members of Python Lee Jackson later formed a band with the same name in the UK where they recorded the hit In A Broken Dream (wr. Bentley), notable for the participation of Rod Stewart.

See also Python Lee Jackson's Doin' Fine (Cloud Nine) at this site.

Reference: Ian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of Australian Rock & Pop.

Further reading: Python Lee Jackson biography by Richie Unterberger at All Music.

Thanks to Terry Stacey for suggestion.

Major Lance - Um Um Um Um Um Um (1964)

(Curtis Mayfield)
Original version
#5 USA #40 UK #46 Adelaide #17 Perth

Single on Okeh by Chicago soul singer usually produced by Carl Davis. Writer Curtis Mayfield was himself a notable soul artist, solo and with The Impressions. See I've Been Trying.

Further reading: Versions listed at The Originals.

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders - Um Um Um Um Um Um (1964)

(Curtis Mayfield)
#5 UK

Single on Fontana by British Invasion band whose biggest hits were Game Of Love (1965, #2 UK, #1 USA) and (post-Wayne Fontana who went solo) A Groovy Kind Of Love (1966, #2 UK & USA).