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Ray Brown & The Whispers - Devoted To You (1965)

(The Dennisons)
Australia Australia
#1 Sydney #1 Perth

The label wrongly credits (Boudleaux) Bryant as writer, a mix-up with the Everly Brothers song of the same name (see below).

Single on Leedon, double-sided hit in Perth with Twenty Miles.

Chart-topping Sydney band that originated in the surf music scene as The Nocturnes. After acquiring Ray Brown as their lead singer, they went on to become one of the most popular Australian bands of the British Invasion era.

Although the record apparently showed the songwriting credit of Bryant, this is a different song from the Boudleaux Bryant composition recorded by the Everly Brothers.

APRA lists both songs and shows Ray Brown as an artist under both, but he seems to have recorded only the Dennisons song.

Reference: Full history at Milesago. Thanks to John Gambrill for the red herring alert.

Disambiguation: 1. This is not Ray Brown, the American jazz bassist (1926-2002). 2. These Whispers are not the American R&B vocal group formed in 1964.


Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - Devoted To You (1965)

(The Dennisons)
Australia Australia

On the album Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs. The album also included Pride, originally by Brent Edwards but recorded famously in Australia by Ray Brown & The Whispers.

Ray Brown and Billy Thorpe shared a manager, John Harrigan, at this time, and both launched their careers from Sydney's Surf City where Brown followed Thorpe into residency. (TS)

Further reading: 1. For more on Billy Thorpe at this site see, for example, his major Australian hit Poison Ivy. 2. Milesago's Billy Thorpe history.

Version alert from Terry Stacey.

The Dennisons - Devoted To You (1964)

(The Dennisons)
Original version

On Decca compilation album Live At The Cavern, Liverpool (1964).

The Dennisons were a Liverpool band who had two charting singles in the UK: their own composition Be My Girl (1963, #46) and Rufus Thomas’s Walkin’ The Dog (1964, #36).

Drummer Clive Hornby plays the part of Jack Sugden in the long-running BBC serial Emmerdale Farm (aka Emmerdale). He also pops up in an early Minder episode, The Bengal Tiger.

Further reading: The Dennisons history and discography from British Beat Boom [archived page].

The Everly Brothers - Devoted To You (1958)

(Boudleaux Bryant)
Red herring
#19 Sydney #25 Brisbane #7 Perth


Also recorded by Helen Merrill, The Beach Boys, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, The Seekers.