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.
Double-sided hit in Brisbane with Now Is The Time.
Further reading: Ray Brown history at Milesago.
Single on Atlantic #2289, recorded at Stax, Memphis by major 60s soul artist with a gospel and R&B background, nicknamed ‘The Wicked Pickett’.
Wilson Pickett (1941-2006) sang in Detroit vocal groups The Violinaires and The Falcons and released some solo singles on minor labels in the early 60s before signing to Atlantic in 1964. He had sixteen records on the Billboard Top 40 1965-1972, including Land Of 1000 Dances (1966, #6) and Funky Broadway (1967, #8).
See The Tokens Page.
On the 1967 album Big Time Operators, on Spin, also on the EP Big Time Operator (1967).
Thanks to Terry Stacey for version alert.
Instrumental single on Atlantic. Ann Mason's You Can't Love Me (In The Midnight Hour) was on the other side.
Further reading: In The Midnight Hour song history by Arnold Rypens at The Originals, where numerous other versions are listed.
Single on Atlantic, the other side of the Little Mac & The Boss Sounds single (below).
The Originals lists the Little Mac–Ann Mason single as the original release, apparently because of an earlier session date, but the serial number of Wilson Pickett's single comes first.
On EP on Immediate Farlowe In The Midnight Hour (the label's first EP, #IMEP 001).
Given the Australian tendency to keep one eye on the British scene at this time, this could even be an influential version. The EP was a #6 best-seller in the UK, according to 45-rpm.org.uk.
Thanks to Terry Stacey.
Single on Revue by three former Ikettes who included Venetta Fields, renowned backing singer now resident in Australia where she has worked with many local artists, notably John Farnham. The single had some regional chart success in the US and the track was also on the Mirettes’ album In The Midnight Hour.
Version alert from Terry Stacey.