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Ray Brown & The Whispers - Say It Again (1965)

(P.F. Sloan - Steve Barri)
Australia Australia
#1 Sydney

Single on Leedon, B-side of Pride. Both sides co-charted in Sydney.

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.

Further reading: Ray Brown history at Milesago.

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.


Terry Black - Say It Again (1964)

(P.F. Sloan - Steve Barri)
Canada Canada
Original version
#44 Canada #25 Perth

Single on Canadian label ARC, also on Tollie in USA.

Terry Black (1949-2009): Canadian singer from Vancouver who moved to Hollywood in 1966.

This was a track on Black's album The Black Plague on the ARC label, also released as a single. Sloan and Barri wrote and produced many of the songs on the album, including this one and Unless You Care, covered in Australia by Johnny Chester (1964, #25 Melbourne).

See the Terry Black page at the P.F. Sloan website which includes Sloan's comments on working with Terry Black.

Sloan & Barri's compositions include Secret Agent Man (Johnny Rivers) and A Must To Avoid (Herman's Hermit's). They wrote What Am I Doing Here With You, recorded in Australia by Bev Harrell.

P.F. Sloan's best-known composition is probably Eve Of Destruction (Barry Maguire), and he also wrote, for example, Take Me For What I'm Worth (The Searchers).

Further reading: Discographies and background at the P.F. Sloan website.

P. F. Sloan - Say It Again

(P.F. Sloan - Steve Barri)

Demo version recorded in the 60s, released by Varese Sarabande c.2001 on Child Of Our Times: The Trousdale Demo Sessions.