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The Affair - Shoeshine Boy (1968)

(Paul Leka - Shelley Pinz)
Australia Australia

Single on Festival, July 1968 by Sydney band first formed in 1966 as The Gino Affair with founder Gino Cunnico on vocals until he left in 1967 and joined The Executives. Subsequently known as The Affair, the band went through several personnel changes before breaking up in 1970.

Its notable members included vocalist Kerrie Biddell (1947-2014), who was later in the Daly Wilson Big Band and became well-known as a solo jazz and session singer. See Milesago’s page on The Affair for the later careers of guitarist Jim Kelly (a constant member throughout), drummer Tony Bolton, and  bassists Mike Howlett and Paul Wheeler.

In 1969 The Affair won the vocal section of the national Hoadleys Battle of the Sounds.

New York songwriter Shelley Pinz co-wrote wrote two other notable songs recorded by Australian artists.
• You Are The One I Love by the Groove (1968, #30 Melbourne #3 Brisbane) is a Leka-Pinz song, same writer credit as Shoeshine Boy;
• Happy Without You by The Strangers (1968, #8 Melbourne #11 Brisbane #25 Perth) was written by Shelley Pinz & Kenny Laguna.

Suggested by Ed Bettega.

The Lemon Pipers - Shoeshine Boy (1968)

(Paul Leka - Shelley Pinz)
Original version

Single on Buddah, May 1968, B-side of Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade) (#51 USA Billboard, #30 Cash Box, #26 Australia).

Both sides of the single were written by Paul Leka and Shelley Pinz, writers of The Lemon Pipers’ biggest hit Green Tambourine (1967, #1 USA).

Further reading: My post Shelley Pinz at Poparchives: The Blog.

The Humblebums - Shoeshine Boy (1970)

(Gerry Rafferty)
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as
‘Shoeshine Boy’ by The Affair.

Single on Big T YouTube by Scottish folk duo Billy Connolly & Gerry Rafferty, originally formed by Connolly with Tam Harvey. Both Connolly and Rafferty later built successful solo careers, Connolly as a comedian, Rafferty as a distinguished singer-songwriter best known for the hit Baker Street. See also Shoeshine Boy on a Gerry Rafferty B-side (1978).

For more red herrings, see Wikipedia’s Shoeshine Boy (disambiguation) page.

See also this detailed blog post by Ricky Riccardi about Louis Armstrong’s 1935 recording of the Sammy CahnSaul Chaplin composition Shoe Shine Boy.

Red herring alert from Terry Stacey.