Pop Archives

Ray Brown - The Same Old Song (1967)

(Holland - Dozier - Holland)
Australia Australia
#4 Sydney #23 Melbourne #18 Brisbane #5 Perth

Double-sided hit in Sydney with New Kind Of Love.

Lead singer of The Whispers, 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. The Whispers were not the American R&B vocal group formed in 1964.

The Four Tops - It’s The Same Old Song (1965)

(Holland - Dozier - Holland)
Original version
#5 USA #34 UK #39 Brisbane #33 Perth

Single on Motown label by Detroit group formed in 1953 or ’54 as the Four Aims with lead singer Levi Stubbs. After recording for several labels, including Chess (where they were renamed in 1956) and Columbia, The Four Tops joined Berry Gordy’s Motown organisation in 1963.

They went on to recorded numerous hits for Motown in the 60s written by Holland-Dozier-Holland, including I Can’t Help Myself (1965, #1 USA), It’s The Same Old Song (1965, #5), Standing In The Shadows Of Love (1966, #6) and Bernadette (1967, #4).

With changes of direction, and after the departure of Holland-Dozier-Holland, The Four Tops continued to chart into the 70s, for example with Keeper Of The Castle (1972, #10) and Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got) (1973, #4).

The Four Tops’ original membership remained intact until the late 90s, when Lawrence Payton died, and Levi Stubbs retired through ill health in 2002.

Further reading: Four Tops biography at All Music Guide. Four Tops page at SoulWalking.co.uk.

The Weathermen - It’s The Same Old Song (1971)

(Holland - Dozier - Holland)
Later version
#19 UK

A Jonathan King project.

Kc And The Sunshine Band - It’s The Same Old Song (1978)

(Holland - Dozier - Holland)
Later version
#35 USA #31 Sydney #28 Brisbane #21 Adelaide #25 Perth